Disassembling Game Boy Outer Case

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How to take off the outer case to reach the internal components.

This guide explains how to remove the outer case so that you can access the internal components of the Game Boy. This will be helpful for other guides related to this hand-held gaming console.

Edit Step 1 Remove Games  ¶ 

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Edit Step 1 Remove Games  ¶ 

  • Make sure to remove any games from the Nintendo Game Boy system.

Edit Step 2 Batteries  ¶ 

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Edit Step 2 Batteries  ¶ 

  • Hold the Game Boy console screen-side down in your hand as displayed in the image on the left.

  • The Nintendo Game Boy hand-held gaming console uses four standard alkaline Double A (AA) batteries.

Edit Step 3 Spring-Clip  ¶ 

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Edit Step 3 Spring-Clip  ¶ 

  • Use your fingernail or a small coin to get underneath the battery cover latch. Gently pry the plastic piece loose and proceed to remove the battery cover.

    • This spring-clip is prone to breaking, so use caution when removing the battery cover.

    • Note the presence of multiple plastic tabs at the bottom of the battery cover; this is important during re-assembly. The Game Boy console has indentations at the bottom of the console that correspond to slots on the battery cover.

Edit Step 4 Battery Removal  ¶ 

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Edit Step 4 Battery Removal  ¶ 

  • Remove each battery. Prying outward from the positive (+) terminal is the easiest way.

    • Dispose of used batteries properly!

Edit Step 5 Plastic Compartment underneath batteries  ¶ 

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Edit Step 5 Plastic Compartment underneath batteries  ¶ 

    • Prior to putting in new batteries, note the direction each battery should face. The positive (+) side will be on the opposite side of the spring, while the negative (-) side of the battery connects to the spring. This is clearly labeled on the plastic inside the battery compartment.

    • After fresh AA alkaline batteries have been inserted correctly, replace the battery compartment cover with care.

      • Always use a complete set of four fresh batteries when replacing old ones. Never mix old batteries with new ones.

Edit Step 6 Outer Case Prepping the console for disassembly  ¶ 

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Edit Step 6 Outer Case Prepping the console for disassembly  ¶ 

  • Before commencing disassembly of the Game Boy console, make sure to remove any games from the device.

Edit Step 7 Battery Removal  ¶ 

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Edit Step 7 Battery Removal  ¶ 

  • Remove the battery cover from the back of the device. Use the spring-clip at the top of the battery cover to remove the cover. If you have any issues, refer to "Game Boy Battery Replacement".

    • Remove the AA batteries, and put in safe location for re-assembly.

    • On the plastic located underneath the batteries, please note the location of two screws.

Edit Step 8 Screws on Outer Back Casing  ¶ 

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Edit Step 8 Screws on Outer Back Casing  ¶ 

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

    • There are some Game Boy consoles that may have tri-wing screws instead of Phillips head screws securing the back of the console. In this case you would need to use a different screwdriver.

      • Be careful when removing screws. You do NOT want to strip them!

Edit Step 9 Separating the Front Case from the Back Case  ¶ 

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Edit Step 9 Separating the Front Case from the Back Case  ¶ 

  • Gently separate the device's front outer casing from the back outer casing. There is a ribbon that still connects the two pieces so be careful to not separate the pieces too far.

    • Warning - Be careful to not damage the connecting ribbon cable while pulling the back outer casing away from the front casing.

Edit Step 10 Ribbon Cable Connector  ¶ 

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Edit Step 10 Ribbon Cable Connector  ¶ 

  • Pull the front side of the outer plastic casing down to expose the ribbon cable connector. Be careful when doing this step.

Edit Step 11 Dismounting the Ribbon Connector  ¶ 

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Edit Step 11 Dismounting the Ribbon Connector  ¶ 

  • Grip the ribbon connector with your thumb and forefinger. Pull gently until the connector comes out of its socket.

  • WARNING - Pull gently on the connector (not the ribbon itself).

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

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

Edit Step 12 Circuit Board and Front Side (Screen Side)  ¶ 

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Edit Step 12 Circuit Board and Front Side (Screen Side)  ¶ 

  • Hold the front side of the console screen-side down in your hand. Refer to the image pictured to the left. Put the outer back casing of the device to the side for the moment.

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

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

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U need a tri-wing screwdriver not a Philips #00

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