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.

Edit Step 1 Prepping the console for disassembly  ¶ 

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Edit Step 1 Prepping the console for disassembly  ¶ 

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

Edit Step 2 Battery Removal  ¶ 

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Edit Step 2 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 3 Screws on Outer Back Casing  ¶ 

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Edit Step 3 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 4 Separating the Front Case from the Back Case  ¶ 

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Edit Step 4 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 5 Ribbon Cable Connector  ¶ 

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Edit Step 5 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 6 Dismounting the Ribbon Connector  ¶ 

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Edit Step 6 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 7 Circuit Board and Front Side (Screen Side)  ¶ 

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Edit Step 7 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.

Edit Step 8 Headphone Jack  ¶ 

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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.

Edit Step 9  ¶ 

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Edit Step 9  ¶ 

  • 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.

Edit Step 10  ¶ 

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Edit Step 10  ¶ 

  • Use a plastic opening tool to remove the main circuit board from the casing.

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

Edit Step 11  ¶ 

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Edit Step 11  ¶ 

  • The connections to the headphone jack are on the main circuit board. You can fix the circuit board 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 also, and a new circuit with a headphone jack can be replaced.

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

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

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