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 Outer Case  ¶ 

Image 1/1: These screws may be Phillips or Tri-point. Be sure to check before you begin your repair!

Edit Step 1 Outer Case  ¶ 

  • Remove the six Phillips or Tri-point screws from the back of the device.

    • These screws may be Phillips or Tri-point. Be sure to check before you begin your repair!

Edit Step 2  ¶ 

Image 1/1: Be careful not to completely separate the casing halves, as they are still joined by a large ribbon cable that may be damaged.

Edit Step 2  ¶ 

  • Gently separate the device's front outer casing from the back outer casing after you remove the screws.

    • Be careful not to completely separate the casing halves, as they are still joined by a large ribbon cable that may be damaged.

Edit Step 3  ¶ 

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Edit Step 3  ¶ 

  • Pull the front side of the outer plastic casing down to expose the ribbon cable connector. Be careful not to damage the ribbon.

Edit Step 4  ¶ 

Image 1/1: Separate the front and back casings.

Edit Step 4  ¶ 

  • Grip the ribbon connector with your thumb and forefinger. Pull gently until the connector, not the ribbon itself, comes out of its socket.

  • Separate the front and back casings.

Edit Step 5 Headphone Jack  ¶ 

Image 1/2: Dislodge it by removing the two screws that attach it to the casing. Use a Phillips #00 Screw Driver.

Edit Step 5 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 6  ¶ 

Image 1/2: 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 6  ¶ 

  • 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 7  ¶ 

Image 1/2: Once the main circuit board is removed, set aside the outer casing.

Edit Step 7  ¶ 

  • 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 8  ¶ 

Image 1/3: 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.

Edit Step 8  ¶ 

  • 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.

Conclusion

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

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