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Over 600 Virtual boy consoles repaired between PlanetVB Nintendoage and ebay! with a 100% satisfaction!

I use high grade hakko solder equipment with a micro soldering iron, microscope, and leaded solder to repair your console! I’ve been soldering for over 15 years!
If you have further issues with your console pm me. I can fix more than just the displays.

~~(Price for solder fix)~~

For 44.99 by Paypal will cover one virtual boy console or both displays. Shipping cost details are below. If you have two consoles its 89.98

I’ll also clean your console of dirt and dust and shine it up including buffing the red lenses (if needed) as a free bonus.

~~(Return Shipping cost and packing instructions)~~

1 VB console with 200 insurance is (17.99) USPS medium flat rate. (no insurance is 14.35)

2 VB consoles 400 insurance is (25.99) USPS large flat rate. (no insurance 19.99)

Displays: with 200 insurance is (10.49) USPS small flat rate. insurance increases per pair of displays.
(no insurance 7.99)

Displays (basic shipping):
bubble mailer well packed, no insurance 4.49

A console fits in a medium flat rate and 2 console in a large flat rate box via usps.

Displays can be taped inside a CD case and mail via bubble mailer or in a small flat rate box.
displays must be in paper towels as they’re static sensitive!

The screw driver to take apart your console is dirt cheap from china if you want to save some money via shipping
https://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_from=R40&_nkw=4.5mm+Security+Screw+Driver&_sacat=0&_sop=15

Please Note:
I recommend you insure your Console/displays. If your console/displays gets damaged or lost in shipping.
I will not cover your item.

Please only send your head unit. the visor can be removed by pulling on it. don’t forget your game in the console.
I can get the repair done with in 2 to 5 days of receiving your console.

~~(Contact)~~

janevgen@sbcglobal.net is my direct contact.

PM me with the title (VB repair and your name) so i can send you my paypal and shipping address to get the repair process started with you.

If you send a PM to me here. please check back on your profile to see my reply to your message as i check this site often.

Having this repair done will greatly increase the lifespan and value of your console. All non fixed VB console will fail over time. My work can be seen below. thank you for your interest!

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Hi! Your problem is a very common issue with Virtual Boy systems. Nintendo decided to go cheaper with the the ribbon cables that connect the LED’s to the main board, and attached them together with glue instead of being soldered, so over a long period of time, those wires eventually lift off the board and the connection becomes loose, which results in a glitchy image/no image at all. 99% of the time this is the issue, and there’s two methods to fixing it:

Method one is the oven trick. For both methods you’re going to need a long 4.5mm GameBit screwdriver, which are easy to find online. Here’s a link to the cheapest one I could find (about $3.50)

https://www.ebay.com/i/333358482683?chn=ps&norover=1&mkevt=1&mkrid=711-117182-37290-0&mkcid=2&itemid=333358482683&targetid=537215818288&device=c&mktype=pla&googleloc=9006781&poi=&campaignid=6470552772&mkgroupid=81274341727&rlsatarget=aud-412677883135:pla-537215818288&abcId=1139336&merchantid=6296724&gclid=CjwKCAiAlajvBRB_EiwA4vAqiPlgxGELI-GHIXn920WzXicvoexpdHv8PjEl5mDtCSvnI9cpvm1TpxoCwVQQAvD_BwE

The oven method involves taking out the eyepiece(s) that aren’t working, and putting them in the oven (I know it sounds crazy, but it’s a good temporary fix) putting them in around 200-250 degrees Fahrenheit for around 90-120 seconds will melt the glue enough that you can take the eyes out and press onto the glue to re-seal that connection, and get your virtual boy’s lens working again. Note though that this method is temporary, and eventually over time the glue will lift again, and the eyes will need to have this method performed again to work, and this method may also take a few tries to work. Here’s a video showing it in action and showing the disassembly of the virtual boy itself.

Method two involves soldering the connection to replace the loose glue connection. All virtual boys will have the connection become loose at some point, and replacing it with solder ensures the eyes to last a very long time, and is the most recommended method by far. I bought a broken virtual boy with no picture, and after soldering both eyes, the connection is not only perfect, but has lasted me a long time. This method does require intermediate soldering skills however, as you need to re-flow solder across pins on a ribbon cable, but this was the first time I ever soldered and I got it to work first try. If you’re confident in yourself and want to try this method for yourself, you can follow this video that I did, he does a really good job of explaining everything you need to know about soldering those cables for beginners.

But if you don’t want to risk ruining your cables, you can always get them solder-fixed by NES Freak. I have heard nothing but good things about him, and although I haven’t had anything soldered by him, he has answered questions in the past, and been a great help to me, and I highly recommend his services. He has info about sending your virtual boy in and other details on the first page of this thread, and he answers all of your questions if you send him a PM about it. If he doesn’t respond to a PM, you can reach him by phone from his business “Nerdy Dave’s Computers” at (530) 903-3434)

Hopefully I answered your questions, and if not, there is another thread explaining this exact topic here.

https://www.planetvb.com/modules/newbb/viewtopic.php?topic_id=3295

Hope this helps, and you’re able to fix your system to experience the awesome console that is the virtual boy! Have a great one!

Thank you so much Ethan.Snyder98. I was not expecting a reply. My luck on internet forums of getting replies from someone is not great. So I appreciate your quick response, I really do. Thanks for taking the time to write out that long descriptive explanation of my otion of how to get my Virtual Boy fixed. I am looking at the links provided and will decide what I want to do next. I really wanted to play Wario Land again and was bummed when I found out it was busted. So this post is a great relieve and joy for me.

Just got my Virtual Boy back from Nes Freak and it works like a charm! Awesome repairs and fast turnaround as well!
Thank you so much for bringing my baby back to life!

PM sent!

got it 😛

BJoin1979 wrote:
My Virtual boy is acting up. I do not see any 3D depth. I noticed if I close one eye I do not see an image. If I close the other eye I see an image.I am unable to open it because the hole with the screw is to long for a screwdriver. I am not explaning the problem well probably. I would happily send it in for repair to someone. Nintendo is no longer excepting them for repair. Can I get the info on how to send this in for repair here.

i sorry i missed your question. christmas was very busy month for me so i some how missed it. this i why pming me is important cause i will see that 😛

PM Sent

PM Sent. 🙂

I’d like to add to this thread. I purchased repair service of Nes Freak, and from sending my screens/ribbons in the mail to getting them back in my hands was a week. The work done is really good. I am happy at the quality and price. I just wanted to leave this here as a testimonial. Would recommend

Jumping on the bandwagon, I sent my VB to Nes Freak for repair and couldn’t be happier with the service. He was extremely responsive with his communication, and fixed the several issues that I was having. Would definitely recommend to anyone who has any VB issues 🙂

im glad i could be of service! thank you any enjoyed your fixed console 😛

Hi,
my VB unit also had a glitchy eye that I was able to fix by heating the cable and applying pressure again (no oven but heat air gun, so I think it was rather gentle in comparison).
That fixed it but only so far it seems. More recently it fails again (same eye). So I really want this fixed in a more permanent way. Any suggestions whom to address best when shipping from Germany/Europe?
I would probably sent in both sides then, naturally.
Thank you for any help.
Cheers
Martin

Hey Martin! I got my VBs solder fixed by TheForce81, based in the Netherlands. Great guy, recommended! https://www.planetvb.com/modules/usercenter/index.php?section=profile&uid=1229

Ah, thanks alot! I will contact him 🙂

enthusi wrote:
Ah, thanks alot! I will contact him 🙂

hes good like me so you should like his work 😛 good luck with the repair!

Thanks,
I got no reply so far though, and it seems he wasn’t even logged in since November ’19 so maybe he takes a rest 🙁

@Nes freak, do you have (good) experience with VB eyes being shipped from/to Europe/Germany? 🙂

I want to follow up that I had my Virtual Boy fixed by Nes Freak. I just got it back. He did a great job! It works like new and I am pretty sure he cleaned it too. He got it back to me fast and was a joy to interact with on here. Thank you NesFreak!

thank you 😛 enjoy your fixed console!

 

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