Introduction

The motherboard is the green electrical plate that runs the device. Without the motherboard, the device will not function. This is why we advise against removing the motherboard from the system. Any accidental tug can tear the golden ribbon cable. If that happens you now have more problems then you came here with in the first place!

Use a standard Phillips #00 screwdriver to loosen the 4mm screw that keeps the battery cover attached to the device.
  • Use a standard Phillips #00 screwdriver to loosen the 4mm screw that keeps the battery cover attached to the device.

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Lift the battery cover up and remove it from the device.
  • Lift the battery cover up and remove it from the device.

  • The screw will remain attached to the battery cover because of Nintendo's design.

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Use your fingers or a plastic opening tool to remove the battery from the device.
  • Use your fingers or a plastic opening tool to remove the battery from the device.

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Using the tri-wing screwdriver, unscrew the screws holding the back cover to the device. The six screws that need to be removed include: Four #00 6.45mm tri-wing screws that are located at the corners of the device.
  • Using the tri-wing screwdriver, unscrew the screws holding the back cover to the device. The six screws that need to be removed include:

    • Four #00 6.45mm tri-wing screws that are located at the corners of the device.

    • Two #00 4.6mm tri-wing screws that are located at the top-center and bottom-center of the device.

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Lift the back cover off of the device.
  • Lift the back cover off of the device.

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Using a Phillips #00 screwdriver, remove the three Phillips #00 4 mm long screws that hold the motherboard to the button panel.
  • Using a Phillips #00 screwdriver, remove the three Phillips #00 4 mm long screws that hold the motherboard to the button panel.

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Be careful not to tear the ribbon cable that's connected to the screen. If you tear it, games will not appear on the device's screen!
  • Be careful not to tear the ribbon cable that's connected to the screen. If you tear it, games will not appear on the device's screen!

  • Flip the motherboard up and rest it on the other half of the device, so that the back of the buttons are visible as seen in the picture.

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Conclusion

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

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I just bought one at a garage sale. Everything works fine, but the screen does not display properly. when you turn the unit on, all you get is vertical lines on the screen. They are random each time you turn it on. Is the ribbon ripped? If so, can you get a new one??? If so - where?

Brian - Reply

picked up Gameboy advanced sp 101 model when you go to charge it the light comes on but then shuts off so I thought maybe its either the battery or a fuse on the motherboard how can I change that or fix it

jourdanjoseph - Reply

I think this would be a good idea, one day i will have a new GBA SP LCD screen and then, disassemble it and replace the screen

Santi12008 - Reply

I dropped it once , now half of the games do not run, what should I do?

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