WARNING! PLEASE READ CAREFULLY BEFORE PROCEEDING.
This modification requires the handling of delicate electronics.
By attempting this modification you assume all liability for any damage that may occur to the LCD kit and/or console during the installation of this product.
The LCD is fragile and may break while under pressure or if dropped. We recommend you exercise extreme care when installing this product.
Retro Game Store Australia is not responsible for any damage caused to your console as a result of attempting this modification.
We strongly recommend testing the LCD screen before securing it with the adhesive. Your warranty becomes void once the LCD protective film is removed.
What you will need.
Funny Playing Game Boy Color Retro Pixel Laminated IPS LCD Kit
Funny Playing Game Boy Color Case for Retro Pixel Laminated IPS LCD
Funny Playing Game Boy Color Button Set
Nintendo Game Boy Color Conductive Pads
Tri-Wing / Phillips Head Game Boy Screwdrivers
Game Boy Color Console
Kapton or Electrical Tape
Razor Blade or Craft Knife
Soldering Iron & Solder
Step one. Dissembling the GBC.
Dissemble your GBC by removing the 6 Tri-wing screws from the back of the console and remove the rear casing.
Remove the 3 Phillip’s head screws from the circuit board and detach the LCD ribbon cable by lifting up the tabs as shown below.
The LCD will likely be held in place with an adhesive layer, so take caution when removing both the LCD and adhesive layer from the front casing. The LCD can be set aside as it is no longer required for this installation.
Step two. Initial screen test.
We strongly recommend testing the IPS screen and ribbon cable before adhering it to the casing.
Insert the new ribbon cable and push down the two tabs to secure it in place as shown below.
Using the shorter wire included with your kit, solder the pad labeled “PWR” on the ribbon cable to the pin labeled “C” on the power switch.
Connect the IPS screen to the ribbon cable as shown in the photo below. The connection on the IPS screen can be easily damaged so please exercise caution when completing this step.
Place the Game Boy Color’s circuit board back into the rear casing and temporarily secure it with one of the Phillip’s head screws you removed earlier. Insert the batteries and switch the console on to test the screen. If the screen is working successfully you can switch the Game Boy off, detach the screen from the ribbon cable and proceed to the next step.
Step three. Installing the screen.
Apply the large insulating film to the rear of the panel this will prevent the panel from shorting any of the Game Boy’s components. You can use the smaller piece of film to mask the front of the panel (as shown below) but this step is optional.
Remove the adhesive backing from either side of the screen lens. Carefully insert the lower edge of the laminated IPS screen in through the front of the casing being mindful not to damage the screen connector. Secure the screen into position – DO NOT FORCE THE SCREEN DOWN. Take your time and exercise caution during this step. The LCD is fragile and can become damaged if you apply too much force.
Step four. Soldering the wires.
Solder one wire to the ‘SEL’ pad on the ribbon cable and solder one wire to the ‘STA’ pad. Solder the wires to the points illustrated in the photo below. You can secure the wires with a piece of tape to ensure they don’t become crushed when putting the casing back together.
Step five. Completing the installation.
Reattach the IPS screen to the ribbon cable and adhere the cable to the rear of the screen as shown below. Be careful to not apply too much pressure to the rear of the screen during this step.
Position the touch sensor pad so it is flush against the inside of the shell. Secure with tape if necessary.
Place the power switch, IR cover, buttons and button pads into position. You can now secure the Game Boy Color circuit board to the front of the shell using the 3 Phillip’s head screws provided. (Do not over tighten).
Ensure the wires are positioned in a way they will not be crushed, replace the rear casing and power the console on. If everything is working successfully you can complete the mod by securing the rear casing with the 6 Tri-wing screws included with the shell.
Step six. Navigating the menu.
Cycle brightness levels – To adjust the brightness of the screen tap the top of the console where the touch sensor is located.
Enable/Disable scan lines & pixel grid – To cycle through the various scan line / pixel grid modes tap and hold the top of the console where the touch sensor is located.
Adjusting the vertical screen position – To adjust the vertical screen position, hold the start and select buttons at the same time until only the word “GAME” is illuminated in the Game Boy Color logo. Now you can press ‘Start’ to move the screen position down and press ‘ Select’ to move the screen position up. Press and hold the start and select buttons until the entire Game Boy Color logo is illuminated to exit this mode.
Adjusting the horizontal screen position – To adjust the horizontal screen position, hold the start and select buttons at the same time until only the word “GAME” is illuminated in the Game Boy Color logo. Tap the touch sensor and the word “BOY” should now be illuminated. Now you can press ‘Start’ to move the screen position to the left and press ‘Select’ to move the screen position to the right. Press and hold the start and select buttons until the entire Game Boy Color logo is illuminated to exit this mode.
Changing the colour of the logo – To change the colour of the Game Boy Color logo hold the start and select buttons at the same time until only the word “GAME” is illuminated. Tap the touch sensor until the word “COLOR” is illuminated. Now you can use the ‘Start’ and ‘Select’ buttons to cycle through the various logo colours. Press and hold the start and select buttons until the entire Game Boy Color logo is illuminated to exit this mode.
Please note: The touch sensor can be temperamental at times.
Congratulations! You’ve completed the installation. Feel free to check out our other helpful guides here.