Introduction

Sometimes the buttons on the device may stick or become unresponsive, requiring replacement. This guide shows how to replace buttons on the Game Boy Color.

  1. Locate the battery compartment on the back of the Game Boy Color. Push down on the tab and hinge the cover downwards and outwards to remove the battery cover.
    • Locate the battery compartment on the back of the Game Boy Color.

    • Push down on the tab and hinge the cover downwards and outwards to remove the battery cover.

  2. Remove the batteries from the battery compartment.
    • Remove the batteries from the battery compartment.

  3. Using a Y1 screwdriver, remove the six screws on the back of the device as pictured.  The bottom two screws are located inside of the battery compartment.
    • Using a Y1 screwdriver, remove the six screws on the back of the device as pictured. The bottom two screws are located inside of the battery compartment.

  4. Gently lift and separate the back housing from the rest of the device.  Now you've got the back housing out! Gently lift and separate the back housing from the rest of the device.  Now you've got the back housing out!
    • Gently lift and separate the back housing from the rest of the device. Now you've got the back housing out!

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  6. Push up on the tabs on either side of the ribbon with a spudger.
    • Push up on the tabs on either side of the ribbon with a spudger.

  7. Gently remove the ribbon cable from the port
    • Gently remove the ribbon cable from the port

  8. Using the Phillips #1 screwdriver, remove the 3 screws shown in the picture. Using the Phillips #1 screwdriver, remove the 3 screws shown in the picture.
    • Using the Phillips #1 screwdriver, remove the 3 screws shown in the picture.

  9. Gently lift the motherboard from the front housing.
    • Gently lift the motherboard from the front housing.

  10. Remove the rubber backing on each button grouping.
    • Remove the rubber backing on each button grouping.

  11. Remove the original buttons from the housing.
    • Remove the original buttons from the housing.

Conclusion

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

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Thank you for your information on repair of my color game boy.

just two things.

1. I had a hard time with the removal of the screws. Any tip on that would be helpful.

2. Where can I purchase replacement parts?

Thanks again for all of your help.

Ray Blasko

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