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#1
Re: Virtual boy Permanent Solder Screen Professional Repair Service
Posted on: 8/3 7:07
Virtual Freak
Joined 2017/10/29
USA
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OkieVB wrote:
I sent you a PM!


responded thanks!
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#2
Re: Virtual boy Permanent Solder Screen Professional Repair Service
Posted on: 7/25 4:14
Virtual Freak
Joined 2017/10/29
USA
99 Posts
Long Time User (1 Year)
bump! no longer charging extra for cable swaps once retro dan has released his new virtual boy cables.
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#3
Re: VirtualPerfection v1.1 - the Ultimate, EASY solution to the Display Problem
Posted on: 7/25 3:53
Virtual Freak
Joined 2017/10/29
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i was right! :P btw this look like it will be about the same difficulty as just soldering an existing cable. put be down for a few pairs :P
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#4
Re: Virtual boy Permanent Solder Screen Professional Repair Service
Posted on: 7/15 1:29
Virtual Freak
Joined 2017/10/29
USA
99 Posts
Long Time User (1 Year)
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lest wrote:
Another satisfied customer. Nesfreak fixed 8 lenses for me, all look spectacular. Clearly heís a pro, and all 4 units work great (dare I say even better than before the glitching occurred)
Send him your lenses. Donít second guess it. Just do it.
Thanks again Dave!


no problem! and thank you for the feedback!
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#5
Re: Display ribbon cable alternatives
Posted on: 7/7 21:08
Virtual Freak
Joined 2017/10/29
USA
99 Posts
Long Time User (1 Year)
so you went wit hthe face down method :P nice looking foward to trying these out :P will the solder be pre on the pads? if so make sure its leaded and tin 60 40 sodler not lead free sodler. lead free solder can grow tin wiskers
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#6
Re: Virtual boy Permanent Solder Screen Professional Repair Service
Posted on: 7/3 0:39
Virtual Freak
Joined 2017/10/29
USA
99 Posts
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Just an FYI im still fixing consoles and dont plan on stopping any time soon. i get that question alot. so just wanted to clear that up :P PM me if you want your console fixed!
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#7
Re: Any suggestions on how to repair a heavily corroded controller and audio board?
Posted on: 6/26 5:16
Virtual Freak
Joined 2017/10/29
USA
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foldor wrote:
I recently purchased a Virtual Boy with intent to repair, and have got it working again, however, I'm not too happy with it at the moment. The problems that it had was the entire bottom of the unit must have been sitting in some water at some point because all external connectors (luckily not the cartridge slot) are completely corroded.

When I got it, the corrosion was so bad I couldn't power it on since the pins for the controller board were too corroded to make a connection. I finally managed to get it to work by desoldering the ports and scrubbing them clean. It was pretty flaky though, so I just jammed some thin stranded wire in the remaining ports I couldn't get clean enough, and that seems to work for now. It's not a great fix, and I but it at least proves the rest of the unit is working.

The other part of the system that is corroded is the audio board. It does output sound, but the headphone jack is unusable, and I can't lower the volume of the speakers since the adjustment wheel isn't working. The right speaker is also too quiet.

What I'm asking from people here, is what would you do to repair this unit? I've looked on eBay for replacement audio/controller boards, but to replace them both would end up costing me about $120 CAD, and that's not in my price range.

I've considered just gutting the controller board and replacing it with something like ethernet which would be easy, but it wouldn't look very clean. It also doesn't solve my audio board problem.

Another idea I've had is to see if I can 3D print a new plastic replacement for the controller board and replace it entirely. The hard part for me would be doing the 3D modelling as I've never attempted that before, and don't exactly have the skill set for it. It could make an interesting challenge though, and would be something worth sharing if it worked. I can see there's already 3D models of the female controller port intended for use with extension cables, so that would maybe solve the actually hard part to model. Still doesn't solve my audio board problem though. I might just need to try and clean that one up, and maybe replace parts?

Thoughts from the community before I do anything else though?


strip it down to the bare metal and scrub it with white vinegar and salt mix. that will remove the rust and corrosion. as for the audio board i might have one that i can sell you but im not sure. other wise id do the same to it with white vinagar and salt if yo ucan solder i would touch the solder up and oil the volume pot to see if yo ucan revive it.
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#8
Re: Any suggestions on how to repair a heavily corroded controller and audio board?
Posted on: 6/26 5:12
Virtual Freak
Joined 2017/10/29
USA
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VmprHntrD wrote:
Well I'm not sure if you were sourcing ebay for those parts, but they do come up cheaper. Problem is there's this one disgusting piece of garbage on there that strips down units and charges exceedingly high prices per part just to stick it to repair people (lost$$found is the ebay name.)

The audio board if itself is fine but the wheel and the phones jack are fubar, you could just try and pop them off, do a thorough cleaning, and if that fails with fresh solder, see if you have a busted trace to bridge, or find another (not necessarily VB exactly) style wheel and phones jack and put them in as replacements. The left or right speakers on those are detachable with its own plugged in little cable and easily removed, again ebay would be best to just watch for a non-clown seller.

Given the few parts, broken units do turn up and they'll sell for at/under $50 shipped (USD at least) and given what the audio wheel, audio jack, speaker and your bandaid fixed bits cost you could just gut the parts and get it going again with clean OEM pieces.


tell me about it. i have to buy from that seller... even going outside of ebay with her she still charges too much. i have to explain to every one i sell replacement screen to that i dont make up the prices and that is what i buy them for broken. ive thought about just ditching fixing VB consoles and start what shes doing but at a much more reasonable price including pre repaired displays. did you see how much shes wanting for the dang controller port XD its like 50 dollars....
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#9
Re: Display ribbon cable alternatives
Posted on: 6/23 9:09
Virtual Freak
Joined 2017/10/29
USA
99 Posts
Long Time User (1 Year)
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RetroDan wrote:
I'm not going to the Post Office today. Let me explain.

Something is going on with me - I don't know what - but I'm suffering from pretty bad vertigo for the first time in my life, which is terrifying for someone who's always been pretty healthy and who is very independent. My doctor says that it's not uncommon for fluid buildup to mess with the inner ear.

But I'm not safe to drive. I took a five mile round trip to pick up some things from my mom's house, and it was excruciating and extremely difficult. Maintaining balance is very difficult. My fiancee has offered to take care of the international packages for me on Monday, and I sincerely apologize for this further delay.

I'm honestly kind of scared. I've NEVER been sick like this. It makes me feel weak and dependent, and I don't feel in control of myself. Even sitting in front of my computer, I'm dizzy and nauseated.


ive had that. its normal, not dangerous at all just go to a chiropractor thats capable of ear and sinus adjustments.
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#10
Re: VirtualCable Installation
Posted on: 6/20 0:11
Virtual Freak
Joined 2017/10/29
USA
99 Posts
Long Time User (1 Year)
Quote:

RetroDan wrote:
I've been contacted by at least one user who has informed me that they had difficulties installing the VirtualCable, in that they could not form a solid solder bridge from board to cable. I wouldn't give it much credence if it were not someone who is a professional.

That bothers me a little bit. I mean, I had some trouble with it, but I'm by no means an expert. But if an expert has issues, what does that mean to the amateur?

Fortunately, this user relayed to me that they arrived at an unorthodox solution.

By bending the cable pins in half underneath themselves, this user was able to create a solid connection.

I think that, if there is interest in a second run, that I will remove the castellated holes idea and try for a less finicky solution. Turns out 0.6mm pads are a little too small for castellations to be as helpful as I had first imagined.

My apologies, everyone.


i just wanted to add. use some tweezers to bend the contacts. it make it easier and and once bent over flatten with a cylinder object like a roll of tape on a hard flat surface. but be careful not to press too hard as you can break the little contact on the ribbon cable. i made that mistake and had to bridge it with a very tiny wire. which is not easy lol. AFTER ALL THAT TAKE SOME KAPTAIn (or scotch) tape and place it over the front and back of the cable to ensure it doesn't break from moving the ips ajustment over time.
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