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Introduction

If your GameBoy Advance SP AGS-001 or AGS-101 has a deteriorating shell, or if you’re looking to customize it, use this guide to replace the shell.

Before using this guide, plug in your console and charge it for a few minutes. If the battery is too old, it may start expanding and could potentially explode. If it starts to swell, you’ll have to order a replacement battery - which you can find below:

https://www.amazon.com/Game-Boy-Advance-...

Before beginning the replacement process, power off your console and unplug it from the outlet if it is plugged in.

  1. Unscrew the screw on the battery compartment with a Phillips #00 screwdriver. Open the battery compartment and remove the battery.
    • Unscrew the screw on the battery compartment with a Phillips #00 screwdriver.

    • Open the battery compartment and remove the battery.

    • Remove the four 6.45 mm Tri-point Y00 screws from the corners of the device.

    • Remove the two 4.6 mm Tri-point Y00 screws from inside the battery compartment and game cartridge comparments.

  2. Lift off the bottom cover to expose the motherboard. If you need to, use isopropyl alcohol to clean the power and volume sliders. Remove the three 4mm Phillips #00 screws from the motherboard.
    • Lift off the bottom cover to expose the motherboard.

    • If you need to, use isopropyl alcohol to clean the power and volume sliders.

    • Remove the three 4mm Phillips #00 screws from the motherboard.

    • Gently lift up the motherboard and remove the ribbon cable by gently pulling the two clips on the side up and towards the cable.

    • Remove the small Phillips #00 screw hidden underneath the ribbon cable. It holds the hinge cover of the top screen together.

  3. Open the GBA SP screen and use the pointed end of a spudger to remove the rubber pads around the screen bezel. Remove the five Tri-point Y00 screws hidden beneath the rubber pads.
    • Open the GBA SP screen and use the pointed end of a spudger to remove the rubber pads around the screen bezel.

    • Remove the five Tri-point Y00 screws hidden beneath the rubber pads.

    • Remove the bezel from the screen with a spudger.

    • Be careful not to pull on the ribbon cable as the bezel comes off.

  4. Remove the hinges from the original shell. This is the most difficult step, as it requires a lot of force to remove the hinges. Apply pressure with the pointed end of a spudger from the inside, pushing out with plenty of force. The hinges will likely fly out of the shell a few feet; this is normal.
    • Remove the hinges from the original shell. This is the most difficult step, as it requires a lot of force to remove the hinges.

    • Apply pressure with the pointed end of a spudger from the inside, pushing out with plenty of force. The hinges will likely fly out of the shell a few feet; this is normal.

    • Once the hinges are removed, remove the caps on the end of each hinge.

    • Be careful with the spudger. Pushing out the hinges requires a massive amount of force, and you might injure your hand on accident if you do not take extra caution.

    Extremely careful here with the position of your hands as you’re pushing the hinges out. I managed to severely injure myself from the sudden jolt scraping my fingers on the case when the hinges gave in. Preferrably, position your hand and screwdriver around 30 degrees from the horizontal of the case to avoid this and press the case firmly against a table.

    Hector Carrera - Réponse

    the easier way to do this is to stand the case on it’s side on the edge of something, I just used my desk mat at the edge of my desk, place your spudger on the inner metal part and tap with a small hammer or something, I used a pair of pliers. Way less likely to hurt your hand because you don’t have to grip the case as hard or push as hard. Work smarter

    Kira - Réponse

  5. Take out your replacement shell. Push the hinges from the old case into the slot of the new case about halfway while the case is closed.
    • Take out your replacement shell.

    • Push the hinges from the old case into the slot of the new case about halfway while the case is closed.

    • Then open the shell and push the hinges the rest of the way in.

    The hinges will need to be slotted into your new end caps before being pushed in

    Peter DeVita - Réponse

  6. Place your screen into the new shell and affix the bezel into position; the ribbon cable should slide through the gap like before. The case should click into place so that it stays together even without screws. There also may be a small gap between the top and bottom case, as this common on third party cases. Reinstall the five Tri-point Y00 screws around the screen.
    • Place your screen into the new shell and affix the bezel into position; the ribbon cable should slide through the gap like before.

    • The case should click into place so that it stays together even without screws. There also may be a small gap between the top and bottom case, as this common on third party cases.

    • Reinstall the five Tri-point Y00 screws around the screen.

    • Reinstall the speaker, buttons, and silicone pads into the bottom case.

    I found it easier to reattach the screen ribbon cable before adding the buttons and speaker. Additionally, you’ll want to reattach the small half hinge part before the buttons too.

    Peter DeVita - Réponse

  7. Reinsert the ribbon cable into the motherboard and lock it into place. Guide the motherboard into the new case and screw it down with the three 4mm Phillips #00 screws. Install the square, threaded washer on the back of the shell. This is where the battery compartment's screw gets held, so it is important!
    • Reinsert the ribbon cable into the motherboard and lock it into place.

    • Guide the motherboard into the new case and screw it down with the three 4mm Phillips #00 screws.

    • Install the square, threaded washer on the back of the shell. This is where the battery compartment's screw gets held, so it is important!

    There’s no mention of reinstalling the top hinge cover with that hidden little screw! It was important to do this before screwing the motherboard back down.

    Justin Gagnon - Réponse

    That’s exactly what I was going to comment. I had to go back and undo it all once I realised that I had left out the hinge cover. I might also suggest hooking in the ribbon before you put in the buttons. Mine fell out anyway. Also… make sure you put the speaker in the correct way. Trust me.

    Jiu Kyung - Réponse

  8. Make sure the volume and power sliders are in place before putting the back cover on. Put the back cover on and push the two parts together. Screw the shell together with the four 6.45 mm Tri-point Y00 and two 4.6 mm Tri-point Y00 screws, then reinstall the battery.
    • Make sure the volume and power sliders are in place before putting the back cover on.

    • Put the back cover on and push the two parts together.

    • Screw the shell together with the four 6.45 mm Tri-point Y00 and two 4.6 mm Tri-point Y00 screws, then reinstall the battery.

  9. Reinstall the rubber pads around the screen bezel—they stop the shell from rubbing together on the inside. Find the "Nintendo" logo replacement sticker and put it into place.
    • Reinstall the rubber pads around the screen bezel—they stop the shell from rubbing together on the inside.

    • Find the "Nintendo" logo replacement sticker and put it into place.

    • Test the console and make sure it works properly!

Conclusion

Rehousing your GBA SP can be a fun project! It doesn’t take very long, and once you’re done you’ll have a fun new customized console! The ease of difficulty and ability to express yourself both make this project well worth attempting.

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Excellent guide thank you! My GBA is looking great now :)

Justin Gagnon - Réponse

Hello this guide is great but it has some flaws (missing some steps) but I used an eXtremeRate GBA SP shell and they are the best ones to go with because they have It molded in a way to remove the Nintendo logo sticker and so you can put in a ips screen with out needing to trim and it is made out of a high quality plastic and it better than other third party shell and I used purple/blue color

Sqwerks - Réponse

Thanks for the helpful guide! A couple things of note that I noticed along the way:[br]

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If you're replacing the screen lens, make sure you line it up properly so the end result isn't crooked.

Make sure to organize your screws, a mismatched screw can poke a hole through the shell.

Be gentle but firm when tightening a screw. I definitely messed up a screw or two being too forceful.

(I might be stupid) keep an eye on the battery lid screw hole. Mine ended up warping so I had to duct tape the lid to the shell.

If you're doing a button replacement too, be careful with the triggers.

Noah - Réponse

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