Installation Instructions

From technical modding to gorgeous aesthetics, HHL contributors are adding to our library of hand-held gaming mods.

Game Boy DMG IPS LCD V2 Backlight | Front PCB Install

Posted by Kyle C. on

The evolution of game boy modding has advanced to bring modern display technology to consoles over 30 years old. As children, we only dreamed of playing Pokemon in the dark, not to mention on beautiful contrast and color rich displays. Many will remember the way we had to angle the lamp to avoid glare or the funny worm lights and boxes that overtook the clean look of the classic brick shape. Decades later, we finally have a solution that meets today's standards.

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Game Boy DMG IPS LCD V2 Backlight | Front PCB Install

Posted by Kyle C. on

The evolution of game boy modding has advanced to bring modern display technology to consoles over 30 years old. As children, we only dreamed of playing Pokemon in the dark, not to mention on beautiful contrast and color rich displays. Many will remember the way we had to angle the lamp to avoid glare or the funny worm lights and boxes that overtook the clean look of the classic brick shape. Decades later, we finally have a solution that meets today's standards.

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Game Boy Advance IPS LCD V2 Installation Instructions

Posted by Kyle C. on

The Game Boy Advance IPS LCD V2 is an easy to use drop-in upgrade for your GBA console. Enjoy a modern LCD in nostalgic tech. soldering and case modification is required for this one but you can skip the case mods with a pre-modified shell. This is one of the easiest and most worthwhile mods to complete on your Game Boy advance console.

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Game Boy Advance IPS LCD V2 Installation Instructions

Posted by Kyle C. on

The Game Boy Advance IPS LCD V2 is an easy to use drop-in upgrade for your GBA console. Enjoy a modern LCD in nostalgic tech. soldering and case modification is required for this one but you can skip the case mods with a pre-modified shell. This is one of the easiest and most worthwhile mods to complete on your Game Boy advance console.

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Game Boy Color TFT LCD Installation

Posted by Kyle C. on

The Game Boy Color TFT LCD is an easy to use drop-in upgrade for your console. Enjoy a modern LCD in nostalgic tech. No soldering or case modification is required. This is one of the easiest and most worthwhile mods to complete on your Game Boy Color console.

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Game Boy Color TFT LCD Installation

Posted by Kyle C. on

The Game Boy Color TFT LCD is an easy to use drop-in upgrade for your console. Enjoy a modern LCD in nostalgic tech. No soldering or case modification is required. This is one of the easiest and most worthwhile mods to complete on your Game Boy Color console.

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CleanPower Regulator Board Installation

Posted by Kyle C. on

Take your original Game Boy restoration to the next level with the custom built, ultra-efficient and clean power regulator designed in-house by RetroSix.

The CleanPower replaces the original power regulator PCB of the Game Boy with a modern smooth and health power supply.

Perfect if your old power board is dying or dead. Common symptoms include faded screen (lack of or no contrast), failure to load games, freezing or total non-power on conditions.

The original power regulator board is 30 year old technology; it is very inefficient, very unstable and does not do the Game Boy electronics any good.

During our journey of restoration perfection at RetroSix, we reverse engineered and analyzed lots of the Game Boy's original components. The power regulator board was one of the worst parts about the original GameBoy, with various faults.

  • The 5V supply cannot handle the system load and constantly drops. This means the system is running from a heavily rippled and fluctuating power supply
  • The negative voltage line for the LCD is on its limits of current supply and wears away at the inductors over time, causing a lack of contrast and eventual dead of the inductor
  • The entire regulator PCB is noisy, which injects a lot of unwanted ground noise to the board, causing many issues including audio quality loss

The CleanPower board by RetroSix addresses all of those issue, providing a clean, stable and efficient 5V and negative LCD voltage supply to the system to keep the lifespan of your console at it's best.

To install, see images. Simply de-solder the old power regulator wires. Cut the grey plastic to separate them, and then solder them in the order shown. Red wire (bottom on original PCB) is 6V. Then moving up the original PCB wire by wire solder them in order; so LCD, GND then the top wire is VIN.

The input range of the CleanPower on VIN is 2.5V to 12V. This gives modders a much wider range if they want to install 2S lipo kits!

 





Looking for more mods? Try the CleanAmp Speaker mod for any Game Boy.

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CleanPower Regulator Board Installation

Posted by Kyle C. on

Take your original Game Boy restoration to the next level with the custom built, ultra-efficient and clean power regulator designed in-house by RetroSix.

The CleanPower replaces the original power regulator PCB of the Game Boy with a modern smooth and health power supply.

Perfect if your old power board is dying or dead. Common symptoms include faded screen (lack of or no contrast), failure to load games, freezing or total non-power on conditions.

The original power regulator board is 30 year old technology; it is very inefficient, very unstable and does not do the Game Boy electronics any good.

During our journey of restoration perfection at RetroSix, we reverse engineered and analyzed lots of the Game Boy's original components. The power regulator board was one of the worst parts about the original GameBoy, with various faults.

  • The 5V supply cannot handle the system load and constantly drops. This means the system is running from a heavily rippled and fluctuating power supply
  • The negative voltage line for the LCD is on its limits of current supply and wears away at the inductors over time, causing a lack of contrast and eventual dead of the inductor
  • The entire regulator PCB is noisy, which injects a lot of unwanted ground noise to the board, causing many issues including audio quality loss

The CleanPower board by RetroSix addresses all of those issue, providing a clean, stable and efficient 5V and negative LCD voltage supply to the system to keep the lifespan of your console at it's best.

To install, see images. Simply de-solder the old power regulator wires. Cut the grey plastic to separate them, and then solder them in the order shown. Red wire (bottom on original PCB) is 6V. Then moving up the original PCB wire by wire solder them in order; so LCD, GND then the top wire is VIN.

The input range of the CleanPower on VIN is 2.5V to 12V. This gives modders a much wider range if they want to install 2S lipo kits!

 





Looking for more mods? Try the CleanAmp Speaker mod for any Game Boy.

Read more


CleanAmp Installation Instructions

Posted by Kyle C. on

Take your Game Boy restoration to the next level with the custom built, ultra-efficient and clean audio class D amplifier designed in-house by RetroSix.

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CleanAmp Installation Instructions

Posted by Kyle C. on

Take your Game Boy restoration to the next level with the custom built, ultra-efficient and clean audio class D amplifier designed in-house by RetroSix.

Read more

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