I Restored and Upgraded This $2 Junk Original Gameboy - Console Restoration & Repair

I've been wanting to modify the original Nintendo Gameboy so I decided to restore and repair one and do the modifications while I'm at it. The original Gameboy aka DMG-01 was released in North America 31th July 1989, few days shy of 31 years! HTe modification I will add to this console is a backlight and a bivert chip. Bivert chip inverts the colors. For some reason that gives better contrast for the screen, I'll also invert the colors again to get normal colors instead of inverted colors.
The Gameboy got power but there was no image or sound. This was not very promising. Usually no power is better because then the issue is most likely simple to solve beucause that is often caused by bad contact somewhere. This could mean the board or the screen is broken.
After disassembly the plastic parts were cleaned. And yellowed parts were de-yellowed in my solarium. Tutorial for the process can be found here: denewss.info/channel/oJaJh9acooeqlas/video.html
I cleaned the board. I concentrated especially on the power switch and the battery contacts, which were the point I was hoping to have bad contact. I that was not the case I'd have to go systematically go through the whole board to find the damaged area. The battery terminals were removed and put into rust remover. After that they were nickel plated. The blue residue on the terminals is oxidized copper this tells me the nickel plating was already damaged. My tutorial for nickel plating can be found here: denewss.info/channel/hWV2eMiqd33VqYk/video.html&
After the board was cleaned it worked so the issue was just a contact issue which is very typical for these. However the sound was not working. I tested the speaker and the volume wheel. They were both fine. This could again mean the board is somehow damaged causing the issue. Then I realized the headphone jack has a switch that turn the speakers off when the headphones are plugged in. And what do you know. The headphone jack was working. I used a screwdriver to scratch the oxidized metal between two pieces of metal in the switch to get them good contact again. And now also the audio was working.
Now that everything as fixed I wanted to install the mod kit. I peeled off the back polarizer from the screen. I cleaned any glue residues from the screen with isopropyl alcohol. Then I inserted the backlight panel behind the screen. Between the screen and the led panel. Some people like to desolder the whole screen for better access but as you can see the installation can be done without it if you are careful with the ribbon cables. To install the chip I needed to lift 2 legs from the screen connector. The chip is mounted on this PCB board which makes the installation much easier. The rest of the needed contacts (except ground) have holes over the corresponding contacts on the board to make soldering easy. Because the chip inverts the colors the polarizer must be turned 90 degrees I get this white/blue tone instead of the normal green/black. There are other colors also available but I like this one.
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  • Branducc_ Has_ toaster
    Branducc_ Has_ toasterVor 57 Minuten

    I also have a game boy I need fixed, could you repair it and send it back to me and if so how much would it cost? This things a classic and my nana gave me it, she got it the year it came out, it’s super old and doesn’t work, it also has tons of yellowing

  • Mihacappy
    MihacappyVor Stunde

    I literally love this channel :D Edit: "Go, SUBSCRIBE!" "Go, SHARE!" "Go, LIKE!": *Am i a joke to you?*

  • Cholo M
    Cholo MVor 3 Stunden

    Am I the only one here who feels thirsty every time the hydrogen peroxide is being added to the solarium? LOL

  • Morphix
    MorphixVor 9 Stunden

    Hey, nice video! Can you give a short video-tutorial how to fix the d-pad of a gameboy advance? Or can you at least tell me, what I need to use and to know to fix it? The down-button of my GBA doesn't work that good anymore :(

  • lakety kama
    lakety kamaVor Tag

    How long under the light? 24hours? Greaz

  • Fallen Official
    Fallen OfficialVor Tag

    Question. Where do you buy these? Cause these sell for like $25 IF YOUR LUCKY. If I could get them for $2 that would be amazing lol.

  • Doggo Cheese
    Doggo CheeseVor 2 Tage

    The front is slightly yellowed: Bro the front looks like it got a tan on the beach

  • 魚
    Vor 2 Tage

    where did you get that for 2$???

  • ThaFuzzwood
    ThaFuzzwoodVor 2 Tage

    Really like the surgery tray he uses. Also, the new format is AWESOME.

  • BlinkAChu
    BlinkAChuVor 2 Tage

    Where do you get 2$ junk Gameboys? On eBay everyone's asking 40-50 bucks for broken Gameboys... I will never understand that but hey, I guess people pay that kind of money.

  • Wezzz
    WezzzVor 3 Tage

    in EU, if you want to buy strong hydrogen peroxide you have to get permission from the authorities first... :S

  • FutureChaosTV
    FutureChaosTVVor 3 Tage

    One thing I don't get is why you didn't solder a new power switch in. That old one is so rusty and nasty... Otherwise a very ASMR job! :D

  • Buckeye
    BuckeyeVor 3 Tage

    What the heck is a rare Japanese kid

  • World Monarch
    World MonarchVor 4 Tage

    The amount of detail in this video is legendary. I love you.

  • cadpig lucky
    cadpig luckyVor 4 Tage

    I wounder if he could fix my GameCube that’s on its way out

  • Robotik Dünya
    Robotik DünyaVor 4 Tage


  • Robotik Dünya
    Robotik DünyaVor 4 Tage


  • Remmy
    RemmyVor 4 Tage

    awesome job!

  • Dani AG
    Dani AGVor 4 Tage

    How do u learn to repair all stuff? 🤩

  • Francisco Reyes
    Francisco ReyesVor 4 Tage

    Please no more feet in videos.

  • GoodJKR
    GoodJKRVor 4 Tage

    Nintendo would be proud. Somewhere in Japan there is a warmer heart because of you.

  • JJV Joaquin Valdez
    JJV Joaquin ValdezVor 4 Tage


  • kb be
    kb beVor 5 Tage

    great job

  • Vasili
    VasiliVor 5 Tage

    Nah Tetris or fuk off

  • Muhammad Taufik
    Muhammad TaufikVor 5 Tage

    restore PS5 please

  • VCC Trains
    VCC TrainsVor 5 Tage

    This truly is "I'll go to bed after this video" DEnewss.

  • Dspazio
    DspazioVor 5 Tage

    That’s a tactical reload if I ever saw one

  • greenaum
    greenaumVor 5 Tage

    You could speak, you know! The video is extremely well made and you get it all right, for clarity and showing what's going on. But you could actually talk about your thoughts as you're working. Or narrate them on afterwards. It would add a lot, to a video that's admittedly pretty good already.

  • Pooot
    PoootVor 6 Tage

    7:52 Never forget brush the theeth. Very important ! Nice detail in this video :)

  • Diego Hernandez
    Diego HernandezVor 6 Tage

    Aside your nice skill demostration, I cannot help but notice the elegant way you asked for subscriptions. Grats!

  • AoNeko Games
    AoNeko GamesVor 6 Tage

    When Muk/Grimer plays Game Boy. I also like the backlight mod you did, and that you kept Pokemon Yellow in your sock. :3

  • hirschlord
    hirschlordVor 6 Tage

    Fix the switsch in 20 years 😂😂😂

  • hirschlord
    hirschlordVor 6 Tage

    No voice ?

  • cajun tacos
    cajun tacosVor 7 Tage

    Sega Game Gear Please

  • Austin Wertz
    Austin WertzVor 7 Tage

    I found my dad's old game boy in his mom's house. It basically did the same thing yours did at the start. Also I love these videos.

  • lordasaki
    lordasakiVor 7 Tage

    I tried backlight modding mine a few years ago, but I got frustrated because it won't go back together now (the plastic just tries to bulge, and actually caused the plastic screen bit to pop off). I tried asking at the forums, but the only reply I got was "Buy another one." Also, how did you fix the dead pixels? I kind of skimmed along, so maybe I missed it. I've tried the "apply heat to the ribbon" trick, but it didn't work that well.

  • Not You 2
    Not You 2Vor 7 Tage

    Great job. Now I want to get mine out and play tetris.

  • Tyler Deleringo
    Tyler DeleringoVor 8 Tage

    While you're at it, convert it to double CR123 battery lol

  • ambassador of peace and magic
    ambassador of peace and magicVor 8 Tage


  • upnorthbit
    upnorthbitVor 8 Tage

    14:05 Gameboy: "Killlllll meeeeeee"

  • John Creasy
    John CreasyVor 8 Tage

    Ey Odd, I like all your videos. I have one question about Nickel Solution. How many times can you use the nickel solution?

  • Martin McNeal
    Martin McNealVor 8 Tage

    What soldering iron do you use?

  • Andrew Muhling
    Andrew MuhlingVor 8 Tage

    I got up from my TV, to come and sit at my PC so i could like and subscribe. Which is easier than navigating to a like button on my TV. But less effort than what you just did. ~ smiles ~

  • Keminosuke
    KeminosukeVor 8 Tage

    22:05 *bling* aaaand i'm 8 again... Right in the feelings

  • Randall Coedwig
    Randall CoedwigVor 9 Tage

    Next time replace the old electrolytic capacitors while you're at it and it can be even more like new.

  • OppaiEcchi焼きおにぎり
    OppaiEcchi焼きおにぎりVor 9 Tage

    the pokemon names lmao

  • Harold Aling
    Harold AlingVor 9 Tage

    Man, you suck at soldering. No mechanical connection whatsoever.

  • ABEL Gallardo
    ABEL GallardoVor 9 Tage

    wtf the duck xD exelent verry good

    ARZIACVor 9 Tage

    Watching this as a guide to clean out the three DMG-1 gamboys I have lol

  • Raven Valentine
    Raven ValentineVor 9 Tage

    the video is one thing , that foot revile with the game boy stock is another thing

  • gigglesseven
    gigglessevenVor 9 Tage

    oh noes, VARTA batteries in retro tech

  • Christian Hegerstroem
    Christian HegerstroemVor 9 Tage

    What an experience.

  • nexxusty
    nexxustyVor 10 Tage

    Why would you try to turn it on without a game in it? Makes you look like a complete idiot. Of course it's not going to work.

  • Thomas Esser
    Thomas EsserVor 10 Tage

    A man of Focus... commitment, AND SHEAR FUCKING WILL

  • Salt One
    Salt OneVor 10 Tage

    The substantial joseph prognostically chop because shingle adventitiously sin towards a untidy week. creepy, evasive friday

  • Sctherel Dreyon
    Sctherel DreyonVor 10 Tage

    Holy shit I have that same exact smartwatch.

  • Trainer Fiona
    Trainer FionaVor 10 Tage


  • Tzar Bowlby
    Tzar BowlbyVor 11 Tage

    I enjoyed that. Very peaceful

  • Larry Seiter
    Larry SeiterVor 11 Tage

    Great video. Makes me wish i still had mine.

  • Random VHS
    Random VHSVor 11 Tage

    This is like the repair scene from Toy Story 2, but without the music.

  • Restless Wanderer
    Restless WandererVor 11 Tage

    The Ducktor was on quack or something

  • Re K
    Re KVor 11 Tage

    5 Dollar Gameboy repair🤦‍♂️

  • Flashing Cyka
    Flashing CykaVor 12 Tage

    He doesn't even have the bicycle.

  • O13A12A CL.
    O13A12A CL.Vor 12 Tage

    画面のパネル、新品パーツ出るんだなw 純正品だよね? 日本でも買えるのかな?   ‎ฅ'ω'ฅ  見事に直った☆彡

  • Grayson Dyess
    Grayson DyessVor 12 Tage

    Wouldn't it be easier to attach the lights to the lid of the bin?

  • josegut85
    josegut85Vor 12 Tage

    Subscribe, like, comment, share. Odd names for Pokémons. 😂

  • Umbrous
    UmbrousVor 12 Tage

    This is just ASMR for nerds

  • Stephen Lapage
    Stephen LapageVor 12 Tage

    Those batteries brand new you get 10 minutes of play time

  • Jindoll
    JindollVor 12 Tage

    I wonder how is doin' the japanese kid who left his/her? sweat on this game boy

  • Dedalus
    DedalusVor 12 Tage

    this was shot and edited well and the work was well done! If I can make 1 suggestion, please get yourself a better soldering iron. The $99 Hakko station is phenomenal, I prefer it to the $8000 station I use at work. With the effort you already put in your solder joints will look pristine.

  • just_noXi
    just_noXiVor 12 Tage

    Very satisfying until the soldering parts... I'd rather have the original screen reminding me on the low quality that got polished by my memory.

  • DrymouthCWW
    DrymouthCWWVor 12 Tage

    This is ASMR isn't it?

  • Cuauhrkr
    CuauhrkrVor 13 Tage

    2:13 What did u just said?

  • L'Narel Wenress
    L'Narel WenressVor 13 Tage

    Very good. But still this is not NiNtendo sWitch Pr0 i wanted so b4d at 2o21

  • Evan Zane
    Evan ZaneVor 13 Tage

    i love the "go! Subscribe!" subtle ... real subtle!!LOL

  • Alejandro Cordero
    Alejandro CorderoVor 13 Tage

    Be still, my heart.

  • beemplayyz
    beemplayyzVor 13 Tage

    i like how the duck is too cute

  • Stephan Laqua
    Stephan LaquaVor 13 Tage

    Can you do it even slower next time , please .

  • Matt Smillie
    Matt SmillieVor 13 Tage


  • Underheld
    UnderheldVor 13 Tage

    This restoration is Hulkster-approved bruther! Whatcha gonna do..! When Gameboy-mania comes for YOU?!

  • Adyen Lichtwachter
    Adyen LichtwachterVor 14 Tage

    Who would've thought a gameboy was more complex inside than a supernintendo.

  • Randy Bobandy

    Randy Bobandy

    Vor 13 Tage

    It isnt

  • Luke GroundSwimmer
    Luke GroundSwimmerVor 14 Tage

    "but where is the ducktor?" I wanted already to subscribe and that confirm my decision X°D

  • Godspeedhero
    GodspeedheroVor 14 Tage

    Haha, remember in the good old days when you were allowed to fix your own electronics? *sigh*

  • Matthew Strangwood
    Matthew StrangwoodVor 14 Tage

    all that and use the wrong size screwdriver and rip up the heads...............................

  • Randy Bobandy

    Randy Bobandy

    Vor 13 Tage

    Lmao I was looking for a comment like yours. He really did just cam out those screw heads.

  • a9udn9u
    a9udn9uVor 14 Tage

    I wish they offer 8x play speed

  • ahmad asyraf Jamaluddin
    ahmad asyraf JamaluddinVor 14 Tage

    I love all ur videos !! Thank you.! So satisfying to watch. Keep it up. Love from singapore ❤️

  • Alejandro Prieto
    Alejandro PrietoVor 14 Tage

    my gameboy moves by itself to the left, even without the pad, could you help me? I love your videos !!!

  • EvgenChannelTV
    EvgenChannelTVVor 14 Tage

    Soldering without flux or soldering acid is the best kind of perversion. The solder doesn't even stick properly. At 20:43, you can see in what terrible form the board has survived all attempts to somehow solder it. But then there are black gloves that emphasize professionalism and indicate the very seriousness of this event (sarcasm)

  • Randy Bobandy

    Randy Bobandy

    Vor 13 Tage

    You do realize there is solder with Flux in the core right?

  • Ian Sibal
    Ian SibalVor 14 Tage

    for some reason this is very satisfying

  • Andi 456
    Andi 456Vor 14 Tage

    Nice Work i had a Gameboy in my childhood

  • J F
    J FVor 14 Tage

    I wasn't expecting to find an ASMR video. Nice! Similar aesthetic as that Japanese guy who makes tiny knives out of everything.

  • H SJr
    H SJrVor 15 Tage

    Can I send you my old GameBoy and get this done? Nice work!

  • Diego Damo
    Diego DamoVor 15 Tage

    Great skills,one of the best restoration video i've ever seen. BRAVISSIMO. And,most important,no stupid shitty music on the video. Just watch and (try to) learn.

  • MeatVision
    MeatVisionVor 15 Tage

    I would have killed for that backlight when i was a kid 😂

  • Nilton Giovanny Arango Marín
    Nilton Giovanny Arango MarínVor 15 Tage

    Esas pilas VARTA las he visto en Colombia. 🔋🔋🔋

  • Chris Pinder - FE
    Chris Pinder - FEVor 16 Tage

    As soon as you put your foot on the desk and pulled out the game you had me lol

  • Francisco Wagner
    Francisco WagnerVor 16 Tage

    23:00 okay, I've subscribed, like and commented, now what about a full playthrough of Pokemon Yellow on this Gameboy? Hahahahaha

  • Jeremy Parmentier
    Jeremy ParmentierVor 16 Tage

    Hi, How many time to remove the yellowing ? TY !

  • BlindSp0t
    BlindSp0tVor 16 Tage

    Do you think this format is somehow satisfying with the pincers, the very slow rythm, the beauty shots and everything? It's actually more enraging than anything. Went in for informations, and had to stop watching after 5mn because I couldn't take any more of that slow torture. Please change the format.

  • Jim Hendrix
    Jim HendrixVor 17 Tage