Servicing/repairing Gameboy Light Boy

Discussion in 'Other Handhelds' started by Pokepicker, May 5, 2017.

  1. Pokepicker
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    Hello.

    I recently acquired a used Light Boy for the original Gameboy.
    It looked fine on the outside, but would not turn on.
    Now, this is the first Light Boy I have seen IRL, but I noticed a loud and clear springy noise while flipping the power switch. It sounds either really cheap, or faulty.

    Are there any weak spots one might want to start to check in hopes of blowing new life into it? Also think I read somewhere it could be tricky to open the Light Boy.

    I remember reading some other hardware thread where the user was pointed in the direction of a more hardware/modification oriented forum. But I can't remember what thread it was.
     
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    EDIT: Damn I thought you meant Gameboy Light. Didn't realize Gameboy Light Boy is a different product altogether. You can disregard the remainder of this post :P

    It's very similar to a regular Gameboy pocket in terms of opening it.

    I repaired one a few months ago because it had unresponsive buttons.

    But the screen definitely feels more delicate because of the light. Keep the Gameboy face side down the whole time you are dismantling/repairing it to avoid having things falling out.

    This is after taking off the back plate that has 6 screws:
    Warning: Spoilers inside!

    This is after removing the motherboard that has 4 screws I think:
    Warning: Spoilers inside!
     
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    Haha. Thank you for the reply. Even if it was in reply to a question not even asked :D

    I'm hoping someone will drop some knowledge upon me.
    This is the post I saw where I noticed it supposedly is hard to open. The author states that instead of cables they used some sort of copper strips. It seems as tho they oxidize. Supposedly cleanable with some steel wool.

    On a side note: I'm gonna have to look into getting ahold of one of the Gameboy Light's. They look sweet from what I can see.

    Edit: Maybe some MOD would put some "" around Light Boy in the title, just to make it more clear that we are discussing a "Light Boy" and not a Gameboy Light :)
     
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    I'm gonna be a horrible person and bump this thread.
    If anyone has any tips and tricks as to how to open this bad boy up, please let me know.

    My steelwool is aching to rub some corrosion of this baby.
     
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