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Original gameboy backlight mod
« on: July 30, 2020, 04:08:32 pm »
Everything that could go wrong during this process went wrong but I've got a backlit and biverted gameboy now. I got to play it for 10 minutes before a horizontal line appeared. I'll kiss it with my heat gun and see what happens, I guess. Still have a bunch of adhesive on the glass that I can't dissolve to save my life.



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Re: Original gameboy backlight mod
« Reply #1 on: July 30, 2020, 11:27:48 pm »
Yep, well, heat gun didnít do anything good and I got more horizontal lines while man handling the LCD.  Then I thought, hey, maybe if Iím quick with the soldering iron I can give it a quick pass with that.

Do not do that, the horizontal lines ribbon cable instantly melts.  And I mean instantly.  Which is surprising given how forgiving the vertical line cable is. 

Iíve come to terms with it.  My EZ Flash Jr is already on its way so Iím in pretty deep already.  Whatís the harm in an IPS LCD at this point.

Stay tuned?

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Re: Original gameboy backlight mod
« Reply #2 on: July 31, 2020, 12:43:27 am »
Good call.  The ribbon cables from nintendo were ---steaming pile of meadow muffin--- in that era.... I've got a melted virtual boy cable to prove it.  You'd think somebody would make replacement cables at this point made out of better stuff as they'd probably make a small fortune. 

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Re: Original gameboy backlight mod
« Reply #3 on: July 31, 2020, 10:33:54 pm »
My mistake was watching the YouTube video showing horizontal line repair on mute and only watching it long enough to see his method.  That ---steaming pile of meadow muffin--- doesnít work and he only claims a 40% success rate.  The thought is nice.  I console myself but saying that the screen was just going to get worse every time I sneezed on it.

Anyway, I ordered one of these.  Itís the newest replacement screen.  Most pointless purchase Iíve made in awhile but eh.  Not like I can buy flights at a brewery anymore.

https://funnyplaying.com/collections/product/products/dmg-retro-pixel-ips-lcd-kit

And now we wait...


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Re: Original gameboy backlight mod
« Reply #4 on: August 01, 2020, 03:39:46 am »
that's a good looking kit  :D

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Re: Original gameboy backlight mod
« Reply #5 on: August 03, 2020, 05:29:00 pm »
"Please consider whether it is really necessary."

Wow! I've never seen a message like that on an ordering page, pandemic or not.

Good luck with your mod.

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Re: Original gameboy backlight mod
« Reply #6 on: August 31, 2020, 09:22:49 pm »
New screen is awesome, very pleased with it.  You can change the color palette and brightness very easily.  Has a ďpixel modeĒ you can toggle.

My EZ Flash Jr arrived today and also works great.  No idea if this is legit or a clone but itís on the newest firmware so eh.

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Re: Original gameboy backlight mod
« Reply #7 on: August 31, 2020, 09:23:48 pm »
Pixel mode off and on


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Re: Original gameboy backlight mod
« Reply #8 on: September 02, 2020, 01:11:31 pm »
That is really cool man. I have a Gameboy where the screen is starting to get finicky. I never knew there were all of these upgrade/replacement options until you started this thread. I prefer the pixel style, but it's pretty cool seeing it all smooth.

I did a mod may years ago to the Gameboy Advance (wide) to add low-power front-light kit from some dude making them and selling them from his house... became Trident Solutions or something. All of these years later, I still think it's awesome. My old eyes and body are getting to the point I just can't handle finding some bright spot to angle the Gameboy into so that I can play.
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