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An idea: Replacement VB displays, that produce larger images?
Posted on: 2/15 1:23
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Joined 2011/1/8
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Whew, it's been a while since I was here...

Anyways, I'm older, wiser, stupider, and have broken a few electronics while trying to repair them.

My Nintendo Virtual Boy is no exception, unfortunately. I tried to preemptively affix the connection with the traditional solder fix, but I underestimated how fragile it actually is. (It was genuinely a near-success, but like I said, they really did not adhere the contacts properly.)

Also, one thing that I discovered upon receiving my console back in 2011 was that the displayed area was far smaller than I expected.

Thus, I have an idea.

LEDs have gotten to the point where small LEDs (as in, about as small as a ballpoint pen mark) can be purchased and used by the consumer. The size of these LEDs are .125mm on-average. Yes, theyíre larger than the original, but I think 224 of them could fit within the confines of the display. Thereís a bit more space between the display cover and the supporting frame, plus space on the back for anything extra.

Iím experienced in art, which has extended to designing PCBs. (No, Iím not manufacturing it. Thatís too much and takes a lot of work, even for simple boards.)

What if I were able to design a display that was not only larger in perception but could use modern parts, and was just as modular as the original? I mean, how complex are the two chip-die strips flanking the LEDs on the display?

Plus, I don't see too many bond wires attaching to those strips, so there's got to be a way to make the logic for the LEDs from modern parts.
Edited by T-SqProductions on 2020/2/15 5:37
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Re: An idea: Replacement VB displays, that produce larger images?
Posted on: 2/15 1:44
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Joined 2011/1/8
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By the way, here was my attempt at soldering the cable to the display:

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Re: An idea: Replacement VB displays, that produce larger images?
Posted on: 2/16 9:31
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Joined 2019/10/13
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I'd say that looks pretty good! It might need a few coats of solder and some time to rest (a few I did took up to three coats to have a good connection because of the glue) So I'd try a few more before giving up on it. As for the LED, the virtual boy is in desperate need of a replacement LED option. Once an LED goes bad on one, or gets lost/damaged, there's no way to fix it unless you buy an entirely new console. As the LED's are the most common part by far to go bad, creating a new one is a welcome idea, but would take machine-processed boards to assemble, and I guess the payoff and demand isn't high enough to create something like this.
I'm not sure about the larger LED's, they're designed as the size they are to just fit on the mirrors, so multiple parts would have to be replaced to get larger LED to function properly, unless it did fit like you said might work. If one was made in the same size as the original however, there would definitely be an interest for them. (I'd buy some if they were available in a heartbeat)
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