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#11
Re: Virtual Boy speaker quality
Posted on: 3/10 18:17
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Is there a way to get line-level output from the VB? Am I correct in understanding that it would have the same problems as the Genesis and smartphones in that the output is amped for headphones?
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#12
Re: MultiBoy 32
Posted on: 3/6 19:02
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So excited.

I emailed as well, and also asked for clarification about what he means by the USB link support being a "stretch goal", as well as what kind of cabling we'd need (Micro-B to Micro-B? Micro-B to A and a hub?), whether we'd be able to use a hub for >2 players, and if there are any port strain concerns having the MicroUSB port mounted horizontally. (Micro-B is notoriously fragile compared to Mini-B.)
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#13
Re: Furrtek Virtual boy video out mod
Posted on: 3/6 18:31
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Can the Virtual Tap be wired using a header? If so, what size/pitch header would I need?

Or should I just solder directly to the board?

And what kind of cable/wire should I be using?
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#14
Re: Furrtek Virtual boy video out mod
Posted on: 3/3 1:58
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I haven't gotten around to wiring mine up just yet.

I'm thinking I'd like to use a header instead of soldering individual wires. What pitch/size header would I need, and what awg wire should I be using?
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#15
Re: Display ribbon cable alternatives
Posted on: 2/25 23:48
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Quote:

...You do realize that there will never be a non soldered solution for this unless someone produces a new, compatible LED board, right? My aim is to make the tough part of VB restoration as easy and painless as feasible as possible.

Besides, my fourth iteration for this is in my head and will get underway when I get home in a few hours.

I considered asking if it makes sense to fit the LED boards with ZIF sockets, but that didn't really make any sense; if you have to get in there and do soldering anyway, just make a permanent connection; it's going to be just as difficult, if not moreso, to retrofit a socket.

And, as nice as it would be to have readily-available replacement cables, until, as you said, someone starts producing replacement LED boards, I think the only market for these will be people who screwed up their originals during a repair job.
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#16
Re: Lose display ribbon cable
Posted on: 2/11 6:51
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Best way to go about that is to send the unit (or the individual display boards) to someone to get the ribbon cable permanently soldered to the display board.

You can find more information here, and people offering this service in the Marketplace forum.
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#17
Re: profiting eBay auctions
Posted on: 2/8 21:09
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Forgive my ignorance, but what's stopping Uncle Tusk from simply producing more repros at a reasonable price? I expect that would undermine that scalper.
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#18
Re: Virtual Boy Case Options
Posted on: 1/29 17:27
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Quote:

MJAY wrote:
So I pretty recently completed my Virtual Boy hardware-wise and would really like to be able to transport it in its own case. What case should I get?

I would look into building your own; perhaps some kind of premade hard case for DJ or other sensitive equipment, and then cut/assemble your own foam to fit the VB with its eye shroud, the stand, the controller, the AC adapter, a slot for a battery pack (so you can have one AC tap or battery pack installed in the controller, and then a spare battery pack), and a compartment for a stack of games.

You could track down one of the original Blockbuster rental cases, but they're expensive collectors' items at this point, and you'd probably have to redo the foam inside one anyway.
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#19
Is there a source for replacement FFC cables?
Posted on: 1/15 21:06
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TheForce81's Marketplace post asking for replacement display boards got me wondering if there's some way to source or replace busted FFC cables for VBs.

They're not straight FFC cables--they're wider on the mainboard end and narrower on the display board end--so I doubt we're going to just find direct replacements on AliExpress.

I know custom flex cables have been produced for the UltraHDMI and DCHDMI projects, which tells me it's certainly within the realm of possibility; so, does anyone know what would be involved in getting a stock of these manufactured or how much it would cost?
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#20
Re: 1995 Virtual Boy Pre-release Marketing Kit
Posted on: 1/14 18:56
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Quote:

pinmagic wrote:
And I love that they say that Duracell batteries "last 4 times longer than other batteries." What batteries would those be - used batteries?

Non-name-brand and store-brand batteries, as well as brands like Rayovac, EverReady, and AmazonBasics. They'll feel physically lighter and have significantly worse longevity.

For example, in the first test in this video, a pair of Dollar General AAs was compared against regular Duracell batteries, and the Duracells lasted about 11 times as long.

Personally, I could take either Duracell or Energizer, but it should be noted that the Energizer Lithium, while not the most economical model, won't leak like alkaline batteries will.
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