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Virtual Ribbon Replacement Kit for Nintendo Virtual Boy

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Virtual Ribbon Replacement Kit for Nintendo Virtual Boy
UPDATE: NEW version 4.0! 
  • Improved design for easier installation
  • LED indicator for debugging
 
 
Does your Virtual Boy have Lines in the image?
 
 
Unfortunately, Nintendo didn't have longevity in mind when they made the original Virtual Boy.  The LED eye PCBs are attached with a flimsy ribbon cable that is glued into place.  In the past 25 years, that glue has weakened and resulted in thousands of existing unit failures. 
 
 

ENTER THE

 
 
 
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Unlike existing solutions that melt or patch the 25-year-old lackluster cable, the VIRTUAL RIBBON is a 100% replacement adapter board that solders into place and is VERY sturdy.  It's an upgrade designed to outlive the weak humans that dare to explore the realm of the VIRTUAL BOY.

 
 
Includes:
  • 2x PCB Sets (unassembled)

  • 2x NEW Ribbon Cables

  • 2x Connectors

  • 2x LEDs and 2x resistors 


Install notes:

 
*These boards require expert  soldering skills* Must be good with 0.5mm pitch installs

(TSSOP size)

 

Recommended / required tools:

 

Click here for how to remove the LED PCBs.

 

We offer an installation service if you want to mail in your Virtual Boy to us instead.  

Click Here to purchase this unit with the installation included

 

 

 

 Return Notice:

Please note: The PCB kits are sold "as is" with no refunds, returns, or warranty of any kind.

Failed installs could permanently damage your Virtual Boy console.  Attempt install at your own risk.

PCBs installed by  Stone Age Gamer come fully tested with a 90 day warranty.

 

 

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2 Reviews

  • 5
    Tricky mod, but works great

    Posted by Marcus on Oct 17th 2022

    This is a fantastic mod for the Virtual Boy. It’s far sturdier than the original garbage ribbon cables and provides crisp, clean images for the Virtual Boy if done correctly.

    However, this isn’t an easy mod. Please do yourself a favor and watch SSFD’s how-to video. If you don’t think you can do it, please just pay the extra for the install service. If you choose to do it, though, here are my tips for it: you NEED a chisel tip. Getting heat down at the seam where the two PCBs meet is very important, and fat tips don’t like to give a lot of heat there. On that note, don’t mess around with the tips of the traces on the original PCB. Those traces WILL move around if they’re heated too much, and when that happens, it gets so much harder. Next, make absolutely sure your alignment is spot on. If you’re off and you start tacking the mod down to the display, you’re probably not going to safely get it off for a readjustment (I found that one out the hard way). And don’t skimp on that multimeter either. You’ll probably never know you’re off on a pin connection without it.

    Again, though, this mod is well worth it and will definitely make your headaches crystal clear again.

  • 5
    The ultimate upgrade/repair

    Posted by Mat on Mar 21st 2022

    Bought a couple of these repair kits for some of my Virtual Boys. My god what an upgrade over the previous "Oven" fix or even the tricky older style solder fix, which usually ended up in melted ribbons. Honestly these are quite intimidating to put together, but patience and good solder/flux makes this a breeze. Now very happy to have several permantly fixed VB's. Also the creator has a very detailed YouTube vid to guide you through the build, watch that first and you'll be enjoying red headaches in no time! ;)