Last week i put my hands on a GBA with two problems: the sound is very low and the screen was not showing the images very well, explained on a next post. I thought that also there was a problem with power, but was just the batteries. I never had an Game Boy Advance and this is the first time that I see one from close, so I still know nothing about it.
Well, why I bought a faulty GBA?
First, it was cheap, really cheap. Second, I thought that would be fun understand how it works and maybe fix it, as I have study before the Genesis(‘Mega Drive’ here) and the Game boy color. Third, do you ever saw someone not happy while playing Pokémon?
Good! To understand a little about the inner of a GBA, I just needed the schematics for it, just google this and be happy. That’s totally wrong, I did not found the schematics in any place.
When I searching for something electronics related, first I search in English, because I think that the probability of finding something I want is greater, as there are sites in English in every country in the world. This time was not this way, I found the schematics in a service manual in Portuguese, from the GBAs produced here in Brazil, in a page that wanted you to pay for it. These things have about 15 years, I don’t think is wrong share information about them, so you can download the service manual here (instructions in Portuguese, schematics in English).
Hey, why the hurry? If you came here for this, you probably is a guy like me and is planning to fix or do evil things -Muahahaha!- with your gba, so I would love to see what kind of thing you’re doing. Be nice and leave a comment!
Thanks for the reading, and until the next post when i will talk about what I did with the GBA’s screen. See you!