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#1
Re: The Noteworthy Auction Threadô
Posted on: 7/2 18:55
Virtual Freak
Joined 2017/9/15
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Wow. It would be awesome to have one of those, but I don't have Ten Large to drop on it.
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#2
Re: "Official" PVB Cartridges
Posted on: 5/19 23:45
Virtual Freak
Joined 2017/9/15
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Long Time User (2 Years)
I think the core sentiment is good.

If a PVB member already has a cart programmer, what's the absolute minimum, breakeven price they could charge for a VB repro with any given ROM on it? If you take that number, add a couple bucks that would go to the original dev (where applicable) and even a couple bucks for the trouble of flashing and mailing the carts, would that total be able to undercut the absurd prices we see on ebay? If so, I think it's worth setting up that avenue. Making it somehow identifiable as a PlanetVB product might be a neat bonus, but no need to make anyone think they're somehow better than any other repro.

Then just find someone willing to do it, since orders would spike.
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#3
Re: Thunderstruck quits VB development
Posted on: 4/7 19:49
Virtual Freak
Joined 2017/9/15
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Sucks to see this happen. I totally get the lack of motivation though, knowing that you're just helping some jerk make money.
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#4
Re: Replacement 10K x 2 Volume Potentiometer?
Posted on: 2/14 17:02
Virtual Freak
Joined 2017/9/15
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Long Time User (2 Years)
Those look perfect, if you're sure the stock VB one is 10k. Just make sure you test it to make sure it's facing the right way, before putting the VB back together.

Headphone jacks can be tricky, because of the functionality of silencing the speaker when they're plugged in. So it depends on how the VB one works and how the GG one works. In a fully mechanical one, there are 5 solder points: one ground, L&R audio in, L&R audio out to the speakers. Plugging the headphones in interrupts the audio lines to the speakers and keeps it for the headphones. But the Game Boy one had 4, GND/L/R and a toggle switch that connected to GND when the speakers were plugged in, to tell the GB to mute the speaker. So instead of breaking 2 connections, it completed 1, so the jack itself has to match the functionality of the machine. I haven't looked into how VB or GG handle it, so you'll have to research both before you buy anything.
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#5
Re: Replacement 10K x 2 Volume Potentiometer?
Posted on: 2/13 17:09
Virtual Freak
Joined 2017/9/15
83 Posts
Long Time User (2 Years)
I don't know what to call it "officially" or whatever, but I had to buy some of these wheels to replace the wheel on my Game Boy a while back. You can find it by searching for "10k potentiometer" plus "duplex" or "5 pin" or "dual" then checking the pictures to make sure it's what you want.

Or actually, I have a bunch of spares if you want me to send you a few, for just the cost of shipping. I only needed one but ordered a pack of 10, and I haven't touched them for years lol.
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#6
Re: Can LED boards be swapped from one Virtual Boy to another?
Posted on: 2/6 18:19
Virtual Freak
Joined 2017/9/15
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Long Time User (2 Years)
I've never had an issue swapping displays to another unit, or even left to right. They're all the same.
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#7
ESRB ratings for unreleased VB games
Posted on: 1/16 17:57
Virtual Freak
Joined 2017/9/15
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Long Time User (2 Years)
Maybe this is already common knowledge, but I've never seen these before. I was looking up some game data on esrb.org, and I found entries for unreleased VB games that were ostensibly rated by the ESRB. I haven't figured out how to search for all VB games, or download the entire database (for the same purpose) but here's at least 3 I found:

Dragon Hopper
https://i.imgur.com/5dgE8m8.png

Bound High
https://i.imgur.com/WGcLURI.png

Virtual League Baseball 2
https://i.imgur.com/LGh0V5F.png

I don't know anything about the ESRB, or how complete a game has to be for the ESRB to assign a rating, but these all have ratings. Many games from that era show "No Desriptors," "No Interactive Elements," and "No Rating Summary."
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#8
Re: Bad soldering skills
Posted on: 1/13 17:04
Virtual Freak
Joined 2017/9/15
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Long Time User (2 Years)
NOPE NOPE NOPE
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#9
Re: Bad soldering skills
Posted on: 1/8 17:29
Virtual Freak
Joined 2017/9/15
83 Posts
Long Time User (2 Years)
I bet it's salvageable. I've rescued some pretty bad jobs.
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#10
Re: Should I add a VB to my retro hobby?
Posted on: 1/2 17:05
Virtual Freak
Joined 2017/9/15
83 Posts
Long Time User (2 Years)
Heh, we're not exactly going to tell you "no, you shouldn't get it, VB isn't that great"

VB is awesome and you should get one.
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