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Sport Boy Colour Makes Itself At House In A DMG-01

Once we final checked in with [The Poor Student Hobbyist], he had simply completed cramming a Sport Boy Advance (GBA) SP motherboard into the physique of the enduring Sport Boy DMG-01, full with an aftermarket IPS show. Sadly, after a couple of weeks of utilizing the system, he bumped into a couple of points that despatched him again to the drafting board.

This time, he’s revamped Nintendo’s classic handheld with the internals from its successor, the Sport Boy Colour (GBC). Clearly which means this new construct can’t play any GBA titles, however that was by no means truly the aim within the first place. It may appear apparent in hindsight, however owing to their basic similarity, it ended up being far simpler to suit the GBC {hardware} into the Sport Boy’s shell. Although we nonetheless wouldn’t name this an “simple” swap by any stretch of the creativeness…

Whether or not you wish to comply with his footsteps in direction of moveable gaming bliss or simply wish to dwell vicariously by way of his soldering iron, [The Poor Student Hobbyist] has carried out a completely phenomenal job of documenting this construct. Whereas he cautions the write-up isn’t designed to be a step-by-step educational piece, there’s an unbelievable wealth of knowledge right here for others trying to carry out comparable modifications.

The construct concerned eradicating a lot of the unique Sport Boy’s connectors and controls, equivalent to the amount wheel, Hyperlink Port, and even headphone jack, and grafting them onto a GBC motherboard that’s been bodily trimmed down. At a high level it’s not unlike the trimmed Wii portables we’ve seen, however made a lot simpler because of the truth the GBC solely used a two-layer PCB. It additionally helps that [The Poor Student Hobbyist] has as soon as once more used an aftermarket IPS show, as that meant he might actually lower off the LCD driver part of the GBC motherboard. After all there have additionally been a number of {hardware} additions, equivalent to a brand new audio amplifier, energy regulation system, LiPo charger, and 2000 mAh battery.

There’s a number of implausible particulars on this one, so if you happen to’re remotely focused on what made the Sport Boy and its successors tick, we’d extremely advocate taking the time to learn by way of this handheld hacking tour de power. His previous build is also more than worthy of some close study, even when it ended up being a bit ungainly in follow.

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