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VB Rumble Pak

Here is how to hook up a Game Boy Color Rumble Pack by Nyko to the Virtual Boy. You can get one from Baysoft Games.



You will need:

* Rumble Pack
* Virtual Boy
* Soldering Iron
* Solder
* Drill/Drill Bits
* Phillips Screw Driver
* About 20 ft. of wire
* 1/8" 3-Conductor headphone jack
* 1/8" 3-Conductor headphone plug.

I recommend you have:
* Super Glue
* Needle Nose Pliers
* Sticky foam tape
* Multimeter
* Electrical Tape
* 6"x2"x1" Project Box.

(Most of these can be found at Radio Shack)

Setting up the Electronics:

First you pull the circuit board from the plastic case that it comes in (You will probably have to drill the screws out because they used a trianglular shaped screw head.

Then you want to desolder the wires for the speakers (unless you want to use them)

Note: You should either be very careful with all the wires (theirs are very cheap and break easily), or desolder all of them and resolder better wires (what I did)

Depending on how you plan to mount this, you may have to put longer wires on for the battery.You will have to put longer wires for the motor and the audio cable.I put about 3ft. of cable for the motor, and you should put about 2ft. for the audio cable.

Mark which wire is Positive and Negative and desolder the wires for the motor and solder 3ft. wires to the motor and circuit board.

Motorwire

Desolder the wires for the power out and audio in (odd shaped plug)

Solder the three wires for the audio in to a 1/8"headphone plug, and to the circuit board where you desoldered the audio wires in the previous step.(Put the plastic cover for the plug on the wire before soldering.)

Find a suitable place in the controller to mount the motor and drill a hole to run the wire through.(I put mine in the AC Adaptor) (Mount the motor in the foam tape and make sure it is tight in the controller so it doesn't rattle).

Motor

If you plan to use the project box then do the following steps:

Open

Cut out the screw holes from two opposite corners so the board and battery pack will fit in.

Drill holes in the sides of the box that line up with the jacks, switches, and adjustment wheel on the board.

Drill a hole in the top lined up with the light so you can tell when it is on.

Take the foam tape and put it on the bottom of the board and battery pack and stick them into the plastic box lining up with the holes.

Cut out a notch for the two sets of wires (motor and audio in wires) in the box.

Put the lid on and put the two screws in the corners.

If you made it the same as mine, it should look like this completed

Connected

Setting up the Virtual Boy

You must first pull the Virtual Boy apart enough so you can get to the speakers.

The first thing you want to do is flip the Virtual Boy over and locate the 12 screws.
Bottom

The next thing you want to do is remove the visor.
No Visor

Then you have to remove the screws, which can be done by having the right screwdriver or making one. (I made one)

To make one, take a flat head screwdriver and use a dremel tool to notch out a piece of the screwdriver so it grabs the notches in the screw.
Screwdriver

Here's a closeup of the head.
Screwdriver Head

The first thing to remove is the bottom plate that attaches to the stand.
1

Then remove the bottom half.
2

Then spin it around and remove the eye pieces.
3

Then remove the side speakers and unscrew the boards attached.
4

Then lift the insides out of the red plastic top.
5

Then you have the center module of the Virtual Boy which has nothing that can be really taken apart.
6

(Basically what you will be doing is adding another headphone jack, but this one won't turn off the speakers).

Then drill a hole in the bottom of the VB for the 1/8" headphone jack to screw into and put it in (make sure it won't interfere with the insides of the VB).
Bottom

Bottom

Solder a wire to the positive and negative of each speaker (4 wires total) (make sure they are long enough to reach the jack) (negative is the striped cable - I think)

VBSpeakers

Connect the 2 negative wires together and solder them both to the negative terminal of the headphone jack

Solder one of the other wires to one of the positive terminals on the headphone jack, and the other to the other positive.

Screw the VB back together and plug the box into the new jack.

Plug in the box and turn it on, make sure the switches are set where you want them and try it out.

If you don't get vibration, try headphones in the headphone jack on the box.If you don't have sound, you may have to hook up the negative of the battery to the negative of the audio in plug. (not sure why, but that's what I had to do, must have lost connection somewhere).If you do get sound but no vibration, check your connection to your motor from the board.

If you have any questions or comments about how to do this or on this how-to, please E-Mail me at virtual.boy@mchsi.com.