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    The Nintendo Virtual Boy was released with a design flaw to the LED ribbon cables. Over time, the glue that secures the ribbon cables to the LED displays often degrades. The result is an image that can present itself as faded, with lines, garbled, or even stop working all together. Segasonicfan aims to solve this issue once and for all. The solution is a 2 PCB design that will allow the cable to remain connected without rubbing or degrading over time! Finally, the VB LED problem may have a permanent fix!

    Pre-orders are on-going, and the kit is currently priced at $38.99. Please see the project page link below for more information and to place your order!

    [​IMG] Project Page
    [​IMG] On-going Discussion
    [​IMG] Installation Tutorial
     
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  3. morvoran

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    $38.99??? For two small pass thru pcbs??? Like Chris Rock used to say,"Good Lord that a lotta money!!!"
    I hope this gets cloned fast and sold at a more realistic price.
     
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  4. Latiodile

    Latiodile Profesionnal Scalie
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    honestly, on the scale of console mods, this is reasonable. at least he's not charging $80+ like some other mods i've seen.... or flash carts
     
  5. morvoran

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    Yeah, but those things do more than just pass thru a video signal.
    How much to play vb games with just the audio?!?!
     
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    Latiodile Profesionnal Scalie
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    you realize that sometimes just a ribbon cable can cost like $20 right?
     
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    I still remember the days of shipping my faulty lens to someone who could resolder it. Cost a lot backsback then so this so this definitely seems reasonable now.
     
  8. BaamAlex

    BaamAlex Eduard Pinguingummihals!
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    I don't get it. But what is this?
     
  9. spectral

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    Its also something with a very limited market, it also has to be sold at a price that makes actually bothering to make them worthwhile. Realistically how many of these would sell at any price? There aren't that may VB's out there to begin with and even less with owners who still care about it.
     
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    For those who aren't familiar this is basically a problem for every Virtual Boy because they used cheap glue that dries up to secure the screen ribbon instead of solder
    But there aren't that many Virtual Boys
     
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  11. Silent_Gunner

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    Rhea/Phoebe for the Saturn? Plus the cost of dealing with a seller who's quite the charmer?
     
  12. Pippin666

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    You are literraly a poor pathetic loser. This is not mass produced in a plant. 40$ is damn cheap to revive such a legacy console.

    Pip'
     
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  14. pedro702

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    well i wonder how many clients they will ever have, i mean vb sold like crap and i bet most of them went to a waste long ago, so there are probably very very few people still owning them, and from those the ones that want to fix them or use them is even less percentage...
     
  15. AshuraZro

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    Because his time and effort deserves zero payment, yep. Pay someone for a good job. $40 is a joke for any restoration parts.
     
  16. raxadian

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    Wow, talk about a limited market. You need to have a Virtual Boy to use this.
     
  17. x65943

    x65943 Dr. Rabbi Prince X, Sr., Ed. D.
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    This is really cool, and I am glad to see a nondestructive permanent solution - and very reasonably priced
     
  18. HarvHouHacker

    HarvHouHacker GBAtemp's "Official" Wii Rock Band Hacker
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    VirtualBoy needs the dual displays adjustable for better 3D viewing, not just a ribbon fix. That's where Nintendo went right with the 3DS; a 3D slider that was able to adjust the depth based on eyesight (although the "pop-out" effect always gives me a headache). Similarly, several VR headsets have a wheel to adjust the viewing lenses, so the images are aligned with your eyesight.

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    Look, ma! No hands! Ohhh, I don't feel so good...

    Since I've never owned one, there might have been an attachment or something that attempted to compensate for the headaches by allowing adjustment, but honestly I've never heard of a solution. It was a great concept, but with many flaws that never got ironed out in the finished product.
     
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  19. Latiodile

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    this fix isn't for better vewability, this fix is so the system can last longer without the screens going out
     
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    This will create a very bad chain reaction when someone that buys this will think their VB can be sold x3 times it's real cost just because they think this makes it worth that much, well it doesn't.

    The real oportunity market is very limited for this, and they have to sell each and every single one at a price that allows them to see a profit.
    Most (non open sourced) console mods are very expensive because of this, and to say truth most of them are not even worth the cash nor the time needed to implement them, and just increase the modded console's price at a very unreachable levels for most gamers.

    That, in my opinion, is a waste of resources.
     
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    Hmm yeah, it was released with a single design flaw :P
     
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    Except they don't if you buy in bulk like all manufacturers do or when you're making a product to resell, ribbon cables to buy yourself can literally cost pennies each, we're talking about ribbon cables here, nothing special about them, they carry a signal, voltage and data nothing more.

    That's not me saying this product isn't worth the money btw, if you've got a product nobody else has and it works, you can basically charge what you like.

    I'm pointing out that nobody should be paying $20 for a ribbon cable
     
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  23. Panzerfaust

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    As always: ppl who dont own a VB (or ever played it once) talk the most BS about it.
    I rly like AVGN, but man, how many ppl were influenced by his videos?

    I am someone, who suffered multiple times from the jailbars on my VB. Will order those replacements for sure. 40$ is a steal for a niche product.
     
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