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Re: Any suggestions on how to repair a heavily corroded controller and audio board?
Posted on: 7/1 19:00
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So at this point, I've taken peoples advice to clean with vinegar and scrubbing. I've reflowed the solder connections on the audio board as well. It's definitely markedly improved, but it's still not 100%. For some reason the audio slider only affects the right speaker, but not the left. The controller board is still kind of flaky, but it's much more reliable at the moment. It seems to be mostly working for now anyways. I'm not sure how long until it starts to corrode again though.
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Re: Weird Virtual Boy Display in Japanese Game Store
Posted on: 7/1 18:58
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That's Super Potato in Tokyo. I was there last year at this time, and the Virtual Boy was still plugged in and working at the time. If it's not there anymore, it might have finally given up the ghost. It's a shame, because it was my very first experience with the Virtual Boy, and convinced me that it wasn't as bad as people say.
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Any suggestions on how to repair a heavily corroded controller and audio board?
Posted on: 6/25 22:20
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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?
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