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Strange Virtual Boy Issue
Posted on: 2019/12/7 14:31
VB Gamer
Joined 2019/10/13
40 Posts
Hi, I recently bought a virtual boy that was said to be working at one point, but now itís not. When turned on with something like galactic pinball, the startup music plays, but thereís no picture (and itís not the eyes, which I swapped with soldered ones) the mirrors donít oscilate, and it doesnít take any controller input to continue to the title screen. Iím guessing the issue lies in the main motherboard of the console, I was just wondering if anyone knew where it might be hanging up on the board? If anyone has any info about these kind of issues, Iíd love to look into fixing this problem. And thank you so much in advance to anyone who posts here, Iíd love to learn more about this.
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#2
Re: Strange Virtual Boy Issue
Posted on: 2019/12/7 16:59
Virtual Freak
Joined 2017/6/24
USA
71 Posts
Long Time User (2 Years)
Ah, it is strange.. Does this happen with other games?
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#3
Re: Strange Virtual Boy Issue
Posted on: 2019/12/7 21:30
VB Gamer
Joined 2019/10/13
40 Posts
Yep, every game I try this happens to, and the ones without startup sounds just donít do anything. Itís not in the controller since it works perfect with my other VB, and Iím guessing it isnít in the game since it appears to read it just fine, it just hangs up when trying to display the graphics, and wonít allow for input of commands. All the wires check out in the system, and the fuses still appear soldered down good. Maybe itís a problem in one of the chips? On the outside this thing is in almost perfect condition too, So that makes me think it wasnít dropped a bunch or anything, itís just odd it doesnít attempt to ocsilate the mirrors or display the LEDís.
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#4
Re: Strange Virtual Boy Issue
Posted on: 2019/12/8 0:19
VB Gamer
Joined 2019/12/5
USA
18 Posts
Over the years, I've had a bunch of cartridges that will have issues because of a cold solder joint on a surface mount chip. Matter of fact... I had a strange one last night. The game would read, but then wouldn't start because it couldn't make a save file. Went down to the shop... touched each pin of the RAM chip with a fine point soldering iron... and I was playing Zelda Oracle of Ages on my Gameboy player. (Gamecube)

Anyway... since it's starting, and making sound... I'm guessing there is a cold joint on the servo driver board. Or... the cable going from the servo board to the main board has a bad connection.
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#5
Re: Strange Virtual Boy Issue
Posted on: 2019/12/9 6:42
VB Gamer
Joined 2019/10/13
40 Posts
Thanks for the suggestions! I was guessing it's either the main board or the servo boardwith a loose connection. I'm working on it this week, we'll see if a little solder fixes the issue on those chip-joints.
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#6
Re: Strange Virtual Boy Issue
Posted on: 2019/12/10 21:14
VB Gamer
Joined 2019/12/5
USA
18 Posts
You normally don't even need any new solder. BUT... if you have some no-clean flux... put a little around each of the chips on the servo board, and just touch each pin. I set my iron around 325, and it just takes a second. You will see each pin turn bright.

Needless to say... if you have a hot air re-work station... that would be the preferred method.

Good luck, and let us know what you find.
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