Any way to frontlight AGB without sacrificing an SP?

Discussion in 'GBA - Hardware, Devices and Utilities' started by Lemmy Koopa, Nov 15, 2012.

  1. Lemmy Koopa

    Lemmy Koopa M3 Perfect fanboy

    Sep 17, 2012
    United States
    I messed around with this pelican light utility, trying to see if I can place the light somewhere to make it light the screen, but the closer the light got to the screen, the smaller the diameter of lighting there was.

    How does the SP illuminate the screen with LEDs? The Pelican light is alright but there's a disgusting glare from the bulb on the screen that covers a part of the screen and hurts my eyes, and is ultimately a distraction.
    I like my SP and rather not do trading and see if there's any solution to light a GBA by placing LEDs in a manner.
    I've seen videos of such attempts, but they look like sh*t, with small lights on the side, completely not even lighting the screen in the process.

    Would I just need to buy something like the afterburner? I want to try it with just LEDs with a power source first.
  2. Arm73

    Arm73 GBAtemp Addict

    Mar 4, 2006
    I had an afterburner ( I still have the kit somewhere in the house ) But I removed it.
    The biggest problem for me was the washed out colors. I just couldn't stand it.
    Also I did a pretty good job when applying the ' anti glare ' screen protector, without leaving any bubbles, which is necessary otherwise there is ...too much glare on the screen that' ll make your eyes bleeding, but still there were little particles of dust all over the screen.
    Also to fit it in, you have to use a tool to cut some of plastic around the display window, and while doing that I created a little crack in a corner that was almost disturbing.

    So in the end, as much as I wanted to like it, I removed it, and went some years later for a GBA SP 2 ( I skipped the first front-lit model for the same reasons ), and I never regret it.

    Actually I still keep the original AGB model ( I changed the original cracked white shell with a black replacement ) and I plan to use it when playing in plain sunlight, as it is the only model that you can actually play in such abundance of light, the SP2 just doesn't cut it.

    There was a post sometimes ago here of a guy that actually tried to fit an SP 2 backlit screen into the AGB unit, but it's really tricky as well, so in the end , is your choice.

    You could also go for one of those K1 GBAs or similar clones and enjoy a full backlit display.
  3. Foxi4

    Foxi4 On the hunt...

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    Sep 13, 2009
    Gaming Grotto
    You would have to locate several white LED's (well, they're transparent, but the glow is white :P) around the edges of the screen, preferably under the black overlay.

    You should use double-sided tape instead of ties due to space constraints.

    That said, getting a broken GBA SP or just the backlit screen is probably a better idea.
  4. BORTZ

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  5. wiggatron

    wiggatron Advanced Member

    Nov 27, 2012
    United States
    I sell kits that are essentially GBA SP front lights. A LOT cheaper than sacrificing an SP, not to mention that you don't have to sacrifice an SP ;)
  6. the_randomizer

    the_randomizer The Temp's official fox whisperer

    Apr 29, 2011
    United States
    Dr. Wahwee's castle
    I thought the SP was always front-lit.
  7. wiggatron

    wiggatron Advanced Member

    Nov 27, 2012
    United States
    The AGS-001 is front lit, the AGS-101 is backlit.

    Here are a few modded AGB-001 units. The top is the original screen, then a front light mod using the lighting elements from an AGS-001, and then finally one using the AGS-101 LCD.


    The difference is HUGE! Once you've used a GBA with a backlit screen, it's really difficult to look at one that isn't.
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