Game Boy Color Troubleshooting

Game Boy Color won't turn on ¶ 

The device will not turn on.

Power switch off ¶ 

Make sure the device is turned on by checking that the power switch is in the 'on' position.

Drained/bad batteries ¶ 

If your Game Boy does not turn on, especially if it has not been used in a while, try replacing the old batteries with a fresh set of AA batteries.

Bad display ¶ 

Check the LED on the right of the display. If it does light up, it is possible that the issue may be a bad display that needs to be replaced. To replace the LCD Display, refer to the LCD display repair guide.

There is no sound ¶ 

You can't hear anything coming out of your Game Boy's speakers.

Sound is switched off ¶ 

Check to make sure that sound is turned on. If the volume 'wheel' is turned all the way to the left, then the sound is turned all the way down. To turn it on, turn the volume wheel to the right (clockwise) until you reach your desired volume.

Bad speaker ¶ 

If the volume is turned on but you still can't hear anything out of the speaker, it could be a bad connection or broken speaker. To test this, plug a pair of headphones into the headphone jack on the bottom of the console and give it a listen. If sound comes out of the headphones just fine, it is most likely a speaker hardware problem and the part needs to be replaced.

Game freezing ¶ 

So you’re in the middle of an intense Pokemon battle and suddenly your device stops responding!

Cartridge not inserted all the way ¶ 

If the cartridge is not inserted fully, a poor connection with the Game Boy Color can cause the game to freeze. Remove the game and firmly reinsert it into the game slot. You should hear a ‘click’ sound when it is in correctly and completely.

Dust in the cartridge ¶ 

Sometimes dust can build up in the game cartridge and cause a bad connection when inserted into the Game Boy. This makes it difficult for your console to read the information in the game cartridge. To remedy this, remove the cartridge from the Game Boy and get the dust out of there. The quickest and most popular way to do this is to simply blow into the cartridge.

Buttons are not working or are sticky ¶ 

The buttons are not always responding to presses.

Clean the buttons ¶ 

Take your device apart and remove the buttons. Refer to the button repair guide to see how to remove the buttons. Use a clean toothbrush and warm tap water. Scrub the buttons with the toothbrush around the sides of the button. After cleaning, let the buttons dry completely, and replace back into the device.

Replace the buttons ¶ 

The buttons may need to be replaced if cleaning does not help. Again, the button repair guide is a good reference when removing and repairing the buttons.

Runny or blotchy colors on the screen ¶ 

Colors are appearing on the screen that are obviously not supposed to be.

Cracked LCD ¶ 

If runny or blotchy colors are permanently on the LCD, even while the display is off, then the LCD needs to be replaced. The LCD display repair guide outlines how to replace it.

3 Comments

Everything was ok and the Gameboy was running when i kept it in my cupboard 2 years back and now when I took it out to give it to someone it is not turning on . What could be the cause ?? Somebody Please help ??

write2sid - Reply

My Gameboy colour works fine but won't let me play for longer than 2 mins, I only have one game for it at the moment so I'm not sure if it's the game or the console, any ideas?

phoebe hall - Reply

I just got a GBC with no sound so I replaced the speaker and the sound worked but the screen was not functioning normally. I took it apart again and re-seated the cable and now there is no screen at all. The game works as I can hear the sound.

Rodney Hubbard - Reply

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