Introduction

In this guide, we will show you how to remove and replace the motherboard and LCD.

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  • Locate the two circular holes on the side of the Game Boy nearest to the directional pad.

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Image 1/3: You may hear a faint click afterwards. Image 2/3: Use the paper clip to lever the faceplate off from the unit. Image 3/3: Use the paper clip to lever the faceplate off from the unit.
  • Straighten the end of a paper clip and push it into each of the circular holes.

  • You may hear a faint click afterwards.

  • Use the paper clip to lever the faceplate off from the unit.

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Image 1/3: Once the screw has been loosened, lift the cover off the back of the device. Image 2/3: Once the screw has been loosened, lift the cover off the back of the device. Image 3/3: Once the screw has been loosened, lift the cover off the back of the device.
  • Remove the Phillips #00 screw on the side of the Game Boy closest to the directional pad.

  • Once the screw has been loosened, lift the cover off the back of the device.

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Image 1/3: Gently grab the wires. Image 2/3: Gently grab the wires. Image 3/3: Gently grab the wires.
  • Once the back cover is removed, you should see that the battery is connected to the device by two wires and a plastic connector.

  • Gently grab the wires.

I heard of someone doing this and the connecter got stuck in the plug. Is there any other way to do it?

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Image 1/2: Be careful! Don't pull too hard, or you may rip the wires out from the connector. Image 2/2: When putting the battery back into the device, make sure the connector is put in exactly the way it came out.
  • Carefully pull the wires until the connector comes out of the device.

  • Be careful! Don't pull too hard, or you may rip the wires out from the connector.

  • When putting the battery back into the device, make sure the connector is put in exactly the way it came out.

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  • Remove the two tri-wing screws on the top of the Game Boy and the two screws next to the volume/contrast switch.

It would be clearer if this were listed as 2 bullet points.

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Image 1/3: Remove the two tri-wing screws. Image 2/3: Remove the two tri-wing screws. Image 3/3: Remove the two tri-wing screws.
  • Remove the three Phillips #00 screws.

  • Remove the two tri-wing screws.

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  • Lift the back cover off of the Game Boy.

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Image 1/3: As you are pulling off the plastic frame, the shoulder buttons and the volume switch may fall out of the device. Image 2/3: Underneath each shoulder button is a small spring. Do not lose them. Image 3/3: Underneath each shoulder button is a small spring. Do not lose them.
  • Remove the two Phillips #00 screws from the plastic frame.

  • As you are pulling off the plastic frame, the shoulder buttons and the volume switch may fall out of the device.

  • Underneath each shoulder button is a small spring. Do not lose them.

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Image 1/2: Grab the edges of the plastic frame and lift the frame off the motherboard. Image 2/2: Grab the edges of the plastic frame and lift the frame off the motherboard.
  • With a spudger, depress the small clip on the lower right corner of the plastic guard.

  • Grab the edges of the plastic frame and lift the frame off the motherboard.

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  • Remove the two gold Phillips #00 screws from the motherboard.

It's easier and adds less risk of damaging the gold cable to remove the #00 motherboard screw by the d-pad between steps 12 and 13, after the motherboard has been removed from the front plate. This also makes it easier to reassemble if following the steps backwards.

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Image 1/2: With your other hand, pull out the EMI shield until the tab comes out of the front case. Image 2/2: Once the tab is pulled out from the bottom, slide the EMI shield down and out of the device.
  • With one hand, gently slide the top left end of the motherboard up and out of the front case.

  • With your other hand, pull out the EMI shield until the tab comes out of the front case.

  • Once the tab is pulled out from the bottom, slide the EMI shield down and out of the device.

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Image 1/3: Take extreme care when working with the motherboard to avoid damaging the device and its components. Image 2/3: A small ribbon cable connects the start and select buttons to the motherboard. It can rip very easily, so do not pull on it. Image 3/3: Lift the motherboard and the front plastic cover assembly off of the front case.
  • The entire motherboard is now accessible.

  • Take extreme care when working with the motherboard to avoid damaging the device and its components.

  • A small ribbon cable connects the start and select buttons to the motherboard. It can rip very easily, so do not pull on it.

  • Lift the motherboard and the front plastic cover assembly off of the front case.

  • Once the front case is removed, the plastic on/off switch will fall out of place.

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Image 1/3: If the buttons do not fall out, remove them with a pair of tweezers. Image 2/3: If the buttons do not fall out, remove them with a pair of tweezers. Image 3/3: If the buttons do not fall out, remove them with a pair of tweezers.
  • When you remove the motherboard from the front case, the start and select buttons may fall out.

  • If the buttons do not fall out, remove them with a pair of tweezers.

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Image 1/3: Using metal tweezers, grab the start/select board and slide it out gently. Image 2/3: Using metal tweezers, grab the start/select board and slide it out gently. Image 3/3: Using metal tweezers, grab the start/select board and slide it out gently.
  • Without the front case, you will be left with the motherboard and the plastic mount. The LCD screen is attached to the motherboard by a ribbon and can fall off the plastic mount.

  • Using metal tweezers, grab the start/select board and slide it out gently.

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Image 1/2: Take caution not to damage any of the gold ribbon cables on the motherboard. Image 2/2: The LCD screen is the only thing connecting the motherboard and plastic guard.
  • Lift the entire motherboard assembly off the plastic guard.

  • Take caution not to damage any of the gold ribbon cables on the motherboard.

  • The LCD screen is the only thing connecting the motherboard and plastic guard.

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Image 1/2: It is now possible to remove the entire motherboard assembly from the plastic guard. Image 2/2: It is now possible to remove the entire motherboard assembly from the plastic guard.
  • To remove the LCD screen, carefully angle it until it is diagonal to the square hole in the plastic guard and slide it out.

  • It is now possible to remove the entire motherboard assembly from the plastic guard.

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Image 1/3: These pads rest on the motherboard and sometimes stick to it. If they do, peel them off. Image 2/3: With the rubber pads off, you may use your fingers to remove the buttons to clean or replace them. Image 3/3: When returning the buttons to the guard, they have to be put back in exactly the way they were pulled out.
  • On the plastic guard, there are two rubber pads that cover the buttons. Remove them.

  • These pads rest on the motherboard and sometimes stick to it. If they do, peel them off.

  • With the rubber pads off, you may use your fingers to remove the buttons to clean or replace them.

  • When returning the buttons to the guard, they have to be put back in exactly the way they were pulled out.

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Image 1/3: Use a plastic spudger to disconnect the LCD's ZIF connector. Image 2/3: Use a plastic spudger to disconnect the LCD's ZIF connector. Image 3/3: Use a plastic spudger to disconnect the LCD's ZIF connector.
  • The LCD screen is connected to the motherboard by two ribbon cables.

  • Use a plastic spudger to disconnect the LCD's ZIF connector.

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Image 1/3: With both tabs lifted, pull the ribbons off the motherboard and remove the LCD screen. Image 2/3: With both tabs lifted, pull the ribbons off the motherboard and remove the LCD screen. Image 3/3: With both tabs lifted, pull the ribbons off the motherboard and remove the LCD screen.
  • Use the tip of the spudger to lift the small, black tab holding the thin ribbon.

  • With both tabs lifted, pull the ribbons off the motherboard and remove the LCD screen.

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Conclusion

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

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