How to repair Gameboy common problems

How to fix Nintendo Gameboy common problems

How to repair Gameboy commom problems

How to fix Nintendo Gameboy common problems
How to fix Nintendo Gameboy common problems

Recently, I came across a Gameboy at Goodwill for $6.99. While inspecting it I noticed the battery contacts where very corroded but the Gameboy was complete albeit very dirty likely from years of use and the lack of the previous owner taking good care of it. I couldn’t test the Gameboy before I bought it but I thought I could use a low budget trick to clean up the battery contacts to look nearly new.

When I got home I tried to turn on the Gameboy with new, fresh batteries but it wouldn’t power on. I wasn’t very surprised though because the battery contacts where nasty. Here’s some before pictures.

Gameboy DMG Battery Corosion
Gameboy DMG Battery Corosion
Gameboy DMG Close Up of Battery Corosion
Gameboy DMG Close Up of Battery Corosion

What you need:

  • Small flat blade screw driver
  • Needle nose pliers
  • White distilled vinegar

How to remove the battery contacts

I used a small flat blade screw driver to get underneath the battery contacts and then used needle nose pliers to pull out the battery contacts.

Gameboy DMG Battery Contacts Removed
Gameboy DMG Battery Contacts Removed

Cleaning the battery contacts with vinegar

Gameboy DMG White Distilled Vinegar
Gameboy DMG White Distilled Vinegar

White Distilled Vinegar does a great job of eating through the corrosion on the battery contacts. All you need to do is soak the battery contacts in the vinegar for a few minutes. You can see the corrosion bubble right off. You can also use a flat blade screw driver to scrape off any corrosion that doesn’t bubble off on it’s own while it’s soaking.

Soaking the Gameboy DMG battery contacts in white distilled vinegar
Soaking the Gameboy DMG battery contacts in white distilled vinegar

After 5 minutes of soaking I removed the battery contacts and cleaned them up with water. Next I soaked them in some Rubbing Alcohol and then dried them using a paper towel before reinstalling them into the Gameboy.

Here’s a close up of the battery contacts installed:

Gameboy DMG Cleaned Battery Contacts
Gameboy DMG Cleaned Battery Contacts

Note: This picture was taken during testing and before the final cleaning of the Gameboy

Does it work now?

I reinstalled the batteries and tried to power on the Gameboy and to my delight it turned right on! This is proof of a cheap DIY fix for a non working Gameboy. There was a catch though…

I did notice that once the Gameboy turned on that some of the lines on the lcd were not being displayed. Luckily there’s a DIY fix for this too.

How to fix the lcd screen when lines are missing

Gameboy DMG LCD Missing Lines Pixels
Gameboy DMG LCD Missing Lines Pixels

A common problem with Gameboy LCD screens is missing lines in the screen. This is usually caused by a bad connection in the LCD cable. When you heat up the cable and apply pressure on it the lines will disappear.

Non official Nintendo Gameboy LCD Fix it tool =)
Non official Nintendo Gameboy LCD Fix it tool =)

All you need is a hair drier or a heat gun. You want to heat the cable where it’s missing lines. Take a look at the picture I added for a better description:

Heat Up Gameboy LCD and Press Down Cable
Heat Up Gameboy LCD and Press Down Cable

Final Result

Gameboy DMG LCD After LCD Fix
Gameboy DMG LCD After LCD Fix

After heating up the cable and applying pressure it looked perfect! Hopefully this information helps somebody with similar problems with their Gameboy.

Nintendo NES Opening Title Screen Intro Videos

A compilation of Nintendo NES Opening Title Screen Intro Videos. Some games have the title theme and demo gameplay footage while others just are the static title screen.

Adventure Island

8 Eyes

A Nightmare on Elm Street

Contra

GI Joe

Life Force

Power Blade

Balloon Fight

The Goonies 2

Bonk’s Adventure

Nightshade

DuckTales

Contra Force

Journey To Silius

Zombie Nation

Castlevania

Kid Icarus

Final Fantasy

Pinbot

Blades of Steel

Faxanadu

Double Dragon

Clash at Demon Head

Felix the Cat

Mega Man 2

Mario is Missing

Ultima Exodus

Midwest Gaming Classic 2013 Pictures

Super Mario Bros Pinball

Midwest Gaming Classic 2013 Pictures

Midwest Gaming Classic 2013 Pictures taken by myself SteveOh.

I tried to get to all the different areas of the show. Included are pictures of the Star World’s arcade, the vendor area, the various gaming rooms, and the pinball tournament.

There’s a lot of retro / vintage computers & gaming devices. Have fun!

60 in 1 Bartop Arcades
60 in 1 Bartop Arcades
Apple & Commodore Computers
Apple & Commodore Computers
Apple IIc
Apple IIc
Apple Lisa
Apple Lisa
Atari 5200 Close Up
Atari 5200 Close Up
Atari 5200
Atari 5200
Atari 7800 in box
Atari 7800 in box
Atari Centipede Mobile
Atari Centipede Mobile
Atari Jagfest
Atari Jagfest
Atari Jaguar & Lynx
Atari Jaguar & Lynx
Atari Jaguar Banner
Atari Jaguar Banner
Atari Jaguar Box & Atari Lynx
Atari Jaguar Box & Atari Lynx
Atari Jaguar
Atari Jaguar
Atari Lynx 2
Atari Lynx 2
Atari Lynx - The Latest From Lynx
Atari Lynx – The Latest From Lynx
Atari Lynx Complete
Atari Lynx Complete
Atari Lynx
Atari Lynx
Atari Pong & Intelligames Pong Sports IV
Atari Pong & Intelligames Pong Sports IV
Atari Pong & Stunt Cycle
Atari Pong & Stunt Cycle
Atari Video Game Selection Center 2
Atari Video Game Selection Center 2
Atari Video Game Selection Center
Atari Video Game Selection Center
CIB Games For Sale
CIB Games For Sale
CIB NES Master System Genesis Games
CIB NES Master System Genesis Games
Commodore Computer
Commodore Computer
Compaq Z80
Compaq Z80
Console Gaming
Console Gaming
Dance Dance Revolution
Dance Dance Revolution
Fix It Felix Arcade
Fix It Felix Arcade
Games for sale
Games for sale
Handhelds for sale
Handhelds for sale
Happy Vendor
Happy Vendor
Homebrew Jaguar Games 2
Homebrew Jaguar Games 2
Homebrew Jaguar Games
Homebrew Jaguar Games
IBM PC
IBM PC
Intellivsion Keyboard
Intellivsion Keyboard
Joust Cocktail Arcade
Joust Cocktail Arcade
Joust High Score
Joust High Score
Main Vendor Hall
Main Vendor Hall
NES Accessories
NES Accessories
NES Power Glove
NES Power Glove
Nintendo Gameboy Kiosk
Nintendo Gameboy Kiosk
Nintendo VS Red Tent Arcade
Nintendo VS Red Tent Arcade
Pinball Machines 2
Pinball Machines 2
Pinball Machines
Pinball Machines
Pinball Playfield
Pinball Playfield
Pinball Tournament
Pinball Tournament
Pixel Party
Pixel Party
Radio Shack TRS80
Radio Shack TRS80
Sealed Atari Games
Sealed Atari Games
Sega Mark III
Sega Mark III
Star Wars Pinball
Star Wars Pinball
Star World's Arcade 2
Star World’s Arcade 2
Star World's Arcade 3
Star World’s Arcade 3
Star World's Arcade Beatmania
Star World’s Arcade Beatmania
Star World's Arcade
Star World’s Arcade
Super Mario Bros Pinball
Super Mario Bros Pinball
Video Brain
Video Brain
Zelda Standee
Zelda Standee
Baby Pacman Pinball
Baby Pacman Pinball
Boxed NES and Super Famicom Games
Boxed NES and Super Famicom Games
Bubbles Arcade Machine
Bubbles Arcade Machine
Nintendo Famicom Games for Sale
Nintendo Famicom Games for Sale
Galaga Arcade Machine
Galaga Arcade Machine
Galaga Arcade Perfect Challenging Stage
Galaga Arcade Perfect Challenging Stage
Ikari Warriors Arcade Machine
Ikari Warriors Arcade Machine
Intellivision Games for Sale
Intellivision Games for Sale
Japanese ROB the Robot and games for sale
Japanese ROB the Robot and games for sale
Japanese Sega Saturn Games For Sale
Japanese Sega Saturn Games For Sale
Lots of NES Games for Sale
Lots of NES Games for Sale
Lots of NES Games for Sale 2
Lots of NES Games for Sale 2
Moon Patrol - Bubbles - Robotron 2084 Arcade Machines
Moon Patrol – Bubbles – Robotron 2084 Arcade Machines
Nintendo Famicom and Super Famicom Games for Sale
Nintendo Famicom and Super Famicom Games for Sale
Random Games and Merchandise for Sale
Random Games and Merchandise for Sale
Rare NES Gameboy and Import Games
Rare NES Gameboy and Import Games
Sealed and Boxed Atair Jaguar and Turbografx16 Games
Sealed and Boxed Atair Jaguar and Turbografx16 Games
Sega Genesis 2 - N64 - 3DO
Sega Genesis 2 – N64 – 3DO
Star Worlds Arcade 3
Star Worlds Arcade 3
Super Famicom Games For Sale
Super Famicom Games For Sale
Super Nintendo SNES Games for Sale 2
Super Nintendo SNES Games for Sale 2
Super Nintendo SNES Games for Sale
Super Nintendo SNES Games for Sale
Turbografx16 Games for Sale
Turbografx16 Games for Sale

Legends of the Diamond for NES Complete in Box

Nes Box Legends of the Diamond Front
Nes Box Legends of the Diamond Front
Nes Box Legends of the Diamond Front
Nes Box Legends of the Diamond Side
Nes Box Legends of the Diamond Side
Nes Box Legends of the Diamond Back
Nes Box Legends of the Diamond Back
Nes Box Legends of the Diamond Top
Nes Box Legends of the Diamond Top
Nes Box Legends of the Diamond Instruction Manual
Nes Box Legends of the Diamond Instruction Manual

Legends of the Diamond was released for the NES in January 1992 by Bandai. You play as baseball’s greatest players of all time.

Nintendo NES CIB Collection

Nintendo NES CIB Collection
Nintendo NES CIB Collection
Nintendo NES CIB Collection

Here’s a photo of my Nintendo NES CIB (complete in box) collection. The games I have are as follows:

1942
8 Eyes
A Nightmare on Elm Street
Adventure of Link
Adventures of Bayou Billy
Afterburner
Back to the Future
Bad Dudes
Balloon Fight
Baseball
Basewars
Batman
Black Bass
Blades of Steel
Blaster Master
Castlevania
Castlevania 2
Code name Viper
Contra
Crystalis
Darkwing Duck
Demon Sword
Destination Earthstar
Dick Tracy
Donkey Kong Classics
Double Dragon
Double Dragon 2
Double Dribble
Dr Mario
Dragon Warrior
Dragon Warrior 2
Dragon Warrior 3
Dragon’s Lair
Duck Hunt
Excitebike
Faxanadu
Final Fantasy
Flying Warriors
Friday the 13
Ghosts and Goblins
Golf
Goonies 2
Gotcha
Gradius
Gumshoe
Hogan’s Alley
Ice Hockey
Jackal
Karate Kid
Kid Icarus
Kirby’s Adventure
Kung Fu
Legendary Wings
Life Force
Loony Toon 2
Low G Man
Marble Madness
Mario Bros
Mario is Missing
Metroid
Mike Tyson’s Punch Out
Millipede
MLB
Monster Party
NES Cleaning Kit 1
NES Cleaning Kit 2
NES Open
Nightmare on Elm Street
Ninja Gaiden
Pac-Man
Pinbot
POW
Pro Wrestling
R.C. Pro-Am
Rad Racer
Rambo
Rampage
Renegade
Robo Cop
Rush’n Attack
Rygar
Silent Strike
Skate or Die
Spy Hunter
Stack-Up
Star Tropics
Strider
Super C
Super Jeopardy
Super Mario Bros
Super Mario Bros
Super Mario Bros 2
Super Mario Bros 3 Challenge Set Box
Super Mario Bros 3
Tetris Nintendo
Tetris Tengen
TMNT
TMNT 2
Ultima Quest for the Avatar
Volleyball
Wrestle Mania
WWF Wrestling Challenge
WWF Wrestlemania
Xenophobe
Yoshi’s Cookie
Zelda
Zodas Revenge