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 ________________________________________________________________________ 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 ________________________________________________________________________ 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. ________________________________________________________________________ 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. ________________________________________________________________________ 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. ________________________________________________________________________ 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. ________________________________________________________________________ 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 ________________________________________________________________________ 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.