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 required: 30 to 60 Minutes
  • Difficulty: Very difficult

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

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 Screen  ¶ 

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Edit Step 8 Screen  ¶ 

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

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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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  • Set the outer case aside.

  • Push the the three plastic hooks out and down.

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  • Flip the circuit board over revealing the device screen.

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

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  • Locate the two surface mount attachments.

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

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

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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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  • Replace the two screws.

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  • Reverse steps to reassemble.

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

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

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

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Comments Comments are onturn off

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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