Introduction: How to Restore a DMG Gameboy!
In this Instructables, I will be showing you how to take apart your gameboy, and how to clean it! I would not recommend this project for the beginner, because you are using circuit boards, and for some of these you need a special screwdriver!
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Step 1: Identify Your Gameboy
In this step, we will be identifying your GameBoy. Take a look on the back of your game boy, it should either have four phillips screws or four tri wing screws (excluding under the battery cover. For phillips screws you can just get right in, but if you have tri wing screws you have to either try to use a small flathead screwdriver or you can purchase Nintendo's security bit online for around 5 dollars. In my case I have a Phillips screw GameBoy. Once you have the proper tools, start by unscrewing all four screws in the back. Then after this under the battery cover there should be two other holes. Once you have all the screws undone we can head on to the next step.
Step 2: Take It Apart!
Once you have the screws undone, you want to take the house apart. While you're doing this, be careful because there's a screen cable connected to each side! you can remove the screen cable easily, just be careful or else it may rip. After this, taking it apart is pretty self-explanatory. All you have to do is remove all the screws that you can see inside the case. Once you have done this, you want to remove the circuit boards from each side. Move these to a safe area, but not carpet as this can make static electricity and fry your game boy!
Step 3: Clean It!
Now with each halve of your plastic, you are going to want to gather your supplies to clean it. These can include, but are not limited to... nail polish remover, sponge pads, Q-tips, and hot water. Get some hot running water running, we will be using this later. While you have the water running, you may want to identify any blemishes on your case that include dirt and grime. You're going to want to clean this office and Q-tips and some sponge pads along with the nail polish remover. To remove these, take the nail polish remover and put some on your Q-tips and sponge pads. Rub pretty hard on the areas that have dirt and grime. It should get it out pretty easily, as nail polish remover is an alcohol, which removes inks dirt crimes and many other things very quickly. Now we will move back to our hot water. Throw all of the cases and the buttons to into the hot water. while in the water, you should rub on the whole case to remove any more dirt and grime that we had not gotten earlier. After rubbing for about five minutes, you should remove the cases from the water. You should be careful to not get the water to hot as you could melt your whole case!
Step 4: Your Done!
Now you can put together your GameBoy again! Hooray! You have successfully cleaned your GameBoy. If you're getting any lines on your screen, you should take a look at your screens motherboard. As you can see below the screen, there is a black rubber line. You should go over this line gently with a soldering iron, as the heat will melt the solder back onto the connections.