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VMU External Power Mod

Post#1 » Sat Jan 24, 2009 5:15 pm

VMU External Power Mod:

This is a step by step guide to help you use your VMU without the use of those CR-2032 batteries that cost a fortune for most people. Note, NO SOLDER REQUIRED.

All the guides I ever found had these mods where you had to have a dremel, Sub-D 25-pin connectors, adhesive tape or solder 100 wires! Screw that, I don't have that much time and want to do this to all my VMU's, so...
This is the birth of this guide.

1. Razor knife or equivalent.
2. Wire (nothing too thick like 22-20 AWG).
3. Two Ring Terminal wire connectors (red is best).
4. A connector (Like an RCA male and female, two Disconnect Spade Terminals, or other...).
5. Wire Strippers (use a knife if you don't have these).
6. Pliers (if you do not have strippers)
7. 6-Volt Power Adapter or a battery pack.
8. A thin phillips screwdriver or "tweeker".
9. The star of this production the Dreamcast VMU (lol).

VMU and Operation Tools (Spidey is Observing)

1. Open the patient (VMU) by removing the batteries (forever) and four corner screws.

2. Prep the wires by stripping the ends and then twist them. The wire should start out at about 13mm (5 inches). The wire I used has a trace (a coloured stripe) on one of the two leads. Coloured wire is also a good idea.

3. Ok, now you need to crimp one end of the wire only with the Ring Terminal connector (pictured below).

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Ring Terminal
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4. Connect them to to the VMU circuit board at the "Blade A" and "Blade B" as indicated below:
a. Connect trace wire (or colour of your choice) to "Blade A" (positive polarity).
b. Solid colour wire (or "other" colour of your choice) to "Blade B" (negative polarity).

Please note the colour of the wire you're using because the polarity will be an issue later. Also, be sure to not screw too tight, or you'll strip out the screw holes.

VMU Blade A & B Locations

5. Notch out the inner bottom housing with a knife (indicated below). The notch out should be at the semi-circle. Be very careful not to put stress on the two speaker wires.

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Notch Locations

6. Now, route the wires around the battery housing and thru the notched section of the VMU.

7. Close up the patient.

8. Now, all you need to do is connect your power source (4 1.5-Volt batteries or 6-Volt power supply). This end of the wiring is up to you to connect. I used male/female disconnect spades, the trace (or coloured) is the negative.

Once connected, turn it onFire it up and you have a working off-line VMU. Now, back to the VMU Super Bowl where I have the Pittsburgh Steelers and Impulse is the Arizona Cardinals...lol!

(Yes, Impulse is actually a Steelers' fan)
Last edited by Bob Dobbs on Tue Apr 27, 2010 10:51 pm, edited 6 times in total.
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Re: VMU External Power Mod

Post#2 » Sat Jan 24, 2009 8:32 pm

Great work Dobbs! This is nice & simple & doesn't take up 8 years of your life! lol. Keep up the good work. ;) {You just had to get that Canadian flag in there... :roll: :lol: }

Go Steelers!

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Re: VMU External Power Mod

Post#3 » Mon Jan 26, 2009 4:17 am

Thanks, Dobbs. I really like your version. The flag had to be there to set he mood.

Arizona?!!! :shock: Thanks :lol:

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Re: VMU External Power Mod

Post#4 » Mon Jan 26, 2009 2:42 pm

smith wrote:Dobbs has Spidey there too. :)

My fav hero! =] :lol:

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Re: VMU External Power Mod

Post#5 » Sun Feb 01, 2009 10:48 am

Fantastic mod, Dobbs!

And that Canadian flag there is pure gold.
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Post#6 » Tue Feb 24, 2009 1:05 pm

Good job. Spider man and the Canadian flag lol

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Re: VMU External Power Mod

Post#7 » Wed May 18, 2011 2:23 am

That its good solution!
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Re: VMU External Power Mod

Post#8 » Wed May 18, 2011 3:43 am

Great idea! I haven't had working batteries in my VMUs for a long time.

I will do that to one of my VMUs this weekend and put on some VMU games.

I just found some at: http://www.rockin-b.de/vmu-all-stars.html

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