Game Boy Advance IPS LCD
The Game Boy Advance (GBA) IPS LCD V2 is the most modern display upgrade for your Nintendo console, brining a rich color backlight display to one of the most beloved handheld consoles of all time. The complexity of this mod is rated at a 4 out of 10. Most users who have some soldering experiences and can use an x-acto knife will have no problems installing this LCD.Some case modification is required. If you'd rather not take a chance with a sharp blade, there are pre-cut GBA shells available.
Pre-test all of your electrical components before installing. The LCD is quite fragile and can break if too much pressure is applied. Be gentle when handling old electronics and never force anything to fit.
All parts and components are available at www.handheldlegend.com
All of the above parts, included a foam insert, is included with your kit from Hand Held Legend. You will also need a tri-wing screwdriver and a phillips head ~3mm screwdriver to remove and reinstall the screws holding the case and PCB in place.
If you are using an OEM Game Boy Advance console, remove the 7 screws holding the case together and lift up the back shell. Remove the battery cover to find the 7th screw. This is often a phillips head screw rather than and OEM "Y" type screw.
The original LCD will need to be separated from the PCB. Note the black clips holding the cable in place. Lift up on the black clips to release the cable.
Three more screws need to be removed to separate the PCB from the front of the shell. You'll be needing that phillips head screwdriver.
Now is a great time to clean the internals of your Game Boy Advance. Check out this refurbishment video for some pointers on how to clean your console properly.
Case modification is required to complete this mod if you are not using a pre-cut shell. This is the most difficult step to this modification. Prepare your tools and evaluate your shell before starting to cut. Please be careful!
The sections outlined in blue will need to be trimmed in order to create an appropriate viewing window for your new IPS LCD. A special glass screen is provided in order to create a proper new masking area.
Take you time here. Remove the plastic with a new razor blade and be careful. Did I say be careful?
Double sided foam will help secure your IPS LCD to the front shell, sealing out any dust that may invade. Remove the plastic film covering the adhesive and apply to the shell as above.
It may be best to do a dry fit of your cable and LCD in order to test their function before you start soldering any wires. You will also get a good idea of where best to place the cable when soldering. We find that soldering the wires with the cable placed above an inserted into an unclipped socket can help route the wires properly without them getting tangled or getting tugged when inserting the cable. You will also know which of the two connections (32 or 40 pin) that is compatible with your GBA motherboard.
When positioning you cable you will want the metallic portion of the cable to be facing forward. The 40 pin orientation (left) will fold over without much effort. The 32 pin orientation (right) will require you to fold in reverse.
Soldering will be required in order to control the brightness of your LCD. The SEL solder pad on the cable will be soldered to the TP2 pad on the front of your GBA PCB. Use one of the three wires included with your kit.
The R and L pads on the cable will be soldered to their respective R and L bumper pins