Introduction: How to Make Custom Backgrounds for Your Tamagotchi

  Yesterday, I was searching through my junk drawer and I found something you don't see often anymore; a tamagotchi. As I pondered about ideas for the old game, I decided to take it apart. The second I removed the circuit board, the screen came tumbling out. Then, I noticed that the background was just a simple piece of paper, sandwiched in-between the circuit board and the screen. After about twenty minutes of hacking, I figured out how to make my own backgrounds.

Step 1: Tools Needed

  You need the following:
1. A tamagotchi v4 (duh)
2. A phillips head scredriver (small)
3. A flat head screwdriver (used to pry open the case, you can use other tools for this
4. ruler
5.paper and other art supplies
(note- I'm not responsible if you kill and/or destroy your tamagotchi pet

Step 2: Removing the Back Cover

 Use the phillips head screwdriver to remove the back battery lid from the toy. Then unscrew the four other screws behind the cover plate. 

Step 3: Pry Open the Case

 Now, pry open the side of the case (using the flat head screwdriver) by using the tab in the middle (the one highlighted by the blue light). Then, pry the rest of case open pulling from the top of the antenna.

Step 4: Remove the Circuit Board

 Unscrew the four screws on both sides of the circuit board. After that, pry the circuit board off. The screen should come tumbling out. If it doesn't, pull in off. 

Step 5: Make the Background

Cut a 1 and 1/8th by 1 and 1/8th piece of paper out. Draw you design on here. 

Step 6: Take Apart the Screen

 Now, take off that black plastic insert and the paper that comes behind it. This is the background. 

Step 7: Insert Your Background

 Place your background on the clear screen of your tamagotchi. Now, reassemble your tamagtchi over the paper.

Step 8: Turn It On

 If you are careful and didn't break anything everything should be fine. If it doesn't work, don't worry, just remove the new background and your precious pet should be fine.

Comments

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broadworthbrooke made it!(author)2014-09-23

what is the color name of the tamagotchi in your pictures

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SWV1787 made it!(author)2011-03-23

Wow... I haven't seen one of these in years. I completely forgot that Tamagotchi pets even existed...

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roboman7 made it!(author)2011-03-23

Me too. I had no other use for mine, so I just hacked it.

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jwoo2023 made it!(author)2011-04-20

i took out the piezo and made it mute! :D

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mycroftxxx made it!(author)2011-03-25

Apparently we think alike. I did this to my original tamagotchi years ago.

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