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#41
Re: I give up fixing my Virtual Boy, it
Posted on: 2017/2/22 5:47
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Joined 2017/2/5
USA
45 Posts
Long Time User (2 Years)
Thanks for that reply.
I've since given up on repairing the thing as per the pictures above. Sorry to get anyone's hopes up.

One side would work, then I'd do the other side which would cause both sides to not work.. Maybe for 5 seconds I had both sides working until all by itself the lines re-appeared.

Sometimes one display would look great, then 1 minute later there were lines / glitching.. It's almost like the voltage was building up somewhere until the problem became visible.

Both VBs I bought said they had display problems. When I unboxed them, there were no display problems until a few minutes into playing.. That's my biggest frustration with this thing. The problems come and go randomly.
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#42
Re: Flashboy plus
Posted on: 2017/2/11 9:54
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Joined 2017/2/5
USA
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Long Time User (2 Years)
I'm really interested to buy one from this new batch also.
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#43
Re: I give up fixing my Virtual Boy, it
Posted on: 2017/2/5 22:24
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Joined 2017/2/5
USA
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Long Time User (2 Years)
I spoke too soon. After fixing the second display, I had about 5 seconds of clear picture in both eyes - as I was about to celebrate, the scan lines came back. I moved it around a little and get pure red in both.

I took off the second display, powered it on again and no scan lines in the first one.. Makes me think the first one I did was good right? Put it back on even more carefully - both have scan lines again.

Now I take off the second display, and the first one now has scan lines by itself... when before it was working great.

Does anyone on here have technical knowledge of the electronics on this? I'm looking for a wire diagram which will label each individual wire. Maybe the scan lines can be known to be caused by a certain wire.

I could afford a new virtual boy, but I'm looking at this like a challenging project.

OH SHIT i just moved it a little and got rid of the scan lines in the first.. I moved the display itself - maybe it was screwed down too tight..
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#44
Re: I give up fixing my Virtual Boy, it
Posted on: 2017/2/5 5:44
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Joined 2017/2/5
USA
45 Posts
Long Time User (2 Years)
Don't know if the OP is still around - but if you had the same problem as him (I did), I can verify replacing the ribbon cable with wires works. I managed to fix one eye so far.

I went to hell and back with my display, thought I shorted stuff out, had many wires touch.. saw a good picture, a bad picture, no picture.. back to a good pictures. The display chip took a lot of abuse in terms of heat... but it still works.

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#45
Re: The VB Glitchy Display Problem
Posted on: 2017/2/5 5:37
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Joined 2017/2/5
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Hey guys - I f'ed up my ribbon cable. First the oven didn't work, then soldering didn't work.. kept soldering until the ribbon cable melted / twisted / really didn't work... I think it might have had a crease in it as the original problem. I lost a metal ribbon wire on the board and thought it was all over.

It took hours of patience and finding the right supplies. But this worked for one eye so far (I didn't start working on the second one yet). I don't have any experience soldering, but just winged it. It was very meticulous work. I'm hoping it still works when I insulate the joints and put the cover back on. I used a cheap radio shak soldering iron.

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