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#31
Re: I give up fixing my Virtual Boy, it
Posted on: 2017/2/22 5:47
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Thanks for that reply.
I've since given up on repairing the thing as per the pictures above. Sorry to get anyone's hopes up.

One side would work, then I'd do the other side which would cause both sides to not work.. Maybe for 5 seconds I had both sides working until all by itself the lines re-appeared.

Sometimes one display would look great, then 1 minute later there were lines / glitching.. It's almost like the voltage was building up somewhere until the problem became visible.

Both VBs I bought said they had display problems. When I unboxed them, there were no display problems until a few minutes into playing.. That's my biggest frustration with this thing. The problems come and go randomly.
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#32
Re: I give up fixing my Virtual Boy, it
Posted on: 2017/2/22 5:50
VB Gamer
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I bought a new one with display problems for $60. I don't feel like investing the time only to be let down again, so I'm thinking about sending it to a guy on ebay to repair it.

Only thing is - he told me he doesn't use the solder method or the oven method... but he guarantees his repair for the life of the thing (or until he hops off ebay).

Anybody have a guess on what this repair method could be?
The price is right at $30 + $10 shipping.
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#33
Re: I give up fixing my Virtual Boy, it
Posted on: 2017/2/22 9:02
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Joined 2011/3/10
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personally, i wouldn't send hardware to anybody who did not clarify what they were going to do to it. i would ask for specifics.

in the mean time, have you sought out someone here to solder the ribbon cables for you? soldering is the only permanent fix we have seen so far.
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#34
Re: I give up fixing my Virtual Boy, it
Posted on: 2017/2/22 14:54
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Price is right if it is indeed repaired for good and the problems won't come back. Though I am very curious what that person does to repair it permanently, can't really think of anything else than soldering that can take care of this problem.

I would wait for HP LoveThrash (as you are located in the USA) to get ready to repair it rather than taking this chance to be honest.
I am pretty sure the guy on eBay hangs out here as well, but is not willing to share his method on here, which I find a very rude thing as we all share our findings here normally. Maybe he has found a great way that everyone can do themselves easily, would help out a lot of people.
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#35
Re: I give up fixing my Virtual Boy, it
Posted on: 2017/2/22 19:33
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mips5000 wrote:
I bought a new one with display problems for $60. I don't feel like investing the time only to be let down again, so I'm thinking about sending it to a guy on ebay to repair it.

Only thing is - he told me he doesn't use the solder method or the oven method... but he guarantees his repair for the life of the thing (or until he hops off ebay).

Anybody have a guess on what this repair method could be?
The price is right at $30 + $10 shipping.


If you do decide to have the eBay seller fix it, it would be great if you could open up the Virtual Boy and take pictures of the displays when you get it back, which would help to determine what method he used to fix them.

The seller says that if you ever have problems with it again, he'll fix it again for free, so it doesn't sound like too much of a risk to me, especially given his overwhelmingly large positive feedback.
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#36
Re: I give up fixing my Virtual Boy, it
Posted on: 2017/2/24 5:41
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I shipped it out today. What skeeved me out is the UPS and USPS both quoted $20 to ship the box from PA -> CA. Couldn't believe it was that much for a 12x12x6" box. How do Ebay sellers do it so cheap?

I initially asked if he uses solder. He said no, that it was too risky, and no oven either, but didn't voluntarily disclose his method. Sounded like he wanted to keep it on the low, but has to assume I'll open the thing (assuming I get it back).
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#37
Re: I give up fixing my Virtual Boy, it
Posted on: 2017/2/24 10:06
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Hair dryer. ;)
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#38
Re: I give up fixing my Virtual Boy, it
Posted on: 2017/2/24 13:40
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Quote:

mips5000 wrote:
I shipped it out today. What skeeved me out is the UPS and USPS both quoted $20 to ship the box from PA -> CA. Couldn't believe it was that much for a 12x12x6" box. How do Ebay sellers do it so cheap?

I initially asked if he uses solder. He said no, that it was too risky, and no oven either, but didn't voluntarily disclose his method. Sounded like he wanted to keep it on the low, but has to assume I'll open the thing (assuming I get it back).


I could understand there would be an easier way to fix them (sounds unlikely though, but hey, what do I know ;) ), but he saying that using solder is too risky, is just his way to say I doesn't know how to solder.

Doesn't necessarily say his method isn't any good, but that part just isn't true. Soldering is not risky, as long as you know what you are doing. Though that goes for everything in life I guess.

I have done hundreds now and only got three displays in total that gave problems and those either had bad connector cables (the part that goes in the VB mainboard) or had broken traces higher up in the cable. One once came back, I had to redo that one and all the others haven't given problems since. The one that I had to redo, was one of my firsts. Didn't happen anymore after that one.
A lot of them have been worked on years ago and still working, so no risks.
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#39
Re: I give up fixing my Virtual Boy, it
Posted on: 2017/2/24 14:49
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Quote:

mips5000 wrote:
I shipped it out today. What skeeved me out is the UPS and USPS both quoted $20 to ship the box from PA -> CA. Couldn't believe it was that much for a 12x12x6" box. How do Ebay sellers do it so cheap?


For future reference, you might want to try out the flat-rate box option for USPS shipments that are small but heavy.

According to this page:
https://www.easypost.com/usps-flat-rate-boxes-and-pricing.html

One medium flat rate box that is 11 1/4" x 8 3/4" x 6" will cost you $11.95 to ship it anywhere in the USA, regardless of the weight. I don't know off hand if the VB head unit will fit in that very easily, but they say that if it fits, it ships, so even if the box has to be distorted a little for a bubble wrapped head unit to be shipped, it should still ship for that price.

I've also seen eBay sellers use the Media Mail service to ship non-qualifying items to me, which is criminal, but the items made it to me nonetheless, and the Ebay sellers certainly saved a lot on shipping costs.
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#40
Re: I give up fixing my Virtual Boy, it
Posted on: 2017/3/18 19:05
VB Gamer
Joined 2017/2/5
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My VB came back from repair from the source I mentioned above. I opened it and can't tell that anything was done to it.. Which makes me think oven method, but the guy said he doesn't use the oven method, and doesn't solder them..

Anyone have any ideas?

About my original VB that I tried to fix by replacing the ribbon cable with blue wires; The best I could do with that was to get picture in both eyes, but with two solid red scan lines in both.. I'm giving up with it. Its crazy. When I turn it on after 2 days being off, there is great picture for 5 seconds, then solid scan lines..

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