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At wits end with getting my VB to work
Posted on: 9/11 18:34
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Joined 2017/12/14
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When one part of it works another stops
Both screens worked, then they didnt
Sent them off to Theforce, one was to figged to work
Asked and got sent another off Minestorm (thanks again)
Now that one has the problem and the fixed one now seems to be goring wrong
Streaks? cant see any dust on either the PCB, glass or mirror, works fine in the other, (Also the display is getting glitchy)

Is it possible to just hard solder the PCB directly to the connector to do away with all this ribbon cable nonsense?

Or failing that, does anyone have 2 working PCBs they will sell to me?
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#2
Re: At wits end with getting my VB to work
Posted on: 9/11 19:00
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You could have contacted me about this. I will be in the UK around London the 20th through the 26th of October, maybe could swing by if you live around there (do not have your address quickly to know how close you are to London).

Have you tried pulling out the cable just a little bit? Sometimes the connector parts of the cable are dented in too much for a stable connection. Soldering them onto the board itself is a really hard job, one I started with, but will probably never finish, do not have the patience for that at the moment at least.

If that doesn't solve it, swap them around, if the same display still has issues, it needs a retouch, if not, it is your Virtual Boy's motherboard socket.
Edited by TheForce81 on 2018/9/11 19:10
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Re: At wits end with getting my VB to work
Posted on: 9/11 20:41
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Joined 2017/12/29
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The commonly-accepted fix for display glitchiness is, as TheForce81 stated, soldering the ribbon cables to the board; and, from what I've seen, I concur, it is a pain to do, because you need to melt away part of the flex cable's plastic to expose the contacts in order to solder them. (Otherwise, the soldering itself shouldn't be all that difficult if you use the drag technique recommended for the UltraHDMI.)

If TheForce81 isn't up for soldering your flex cables, I'm not sure who would be available near you, since he is currently the only individual listed in the VB Screen Repairs thread who is located in Europe; the other three are in the US.
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Re: At wits end with getting my VB to work
Posted on: 9/11 21:29
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They are already soldered, but he is talking about hard wiring the display boards without the flex cable, that is something else. It can be done, but is a hellish task.
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Re: At wits end with getting my VB to work
Posted on: 9/11 21:49
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Quote:

TheForce81 wrote:
They are already soldered, but he is talking about hard wiring the display boards without the flex cable, that is something else. It can be done, but is a hellish task.

Whoops; my mistake. I wouldn't try that either; assuming the displays are functional, I'd be more inclined to swap in parts from a donor.
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Re: At wits end with getting my VB to work
Posted on: 9/15 6:04
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If pulling them out slightly still doesn't fix it, another thing to try is putting packing tape on the white side of the cable, at the connector end, to make it a bit thicker.

Also, I've never tried it, but maybe something could be used to carefully bend the contacts back out into the cable slot, kinda like (temporarily) repairing an old NES cart connector, back in the day :grin:
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