I Restored This $5 Ebay Junk Gameboy Advance. It Used to be Blue - Retro Console Repair

I found this ruined Gameboy Advance for $5 it was sold as junk and it doesn't work. It is extremely yellow. The original color was transparent light blue called Glacier. This sort of projects are always interesting as I never know if the console has been completely destroyed on the inside or if it has only a small issue. Check out also my Gameboy t-shirt design, I will remove it from the store at the end of March: teespring.com/dmg-01-gameboy-blueprint-by-ot?pid=387&cid=101865
I started the restoration by trying to get the power on. First I tried to clean corroded the contacts. To do that I needed to desolder the top of the switch. New switches can also be bought online if you just prefer to change it. After opening the switch I used isopropyl alcohol to gently clean the contacts. If you can't desolder it you can try to get isopropyl alcohol in the switch and then turn it on and off multiple times (with no batteries) similarly to what I will do with the volume wheel. However I think this is not as good method because it only spreads the dirt on on the inside rather than removing it. Once I got the power on I noticed the volume wheel didn't do much. It occasionally got some contact and turned the volume louder for a brief moment. I thought that it may have the same issue as the power switch. It was so this was very easy fix from the "technical" point. These were the only functional issues I found.
I also removed the yellowing from the plastic shell which was supposed to be colorless. For this I used the same retrobrighting method as always. H2O2 and UV-light. Full tutorial here: grgone.info/will/zsqJiqOjnrp8lKc/b-nteo
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  1. AG Aquatics

    AG Aquatics

    Πριν 7 ώρες

    I still have one of these with a couple games lion king 1/2 Kim possible monster ink and some others I don't remember I think I'm going to go dig it out and grab some double As and play it for old time sake

  2. RainbowLottie10


    Πριν 19 ώρες

    *DONT WORRY HERES THE DUCTOR!* - Odd Tinkering

  3. BZW


    Πριν 20 ώρες


  4. Pat Halligan

    Pat Halligan

    Πριν ημέρα

    Can I purchase this from you?

  5. PEPSI Refri

    PEPSI Refri

    Πριν ημέρα

    Random: 14:07, minecraft eating sound

  6. NoLimit


    Πριν ημέρα

    Keep it real.... How many times did you play it to get the 1st for the Video? XD

  7. a b

    a b

    Πριν ημέρα


  8. Erwin Saputra

    Erwin Saputra

    Πριν 2 ημέρες

    Alcohol will safe your life haha

  9. deepblue153


    Πριν 2 ημέρες

    I didn’t think he was actually going to retrobright it! I’m impressed.

  10. Sarah Reed

    Sarah Reed

    Πριν 2 ημέρες

    What do they do with the restored projects? Do they sell or keep them?

  11. MasterToast2000


    Πριν 2 ημέρες

    I wish I could make a living repairing small electronics like this.

  12. rocket 064

    rocket 064

    Πριν 3 ημέρες

    10:31 duck has airpods

    • Trash Kaylie

      Trash Kaylie

      Πριν 2 ημέρες

      i’m not sure if you’re joking but in case you’re not those are the earpieces to the stethoscope

  13. Stonecold


    Πριν 3 ημέρες

    Great video. I restored a bunch of these. Always put a glass screen on them. Cheap fix that really makes a difference. www.ebay.com/itm/193620016394

  14. ViktorG


    Πριν 3 ημέρες

    Do u sell them if u don't make a vid on all of the devices u restored

  15. Ashes1032


    Πριν 4 ημέρες

    Wow, I had that same glacier blue GBA. It's absolutely WILD that it can turn that color. So gross.

  16. Livy & her pineapples

    Livy & her pineapples

    Πριν 4 ημέρες

    The person who sold it to him Before: yea you can have this for 5 bucks After: gimme me money back and my game boy Lol💜💜💜💜💜💜 love the vids 🌸🥰

  17. Yapımını Göster

    Yapımını Göster

    Πριν 4 ημέρες

    13:10 first rage is coming out

  18. SamJohnsonAZ


    Πριν 4 ημέρες

    I used to have this exact game boy. I’d be playing Mario cart in the bus on my way home from school. Those were the days

  19. Hell Cat

    Hell Cat

    Πριν 4 ημέρες

    This is just ASMR for your eyes

  20. MEHDI Zed3D

    MEHDI Zed3D

    Πριν 4 ημέρες

    what was that sound at 11:30?😂😂😂😂 were you hungry?

  21. Bryan Geisler

    Bryan Geisler

    Πριν 4 ημέρες

    4:17 roblox logo located

  22. herochrisx


    Πριν 5 ημέρες

    How do you dry the parts after putting IPA on them?

  23. ricardo ricardo

    ricardo ricardo

    Πριν 5 ημέρες

    is there a repair video of something or are all of them just a clean up video

  24. Pedro Rodrigues

    Pedro Rodrigues

    Πριν 5 ημέρες

    I love this gba, but the gba sp is so attractive because of the illuminated screen... but this one it's better on design

    • GameCube Player

      GameCube Player

      Πριν 4 ημέρες

      this gba has ips screen mod

  25. SpAzMaNiK


    Πριν 5 ημέρες

    I wonder if you could use glass rocks, like the clear ones to hold that stuff down and allow 100% of the UV to penetrate all areas still.

  26. Petskinton 501

    Petskinton 501

    Πριν 5 ημέρες

    The guy selling this probably lived in sand castle and it collapsed to him

  27. Neil Saldana-O'Brien

    Neil Saldana-O'Brien

    Πριν 6 ημέρες

    Love these videos, they inspired me to take apart and clean a GBA myself and it went pretty well! But it still has some scratches, especially on the screen. Can you provide a list of the materials needed to polish the screen and shell? I have some high grit sandpaper and PlastX, but the resin polish is a mystery and I would like to get the right one. Great videos, great channel!

  28. ram abby

    ram abby

    Πριν 6 ημέρες

    if only the previous seller had just cleaned it with the isiskdoosa alcohol shit.

  29. Aldo Torres C.

    Aldo Torres C.

    Πριν 7 ημέρες

    El gta advance

  30. Mark Wolf

    Mark Wolf

    Πριν 8 ημέρες

    Bro, awesome video, i'm your fan jeje, one question, if you got a triggers with fail (no response), what will you do, replace it or try to repair it?

  31. Wan Ea

    Wan Ea

    Πριν 8 ημέρες

    Wah.... U using GP batteries thank you



    Πριν 8 ημέρες

    restore my ps2 there

  33. Albert Valenzuela

    Albert Valenzuela

    Πριν 9 ημέρες

    this is my dream toy when i was a kid but my parents can't afford to buy me.. so lucky are the children who have it.

  34. Izabela Wilson

    Izabela Wilson

    Πριν 9 ημέρες

    We can HEAR he smiling when the stuff comes to life. This is simply precious!

  35. MysticWandaYT


    Πριν 9 ημέρες

    I just can't imagine how many things he fixed are in his house

  36. Lucky Hands Restoration

    Lucky Hands Restoration

    Πριν 10 ημέρες

    Good job 👏👏👏

  37. Yslaine Oliveira

    Yslaine Oliveira

    Πριν 10 ημέρες

    Pq o GRgone me recomendou esse vídeo? Eu não sei, mas é muito satisfatório ver ele consertando e deixando como novo

  38. norespires


    Πριν 10 ημέρες

    I think the knife have to be restored too...😂😂

  39. Kristoferrev Petite

    Kristoferrev Petite

    Πριν 10 ημέρες

    Therapy session

  40. Greg Lane

    Greg Lane

    Πριν 11 ημέρες

    The fact that it still had a battery cover is a miracle. My shit would break within the first 3 months every time.

  41. Lulu Pinow

    Lulu Pinow

    Πριν 12 ημέρες

    how cool the first time i see a game boy advance

  42. Thompson Kids

    Thompson Kids

    Πριν 12 ημέρες

    The dudes pretty good at mario kart

  43. Thompson Kids

    Thompson Kids

    Πριν 12 ημέρες

    I dont know about you guys, but i was mildly surprised when he used freaking car polish on the screen

  44. Mariana AKA Flo

    Mariana AKA Flo

    Πριν 13 ημέρες

    Hello my friend very cool

  45. Arnée


    Πριν 14 ημέρες

    The ROI on this video is phenomenal

  46. Arnée


    Πριν 14 ημέρες

    I remember finding your channel nearly 3 years ago and binged all your videos in one day. I knew you’d blow up, now i have so much more to watch. I’m so happy for you.

  47. Titif Massaoud

    Titif Massaoud

    Πριν 14 ημέρες

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  48. Samuel Arias

    Samuel Arias

    Πριν 14 ημέρες

    These products that you restore, do you sell them? or do you keep them for yourself? you do it very well

  49. Hunk gaming

    Hunk gaming

    Πριν 15 ημέρες

    Quiero que sepas soy latinoamericano y me encanta tus vídeos

  50. Jesse Bensen

    Jesse Bensen

    Πριν 15 ημέρες

    I always treated my gameboy color, advance, and advance sp systems very well as a kid. Did these kids decide it would be cool to bury them in their backyard or something?

  51. gelli kitty UwU edd

    gelli kitty UwU edd

    Πριν 15 ημέρες

    wow is clear video game

  52. Pencil23


    Πριν 16 ημέρες

    3:18 typo "meas", correcter "means".

  53. Alexander McComb

    Alexander McComb

    Πριν 17 ημέρες

    That serial number has my name in it.

  54. Jim giron

    Jim giron

    Πριν 17 ημέρες

    Big fun for my boy advance(≧∇≦)/

  55. Raul Garibay

    Raul Garibay

    Πριν 17 ημέρες

    This is what making the world a better place looks like.

  56. jack hickey

    jack hickey

    Πριν 17 ημέρες

    this man takes one mans trash is another mans treasure really seriously

  57. Locoflash 22

    Locoflash 22

    Πριν 17 ημέρες

    Junk game boys sell big on eBay now. Was inspired now I’ll just watch you haha

  58. Karbry Ramirez

    Karbry Ramirez

    Πριν 19 ημέρες

    Wow! It looks great. I love your videos

  59. pixxel


    Πριν 21 ημέρα

    Why do you need to cover the- this part 12:36

  60. Billie Eilish031

    Billie Eilish031

    Πριν 21 ημέρα

    Nobody: Me when I see hydrogen peroxide: Mmmm forbidden sprite. 😍

  61. 9s Memories

    9s Memories

    Πριν 21 ημέρα

    The worth has increased by 10$

  62. ana ROBLES

    ana ROBLES

    Πριν 21 ημέρα

    Can you give me that game boy advance pls

  63. DisneyTLK110


    Πριν 21 ημέρα

    That power switch could've used a LOT more cleaning, it's supposed to be all shiny.

  64. Mystique 7000

    Mystique 7000

    Πριν 22 ημέρες

    You Sir are a God!

  65. Ashley Woedy

    Ashley Woedy

    Πριν 22 ημέρες

    I’d literally pay you to fix my pink game boy advance square body, you did such an amazing job on this one 🙂

  66. William West

    William West

    Πριν 22 ημέρες

    Ebay: This Gameboy is just a piece of junk. It isn't worth much. Odd Tinkering: Hold my beer.

  67. Gavin bw

    Gavin bw

    Πριν 22 ημέρες

    Can u put the link for it in the comment section? Thanks

  68. Nori


    Πριν 23 ημέρες

    You, sir, make me want to get into restoring old consoles...

  69. Regina Aguiar

    Regina Aguiar

    Πριν 25 ημέρες

    i have school tomorrow morning what am i doing here

  70. Luis Aldana

    Luis Aldana

    Πριν 25 ημέρες

    How are you finding consoles this cheap? I look and they want much more.

  71. Antonito Mamani moroco

    Antonito Mamani moroco

    Πριν 25 ημέρες

    If it sells for $ 5, I buy it on the game boy advance

  72. cffd


    Πριν 25 ημέρες

    4:16 roblox logo 0-0

  73. Deadsea 1993

    Deadsea 1993

    Πριν 26 ημέρες

    I've never understood why people dislike your videos. 2,000 people must be jealous that they lack the skill to do this. You give this stuff new life while most would toss it in a trash can.

  74. Si soy Wen

    Si soy Wen

    Πριν 27 ημέρες

    This is so freaking satisfying ☺️☺️☺️

  75. Lee Thomas

    Lee Thomas

    Πριν 27 ημέρες

    The amount of hrs I spent being payed to work while I played Advanced Wars on a GBA just like this is insane..

  76. Lance Kumazuki

    Lance Kumazuki

    Πριν 27 ημέρες

    There is something oddly therapeutic about watching you repair and restore old tech. Good job my friend.

  77. SamFix Phone Restoration

    SamFix Phone Restoration

    Πριν 28 ημέρες

    *_the power of alcohol_* it fixes life as it fixes gadgets 😂

  78. Fernando Sosa

    Fernando Sosa

    Πριν 28 ημέρες

    Retro tus nalgaas

  79. GalacticStorm


    Πριν 28 ημέρες

    Ga. I remember having that kind of colored Advance. It just died on me one day. Absolutely loved it, and I still kept the games.

  80. Bella Chavez

    Bella Chavez

    Πριν 29 ημέρες

    I love vintage

  81. Bella Chavez

    Bella Chavez

    Πριν 29 ημέρες

    Awsome love it

  82. Gregory Fuentes

    Gregory Fuentes

    Πριν 29 ημέρες

    What a patient guy I couldn’t do that so props to him 😅

  83. Carmita Handke

    Carmita Handke

    Πριν μήνα

    The woebegone save tinctorially scrape because luttuce compatibly precede next a utter acrylic. sophisticated, dusty underpants

  84. CRAgamer


    Πριν μήνα

    Isopropyl alcohol is my favorite returning character in this series.

    • Benis Wenis

      Benis Wenis

      Πριν 25 ημέρες

      what about ducktor

  85. Néo Chrónos

    Néo Chrónos

    Πριν μήνα

    I dont want to know how that thing went from blue to yellow

  86. BeskarGaming -83

    BeskarGaming -83

    Πριν μήνα

    How do you get these so cheap

  87. Kae-Toad


    Πριν μήνα

    I love watching these videos very relaxing as well

  88. CoD gamer

    CoD gamer

    Πριν μήνα

    I wish that i knew how to do that... And im only 11 years old🤣

  89. Alex Signorello

    Alex Signorello

    Πριν μήνα

    *sees yellowed gameboy* oh thank god mine hasn’t yellowed like that it’s still the original color *sees gameboy after retro brightening* fuck... my gameboy is yellowed 🤣

  90. Norman Naudain

    Norman Naudain

    Πριν μήνα

    Have you tried adding a polarizer filter to your lens? It might kill the glare on the screen when you are filming yourself playing the games. Love all your content, thx!

  91. Charles Lewis

    Charles Lewis

    Πριν μήνα

    The poor thing looked as if it was buried in a sandbox for ten years. However you restored to almost bran new. Great job!

  92. George Thompson

    George Thompson

    Πριν μήνα

    Oh how things may change in a wacky year in the world of kooks - one can't even find a GBA motherboard for less than 50+ bucks now.

  93. Red PineappleE

    Red PineappleE

    Πριν μήνα

    How the switch sound was made. 1:45

  94. Gerwin Sonneveld

    Gerwin Sonneveld

    Πριν μήνα

    it looks SO easy

  95. cloudyseoks


    Πριν μήνα

    at the beginning the console was so yellowed and decolorized, it was so unexpected to see the final product was such a pretty color 😳

  96. Alisson Dias Gomes

    Alisson Dias Gomes

    Πριν μήνα

    you make me cry in joy

  97. ThatChaoticRavenclaw


    Πριν μήνα

    This guy can bring back Voldemort if you asked him too.

  98. antoni The penguin

    antoni The penguin

    Πριν μήνα

    Bruh the junk gameboys I find cost as much as a working one

    • sammusfilm


      Πριν μήνα

      yeah theres no chance he got this for $5 lol

  99. fenixs kid

    fenixs kid

    Πριν μήνα

    manda pra min o mya boi 🙏🙏🙏 to precisando muito pro meu irmão é o aniversário dele

  100. Domonick Mack

    Domonick Mack

    Πριν μήνα

    What’s the name of the screwdriver set that you have?