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Display Testing

Display Testing Guide

A new display can breathe new life into your old console, but before you begin to install it, it's important to test your display carefully.

By testing your replacement display before attempting to install it, you can identify and address issues with your console or display before you've committed to the installation process. This can save you time, money, and frustration in the long run.

warning We will not accept returns or replacements on kits that have been installed in a console. This includes any display which had had the adhesive removed or applied, the display protection sheet removed, or any non-critical soldering to the ribbon or driver PCB. Please test your display as soon as receiving it, if you discover any issues contact_supportContact Customer Support ASAP.

Before Testing your Replacement Display:

    construction You have the requisite skills to perform the installation
      • Basic soldering skills and understanding of the tools, parts and processes required.
    verified Verify your console is functioning with another display
      • This is important as a new display will not fix a non-functioning console.

    battery_charging_full Use fresh batteries or an external power supply

      How to Test Your Replacement Display:

      1. Plan & Connect - Layout the components & Secure each ribbon cable and connection.

        • Pay attention to any exposed ribbon connections or pins that have the possibility of shorting
        • Keep all components as flat as possible to alleviate any strain
        • See this article Recognizing & Disconnecting Cable Connectors if you are unfamiliar with any connector
        • Soldering should not be necessary for the majority of kits. Only solder those connections that are required to verify basic functionality
        • If you have not installed this exact kit or it is not obvious how the components connect, STOP and contact_supportContact Customer Support
      image Photos of recommended test layouts
      Game Boy (DMG): RIPS V3RIPS V4RIPS V5Retro Pixel
      Pocket (MGB): Retro Pixel
      Game Boy Color (GBC): Retro PixelRetro Pixel Laminated
      Game Boy Advance (GBA): IPS V2IPS AV Out, IPS Laminated 3.0ITA TFT
      Game Boy Advance SP (AGS, AGT): IPS 3.0 Laminated
      Neo Geo Pocket Color (NGPC): Retro Pixel

      2. Power & Examine - Apply power to the console & inspect the display for issues
          • Use fresh batteries, external power brick or a bench power supply. A battery holder can be helpful for testing the console without a shell
          • If a mark is visible, verify it is not on the transparent protection sheet by partially lifting the corner with the red or green tab
          • Visually inspect the display for issues such as dead pixels or problems with colour reproduction
          • Test built-in touch sensors and control wheels if available

        By taking the time to test your replacement display before attempting to install it in your Game Boy console, you can ensure that it's working properly and avoid any potential issues down the road. Good luck with your repair!

        If you have any questions or discover any issues while testing your display please contact_supportContact Customer Support BEFORE installing your display.

        If you are experiencing any issues not related to your display functionality, a great resource to check out is the Game Boy Wiki.

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