Console Repair/Modding

Links and resources for console repair and modding

Mods and info for the finest entertainment available during math class.
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Backlighting a TI-84 Plus (handheldlegend.com)
Installing a TI-84 Plus backlight using a Sega Game Gear backlight from Hand Held Legend.
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Video demonstration of adding an Arduino amp to a Game Boy Color. Can be done on other game boys with adjustments to the wiring.
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Video demonstrating a backlight and bivert modification on an original DMG Game Boy. Parts sourced from Hand Held Legend, but the same stuff is available everywhere.
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Video talking through diagnosing sound problems with the Game Boy Color. This video demonstrates how to use a multimeter continuity check to see if the headphone jack mechanism that disables sound when headphones are plugged in is malfunctioning. Really useful for determining where in the sound circuitry a problem might be.
Basic skills and knowledge that’s helpful for console repair and modding. You’ll want to go through these links if you’ve never worked with electronics before.
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This is a tutorial for through hole soldering. This skill allows for modding in older consoles such as the DMG Game Boy, early Atari consoles, and more.
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These are expensive tools, but they’re awesome when working with surface mount components or removing a part that’s been placed incorrectly.
Videos and links about the Nintendo DS family of consoles.
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Video demonstrating the replacement of an F2 fuse on a Nintendo DS Lite. It’s absolutely zero fun if you just have a soldering iron, but Colin somehow succeeds.
Repair info and mods regarding the Atari 2600 and 7800.
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Schematic for an Atari 2600 S-Video mod. This requires knowledge of how to read a schematic and wire a circuit. These mods were previously produced by a hobbyist, but they seemed to have stopped producing them.
My favorite and most trusted places to purchase supplies for electronics and modding. I always check these places for what I’m looking for first.
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Hand Held Legend (handheldlegend.com)
Supplier of cases, mods, and more for Hand Held consoles (primarily consoles in the Game Boy family and Game Gear.) Merchandise quality is high, and their support team is very responsive.
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Console5 (console5.com)
This is my preferred place for ordering pre-packaged cap kits. Parts are high-quality caps, and shipping is really fast. Console5 also tends to have McWill mods in stock.
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Retro Modding (www.retromodding.com)
This is another part supplier that tends to have hand held parts as well as controller parts. The mods are high quality, and they carry some case colors not found anywhere else. I’ll usually check here if Hand Held Legend doesn’t have what I want.
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Rose Colored Gaming (rosecoloredgaming.com)
Store that carries gaming stands and some custom shells. Not strictly modding related, but you need some sweet stands to show off your work, right?
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AdaFruit (www.adafruit.com)
This is where most of my tools come from. AdaFruit usually has decent prices on quality tools and ships quickly out of New York.
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Hot Tweezer kit for use with Hakko 888 or 889 soldering station. I don't own one of these, but it looks like it might be worth checking out for SMD rework.
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Bluish Squirrel (www.bluishsquirrel.com)
Designer cases. Those GameCube-styled SP cases are too excellent.
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Boxy Pixel (www.boxypixel.com)
Awesome aluminum Game Boy cases. Expensive, but they look amazing.

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