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#1
Re: Screen mirrors misalignment question
Posted on: 2015/3/26 2:54
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RunnerPack wrote:

Hmm... I don't think I've seen that one. Got a link?

Well, if you open the unit, it's pretty easy to tell if it's been soldered, and maybe even if it was me. I know at least one I did was going to be put up for sale, but I don't record serial numbers, so that's the only way you'll be able to check.

Here's the vid
https://youtube.com/watch?v=N7CmNjc2E4w

And I have no way of opening it up. You need a long and star shaped screwdriver, right?
Even if I could open it, idk if I have the confidence to navigate the insides. I've seen videos on how to fix virtual boys as a "just in case" for if I ever experienced lines, but even then I was like, only as a last measure, since I feel like I'll cause more damage. I'm awful at fixing electronics.
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#2
Re: Screen mirrors misalignment question
Posted on: 2015/3/25 7:09
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RunnerPack wrote:
I'm one of them, yes.


Yes, the glitchiness comes and goes, and is also affected by what is being shown on the screen. The two displays can also affect each other, as I said recently in another post.

Once the displays are soldered, all of this goes away, since there is then a permanent, electrically perfect path for all signals. Any glitches that occur after this would have to be caused by a software malfunction, or strong electromagnetic interference.

No, dirt on the cartridge pins cannot directly affect the picture like it can on the NES. If there is a problem reading the cart, it will most likely either prevent the VB from booting up at all, or cause it to hang after booting.


Well, from what I've heard, you're like the best. Everywhere I look, I always see recommendations. I even saw this video that compared your display soldering work to someone else's and your's blew the other one away by a mile.


Hm...Well that sucks. I've had my Virtual Boy since like 2013, and haven't had any problems. I was really hoping that perhaps the person who sold it to me on eBay had soldered it when they owned it, but guess not. Thank you for the answers! It makes a lot more sense now.
:D
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#3
Re: Screen mirrors misalignment question
Posted on: 2015/3/25 0:59
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RunnerPack wrote:
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pollo20x6 wrote:
When I play games, they seem to play fine. Nothing that jumps out to me and says "hey, we clearly have a problem".

So my question is, is there varying levels of misalignment? Can one virtual boy be slightly misaligned or to get the mirrors misaligned would be to make it an obvious problem.


If you can play the games, and there is no obvious misalignment of the game images, I wouldn't worry about it.

As the mirrors are mounted on metal brackets, it is possible for the alignment to be off by a tiny bit or a great deal. That said, unless you purposely attempt to do so, it is nearly impossible to get them to misalign. The alignment screen is only there to check for factory defects, and I've never heard of one being defective in that way.

I'm interested in what your alignment screen looks like, but there's really no convenient way to get a good picture of it. Can you try to describe how, exactly, it differs from the image in the manual? Have you tried shifting your head around slightly while you look at it? Are you sure you have your IPD set correctly?


Yeah, the confusing part is that sometimes I feel like if my eyes are about to start to hurt. Like focusing on certain things feels uncomfortable on the eyes, but then again, it is the Virtual Boy. That's to be expected. It's the massive headaches and eyestrain that come from misalignment. I did not experience those.

I did the alignment test and it's a little off the middle. To get them to cross perfectly, I have to cock my head a teeny tiny bit to the right. Not that much.
But after doing the test, I don't think it's too off.
The lines just don't cross perfectly and my concern is that constant use of the IPD can eventually cause misalignment with the mirrors.
I've heard that people have dropped their VBs before and experienced nothing in terms of damage, so I guess the VB isn't as fragile as I'm thinking it is. I've never dropped it or really slammed it into anything. I just played for 40 minutes and considering I don't feel anything, there can't be that big a problem.

Also, I've heard about you. You're the guy who fixes Virtual Boys, right?

I had a quick question. I was playing Wario Land a couple months ago and I noticed, during the final boss, when the whole screen would be illuminated red, horizontal lines would appear on the "pad" that you stand on. When the light would go away, so would the lines. It was as if the lines were affected by the screen using a lot more pixels. I then played Mario Tennis and Red alarm and I didn't notice any lines.

Today, I played through Wario Land again and the lines were gone. They didn't appear at any time throughout the game and did not appear where they had consistently appeared during the final boss.
I've read online that sometimes the lines can be caused by the cartridge. Kinda like when an NES game has dirt on it or isn't properly touching the pins and starts glitching up.
Is it possible that this was the cause? I know it's a pretty hard question since I've heard the lines come and go, but I thought I'd ask a professional anyway.
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#4
Screen mirrors misalignment question
Posted on: 2015/3/23 1:14
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How do we know if the mirrors are unaligned? I have done the alignment test to check and see if the mirrors are misaligned and the lines are never perfectly like the ones in the manual. They do cross, but never like the example in the manual. When I play games, they seem to play fine. Nothing that jumps out to me and says "hey, we clearly have a problem".

So my question is, is there varying levels of misalignment? Can one virtual boy be slightly misaligned or to get the mirrors misaligned would be to make it an obvious problem.
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#5
Re: (Off Topic) Favorite SNES/SFC game/s... and why?
Posted on: 2013/8/24 2:29
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Turtles in Time. oh yeah.

reason? Music, controls, everything about it is awesome
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#6
Re: Mario Tennis for VB rated one of the worst Mario games?
Posted on: 2013/8/24 2:28
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While I wouldn't say it's sucks, I would say it's just ok. It's a simple tennis game that doesn't have alot going for it considering it came out playing like an NES game in a time when it came out in a time that it shouldn't have played like a NES game. Super Tennis on the SNES was a lot better.
But having said that, it does not deserve to be placed on the same list as Mario pinball land. That game sucks so hard, I actually stuck it in a fan from frustration. Unfortunately, it survived. And hotel mario? Geez. I've never played it, but who would? And don't get me started with mario's time machine. Terrible, terrible stuff.
Haven't played mario clash, but considering that I've heard it plays like a 3D version of Mario Bros., it can't be that bad.
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#7
Re: misalignment question
Posted on: 2013/2/21 7:28
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I see. I usually set up like the instructions say I should. The thing I find weird is that I have to have the focus slider all the way to the left so it will not look blurry. I guess that must be normal for my eyesight.

But I still wonder.

How do you know if your virtual boy is misaligned? Will it be obvious? I've heard that if the alignment line test is barely crossing the bars, then it could still be considered misaligned and could cause headaches.
I'm mostly wondering these things because I am wondering if I need to look into how to repair it if it is misaligned as I highly doubt nintendo would help me out.
I can already imagine it. they'd probably deny the system exists.
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#8
misalignment question
Posted on: 2013/2/20 8:04
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Recently I was playing with my VB and I felt sort of dizzy. It's hard to explain, but I felt like I couldn't focus, especially when everything was moving fast (I was playing wario land and red alarm). After about 5 minutes of playing each, my eyes felt strained out. I was reading the manual for the virtual boy and it said that if one felt dizzy while playing, it could be that the virtual boy is out of alignment. My question is. How obvious will it be if it is? I did the button combination to see the vertical lines passing through the horizontal lines test, and they seemed to pass through each other. But it still doesn't convince me. I wonder if it's possible that it's slightly out of alignment and that's why it strains my eyes, but it's not completely out of alignment that it's obvious. I just recently got a virtual boy, so that's why I'm confused about the ins and the outs of the system.
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#9
misalignment question
Posted on: 2013/2/20 8:03
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Recently I was playing with my VB and I felt sort of dizzy. It's hard to explain, but I felt like I couldn't focus, especially when everything was moving fast (I was playing wario land and red alarm). After about 5 minutes of playing each, my eyes felt strained out. I was reading the manual for the virtual boy and it said that if one felt dizzy while playing, it could be that the virtual boy is out of alignment. My question is. How obvious will it be if it is? I did the button combination to see the vertical lines passing through the horizontal lines test, and they seemed to pass through each other. But it still doesn't convince me. I wonder if it's possible that it's slightly out of alignment and that's why it strains my eyes, but it's not completely out of alignment that it's obvious. I just recently got a virtual boy, so that's why I'm confused about the ins and the outs of the system.
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#10
Re: Which should I get?
Posted on: 2013/2/20 4:16
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Yeah. I keep reading that teleroboxer is like punch out, which can get really difficult to the point of frustration. Punch out's a fun game, but i'd be lying if I said i wouldn't stop playing for months simply from the difficulty.

I guess I'll go with galactic pinball. Maybe someday ill check out teleroboxer when I got more money. haha
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