Game Boy Headphone Jack Replacement

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How to install a new headphone jack.

How to remove and replace a headphone jack on an Original Game Boy system.

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Edit Step 1 Outer Case  ¶ 

  • Remove any games from the device.

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Edit Step 2  ¶ 

  • Remove the battery cover from the back of the device.

  • Remove the batteries.

  • There should be two screws underneath the batteries.

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  • Remove the six screws on the back of the device and set aside for later.

  • Some Game Boys may have tri-wing screws securing the back case rather than Phillips. A special screwdriver may be required.

  • Warning - Be careful not to strip the screws.

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  • Gently separate the device's front outer casing from the back outer casing.

  • Warning - Do not damage the connecting ribbon cable pulling the outer casing completely apart.

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  • Move the screen side of the outer casing down to expose the ribbon cable connector.

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  • Grip the ribbon connector with your thumb and forefinger.

  • Warning - pull on the actual connector, not the ribbon.

  • Pull gently until the connector comes out of its socket.

  • The front and back of the device should completely separate.

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  • Put the back of the device (pictured) aside.

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Edit Step 8 Headphone Jack  ¶ 

  • The headphone jack is located on the bottom of the rear outer casing, right near the battery compartment.

  • Dislodge it by removing the two screws that attach it to the casing. Use a Phillips #00 Screw Driver.

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  • Once the headphone jack is detached it will dangle by the wires attached to the main circuit board. Do not worry about the connections, they are solid and will not break.

  • Remove the two screws that hold the main circuit board to the casing. Use a Phillips #00 Screw Driver. This will allow access to the connection points of the headphone jack.

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  • Use an iPod opening tool to remove the main circuit board from the casing. Be careful and try to use all sides to get an easy removal.

  • Once the main circuit board is removed, set aside the outer casing.

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  • The connections to the headphone jack are on the main circuit board. You can fix it by removing those connections and replacing them with a new headphone jack.

  • The other connections are on the circuit that contains the headphone jack. The connections can be severed here too, and a new circuit with headphone jack can be replaced.

  • These connections are desoldered and re soldered with the new component.

To reassemble your device, follow these instructions in reverse order.

For more information, check out the Game Boy device page.

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