Repairing a cut power adapter cable with a splice
In this video I attempt to remove and replace a Gameboy screen by desoldering it from the PCB w/o damaging it and then soldering it back in place.
This could make backlight mods easier to do and would allow salvaging the DMG screen for spare parts if doing a Game Boy pocket to DMG screen mod.
WEP858D Hot Air rework station - http://amzn.to/1Tjq3xD
Hakko FX888D Soldering Station - http://amzn.to/1BahZd0
Spudger Set - http://amzn.to/1HDOMZ1
You can buy this shell from lee_chan1985 on ebay for $15 delivered to the US - http://ebay.to/1GSdMJO
tl;dw- I had mixed success with this shell. The A/B buttons did not sit at the right height and I had to do some modifications to the shell to get them to work. However, in general this is a nice quality replacement shell and it may be worth buying.
This impromptu video shows removing the GBA's 0603 SMD power LED with a soldering iron only, and with hot air. I had some trouble figuring out how to orient the LED, so unfortunately I won't be much help there. After some trial and error and a few bloopers, I was able to get the new LED working.
WEP 858D (110V) Hot Air Rework Soldering Station - http://amzn.to/1y4czLa
Instructions for swapping out the original plastic screen lens in the GBA with a glass replacement for improved optics and scratch resistance. GBA Glass Lens Kits for Sale: Pre-cut adhesive - http://ebay.to/14gkjQg Pre-cut and applied adhesive - http://ebay.to/1pTI8Hk Tools used in the video: Giottos Rocket Air Blaster - http://amzn.to/1GhsGtw (highly recommend!) Spudger - http://amzn.to/11jMexp Suction cup - http://amzn.to/1zls2Xd
When Boiling the 72-Pin Connector Doesn't Work - Experiment Fixing Blinking Nintendo by Bending Pins
While an attempt at boiling the 72-Pin connector did improve things with this NES, it didn't restore it to 100% functionality. I attempted a second boil, cleaned some games, and end up re-bending the connector pins. Tools used in this video:
Giottos Rocket Air Blaster - http://amzn.to/1GhsGtw (highly recommend!)
Contact cleaner - http://amzn.to/1oH0auN
Dental picks - http://ebay.to/1Ghu9QB
Replacement 72-pin connector - http://ebay.to/1rZabUi
Using a DS Lite speaker to replace a broken GBA speaker
Buy a replacement DS Lite speaker: http://ebay.to/1rGyZ4w