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Furrtek Virtual boy video out mod
Posted on: 2018/9/3 4:45
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Just a heads up for anyone looking for an easy way to play virtual boys on regular monitors!

Their site about the Virtual Tap mod (VGA and RGB)
http://furrtek.free.fr/virtualtap/

Currently asking Furrtek to get myself an order in, if this works it'll be awesome!
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#2
Re: Furrtek Virtual boy video out mod
Posted on: 2018/9/3 20:56
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Joined 2016/12/15
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Really impressive work. I like the mini VB console.
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#3
Re: Furrtek Virtual boy video out mod
Posted on: 2018/9/4 10:06
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Joined 2012/9/12
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cool idea and not too expensive.
might concider :P

just thinking if you want the internal displays to work,
where you put the internal display cable? because the mod replaces one?
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#4
Re: Furrtek Virtual boy video out mod
Posted on: 2018/9/4 16:18
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After talking to them apparently it's an adapter that connects between the main VB board and the LED displays.

So it would go like

Main Board -> Virtual Tap Mod -> Regular LED display

The only real modification to the system itself you have to do is to create a hole somewhere in the plastic casing for the video port to come out.

Edit:

As pointed out below, it looks like you'll need to solder the original ribbon cable to connect this board to the original internal displays. Not quite as plug in play as I expected but still great that someone has created this mod.
Edited by ziggaboogi on 2018/9/4 17:23
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#5
Re: Furrtek Virtual boy video out mod
Posted on: 2018/9/4 17:05
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It looks like you have to solder on the display cable to this board to still have the functioning internal display.
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#6
Re: Furrtek Virtual boy video out mod
Posted on: 2018/9/4 17:21
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Oof, yeah it looks like it. I was planning on getting it for a spare head unit that doesn't have the LED boards. So connecting the internal LEDs wasn't really a concern of mine.

I'll edit my earlier post to show it's not quite as easy as cutting a hole.
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#7
Re: Furrtek Virtual boy video out mod
Posted on: 2018/9/4 21:02
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I wish I had the soldering skill to pull that off. I'd love a version of the home console VB that Furrtek made too. I can't begin to imagine what a kit like that would cost.

https://twitter.com/welshwuff/status/1035927080880492544
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#8
Re: Furrtek Virtual boy video out mod
Posted on: 2018/9/4 21:20
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Joined 2017/12/29
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Quote:

retronintendonerd wrote:
I wish I had the soldering skill to pull that off. I'd love a version of the home console VB that Furrtek made too. I can't begin to imagine what a kit like that would cost.

https://twitter.com/welshwuff/status/1035927080880492544

That's cool! So unfortunate that it requires soldering; I'd prefer some kind of no-solder solution that can fit in between the mainboard and the flex cables to the LED boards. I think that would make it possible to sell reversible home console conversion kits.

Might also be cool to have swappable video output boards, so you could choose whether you want SCART, YPbPr, RGBHV/VGA, or HDMI output, assuming it's not feasible to implement more than one at a time.
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#9
Re: Furrtek Virtual boy video out mod
Posted on: 2018/9/5 0:32
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I already asked them and they mentioned that you can install one video board on each side of the main board.

So my current plan is to make a standalone VB console that has both RGB and VGA outputs. Seeing as I have a spare main VB board with no LED displays.
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#10
Re: Furrtek Virtual boy video out mod
Posted on: 2018/9/5 0:46
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Hey,

Just registered to say this: there's no soldering of the ribbon cable required. There are two connectors: one for the provided ribbon cable that goes to the main board, and one for the original display's ribbon cable.

The only soldering required is for the video output and palette switch (7 wires max.)

I'll make that clearer on the page and the install manual soon.

Thanks for your interest in my work :)
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