Game Boy Screen Replacement

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How to install a new Game Boy screen. Note - you will need to know how to solder to carry out this game boy repair.

  • Author: Andrew Tramposch
  • Time required: 30 to 60 Minutes
  • Difficulty: Very difficult

How to install a replacement Game Boy black and white LCD screen.

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Edit Step 1 Outer Case  ¶ 

  • Remove any games from the device.

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  • 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 Screen  ¶ 

  • Remove the 10 screws that connect the circuit board to the outer case.

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  • Remove the circuit board from the outer case using a plastic opening tool.

  • Take care to gently pry around the entire outside edge of the circuit board until you can easily remove the board without force.

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  • Set the outer case aside.

  • Push the the three plastic hooks out and down.

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  • Flip the circuit board over revealing the device screen.

  • Remove the two screws connecting the screen and the circuit board.

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  • Locate the two surface mount attachments.

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  • Desolder each surface mount and remove the screen from the circuit board.

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  • Place the new screen in the same position as the old one on the circuit board.

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  • Solder the mounts on the circuit in the same place as the previous mounts.

  • Allow the Gameboy sit and cool undisturbed before moving onto next step.

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  • Replace the two screws.

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  • Reverse steps to reassemble.

  • Before reassembly make sure the button pads are in place.

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

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

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