8 April 2018

10 Minute Mod: GameBoy Screen Rot Fix(?)

I recently picked up a few old GameBoys for a new project, they weren't all in great shape though.
Amongst them was a pretty nice Red example, but it had some inky garbage around the edge of the display.

From what I've read, it's a well known problem with the old GameBoy systems, and appears to be irreparable :(

The damage is pretty distracting, but luckily it seems isolated to the border and doesn't actually affect the viewing area. The rest of the console is in very good condition so it'd be a shame for it to go to waste.

I thought it'd be a good use for my new vinyl cutter to make a mask to cover up the damaged part.

With the front case back on, I'd call the effort a moderate success. The left-hand side could be slightly better aligned though :/ 
The screen damage might get worse over time, but there're no replacements around for these old LCDs.

So this is more of a band-aid than a true fix, but at least I can still use this GameBoy for a while longer...

If anyone's interested, I still have some of these screen masks around... shoot me an email.

Download the .svg file here if you have access to a vinyl cutter.

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