Game Boy Screen Replacement

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How to install a new Game Boy screen. Note - you will need to know how to solder to carry out this game boy repair.

  • Author: Andrew Tramposch
  • Time estimate: 30 minutes - 1 hour
  • Difficulty: Very difficult

How to install a replacement Game Boy black and white LCD screen.

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.

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

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

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  • 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 Screen  ¶ 

Image 1/1: Remove the 10 screws that connect the circuit board to the outer case.

Edit Step 5 Screen  ¶ 

  • Remove the 10 screws that connect the circuit board to the outer case.

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Image 1/1: Remove the circuit board from the outer case using a plastic opening tool.

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  • Remove the circuit board from the outer case using a plastic opening tool.

  • Take care to gently pry around the entire outside edge of the circuit board until you can easily remove the board without force.

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Image 1/2: Set the outer case aside.

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  • Set the outer case aside.

  • Push the the three plastic hooks out and down.

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Image 1/3: Flip the circuit board over revealing the device screen.

Edit Step 8  ¶ 

  • Flip the circuit board over revealing the device screen.

  • Remove the two screws connecting the screen and the circuit board.

Edit Step 9  ¶ 

Image 1/2: Locate the two surface mount attachments.

Edit Step 9  ¶ 

  • Locate the two surface mount attachments.

Edit Step 10  ¶ 

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  • Desolder each surface mount and remove the screen from the circuit board.

Edit Step 11  ¶ 

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  • Place the new screen in the same position as the old one on the circuit board.

Edit Step 12  ¶ 

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  • Solder the mounts on the circuit in the same place as the previous mounts.

  • Allow the Gameboy sit and cool undisturbed before moving onto next step.

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Image 1/1: Replace the two screws.

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  • Replace the two screws.

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  • Reverse steps to reassemble.

  • Before reassembly make sure the button pads are in place.

Conclusion

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

5 Comments

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Steps 13-15 need pictures/more detailed instructions. (De)soldering the surface mounts/flexible PCBs with a standard soldering iron seems close to impossible...

Padauz - Reply

What kind of lcd screen or where can I find one that isn't off of another dmg-01 gameboy?

Floyd Odom - Reply

>(De)soldering the surface mounts/flexible PCBs with a standard soldering iron seems close to impossible...

That's why there aren't any pictures. Whoever wrote this didn't actually do it. See an actual attempt Game Boy Screen Replacement Video

Joshua Newell - Reply


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