Introduction

Fixing the common problem of lines/bars on the original Nintendo GameBoy

Remove the back housing by removing the 6 Tri-Point or Philip screws.
  • Remove the back housing by removing the 6 Tri-Point or Philip screws.

    • Note: The last 2 screws are in the battery compartment.

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Carefully lift up the top half of the system. Be careful, there's a ribbon cable that connects the top and bottom half of the system.
  • Carefully lift up the top half of the system. Be careful, there's a ribbon cable that connects the top and bottom half of the system.

  • Remove the ribbon cable for the next step.

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  • Now there will be screws that mount the board to the front, carefully unscrew these.

  • Now remove the board from the housing.

  • Now put the batteries back into the compartment, so you can test the screen while you fix it.

  • Reconnect the the board to back housing with the ribbon cable.

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  • You're now going to turn the contrast ( the slider on the left) all the way up, and take your soldering iron and gently move it back and forth on the ribbon cable below the screen.

    • Make sure not to touch the screen itself.

    • Note: There may be a rubber strip covering the ribbon.

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  • You will start to see the lines of pixels fade in and out, keep moving your iron back and forth until screen is completely black.

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Conclusion

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

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