^I'll try to download VBA 1.8.0 b3 next time, and do what you're telling me, when I use the laptop again.
And yes. VBA-M apparently doesn't play colorized GB hacks, I think. Or is not compatible. Or something.
Also, did you experienced the ROM running really fast?
How accurate is VBA-M compared to VBA?
One thing I'm pretty sure is bgb has a lot of accuracy options that are turned off by default (so that old, broken homebrew, possibly based on inaccurate/incomplete documentation, can work). I think VBA (original) also favors compatibility over accuracy.
If bgb "works", does the hack still work if you go into the Options, and then the Excaptions tab, and click the "Emulate as in reality".
Just want to check if we're looking at possibly hardware-accuracy issues with "colorization" hacks? (I recall one of them, Super Mario Land, maybe, did have someone go through and check it for compliance.)