I Restored and Upgraded This $2 Junk Original Gameboy - Console Restoration & Repair

I've been wanting to modify the original Nintendo Gameboy so I decided to restore and repair one and do the modifications while I'm at it. The original Gameboy aka DMG-01 was released in North America 31th July 1989, few days shy of 31 years! HTe modification I will add to this console is a backlight and a bivert chip. Bivert chip inverts the colors. For some reason that gives better contrast for the screen, I'll also invert the colors again to get normal colors instead of inverted colors.
The Gameboy got power but there was no image or sound. This was not very promising. Usually no power is better because then the issue is most likely simple to solve beucause that is often caused by bad contact somewhere. This could mean the board or the screen is broken.
After disassembly the plastic parts were cleaned. And yellowed parts were de-yellowed in my solarium. Tutorial for the process can be found here: grgone.info/will/zsqJiqOjnrp8lKc/b-nteo
I cleaned the board. I concentrated especially on the power switch and the battery contacts, which were the point I was hoping to have bad contact. I that was not the case I'd have to go systematically go through the whole board to find the damaged area. The battery terminals were removed and put into rust remover. After that they were nickel plated. The blue residue on the terminals is oxidized copper this tells me the nickel plating was already damaged. My tutorial for nickel plating can be found here: grgone.info/will/s5l2e5Wxc7CnqIU/b-nteo&
After the board was cleaned it worked so the issue was just a contact issue which is very typical for these. However the sound was not working. I tested the speaker and the volume wheel. They were both fine. This could again mean the board is somehow damaged causing the issue. Then I realized the headphone jack has a switch that turn the speakers off when the headphones are plugged in. And what do you know. The headphone jack was working. I used a screwdriver to scratch the oxidized metal between two pieces of metal in the switch to get them good contact again. And now also the audio was working.
Now that everything as fixed I wanted to install the mod kit. I peeled off the back polarizer from the screen. I cleaned any glue residues from the screen with isopropyl alcohol. Then I inserted the backlight panel behind the screen. Between the screen and the led panel. Some people like to desolder the whole screen for better access but as you can see the installation can be done without it if you are careful with the ribbon cables. To install the chip I needed to lift 2 legs from the screen connector. The chip is mounted on this PCB board which makes the installation much easier. The rest of the needed contacts (except ground) have holes over the corresponding contacts on the board to make soldering easy. Because the chip inverts the colors the polarizer must be turned 90 degrees I get this white/blue tone instead of the normal green/black. There are other colors also available but I like this one.
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  1. upnorthbit


    Πριν 2 ώρες

    14:05 Gameboy: "Killlllll meeeeeee"

  2. John Creasy

    John Creasy

    Πριν 5 ώρες

    Ey Odd, I like all your videos. I have one question about Nickel Solution. How many times can you use the nickel solution?

  3. Martin McNeal

    Martin McNeal

    Πριν 6 ώρες

    What soldering iron do you use?

  4. Andrew Muhling

    Andrew Muhling

    Πριν 10 ώρες

    I got up from my TV, to come and sit at my PC so i could like and subscribe. Which is easier than navigating to a like button on my TV. But less effort than what you just did. ~ smiles ~

  5. Keminosuke


    Πριν 15 ώρες

    22:05 *bling* aaaand i'm 8 again... Right in the feelings

  6. Randall Coedwig

    Randall Coedwig

    Πριν 19 ώρες

    Next time replace the old electrolytic capacitors while you're at it and it can be even more like new.

  7. OppaiEcchi焼きおにぎり


    Πριν 20 ώρες

    the pokemon names lmao

  8. Harold Aling

    Harold Aling

    Πριν ημέρα

    Man, you suck at soldering. No mechanical connection whatsoever.

  9. ABEL Gallardo

    ABEL Gallardo

    Πριν ημέρα

    wtf the duck xD exelent verry good

  10. ARZIAC


    Πριν ημέρα

    Watching this as a guide to clean out the three DMG-1 gamboys I have lol

  11. Raven Valentine

    Raven Valentine

    Πριν ημέρα

    the video is one thing , that foot revile with the game boy stock is another thing

  12. gigglesseven


    Πριν ημέρα

    oh noes, VARTA batteries in retro tech

  13. Christian Hegerstroem

    Christian Hegerstroem

    Πριν ημέρα

    What an experience.

  14. nexxusty


    Πριν ημέρα

    Why would you try to turn it on without a game in it? Makes you look like a complete idiot. Of course it's not going to work.

  15. Thomas Esser

    Thomas Esser

    Πριν ημέρα

    A man of Focus... commitment, AND SHEAR FUCKING WILL

  16. Salt One

    Salt One

    Πριν 2 ημέρες

    The substantial joseph prognostically chop because shingle adventitiously sin towards a untidy week. creepy, evasive friday

  17. Sctherel Dreyon

    Sctherel Dreyon

    Πριν 2 ημέρες

    Holy shit I have that same exact smartwatch.

  18. Trainer Fiona

    Trainer Fiona

    Πριν 2 ημέρες


  19. Tzar Bowlby

    Tzar Bowlby

    Πριν 3 ημέρες

    I enjoyed that. Very peaceful

  20. Larry Seiter

    Larry Seiter

    Πριν 3 ημέρες

    Great video. Makes me wish i still had mine.

  21. Random VHS

    Random VHS

    Πριν 3 ημέρες

    This is like the repair scene from Toy Story 2, but without the music.

  22. Restless Wanderer

    Restless Wanderer

    Πριν 3 ημέρες

    The Ducktor was on quack or something

  23. Re K

    Re K

    Πριν 3 ημέρες

    5 Dollar Gameboy repair🤦‍♂️

  24. Flashing Cyka

    Flashing Cyka

    Πριν 3 ημέρες

    He doesn't even have the bicycle.

  25. O13A12A CL.

    O13A12A CL.

    Πριν 3 ημέρες

    画面のパネル、新品パーツ出るんだなw 純正品だよね? 日本でも買えるのかな?   ‎ฅ'ω'ฅ  見事に直った☆彡

  26. Grayson Dyess

    Grayson Dyess

    Πριν 4 ημέρες

    Wouldn't it be easier to attach the lights to the lid of the bin?

  27. josegut85


    Πριν 4 ημέρες

    Subscribe, like, comment, share. Odd names for Pokémons. 😂

  28. Umbrous


    Πριν 4 ημέρες

    This is just ASMR for nerds

  29. Stephen Lapage

    Stephen Lapage

    Πριν 4 ημέρες

    Those batteries brand new you get 10 minutes of play time

  30. ダンダン


    Πριν 4 ημέρες

    I wonder how is doin' the japanese kid who left his/her? sweat on this game boy

  31. Dedalus


    Πριν 4 ημέρες

    this was shot and edited well and the work was well done! If I can make 1 suggestion, please get yourself a better soldering iron. The $99 Hakko station is phenomenal, I prefer it to the $8000 station I use at work. With the effort you already put in your solder joints will look pristine.

  32. just_noXi


    Πριν 4 ημέρες

    Very satisfying until the soldering parts... I'd rather have the original screen reminding me on the low quality that got polished by my memory.

  33. DrymouthCWW


    Πριν 4 ημέρες

    This is ASMR isn't it?

  34. Cuauhrkr


    Πριν 4 ημέρες

    2:13 What did u just said?

  35. L'Narel Wenress

    L'Narel Wenress

    Πριν 4 ημέρες

    Very good. But still this is not NiNtendo sWitch Pr0 i wanted so b4d at 2o21

  36. Evan Zane

    Evan Zane

    Πριν 4 ημέρες

    i love the "go! Subscribe!" subtle ... real subtle!!LOL

  37. Alejandro Cordero

    Alejandro Cordero

    Πριν 5 ημέρες

    Be still, my heart.

  38. beemplayyz


    Πριν 5 ημέρες

    i like how the duck is too cute

  39. Stephan Laqua

    Stephan Laqua

    Πριν 5 ημέρες

    Can you do it even slower next time , please .

  40. Matt Smillie

    Matt Smillie

    Πριν 5 ημέρες


  41. Underheld


    Πριν 5 ημέρες

    This restoration is Hulkster-approved bruther! Whatcha gonna do..! When Gameboy-mania comes for YOU?!

  42. Adyen Lichtwachter

    Adyen Lichtwachter

    Πριν 5 ημέρες

    Who would've thought a gameboy was more complex inside than a supernintendo.

    • Randy Bobandy

      Randy Bobandy

      Πριν 5 ημέρες

      It isnt

  43. Luke GroundSwimmer

    Luke GroundSwimmer

    Πριν 5 ημέρες

    "but where is the ducktor?" I wanted already to subscribe and that confirm my decision X°D

  44. Godspeedhero


    Πριν 5 ημέρες

    Haha, remember in the good old days when you were allowed to fix your own electronics? *sigh*

  45. Matthew Strangwood

    Matthew Strangwood

    Πριν 5 ημέρες

    all that and use the wrong size screwdriver and rip up the heads...............................

    • Randy Bobandy

      Randy Bobandy

      Πριν 5 ημέρες

      Lmao I was looking for a comment like yours. He really did just cam out those screw heads.

  46. a9udn9u


    Πριν 5 ημέρες

    I wish they offer 8x play speed

  47. ahmad asyraf Jamaluddin

    ahmad asyraf Jamaluddin

    Πριν 5 ημέρες

    I love all ur videos !! Thank you.! So satisfying to watch. Keep it up. Love from singapore ❤️

  48. Alejandro Prieto

    Alejandro Prieto

    Πριν 6 ημέρες

    my gameboy moves by itself to the left, even without the pad, could you help me? I love your videos !!!

  49. EvgenChannelTV


    Πριν 6 ημέρες

    Soldering without flux or soldering acid is the best kind of perversion. The solder doesn't even stick properly. At 20:43, you can see in what terrible form the board has survived all attempts to somehow solder it. But then there are black gloves that emphasize professionalism and indicate the very seriousness of this event (sarcasm)

    • Randy Bobandy

      Randy Bobandy

      Πριν 5 ημέρες

      You do realize there is solder with Flux in the core right?

  50. LifeSaber


    Πριν 6 ημέρες

    for some reason this is very satisfying

  51. Andi 456

    Andi 456

    Πριν 6 ημέρες

    Nice Work i had a Gameboy in my childhood

  52. J F

    J F

    Πριν 6 ημέρες

    I wasn't expecting to find an ASMR video. Nice! Similar aesthetic as that Japanese guy who makes tiny knives out of everything.

  53. H SJr

    H SJr

    Πριν 6 ημέρες

    Can I send you my old GameBoy and get this done? Nice work!

  54. Diego Damo

    Diego Damo

    Πριν 6 ημέρες

    Great skills,one of the best restoration video i've ever seen. BRAVISSIMO. And,most important,no stupid shitty music on the video. Just watch and (try to) learn.

  55. MeatVision


    Πριν 7 ημέρες

    I would have killed for that backlight when i was a kid 😂

  56. Nilton Giovanny Arango Marín

    Nilton Giovanny Arango Marín

    Πριν 7 ημέρες

    Esas pilas VARTA las he visto en Colombia. 🔋🔋🔋

  57. Chris Pinder - FE

    Chris Pinder - FE

    Πριν 7 ημέρες

    As soon as you put your foot on the desk and pulled out the game you had me lol

  58. Francisco Wagner

    Francisco Wagner

    Πριν 7 ημέρες

    23:00 okay, I've subscribed, like and commented, now what about a full playthrough of Pokemon Yellow on this Gameboy? Hahahahaha

  59. Jeremy Parmentier

    Jeremy Parmentier

    Πριν 8 ημέρες

    Hi, How many time to remove the yellowing ? TY !

  60. BlindSp0t


    Πριν 8 ημέρες

    Do you think this format is somehow satisfying with the pincers, the very slow rythm, the beauty shots and everything? It's actually more enraging than anything. Went in for informations, and had to stop watching after 5mn because I couldn't take any more of that slow torture. Please change the format.

  61. Jim Hendrix

    Jim Hendrix

    Πριν 8 ημέρες


  62. Justin Perez

    Justin Perez

    Πριν 9 ημέρες


  63. Prophet


    Πριν 9 ημέρες

    Best ASMR So relaxing 😌

  64. Heero yuy

    Heero yuy

    Πριν 9 ημέρες

    this is cool but thank god we got a better version of the GB latter on that only needed 2 batteries

  65. J.L.


    Πριν 9 ημέρες

    This video made me smile too many times to count. What an amazing transformation :)

  66. Yamato Wolfgang

    Yamato Wolfgang

    Πριν 9 ημέρες

    meticulous, and oddly satisfying when he laid out the parts

  67. DenkyMan


    Πριν 9 ημέρες

    To restore it simply replace everything

  68. NicoYoshimitsu


    Πριν 10 ημέρες

    Nice Work!

  69. steven Echebarria

    steven Echebarria

    Πριν 10 ημέρες

    That’s funny. Pikachus name got changed to “go subscribe “ so you almost can’t forget. Cool video.

  70. AzureDragonOfNether


    Πριν 10 ημέρες

    One's junk is another one's treasures.

  71. Lukas H.

    Lukas H.

    Πριν 10 ημέρες

    i want to buy it *o.O*



    Πριν 10 ημέρες

    I like how u name your pokemon 😆

  73. Loïc Plandé

    Loïc Plandé

    Πριν 11 ημέρες

    Hello , Thanks a lot for your video . Is the Niquel Plating step mandatory ? Whats the purpose of it ? Thanks in advance

  74. Evandro Rodrigues

    Evandro Rodrigues

    Πριν 11 ημέρες

    Caralho que massa, muito bem feita a restauração

  75. Thompson Kids

    Thompson Kids

    Πριν 11 ημέρες

    It was so thoughtful for him to brush the ducktor's teeth too, because without him all the things he restored would still be in ruin.

  76. Se7enMurks


    Πριν 12 ημέρες

    Fineee you got me with the go! Subscribe pikachu lmao awesome content man I’m looking forward to more!

  77. Rav Dh

    Rav Dh

    Πριν 13 ημέρες

    Out of all the games he chose that childish bullshit Pokémon crap.

  78. Michael Arlowe

    Michael Arlowe

    Πριν 14 ημέρες

    “Upgraded” man I see people do this all the time with old hardware and it’s usually awful, but this upgrade was classy as hell.

  79. Mikey


    Πριν 14 ημέρες

    Can u help me please? I ordered a new shell for my game boy colour but t]where the batteries go there is only 1 of the metal things with the spring that the batteries go on what are they called and can I just order 1?

  80. Pcrock Pc

    Pcrock Pc

    Πριν 15 ημέρες

    You are amazing! Please may you help me??? I need to buy a replacement LCD form my DMG-01. My daughter dropped my unit and LCD is cracked and bleed. Please where do I can find a new one? Thanks from Brazil!

  81. Macthew Da Vincent

    Macthew Da Vincent

    Πριν 15 ημέρες

    Arise from your forgotten place... and Let's GOTTA CATCH 'EM ALL!!!!

  82. Sobre Acampamento

    Sobre Acampamento

    Πριν 15 ημέρες

    2071: "restoring a junk 10$ old school Nintendo switch"

    • GameCube Player

      GameCube Player

      Πριν 15 ημέρες

      at that point the nintendo switch online service will be gone unless someone makes an alternative online service just like wiimmfi or pretendo network

  83. HelixJuice


    Πριν 15 ημέρες

    I need to figure out where all these 1-5 dollar game boys are

  84. jefersontt 18

    jefersontt 18

    Πριν 15 ημέρες

    16:01 what is the name of the black sheet please want to know

  85. Sam


    Πριν 15 ημέρες

    5:48 aesthetics

  86. Lupinho M.

    Lupinho M.

    Πριν 16 ημέρες

    No se ve ni vrg

  87. Sérgio Machado

    Sérgio Machado

    Πριν 16 ημέρες

    15:39 "What kind of sorcery is this?" hahahahahahahaahahaahahaahaha

  88. Gremblo Beans

    Gremblo Beans

    Πριν 16 ημέρες

    another gameboy ruined by these stupid ass backlight mods, why can't people just leave things as they're intended to be used?? this looks AWFUL

  89. atariforever2002


    Πριν 16 ημέρες

    That "GO! SUBSCRIBE!" from Pikachu was flipping brilliant. Made me lol 😂

  90. Dieseluk2k


    Πριν 16 ημέρες

    Ah yes, that old meta Pokémon squad of like, comment, share and subscribe 😂

  91. Of Xaos

    Of Xaos

    Πριν 17 ημέρες

    I’d hate to play this guy at the board game “Operation” lol I’m sure he would never touch the sides with his steady but sure hands lol

  92. Inu Kazam

    Inu Kazam

    Πριν 17 ημέρες

    I've only discovered and started watching these videos since yesterday and already I was wondering where the ducktor was right before he mentioned it.

  93. Dimas Shvecov

    Dimas Shvecov

    Πριν 18 ημέρες

    русские есть?

  94. Karbry Ramirez

    Karbry Ramirez

    Πριν 19 ημέρες

    Wild 2$ Junk Gameboy approaches Odd Tinker uses Restore ...it's very effective

  95. Gregorio Sevilla

    Gregorio Sevilla

    Πριν 19 ημέρες

    The deserted venezuelan predictably brush because option etiologically clear over a massive spike. quizzical, nutty eyeliner

  96. RisskYT


    Πριν 19 ημέρες

    See, most people would put some generic, royalty free background music to videos like this... Don’t even think of doing that, the sounds are so satisfying.

  97. John Moore

    John Moore

    Πριν 20 ημέρες

    Who here have still there copy of pokemon Yellow!? 🙋🏼‍♂️ Like if you have it!

  98. Brian Does Stuff

    Brian Does Stuff

    Πριν 20 ημέρες

    so, i have a gameboy candy tin that has grape flavored d-pad shaped candies in it. i was wondering if that could be modded into a working gameboy?

  99. Felipe Quintero

    Felipe Quintero

    Πριν 20 ημέρες


  100. Johnathan Banner

    Johnathan Banner

    Πριν 20 ημέρες

    Every time I watch one of these videos I'm so impressed by the quality and time he puts into the video. Must take forever to make one of these videos.