Gameboy colour backlight mod

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  1. pyromaniac123
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    I'm currently working on a gbc frontlight mod, following this tutorial

    http://mikejmoffitt.com/wp/?p=70

    I used red and green wire but you can use whatever colours you want.

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    (backlight frontlight from AGS-001 gba sp)

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    47 ohm resistors

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    Pry the screen away from the case. It is stuck down with glue so be careful not to use too much force.

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    Cut away all the plastic highlighted here.

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    Forgot to cut this bit of plastic out.

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    Solder two wires to the metal contacts of the gba sp frontlight. The red one will be soldered to the switch as ground and the green one will be soldered to the resistor.
    (Red is - voltage and soldered to the bottom contact, green is + voltage and soldered to the top contact)

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    To remove the lcd screen, I pushed up the two side tabs. Then I carefully removed the ribbon cable.

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    Put the frontlight into the case like so.

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    Place the lcd on top of the frontlight.

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    Place the gbc board back into the case. Re-attach the lcd ribbon cable. Here is a pic of the mod so far.

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    Solder the red wire to the switch like this.

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    There are 4 pins here.Clip the ends off the resistor and solder to the top one.

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    Then solder the green wire to the other end of the resistor. Put case back on.

    Before mod install
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    After mod install
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    edit: Frontlight, not backlight D:

    Edit edit: This was a triumph. I'm making a note here, huge success.
     
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  2. Walker D

    Walker D I have a hat

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    It's a cool upgrade ..lets see how it turns out
     
  3. raulpica

    raulpica With your drill, thrust to the sky!

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    Lucky you, I threw out a broken GBA-SP frontlight before knowing of this.

    :cry:
     
  4. pyromaniac123
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    A broken frontlight wouldn't of been of much use anyway :ha: You sure it wasn't the lcd?
     
  5. thaddius

    thaddius Charmander is not pleased.

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    I broke a few frontlights trying that mod out. Good thing I had a box full of spare, broken GBA SPs lying around.

    Make sure you don't touch the screens. Mine has a large thumbprint in the middle of the screen. :(

    I did an overclock mod (via switch) on it as well so I can't easily open mine up and wipe the screen as it would jumble the cables up again.
     
  6. raulpica

    raulpica With your drill, thrust to the sky!

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    Yep, I meant that. It was only the LCD which was broken :P

    Got another Frontlight to spare from your box? :P
     
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    First post edited. Apart from getting fingerprints on the frontlight itself, this went quite well.
     
  8. raulpica

    raulpica With your drill, thrust to the sky!

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    Nice!
     
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    Sweet!

    Looks really neato!
     
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    Really Awesome. Do you plan on doing anymore?
     
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    Probably not. Butchering a gba sp just for the frontlight isn't economical.
     
  12. Coltonamore

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    That figures.
     
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    Unless you can buy a broken gba sp which I did.
     
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    That figures to. I guss.
     
  15. raulpica

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    Sand-papered the cut piece for added awesomeness.

    Well... See if you can find the wires ;)

    And finally, the result. Yes. Frontlight's scratched (was already before doing this). :cry:
     
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  17. Coltonamore

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    Hm I could try the same thing with my gba agb 001.
     
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