gameboy repair 

removed my first burned polarizer today, from a game boy pocket lcd. it was less difficult than i thought it would be. (tedious but not difficult.) pics show what it looked like beforehand, the middle of the process, and after the polarizer was removed completely (including all the adhesive). i don't have new polarizer film yet, but my sunglasses are polarized, so i used them to check to see if the screen still works (it does!)

gameboy repair 

i removed the polarizer by carefully lifting it with an exacto knife and peeling away... and then just scrubbing it with isopropyl alcohol and a q-tip for like 45 mins. (i used the exacto knife a few more times, very carefully, to lift some stubborn bits.) the eventual goal here is to install a backlight mod. i know they sell fancy ips lcds for the pocket now but honestly i kinda love the look of the lcd on the pocket

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still waiting on my polarizing film and i do wonder at this point how many people have walked past my office wondering why i'm wearing sunglasses and playing gameboy, like some magazine ad from the 90s

gameboy/electronics repair 

another first for me: I resoldered a surface-mount chip in this old flash cart of mine for the GBA. I opened the cart up and found that the SRAM chip (in the upper right corner) had separated from its solder pads somehow—one side was completely loose, and a bunch of pins on that side were bent. I used fine tweezers to bend the pins back, then soldered it back in place (with the help of a lot of chipquick flux). it's not pretty but it does work!

gameboy/electronics repair 

the only problem is that the company that made this flash cart no longer exists, and the software to flash it only runs on Windows XP (if you can even track down a copy). so I'm stuck with the games I flashed on there back in like 2012. fortunately these games are bangers: Metroid Fusion, Klonoa, and Mario & Luigi Superstar Saga

gameboy repair 

@aparrish combined with your cw, I interpreted "polarizing film" to mean you were making an explosive documentary about your controversial, cutting-edge gameboy repair techniques

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@valrus next up on fox news, watch this controversial footage of a bespectacled liberal new york city college professor playing video games on the job

gameboy/electronics repair 

@aparrish wow, i don't think i've seen one of those before. what vendor is that? you might still be able to flash it with a GBxCart RW. have you checked this list? https://flashcartdb.com/index.php/Main_Page

gameboy/electronics repair 

@Ludonaut this is the URL on the cart (from the most recent wayback snapshot that works) web.archive.org/web/2009060503

I tried flashing it with my gbxcart rw last night! the software doesn't detect it, and using the "generic" setting didn't work 😔

gameboy/electronics repair 

@aparrish whaddya mean it's not pretty?? I shall insistently disagree

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