Any ways to do an original gba backlight mod without soldering skills?

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  1. NerdJeebus
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    Ive recently wanted to do a back light mod on my 40 pin GBA with a gba sp AGS-101 screen. The problem is i'm really bad at soldering as I always choke when I about to do anything. If not can someone tell me how to solder properly on it?
     
  2. koffieleut

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    It really isn't hard to solder on the board, the main thing is that the wire you have to solder isn't isolated. You can't let it touch any capacitors or contacts. If you want to practice your soldering skills, try to buy the cheapest ps controllers on ebay ( I bought them for €1 each) and try to make another controller from it. I build a few arcade style controllers out of them.
    Even if you don't build any thing from them, it's still a great practice.
    I've started with those because my soldering skills were terrible then I went on to do the famicom av mod, then switchless snes mod. If you can do the snes mod, a gba is really easy to do. Just one wire on a capacitor, but if you don't want full backlight (the second light option )
    You don't even need to solder.
     
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    I didn't solder mine. The screen has a white tabbed end and the motherboard of the gba is 40pin. In my opinion, not that you asked, it's a great level of brightness. I can see fine in the daylight and it's not too bright at night. Any brighter and I think it's burn my cornea.
     
  4. malheur

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    totally different topic, but can i ask which ribbon cable did you use? and is it have ghosting(image retention)?
     
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    I used this 40pinB. From AliExpress
    http://www.aliexpress.com/item/32716977370/32716977370.html
    I've played gadget racers, castlevania, mother 3, and Gunstar heroes. I haven't noticed any ghosting.
     
  6. montiebro

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    It should work fine without soldering, it will just be on the dim setting, but if it's a 101 model the dim setting is pretty bright on its own.