So you’ve got a Satiator? Great! All you need to do now is set up your SD card.

The Satiator needs two things to start up:

  1. The SD card must be formatted as FAT32.
  2. The file menu.bin must be placed on the card.

You can also put the latest firmware on at this point; this is optional.

And then, of course, you can load some games!

Formatting the card

These days, most SD cards ship with the exFAT filesystem. Unfortunately, Microsoft owns the patents on exFAT, and the Satiator cannot use it. Instead, we have to format the card as FAT32.

Windows

On Windows, the easiest way is to use this excellent tool.

macOS

macOS users, use Disk Utility to Erase the card, selecting:

  • Format: MS-DOS (FAT)
  • Scheme: Master Boot Record

Linux and most other unices

Find the disk device (eg. /dev/sdc), double check which disk it is, and then run:

sudo mkfs.vfat -F 32 /dev/thediskyoufound

The menu

The menu software is responsible for displaying and booting games and other software. You can get the latest version from this link.

You need to unzip the archive and place menu.bin in the root of the SD card.

Firmware updates

In order to update the firmware, simply place a satiator.fw in the root of the SD card. When the Satiator next starts up, it will read and apply the firmware update. If it is already running that firmware, it will simply boot as normal, so you don’t need to remove the file after updating.

After a successful firmware update, the Satiator LED will display three short red blinks:

• • •.

Power cycle the console to continue.

If the satiator.fw is corrupt or incomplete, the LED will instead display a mixed blink:

- - • • •

If this happens, remove the satiator.fw and replace it with a good copy.

The latest firmware can be found here.

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