How To Fix White Screen On Visual Boy Advance

The Visual Boy Advance is indeed one of the best emulators out there for the Gameboy Advance. It is easy to use and allows you to put cheats, record your gameplay, and do the old quick save, then quick load feature.

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We created our review for Visual Boy Advance along with its pros and cons to help you get started using it.

We highly recommend VBA to players who wish to use cheats in their game, as this emulator fully supports cheating.

However, there are times when people will encounter a problem with the VBA, and one of them is the dreaded white screen. Don’t worry because you can learn how to fix the white screen problem on Visual Boy Advance with these easy steps.

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Methods for Fixing the White Screen Problem in Visual Boy Advance

Solution 1: Download this Visual Boy Advance version

The problem could be that you’re using an older version of the VBA. The VBA had numerous versions back in the day because the newer versions updated something.

You can look for the latest VBA assuming the one you’re using isn’t up to date. You need to download the stable version of VBA for cheating because you can’t just update the one you’re using.

Solution 2: Use Another ROM

It could be a case where the ROM is the problem. There are some ROMs that are faulty and even damaged. You can try using another ROM and see if the problem persists.

Solution 3: Reinstalling VBA

This one may only be applicable for Visual Boy Advance emulators that you get from an app store. You can get them for free, and there are those that you have to pay for.

The problem could be that the VBA isn’t compatible with your current OS. You could also do the good old trick of uninstalling and installing the VBA app again.

Solution 4: Setting Save Type to “Flash 128K”

If all of the above-mentioned solutions won’t alleviate the problem, then this solution usually works most of the time.

Step 1: Go to Options > Emulator

Click on Options in your Visual Boy Advance and then click on Emulator.

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Step 2: Select Save Type

Click on “Save Type”.

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Step 3: Click on Flash 128K

Based on the image below, you need to click on Flash 128K. This changes the save type, and on the image, it is set to Flash 64K.

You don’t need to change it if there isn’t any problem with the game in the first place; hence, it is set to Flash 64K.

Setting it to Flash 128K from the start doesn’t change anything, so you can also do that. Once you’re done setting it to 128K, simply restart or close your VBA and open it again, and everything should be working fine.

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Step 4: Reset your Emulator

Finally, click on “File” -> “Reset“. This is to reset your emulator and save the changes you have just made in the settings.

In closing

Now that you know how to fix the white screen on Visual Boy Advance, you can enjoy your games once again. Not all games or emulators turn to screen white, but in case it happens, you can always fix it with ease using the suggestions above.

Just remember to follow the steps carefully and make sure to back up any important data before making changes to the emulator settings.

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48 thoughts on “How To Fix White Screen On Visual Boy Advance”

  1. I need some help, I’ve been trying to get Pokemon Fire Red to work but it keeps popping up as a white screen, and for some reason the version of VBA I’m using (VBA-M 2.1.4) is the most recent version I could find didn’t help, I reinstalled the rom, nothing, I tried to change the save type, but couldn’t find the option for that on the version I’m using, any ideas how to help (also I know that the rom works as it works with no$gba)

    • Have you tried checking the first solution, which is downloading the version we recommend? This works most of the time to our readers.

  2. Help me! Im stuck on the help section this part “Greetings! This is the help system. call my up whenever and wherever you need by pressing the l or r button. The help messages change to suit the situation, so check them often, please. “

    • Hi Ziadjason, we’re glad to hear that the solution helped you fix the white screen issue and that you can now play your favorite game on Visual Boy Advance. Thanks for letting us know and we’ll keep working to find more solutions for our visitors.

  3. what if they all don’t work
    so I patched ash grey onto a FireRed ROM and it doesn’t show the game
    I use lunarIPS for patching if it helps

  4. Hi, do you know how to do it on mac? Because if I start the game and have the white screen I can’t click on the options. Thank you

  5. Hey! i tried a few methods and while it did start up the sound for me the screen itself is still white. ive tried a few different roms at this point and im not sure how to fix this!

    • I think the same thing is happening to me. I have tried many different roms, but pokemon game roms just don’t work, while other roms of different games do work.

  6. “You can simply download another ROM of the game…”

    Nope! That’s piracy, even if you own the game. How ROMs and piracy work: Even if you own the game, its still illegal to download a copy of the game off the internet, because you’re technically downloading someone else’s copy. HOWEVER, if you rip a ROM of a game off of YOUR LEGITIMATE CARTDRIDGE, that’s perfectly fine.