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#1
Re: Repair guides for Nintendo
Posted on: 2/23 18:38
Virtual Freak
Joined 2007/4/14
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Long Time User (13 Years)
I decided to be brave and just dive in with a screwdriver. It turns out these things are actually very easy to open. All the faceplate controls are on a daughterboard, so the two halves of the case come apart without any fuss.

And there are barely any caps in there at all, so I guess I'll stop worrying about that for now.

Here's what Block Kuzushi looks like on the inside, if anyone is curious.

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#2
Re: Repair guides for Nintendo
Posted on: 1/20 3:55
Virtual Freak
Joined 2007/4/14
Canada
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Yeah, I know about that. Might be helpful. But there has to be something more detailed out there somewhere.
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#3
Repair guides for Nintendo's TV Game series?
Posted on: 1/18 19:58
Virtual Freak
Joined 2007/4/14
Canada
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Long Time User (13 Years)
Not VB related, but I know a lot of you have insane Nintendo collections and are technically savvy, so I'm hoping someone can help me out with this one.

I've recently picked up a couple pre-Famicom Nintendo systems — specifically Color TV Game 15 and Color TV Game Block Kuzushi.

Both are are in pretty decent working condition, but their RF signals seem weak and I'm worried about leakage from 40-year-old electrolytic caps.

I'd like to recap them, and to do that I'm obviously going to have to open them up. I'm a little confused about exactly how to go about disassembling them, though, since they have a bunch of faceplate switches and knobs that seem like they will have to removed somehow. I don't want to start yanking on things indiscriminately.

Has anyone ever run across a decent iFixit-style teardown guide for these systems? Even if it's in Japanese, as long as there are good photos I can probably work with it.
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#4
Re: Should I add a VB to my retro hobby?
Posted on: 1/3 21:07
Virtual Freak
Joined 2007/4/14
Canada
52 Posts
Long Time User (13 Years)
VB is a lot of fun, but it sort of punishes you for loving it. I own three systems, and all have needed repairs to their displays. The games are hard to find and increasingly expensive — and a lot of them aren't great (although a few of them are really cool and worth playing).

If you're a collector who's looking for a challenge, VB can be a great hobby. But it's not for everybody.
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#5
Re: VB won
Posted on: 1/2 16:52
Virtual Freak
Joined 2007/4/14
Canada
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Long Time User (13 Years)
In my case, everything looked fine, too. It was only by unplugging and reseating those wire connectors that I discovered/resolved the problem.

They work sorta like the ZIF ribbon connectors you see on newer boards. There are little plastic tabs on each connector that you have to lift with a fingernail.

There's a better than decent chance that your problem has nothing to do with these connectors. The only reason I'm suggesting it is that there's a chance, and it's easy enough to check.
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#6
Re: VB won
Posted on: 2019/12/19 17:00
Virtual Freak
Joined 2007/4/14
Canada
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Long Time User (13 Years)
You might as well. It's an easy thing to check.

Another time one of the speakers on one of my VBs wasn't working. Unplugging and reseating the connector that ran between the sound board and the motherboard fixed the issue.

If that doesn't work, and contact cleaner doesn't work, then you've eliminated all the easy-fix causes and you can start focusing on other things.
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#7
Re: VB won
Posted on: 2019/12/18 2:09
Virtual Freak
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Long Time User (13 Years)
The one time I had an issue like this, it turned out to be a bent pin on one of the wire connectors leading into the motherboard. I removed the connector, straightened out the pin and then everything was fine.

If you've been messing around inside the VB, or if someone else has, it's worth checking.
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#8
Re: Why is Virtual League Baseball always sealed?
Posted on: 2019/12/15 18:24
Virtual Freak
Joined 2007/4/14
Canada
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Long Time User (13 Years)
Virtual League Baseball is the only Virtual Boy game I own CIB, and the reason is that I found my boxed copy for like $10 shipped.

So, to echo what others have said: don't worry about breaking the seal. Video games (especially common ones) aren't an investment. Their purpose is to bring you enjoyment.
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#9
Re: Weird visor
Posted on: 2019/10/19 17:49
Virtual Freak
Joined 2007/4/14
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Thanks. Glad to know my hunch was correct. I guess it makes sense that some Blockbusters would have sold off their display units along with the rest of their VBs.
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#10
Weird visor
Posted on: 2019/10/19 4:22
Virtual Freak
Joined 2007/4/14
Canada
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Long Time User (13 Years)
I came across something slightly odd that I was hoping someone here could explain.

I bought a semi-working Virtual Boy in a Blockbuster case.

(I paid $300 Canadian, in case anyone is curious. No stand, just the head unit, visor, controller, battery pack and Mario's Tennis. Left display needs repair. The case is in very good condition with all foam, stickers, etc. I figure it was an alright deal considering what the cases are going for on eBay nowadays, even in bad condition. But it was a splurge for sure.)

When I pulled off the visor I noticed that there's something odd about it. There are little screws in it, and on the back is a metal plate with an adhesive strip. It looks like it was rigged to be permanently affixed to the head unit. Also, I noticed that the serial on the head unit was pretty low.

Pics of everything are at the bottom of the post.

Do all ex-rental units look like this, or is it possible this is a demo unit that somehow ended up in a Blockbuster case?

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