Game Boy Color Restoration + Front Light Mod

I recently got hold of a Game Boy Color.

It’s in need of some TLC as the battery panel is missing. screen is scratched and the sound is a little low. I plan to restore it to it’s former glory and also modify it so it can be played in the dark.

Here is the unit

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and as you can see here… the screen is rather scratched…

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I plan to recap the console, replace the screen cover, add a front light to the screen and also give it a new battery cover.

More updates very soon…

So here we go! Most of the parts have arrived so let’s restore and mod this little beast!

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tri wing screw driver, Loca glue, LED front light and the soon to be, awesome GBC.

Disassembly time…

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Cleaning the residue off from the old screen cover with rubbing alcohol.

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Some prehistoric wotsits inside the case… lovely!

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Time for an anti bacterial bath.

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All clean.

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New screen cover fitted.

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Time to work on the hardware… bye bye old dried up capacitors.

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All done.

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Time to fit the LED panel to the LCD screen.

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To dry the glue, you need UV light with Loca glue. Luckily the sun was sort of out today.

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While i was waiting for the glue to dry i decided to change out the power LED for a blue one because.. well, why not.

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Done.

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Glue dried so now time to remove the sponge backing to the LCD so that the new panel will fit in the case.

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Also cleaned out the control rubbers.

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With the backing removed.. time to fit.

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PCB on.

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Soldered the + and – to a 5v source and ground.

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Back together! ready for testing.

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Removing the protective film for the new screen cover.

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Now that, looks good!!! No more scratches.

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Power on… and…….

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Looking great! and with nice loud sound now too thanks to the caps.

All done!

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