Game Boy Advance LCD Screen and Front Cover Replacement

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  • Author: Aldo Corona
  • Time estimate: 20 - 30 minutes
  • Difficulty: Difficult

Use this guide to replace your cracked or broken LCD screen or front case.

Edit Step 1 Battery  ¶ 

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Edit Step 1 Battery  ¶ 

  • Take the battery cover off by releasing the locking tab and hinging the cover away.

Edit Step 2 Back Panel  ¶ 

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Edit Step 2 Back Panel  ¶ 

  • Remove the six back panel screws using a Tri-wing Screwdriver.

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  • Remove bottom back panel screw with a Phillips #1 screw driver.

Edit Step 4  ¶ 

Image 1/1: Removal of the back panel may cause shoulder buttons and side panels to come loose and fall off.

Edit Step 4  ¶ 

  • Remove the back panel by pulling away with one hand and the front secured in the other hand.

  • Removal of the back panel may cause shoulder buttons and side panels to come loose and fall off.

Edit Step 5 Shoulder Button and Side Panels  ¶ 

Image 1/2: Do the same for side panels

Edit Step 5 Shoulder Button and Side Panels  ¶ 

  • Remove left and right triggers by lifting and pulling them away from the system.

  • Do the same for side panels

  • For finicky or jammed triggers only. Adjust and correct triggers and reassemble. Most jammed triggers are caused by buttons misplaced or jammed in its enclosure.

Edit Step 6 On/Off Switch  ¶ 

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Edit Step 6 On/Off Switch  ¶ 

  • Remove the gray On/Off Switch by pulling up and away from the unit. Replace with another switch if necessary.

Edit Step 7 Buttons and LCD Screen  ¶ 

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Edit Step 7 Buttons and LCD Screen  ¶ 

  • Remove the three screws on the circuit board with a Phillips #1 screw driver.

Edit Step 8  ¶ 

Image 1/2: Handle with care! The ribbon connecting the circuit board to the LCD screen can easily be damaged and will require replacement if broken.

Edit Step 8  ¶ 

  • Pull circuit board away from the front panel by pulling up at the bottom of the circuit board, keeping the top ribbon still connected.

  • Handle with care! The ribbon connecting the circuit board to the LCD screen can easily be damaged and will require replacement if broken.

Edit Step 9 Buttons  ¶ 

Image 1/3: Remove the plastic buttons and the D-pad from beneath the rubber pads with tweezers or by hand.

Edit Step 9 Buttons  ¶ 

  • Remove the rubber button pads from their pockets.

  • Remove the plastic buttons and the D-pad from beneath the rubber pads with tweezers or by hand.

Edit Step 10 LCD Screen  ¶ 

Image 1/3: Using a nylon stick (or some other ESD safe probe) ''gently'' push both sides of the locking bar up.

Edit Step 10 LCD Screen  ¶ 

  • Carefully note the brown colored locking bar that shims the ribbon cable in it's housing so it cannot slip.

  • Using a nylon stick (or some other ESD safe probe) gently push both sides of the locking bar up.

  • Now the ribbon cable should move freely. A careful prod using your nylon spudger should be able to free the cable. This should barely require any force at all. Otherwise, check that the locking bar is fully disengaged.

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Image 1/3: The screen and the front panel is connected by a black tape that could rip if not removed carefully.

2 Edit Step 11  ¶ 

  • Use the spudger to lift the screen from the front panel. Place the spudger in the space directly left of the D-pad.

  • The screen and the front panel is connected by a black tape that could rip if not removed carefully.

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3 Comments

We recommend you change the the screw head to a Phillips 1 so you don't strip the screw. (Something we experienced)

Adriano Agostino - Reply

Friendly warning. My LCD screen broke during this step. The tape can really hold it in there.

Chris Raybould - Reply

So do I! So the best solution to avoid it is to airdry the front cover to melt glue...

Nicolas Puyet - Reply