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    VMU Battery Pack Extension FAQ by UltraSuperSaiyan

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                              VISUAL MEMORY UNIT
    
                    VMU:  Battery Pack Extension Experiment
                             Platform:  Dreamcast
                            Version:  Final Version
                      ID:  Kurtis “UltraSuperSaiyan” Mays
                       E-mail:  LeJune_Mays@Hotmail.com
                      Created:  February 24, 2001  2:05 PM
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    Table of contents
    
    I. Legal Rights
    
    II. Introduction
    
    III. Experiment:  How to create your own battery pack extension
    
         A. Materials and Equipment Required
         B. Procedure (Very simplistic step by step)
         C. Trouble Shooting
    
    IV. Special advantages for your new battery pack
    
    V. Contact Information
    
    VI. About Myself
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    I. Legal Rights   (special attention Webmasters and Web abusers)
    
          I will allow anyone who wants to use this FAQ on his or her     
    Official Websites, Only if you contact me and ask me or I specifically send 
    it directly to you.  If you do have my permission, you must make sure that I 
    have Full Credit for the production of this FAQ that you are using on your 
    Website.
    
       Copyright:
          © Copyright 2001-2002 Kurtis “UltraSuperSaiyan” Mays.   No one may 
    change or use for any type of illegal profit.  It may be reproduce and 
    Printed for personal or private use. My FAQ can only be placed in a magazine 
    or Publication if you contact me and I give you my approval and you must be 
    sure to give me full credit.
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    II. Introduction
    
          The purpose for this Experiment, is for everyone who is having trouble 
    with the short life span of the VMU batteries while operating their VMU’s 
    hand held features.  This Experiment will show you how to make a battery 
    pack extension and to properly connect it to your VMU without causing any 
    damage to your VMU.  When this Experiment is completed, you will have a very 
    close to everlasting batteries, plus many more different and helpful 
    advantages for the use of your VMU hand held game play, which I will be 
    discussing later in this Experiment.
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    III.	Experiment:  How to create you own battery pack extension
    
         A. Materials and Equipment Required
    
    1. Visual Memory Unit
    
    2. Phillips Screw Driver
    
    3. Needle Nose Pliers
    
    4. This is only for those who know how to solder. Red     and black Wire 
    [From Radio Shack (3 feet + recommended)].  If you do not know how to 
    solder, do not use wire.
    
    5. This is for those who do not know how to solder.  A pair of Red and black 
    wire leads will alligator clips on each end. From Radio Shack
    
    6. Battery Bracket (which contains the space for 4 AA batteries with two 
    external wires) From Radio Shack
    
    7. 4 AA batteries
    
    8. Soldering Iron. (This is only for those who know how to solder)
    
    9. Solder. (For those who solder)
    
    10. Electrical Tape (Any hardware Store)
    
    11. Velcro (any store) Not Required, Optional
    
         B. Procedure (very simplistic step by step)
    
    Step: 1.Take your Battery Bracket (6) and 4 AA batteries (7).  Place the 
    batteries inside the brackets.  Make sure all the batteries are turn in the 
    proper directions.  Now take your Electrical tape (11) and place a couple of 
    strips across your batteries so the will not fall out.   If you have done 
    this correctly, you now have yourself a battery pack.  Place it aside for 
    later use.
    
    Step: 2.Pick up your VMU (1) as if you are going to play it	. Then flip it 
    over to the left or to the right.  Now your VMU’s Battery cover end should 
    be the closest to you.  Take your Phillips Screw Driver (2) and open the 
    cover and remove your VMU batteries. (You will not need them neither your 
    VMU cover anymore).
    
    Step: 3.Your VMU should still be in the same position (Cover end closest to 
    you).  Notice the bigger spring type tab in the bottom of your VMU where you 
    removed your batteries and a smaller 2-prong tab sticking out from right 
    side.  Take your Needle Nose Pliers (3) and straighten that 2-prong tab out 
    as much as you can.
    
    Step: 4a.(For those who do not know how to solder) Take your Red and Black 
    leads with the alligator clip ends (5).  Clip one end of the black lead to 
    the big tab in the bottom of the VMU and clip one end of the red lead to the 
    smaller 2-prong tab sticking out of the right side.  Now take your Battery 
    Pack that you put together earlier.  Notice the 2 red and black wires on the 
    battery pack.  Now it is just a simple game of Matching colors.  Hook the 
    clip at the other end of the black lead from the VMU to the black wire of 
    the battery pack.  Then, connect the clip at the other end of the red lead 
    from the VMU to the red wire of the battery pack.  Your VMU should beep to 
    conform that you have connected your VMU properly.
    
    Step: 4b.(For those who solder) Take your Red and Black wires (4), Soldering 
    Iron (8), and Solder (9).  Follow the same instructions listed in 4A, except 
    where it tells you to hook or connect, you will actually be soldering.
    
    Step: 5.Take the electrical tape (10).  Tape up your wires as if your are 
    trying to cover up a cut on your arm.  Rap tape firmly where you can see any 
    bare wire.  Of course, you can’t really put any tape around the alligator 
    clips, so everyone who is using the soldering technique will not have to 
    worry about any wires coming loose. WARNING- DO NOT PUT TOO MUCH TAPE AROUND 
    YOUR VMU, OR IT WILL NOT FIT INTO YOUR DREAMCAST CONTROLLER.
    
    Step: 6.Finally, the Velcro (11), is for you to decide a very stable place 
    to place your battery pack while you are using your VMU.  (Optional)  I 
    recommend the Velcro if your are using alligator clips.
    
         C. Trouble Shooting
    
    Q:  If my VMU did not beep after I connected my battery pack?
    
    A:  1) Make sure your batteries are in the Battery bracket correctly.  2) 
    Check to make sure you have your wires connected properly. 3) Check your 
    wire connection points. 3) Make sure your batteries are not already dead if 
    you did not buy new batteries.
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    IV.	Special Advantages for your new battery pack
    
    1) With my new battery pack, I am able to play VMU for days without one sign 
    of my batteries getting low.
    
    2) If my batteries die, I will not have to go buy a brand new memory card as 
    many others do.
    
    3) If my AA’s ever die.  I do not have to worry about looking for those very 
    rare expensive batteries.  I can go to the nearest store and grab a pack of 
    AA’s.
    
    4) My battery pack has not run low since I have created it.
    
    5) I have no problem inserting my VMU into my controller.
    
    6) You would think that the battery pack would be heavy, its not.
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    V. Contact Information
    
    You can contact me at Lejune_Mays@hotmail.com.  I am usually lurking around 
    in the GameFaqs message boards and Chats under they name 
    UltraSuperSaiyan.com
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    VI. About My Self
    
    I am currently in college studying to be an Electronic Engineer Technician.  
    I think every heavy gamer should be in this field,  we can come up with more 
    ideas like this one.  I am mean this was to easy, because almost every 
    assignment I turn in has to be in some sort of report or a speech such as 
    this one.
    
    

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