GBA:Innovation GBA TV Converter Direct-Solder Installation Guide
|This is an extremely difficult and destructive mod. Be warned, once you start this process, there's no going back, as you'll be cutting the ribbon cable!|
This page describes a mod to the GBA:Innovation GBA TV Converter by directly soldering to the video pins of your Game Boy Advance. This will bypass the original ribbon installation that produces horrible picture quality.
Once the converter is installed, you can mod it for RGB.
- First, cut the ribbon cable right where it meets the main connector:
- Remove the back cover from the GBA ('T' is for tri-wing screws, 'P' for Philips head):
- Remove all the plastic pieces, simply by pulling them out (red arrows). Then, remove the two Philips head screws holding the board in (yellow circles), as well as the ribbon cable. Loosen the two points on either side of the cable to get it to pop out (green circles):
- Flip the board over and locate the following section. It will be slightly different looking in different versions of the GBA, but all pins and locations are the same:
- Solder the following pins from the GBA to the ribbon cable connector, matching the numbers exactly as in this diagram:
- Flip it over for the final two pins (8 and 19):
- Your GBA should look something like this now:
- Re-assemble everything and be sure when you put the connector into the new rear cover (provided with the kit) that the side you soldered the cable to is facing the inside of the GBA, not away from it!
- Attach the new back cover to your GBA, and test it out. If it no longer works, something went wrong and you'll need to go back and troubleshoot. Look for damage, or solder bridges. If everything went well, hook up the TV attachment and plug it into a regular composite (or S-Video) input and make sure the installation worked.