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VB won't power on
Posted on: 2019/12/12 20:27
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So I bought a Virtual Boy a few years back, console controller and battery pack, and it has been working as recently as 08/2018 if my memory serves me right. I recently bought a few more games to round out my collection and went to test them and I could not get the console to power on. I've seen that I'm supposed to hear a hum or game audio but I have the volume up and I've held the headset to my ear (through the visor) and haven't heard anything when it's "powered" on

I tried new batteries, and tested the batteries and got a voltage reading from the battery pack, no luck.

I tried popping a game in and out of the console for 15 mins or so to try to loosen and dust or dirt, no luck

I tried cleaning the contacts on the controller and battery pack as one side was a bit corroded, no luck.

I bought a new controller from ebay (listed as working), no luck.

I'm wondering if anyone knows of any other suggestions? or maybe I should just be looking for an all around VB repair service?
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#2
Re: VB won
Posted on: 2019/12/12 22:14
Nintendoid!
Joined 2017/10/29
USA
125 Posts
Long Time User (2 Years)
try contact cleaner in the controller port
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#3
Re: VB won
Posted on: 2019/12/17 18:10
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Joined 2019/12/12
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I ordered some and tried it Sunday waiting till Monday night to turn it on again. No luck.

Edit: To be more specific I sprayed the contact cleaner into the plug on the end of the controller cable as well as the socket on the headset.
Edited by Sephiroth112688 on 2019/12/17 22:26
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#4
Re: VB won
Posted on: 2019/12/18 2:09
Virtual Freak
Joined 2007/4/14
Canada
51 Posts
Long Time User (12 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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#5
Re: VB won
Posted on: 2019/12/18 21:38
Nintendoid!
Joined 2017/10/29
USA
125 Posts
Long Time User (2 Years)
Quote:

Sephiroth112688 wrote:
I ordered some and tried it Sunday waiting till Monday night to turn it on again. No luck.

Edit: To be more specific I sprayed the contact cleaner into the plug on the end of the controller cable as well as the socket on the headset.


when you sprayed it on here you put the plug in the hole in and out rapidly? that will clean the connection. if that doesnt work your power regular is likely dead on the motherboard. (little black board with red led)
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#6
Re: VB won
Posted on: 2019/12/19 14:50
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Joined 2019/12/12
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Quote:

Nes Freak wrote:
Quote:

Sephiroth112688 wrote:
I ordered some and tried it Sunday waiting till Monday night to turn it on again. No luck.

Edit: To be more specific I sprayed the contact cleaner into the plug on the end of the controller cable as well as the socket on the headset.


when you sprayed it on here you put the plug in the hole in and out rapidly? that will clean the connection. if that doesnt work your power regular is likely dead on the motherboard. (little black board with red led)


I gave that a try last night and no luck. Do you know of any repair services for that?
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#7
Re: VB won
Posted on: 2019/12/19 14:51
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Joined 2019/12/12
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Quote:

litephiter wrote:
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.


I haven't tried opening the headset up yet(no idea about previous owners) but at this point I guess I've got nothing to lose?
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#8
Re: VB won
Posted on: 2019/12/19 17:00
Virtual Freak
Joined 2007/4/14
Canada
51 Posts
Long Time User (12 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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#9
Re: VB won
Posted on: 1/1 23:16
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Joined 2019/12/12
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Quote:

litephiter wrote:
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.
apologies for the the delay. Everything looks to be in order inside (had to wait for screwdriver to arrive).

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#10
Re: VB won
Posted on: 1/2 16:52
Virtual Freak
Joined 2007/4/14
Canada
51 Posts
Long Time User (12 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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