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GameBoy Advance overly saturated screen... How to fix? Answered

I got a GameBoy Advance a few years back, the Nintendo DS of last decade. It worked great for about a year and then (I think I may have dropped it) it started displaying the colors on the screen way too brightly! Nothing else was effected, but the screen looks as though it doesn't know what "dark" means. All of the games I try to play are way too lightly-colored, to the point that I can't see any details at all. As you can see, I try to play Frogger's Adventures: Temple of the Frog, but I can barely see where I'm going because the screen is too saturated.

Oh, and another thing: After the screen started doing this, I dropped it once more, and it switched back to normal for a time, but then after 30 seconds, it flipped to the higher saturation again. This would lead me to thinking that something is broken inside... Is there anyone out there who knows of this problem, and perhaps, knows how to fix it?


Win Guy


My nephew had the GBA. He found that behind the unit (behind the grey sticker) is a tiny hole that you can adjust the contrast. Just be VERY CAREFUL as you can ruin it if you mess around too much. There is apparently no other way to adjust the contrast.

Thanks, canucksgirl! As it turns out, all I had to do is to go in there with a cross-wing jewelers' screwdriver and turn the potentiometer a little. That restored the original clarity!

I still can't thank you enough. I will select you for my personal best answer. However, I will leave this question open for anyone else to post their solutions so others with similar problems can refer to this post.

Win Guy

You're welcome. Glad I could help. :)

Just so you know, its always a good idea to just mark a best answer and leave the question up (versus deleting it). Others can get help without having to repost the question.

Cheers! :D