Can you swap the GB Color screen with a portable DVD one?

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Can you swap the GB Color screen with a portable DVD one?

Post by kinjjibo » Wed Aug 19, 2009 2:58 am

I'm just wondering, because I'm going to buy two Gameboy Colors this week and I wanted to know if I could replace the screen so it'll be bigger. It's kinda dumb, but I want to do it if I can. The DVD player is a Haier portable DVD player if you need to know. I'll post pictures of it's guts since it's already gutted if you want. Thanks.
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Post by chainfire95 » Wed Aug 19, 2009 7:41 am

pics
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Re: Can you swap the GB Color screen with a portable DVD one?

Post by eagle5953 » Wed Aug 19, 2009 9:30 am

No pics needed - it will not work. The Gameboy Color (like most handheld game systems) uses a custom connection between the screen and mainboard. You cannot use a different screen.

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Post by chainfire95 » Wed Aug 19, 2009 9:41 am

but pics are fun :(
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Post by kinjjibo » Wed Aug 19, 2009 11:21 am

Ok. Thanks. I'll use it for something else, then.
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Re: Can you swap the GB Color screen with a portable DVD one?

Post by eagle5953 » Wed Aug 19, 2009 11:54 am

If you want to use it for another project, know two things:

- It needs to have video in (don't just look for the plugs - they sometimes have video-out); and
- You can ditch the disk drive, but you'll need to keep the mainboard to keep it functioning, which may mean it's kinda big.

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Post by kinjjibo » Wed Aug 19, 2009 3:20 pm

To eagle5953, yeah, I want to make an NES portable. I need a tutorial first, though, because I've only down paint mods before. I have the NES, screen, but I need a tutorial for the other materials and how. Here's 4 pictures of the guts. It has an A/V output(green input thing), and controls, disk reader, and other junk. Could you tell me what to remove?

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Post by eagle5953 » Wed Aug 19, 2009 3:27 pm

The only major component you can likely remove is the disk drive.

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Post by kinjjibo » Wed Aug 19, 2009 3:37 pm

eagle5953 wrote:The only major component you can likely remove is the disk drive.
So I keep the controller part?
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Post by eagle5953 » Wed Aug 19, 2009 3:44 pm

Yeah. Everything but the drive needs to stay.

Also, that screen is widescreen, which will stretch NES graphics. Does it have a fullscreen mode?

Edit: wait, wait, wait. AV output, you said? If so, it won't work - it MUST be AV input.

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Post by kinjjibo » Wed Aug 19, 2009 3:58 pm

Sorry, I meant input. My mistake :oops:
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Re: Can you swap the GB Color screen with a portable DVD one?

Post by chainfire95 » Wed Aug 19, 2009 4:03 pm

There are a lot of threads on these forums to help you build you NES portable. Just search a bit.
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Re: Can you swap the GB Color screen with a portable DVD one?

Post by paul4990 » Sun Oct 04, 2009 6:12 am

sometimes, if you have a good poke around with the av inputs, you only need the small board, that was my experience.

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