How to Re-House a Gameboy Advance

How to Re-House a Gameboy Advance

Hello and welcome to this slightly different article from Orange Bison. This will be a tutorial on how to re-house your original Gameboy Advance. I will present you with tips and tricks as well as photographs of the process.

Disclaimer: Orange Bison takes NO responsibility for any damage caused to your console.

Equipment you will need:

Original GBA
New GBA Case
Screen Lense (Optional)
New buttons (Optional)
Tri-Wing screwdriver
Phillips head screwdriver
Ice box to hold the screws (Optional but recommended)GBA1

Step 1
Remove battery cover and remove any batteries from your GBA.
On the back of your GBA you will find 6 tri-wing screws remove them put them to one side (preferably into a container).
You will also see one black Phillips screw inside the battery compartment. Remove this also and place to one side.

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Step 2
Once all screws are removed you can now carefully lift the back section of the GBA off.
You will the be greeted with the main motherboard and holding the motherboard in place you will find 3-4 Phillips screws (dependent on model revision). Unscrew them and place to one side.

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Step 3
Carefully lift the motherboard up from the front case – you will find it is still attached to the screen by the ribbon cable.
You will see the connector for the ribbon cable on the board. Carefully, either using an thin implement or your fingernails, push the two grey sliders towards you. This will then allow you to remove the ribbon cable for the board (Remove slowly as to not damage the pins).

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Step 4
You now have access to the buttons and rubber contact pads. Remove them now; if you wish to reuse any of the buttons and pads I would suggest getting a washing-up bowl and fill with hot soapy water and rinsing everything through then leave to dry for 1-2 hours.

Step 5 (WARNING PLEASE TAKE ALL PRECAUTIONS WHEN ATTEMPTING THIS PART)
With the screen still in place in the case, you will see a small section half way down on the case that is removed. Using a another thin implement slowly and carefully pry the screen from this case.
If removed with too much force you will damage the LCD creating black streaks across it.
Once removed you will see the black double sided sticky tape that held the console to the front of the case. You can either peel it off and reuse it or remove it completely, either way works.
Finally remove the screen lens either place to one side if you wish to reuse.

Step 6
Now get you new front case and place it down.
Take the LCD and carefully place it in the correct position.
Place all the buttons back into place.
Now get the rubber contacts place them over the buttons using the posts on the case to hold them down.
Once they are all in place it is time to reconnect the LCD carefully place the ribbon cable back in and push the slider back into place to lock the cable in.
Carefully line the board up with the buttons once you are happy start to re-add the screws (Do one on one side then do one on the other side to make sure its balanced). Don’t screw too tightly or you could break the board.
Once it is in place carefully put the back on the GBA case on to board making sure everything lines up. (Note: it will be fiddly trying to get the shoulder buttons to stay in place if you struggle try and get another person to hold it in place)
Again screw the tri-wings screws into place again do one side then another side to keep the balance.
Last screw you need to do is the black Phillips head screw in the battery compartment.
Now turn over the GBA and place the screen lens into place hold down for 5-10 seconds to keep it in place.

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Step 7
Place batteries in and a cart to test hopefully if you have followed the instructions you should have one nice shiny GBA.

My name is Boouya I am a 22 year old RetroGamer from the UK. As a massive fan of History and video games, retro game collecting came to me almost as second nature; I am a massive fan of the 8 and 16 bit generations with the Super Famicom as my favorite system. As a Collector I collect games from all regions, I am really interested in the differences between Regions and also between Consoles.

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