Guides

Repair NES Controller Buttons

In this guide I'll show you how to fix a NES controller with sticking or unresponsive buttons.

Here's what you'll need:
Nintendo Controller Replacement Conductive Pads
Phillips head Screwdriver

Remove Casing

Use the phillips head screwdriver to remove the 6 screws from the rear of the controller and set aside the back casing.

Clean NES Button Contacts

Now you can remove the circuit board. If necessary, use a dry rag to clean the contact points on the circuit board.

Remove NES Button Pads
Fit New Button Pads

Remove the old button pads from the front of the controllers casing and replace them with the new pads.

Finally, you can fit the circuit board to the front controller casing and re-fit and secure the rear controller casing with the 6 Phillips head screws. Your controller should now be working as good as if it were new!

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Repair Faulty SNES Controller

In this guide I'll show you how to fix a SNES controller with sticking or unresponsive buttons.

Here's what you'll need:
Super Nintendo Controller Replacement Conductive Pads
Phillips head Screwdriver

Remove Screws from Casing
Remove Rear Casing

Use the phillips head screwdriver to remove the 5 screws from the rear of the controller and set aside the back casing.

Remove L&R Shoulder Button Pads

Remove the metal pins that secure the L & R shoulder buttons and set the pins and buttons aside. Remove the old L & R shoulder button pads and discard them.

Clean SNES Button Contacts

Now you can remove the circuit board. If necessary, use a dry rag to clean the contact points on the circuit board.

Remove Old Button Pads
Insert New Button Pads

Remove the old button pads from the front of the controllers casing and replace them with the new pads. (Don't forget the L & R Shoulder Button Pads)

Replace Rear Casing

Finally, you can fit the circuit board to the front controller casing, replace the L & R shoulder buttons, re-fit and secure the rear controller casing with the 5 Phillips head screws. Your controller should now be working as good as if it were new!

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Remove Screen Lens

In this guide I'll show you the easiest way to replace a scratched, scuffed or damaged Nintendo Gameboy Color screen lens.

Here's what you'll need:
Nintendo Gameboy Color Screen Lens
Sharp Blade or prying tool

Remove Screen Lens
Remove Screen Lens 2

You will want to do this in a clean environment as small dust particles can easily become trapped between the LCD and the screen lens. The first thing you need to do is pry a corner of the screen lens from the casing. To do this you will need some kind of prying tool. I find a craft blade works best. Take your time on this step as it can be easy to damage the Gameboy's casing (or even worse, the LCD). Once you have lifted the corner of the screen lens enough to get a finger beneath, you will find the lens can be separated from the casing quite easily.

Remove Screen Protector

I highly recommend peeling a small corner of the screen protector off before adhering the new screen lens to the casing. This will make it much easier to remove later.

Insert Screen Lens

Make sure the LCD is free of dust and smudges. Remove the adhesive paper backing from the new screen lens and fit it into the screen bezel of the casing. Run your thumb over the edges of the screen lens to ensure it is adhered securely into place. You can now finish removing the protective layer and admire your new, scratch-free screen.

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Gameboy Color Speaker

In this guide we will be replacing a faulty or damaged Nintendo Gameboy Color speaker.

Here's what you'll need:
Tri-Wing / Phillips Head Gameboy Screwdrivers
Nintendo Gameboy Color Speaker
Soldering Iron + Solder

Remove Case Screws

Start by taking off the battery cover and removing the six tri-wing screws on the back of the console.

Remove IR Port

Next, separate the casing. Being careful not to bend the battery terminal. Take out the infrared port cover and switch. Set them aside so they don't get lost.

Remove Ribbon Cable

Push up the tabs that secure the LCD ribbon cable and carefully remove the ribbon cable from the port.

Remove Motherboard Screws

Then, use the phillips head screwdriver to remove the three screws on the motherboard and remove the motherboard from the casing.

De-solder Speaker

Desolder the old speaker and discard it.

Gameboy Color Speaker
Add Solder to Speaker
Soldered Speaker

Take the new speaker and add a small amount of solder to the two outside solder points as shown in the images to the left.

Solder new speaker

Now, solder the motherboard speaker wires to the newly soldered contacts on the new speaker. It does not matter which wire goes to which contact.

Return Motherboard
Screw in Motherboard

You can now fit the motherboard in place, re-connect the LCD ribbon cable and use the three screws to secure the motherboard in place. Make sure you use the shorter, phillips head screws as the longer tri-wing screws could damage the case.

Replace IR port

Now, fit the infrared port cover and switch into place. You can then replace the back cover. Again, being careful not to bend the battery terminals.

Screw Rear Case

Finally, screw the six tri-wing screws into the back of the case. Your Game Boy Color speaker should now be working perfectly.

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Remove Silicon Pads

Sometimes your Nintendo Game Boy Color's buttons can stick or become unresponsive. In this guide I'm going to show you how to repair unresponsive buttons on a Game Boy Color console.

Here's what you'll need:
Nintendo Game Boy Color Conductive Pads
Tri-Wing / Phillips Head Game Boy Screwdrivers
Electronic Cleaning Solvent (Optional)
A soft, clean cloth.

Remove Case Screws

Start by taking off the battery cover and removing the six tri-wing screws on the back of the console.

Remove IR Port

Next, separate the casing. Being careful not to bent the battery terminal. Take out the infrared port cover and switch. Set them aside so they don't get lost.

Remove Ribbon Cable

Push up the tabs that secure the LCD ribbon cable and carefully remove the ribbon cable from the port.

Remove Motherboard Screws
Remove Motherboard

Then, use the phillips head screwdriver to remove the three screws on the motherboard. Lift out the motherboard and set it aside.

Remove Silicon Pads

Remove the old rubber pads and replace them with the new pads.

Clean Contacts
Clean Contacts 2

If you have electronic cleaning spray, use it to clean the button contacts thoroughly. If not, a clean, dry cloth may suffice.

Return Motherboard
Screw in Motherboard

You can now fit the motherboard in place, re-connect the LCD ribbon cable and use the three screws to secure the motherboard in place. Make sure you use the shorter, phillips head screws as the longer tri-wing screws could damage the case.

Replace IR port

Now, fit the infrared port cover and switch into place. You can then replace the back cover. Again, being careful not to bend the battery terminals.

Screw Rear Case

Finally, screw the six tri-wing screws into the back of the case. Your Game Boy Color buttons should now be working perfectly.

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