AGB-001 Front/Backlight Mod Instructions
AGB-001 Backlight Mod
- ASS101 screen
- Ribbon adapter
You can tell the model by taking off the battery cover and looking at the motherboard model
- 32 pin: 1st number is "1"
- 40 pin: 1st number is "0"
AGS-101 Screen Types
You can tell the type by the ribbon circuitry or connector color (source)
- A: uniform widths, white connector
- AB/B: differing widths, brown connector
- 32/40 pin: Must purchase one that matches your AGB-001 motherboard
- Solderless: Will not be as bright unless you add a wire
- Solder required: Must connect P1 to left leg of DA1
- Switch: Allows switching between high/low through the battery compartment. Requires slight shell modification. Physical switch so it keeps setting across device reboots.
- 5 level w/ key combo: Allows switching through 5 brightness levels with Select + L, but boots with lowest setting every time.
AGB-001 Model & AGS-101 Screen Pairing
- 32 pin + Type-A: Perfect (source)
- 32 pin + Type-AB: Washed out and dim (source)
- 40 pin + Type-A: Washed out and bright (tested). Possibly connect 103 to GND to fix (source)
- 40 pin + Type-AB: Perfect (tested)
- Remove rubber grommet and backing from front and back of AGS-101 screen or else it won't fit
- Must modify shell to fit new screen
- Can adjust screen using potentiometer through hole behind sticker on the back
- If buying a new shell with hardware, use the hardware that came with the shell since the hardware might be different and the shell is designed for them
AGB-001 Frontlight Mod
- AGS-001 screen
- Ribbon adapter
I had a similar issue to @httpsjes and @dvaldez76. I got the backlight working, but GBA and GB games wouldn't boot. GBA games hang at a white screen after the boot screen, and GB games will stay stuck at the GBC boot screen while the Nintendo logo seems to have vertical lines running through it. I'll keep trying with the trimpot, but the only game that works in it is Classic NES Castlevania.
EDIT: Opened the system back up and taped off a few more spots where it could possibly short as well as rerouting the wire from the adapter cable. Works great now.