Introduction

Use this guide to disassemble all or any of the parts of the Game Boy Advance.

This teardown is not a repair guide. To repair your Game Boy Advance, use our service manual.

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  • Remove the back battery cover by pinching down on the tab and pulling outward.

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  • Remove the six back panel screws using a Y1 screw driver.

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

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Image 1/1: Beware of right and triggers, the right and left panels, and the power switch falling off as the back panel is removed.
  • Remove the back panel by pulling away with one hand and the front secured in the other hand.

  • Beware of right and triggers, the right and left panels, and the power switch falling off as the back panel is removed.

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Image 1/2: Do the same for side panels. Image 2/2: 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.
  • 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.

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

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

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Image 1/2: Beware not to damage the top ribbon by pulling up gently. Image 2/2: Beware not to damage the top ribbon by pulling up gently.
  • Pull circuit board away from the front panel by pulling up at the bottom of the circuit board, keeping the top ribbon still connected.

  • Beware not to damage the top ribbon by pulling up gently.

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Image 1/3: Remove the plastic buttons and the D-pad from beneath the rubber pads with tweezers or by hand. Image 2/3: Remove the plastic buttons and the D-pad from beneath the rubber pads with tweezers or by hand. Image 3/3: Remove the plastic buttons and the D-pad from beneath the rubber pads with tweezers or by hand.
  • 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.

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Image 1/3: Once the LCD ribbon port has been unlatched, the LCD ribbon should very easily slide out and can be removed with zero force using fingers or tweezers. Image 2/3: Once the LCD ribbon port has been unlatched, the LCD ribbon should very easily slide out and can be removed with zero force using fingers or tweezers. Image 3/3: Once the LCD ribbon port has been unlatched, the LCD ribbon should very easily slide out and can be removed with zero force using fingers or tweezers.
  • Use a spudger/tweezers/fingernail to unlatch the LCD ribbon port by pulling the grey tabs on the sides upwards (towards the top edge of the PCB).

  • Once the LCD ribbon port has been unlatched, the LCD ribbon should very easily slide out and can be removed with zero force using fingers or tweezers.

Guide does not indicate that the ribbon cable port should be UNLATCHED before attempting to remove the ribbon cable, I strongly suggest revising this as someone unfamiliar with these style of ports may assume that the ribbon cable is a compression fit and just needs to be "pulled" free of the port.

This is a terrible idea that will potentially result in tearing the ribbon! Please consider revising guide to add a step to indicate the proper method/detail for unlatching the LCD ribbon port! Thanks :)

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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. Image 2/3: The screen and the front panel is connected by a black tape that could rip if not removed carefully. Image 3/3: The screen and the front panel is connected by a black tape that could rip if not removed carefully.
  • 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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  • Use the tweezers to remove the black tape if needed.

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used this to replace the case and buttons on my GBA worked like a charm thanks!

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