I Restored This 2$ Ebay Junk Game Boy Color - Retro Console Restoration & Repair

After a while of searching I was able to find bad enough Game Boy for my restoration videos only for $2. Usually I have to pay a little extra for the worst items. The console was sold as junk and for spares but pretty much everything except the speaker is broken. The mother board doesn’t power on. The shell is badly yellowed. Stickers are in terrible condition and the screen is badly burned. I will try to restore this fully rather than use it as spares for easier projects because I’d still have to fix most of the parts. The Gameboy T-shirt is no longer available. It was limited time only.
I started the restoration by trying to get the power on. First I tried to clean corroded the contacts but that was no use. The power switch was working fine which meant the board was bad. Luckily I was able to find the broken part with a second GB color I have. The connection from one battery terminal had broken quite near the terminal I soldered a wire between the spots that were supposed to have a connection and it worked. This might not always work because it might leave something out of the circuit.
The corroded terminal was hard to clean while it was on the board so I desoldered it and removed the corrosion with rust remover, after which it was plated with nickel. Nickel will protect it from corrosion to certain extent. Nickel plating tutorial: grlifes.info/number/sWalfJ7ddLHUqLU/b-nteo
Now that I had power I could fix the screen. To fix “screen burn” I need to remove the burn polarizing filter and replace It with a new one. A sharp blade can be used to get the start but after that the filter will peel off by hand. Some of the glue will stay on the screen. I removed it with Isopropyl alcohol. All glue must be removed or the new polarizing filter will have bubbles. When putting a new polarizing filter on one must figure out which way the polarizing filter works best on the screen. It will only work at a certain angle.
I also removed the yellowing from the plastic shell which was supposed to be colorless. For this I used the same retrobrighting method as always. H2O2 and UV-light. Full tutorial here: grlifes.info/number/zJe4i6zPn7uplNc/b-nteo
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  1. Prez Pikle

    Prez PikleΠριν 6 ώρες

    Omg I just love these vids

  2. nunja business

    nunja businessΠριν 8 ώρες

    U should do a giveaway of some of the stuff u restored . That would be awesome

  3. pEaNuT tOoK uR mAnZ

    pEaNuT tOoK uR mAnZΠριν 8 ώρες

    why am i watching this at 4am i-

  4. Mike Jime

    Mike JimeΠριν 10 ώρες

    Do you resell the fixed items?

  5. Rooster Cogburn

    Rooster CogburnΠριν 13 ώρες

    I assume the duck is a rehab too...

  6. Yourself_2010

    Yourself_2010Πριν 19 ώρες

    1:46: the suppressed screwdriver

  7. Kenneth Van de Velde

    Kenneth Van de VeldeΠριν 20 ώρες

    I’m gonna try & restore mine

  8. はらいます

    はらいますΠριν 21 ώρα

    2005年生まれですが、初めてやったゲームがゲームボーイのポケモンの緑でした。 あと同じ頃にファミコンでマリオしてました。

  9. Zumix

    ZumixΠριν ημέρα

    It's not that old! I also have only green and blue and I played it in Pikachu 😊💙

  10. Mastro

    MastroΠριν ημέρα

    I find this to be creepy. The whole asmr lane of youtube is fucking weird. No talking, super focused on every sound. Just be a normal person.

  11. aiden burchat

    aiden burchatΠριν ημέρα

    he needs more ducks


    JOM EUGENEΠριν ημέρα

    I subscribed, like, comment and shared. Because of the Pokemon subliminal messaging.

  13. Poseidonjd

    PoseidonjdΠριν ημέρα

    This is hitting all the pleasure points in my brain.

  14. YilCH

    YilCHΠριν ημέρα

    Aaah me dio cáncer ver algunas técnicas de reparación y mantenimiento xD

  15. Noel Arce

    Noel ArceΠριν ημέρα

    Do you sell any of the restored items?

  16. Cockroacher 69

    Cockroacher 69Πριν ημέρα

    I love how you take out the buttons carefully, I've seen people just flip over the case

  17. Josh Randal

    Josh RandalΠριν ημέρα


  18. Chris b

    Chris bΠριν ημέρα

    You could have bought a new one and save your time.

  19. trak trak

    trak trakΠριν ημέρα

    I give you credit for creativity. Made me "Go subscribe" so I did ^_^ . Bring back my child hood days . Thank you

  20. UnDead_dova_111

    UnDead_dova_111Πριν ημέρα

    No music and no commentary (only when sponsoring video) this is why this channel is golden

  21. Boba Squid

    Boba SquidΠριν ημέρα

    Before: trump administration After: Biden/Harris Democrat administration clean everything up as usual. lol! Yes, I did make this political. You're welcome!

  22. Boba Squid

    Boba SquidΠριν 12 ώρες

    @- Infernos Wouldn't know. I don't do Facebook. But thanks anyway! 😎🤙

  23. - Infernos

    - InfernosΠριν 16 ώρες

    This is the most facebook comment I’ve ever seen lmfao

  24. Boba Squid

    Boba SquidΠριν ημέρα

    Amazing! Beautiful work!

  25. Cheerios Gaming

    Cheerios GamingΠριν ημέρα

    Meanwhile I can't find a broken gameboy for under $40

  26. Teon White

    Teon WhiteΠριν ημέρα

    And that has...A clean-bill- of health

  27. AunyxTM

    AunyxTMΠριν ημέρα

    20:00 Your Pokémoooon! 😭😭😭 That's so goshdarn clever.

  28. Al N

    Al NΠριν ημέρα

    Just an FYI that works for me with glue residue, rinse a paper towel with water, and then stick it and form it to the surface with the residue, give it 25-40 minutes and then remove the paper towel, whatever residue is there will come off a lot more easier. It works really well for old, dried up residue, but you can use alcohol after and it'll work great for sticky wet residue as well. Will save you a bunch of effort.

  29. davichost 1

    davichost 1Πριν ημέρα

    Its like an old veteran getting in shape again

  30. Cårnage HD

    Cårnage HDΠριν ημέρα

    where have you Got the sticker

  31. Bianca Tinsley

    Bianca TinsleyΠριν ημέρα

    see face

  32. Robert Glavotsky

    Robert GlavotskyΠριν ημέρα

    The yummy caption bacteriologically scream because smoke additonally sprout excluding a old trumpet. uninterested, woozy vessel

  33. DAK

    DAKΠριν ημέρα

    him: frequent viewers know this is hydrogen peroxidE me, who did not know it was hydrogen peroxide: im a failurE

  34. That guy mint

    That guy mintΠριν ημέρα

    13:24 How do you get glue on your screen they had to intentionally do that

  35. Lewis Brisen

    Lewis BrisenΠριν ημέρα


  36. Lil dro Thompson

    Lil dro ThompsonΠριν ημέρα

    These where the oh games😊

  37. BunnaySango

    BunnaySangoΠριν 2 ημέρες

    Screen works * soft excited noise * 🤣

  38. Dr_ memz

    Dr_ memzΠριν 2 ημέρες


  39. fahiaz tanjil

    fahiaz tanjilΠριν 2 ημέρες

    can you fix my xbox one controller

  40. 12-Mojo

    12-MojoΠριν 2 ημέρες

    My question is : when are you taking on Brock? 🥸

  41. MandiMal Games

    MandiMal GamesΠριν 2 ημέρες

    This was so fun to watch! Every time I heard the lil "ding!" from it turning on I expected to hear the opening music to Link's Awakening because I played it so much on my old Gameboy.

  42. otakos gamer

    otakos gamerΠριν 2 ημέρες

    Iiiiiisawarasenai🥰 no 😎wa 👌shoujo😌 na 🤧?

  43. Smoke Stack

    Smoke StackΠριν 2 ημέρες

    i would’ve used cotton balls instead of swabs for the old polarizer glue to make the process a tad little teensy weensy quicker.

  44. B*tch It's Me

    B*tch It's MeΠριν 2 ημέρες

    Cant believe you still got the sticker

  45. rkr tv

    rkr tvΠριν 2 ημέρες


  46. グリンピース

    グリンピースΠριν 2 ημέρες


  47. SpagootHoops MLG

    SpagootHoops MLGΠριν 2 ημέρες

    20:20 ya got me... I’ll do it

  48. Milan Djukic

    Milan DjukicΠριν 2 ημέρες

    blueprint design on a white oversized hoodie and i would buy it definitely. Nice job man !!

  49. -*KGB*-

    -*KGB*-Πριν 2 ημέρες

    @13:43 goo gone?

  50. Lucas

    LucasΠριν 2 ημέρες


  51. Heyo Zup

    Heyo ZupΠριν 2 ημέρες

    This is so cool and calming... ♥ Just found your video today

  52. night owl

    night owlΠριν 2 ημέρες

    I like watching this content but like it makes me so tired I fell asleep or took a nap what are six times during it 🤣

  53. Jason jason

    Jason jasonΠριν 2 ημέρες

    I like how the Pikachu is named

  54. ky saiyin

    ky saiyinΠριν 2 ημέρες

    This made me very happy

  55. panda ninja

    panda ninjaΠριν 2 ημέρες

    omg can i get the gameboy

  56. John Wick

    John WickΠριν 2 ημέρες

    Very Nice Work. if everyone could act like you. There will be less wasting.

  57. Zip Uup

    Zip UupΠριν 2 ημέρες

    Wow I remember when I had my first game boy.. Know they come with Ps5.. Time is running 🏃

  58. Waza Taukuro

    Waza TaukuroΠριν 2 ημέρες

    How did he get to put the word subscribe in the game

  59. 423RapTuneZ

    423RapTuneZΠριν 2 ημέρες

    What a well executed video! Thanks for being so thorough, and listing all the links and such! New sub! :D

  60. franko saenz

    franko saenzΠριν 2 ημέρες

    I feel relaxed watching this =)

  61. VibxingSunxset

    VibxingSunxsetΠριν 2 ημέρες

    I’m amazed.

  62. EdgyShooter

    EdgyShooterΠριν 2 ημέρες

    If I hadn't already, I think I would subscribe just for that sneaky subscribe message 😅

  63. EdgyShooter

    EdgyShooterΠριν 2 ημέρες

    How long would that polariser have to be in sunlight to get that bad? 😅


    WĀŁŁŽ FØŘ ŁĪFĘΠριν 2 ημέρες

    My guy loves him self some isopropyl alcohol

  65. Lakeplaysadoptme

    LakeplaysadoptmeΠριν 2 ημέρες

    who watches his videos than wants to go get a cheap electronic then fix it bc i do lol

  66. joshua hand

    joshua handΠριν 2 ημέρες

    Why the bolts?

  67. Lakeplaysadoptme

    LakeplaysadoptmeΠριν 2 ημέρες

    so they dont float in stuff yeah i got confused too lol

  68. Stephen Ch

    Stephen ChΠριν 2 ημέρες

    What are the tools called that he used?

  69. The Animation Girl

    The Animation GirlΠριν 2 ημέρες

    Is that a Pokemon game cartridge? 0:56

  70. YTW2015

    YTW2015Πριν 2 ημέρες

    I bet you make a fortune between fixing these up and the videos.

  71. AlphaWolf

    AlphaWolfΠριν 2 ημέρες

    When u peel or try to unstick things it’s oddly satisfying

  72. Zahraa Khalifeh

    Zahraa KhalifehΠριν 3 ημέρες

    you really work good really and the result so amazing That so safest to watched like this I lik to watch like this

  73. Writing Forums

    Writing ForumsΠριν 3 ημέρες

    When you used the soldering gun to loosen the first battery terminal, you then came right behind the soldering gun with another device that made a clicking sound. I thought at first it was nipping something from the tip of the terminal end that comes through the board, but maybe not? What was that second device?

  74. malldavid16601

    malldavid16601Πριν 3 ημέρες

    Solution: A H L C O A L

  75. Godmachine 999

    Godmachine 999Πριν 3 ημέρες

    I'm addicted to these videos! haha

  76. yannitt schniel

    yannitt schnielΠριν 3 ημέρες

    Dude, thats fucking awesome!

  77. 7 1 2 5

    7 1 2 5Πριν 3 ημέρες

    Can anyone explain what he's doing at 7:31? Not the soldering, but the bit after it with the red tool.

  78. Chris Baines

    Chris BainesΠριν 3 ημέρες

    13:22 You might try wax spray can furniture polish

  79. Auther Fleck

    Auther FleckΠριν 3 ημέρες

    Omg childhood... Mine is not even color version

  80. Alexander Cress

    Alexander CressΠριν 3 ημέρες

    The relaxing end of restoration

  81. Minecraft Gamer209

    Minecraft Gamer209Πριν 3 ημέρες

    I love these types of videos, they're satisfying

  82. flamin cheetos

    flamin cheetosΠριν 3 ημέρες

    Personally, as someone who likes to get a bargain on consoles even if it needs repair, I think this gives good insight into how to repairing consoles and handhelds

  83. flamin cheetos

    flamin cheetosΠριν 3 ημέρες

    @Resident and Consumer that's where you're wrong bub, I'm not a youtuber, I just watch the videos

  84. Fantasy R&R

    Fantasy R&RΠριν 3 ημέρες

    quit crying you little twerp

  85. Resident and Consumer

    Resident and ConsumerΠριν 3 ημέρες

    @flamin cheetos shut up dweeb, he's right, this is a waste of money and pointless for anyone who doesn't run a repair shop. Trust me you don't even have the brain capacity to learn how to do this the amount of math you need to know just to work a multimeter outweighs any chance the average idiot youtuber would ever have of doing this from watching a video

  86. flamin cheetos

    flamin cheetosΠριν 3 ημέρες

    @Fantasy R&R but not every one has that much damage or require that much repair and it doesn't have to look perfect as he makes it look but you also get the satisfaction of fixing it, so thanks for the comment but I don't need it, you could've just kept your ugly orifice closed

  87. Fantasy R&R

    Fantasy R&RΠριν 3 ημέρες

    Then what’s the point? I work with electronics all the time, he used more than $40 of parts and more than $90 of equipment to do this, you could just buy a used Gameboy that works for $40-$90, this is literally the opposite of a bargain lol

  88. 942 942

    942 942Πριν 3 ημέρες

    TOO much over exageration

  89. Lori Yagami

    Lori YagamiΠριν 3 ημέρες

    He really like irosopht alcohol sorry for the spelling

  90. Daniel Monteiro 【ツ】

    Daniel Monteiro 【ツ】Πριν 3 ημέρες

    Em 2021 vou arrumar um amor pra vida toda! 👫💑

  91. Aaron Kinney

    Aaron KinneyΠριν 3 ημέρες

    My friends: Yo why aren’t you hanging out with us , winter break is almost over Me: ummm I can’t explain

  92. Owen Carter

    Owen CarterΠριν 3 ημέρες

    I wonder what mic this guy uses to make everything sound so satisfying

  93. Chris Holub

    Chris HolubΠριν 3 ημέρες

    The sound of the ice cube tray sliding gets me every time

  94. metalcurlyboy

    metalcurlyboyΠριν 3 ημέρες

    just starting to discover this videos and I'm loving them and the best part is the lovely Ducktor xD

  95. littlefurnace

    littlefurnaceΠριν 3 ημέρες

    Is it just me or does it seem unlikely that all the writing on the back would be in English if it was Japanese? The clear was also sold in Australia, could be an Australian console?

  96. Golden Bruh

    Golden BruhΠριν ημέρα

    A lot of GameBoy colors were released to the United States. If you think about it even though it was created and manufactured by Japanese it does not mean that the sweat on the game boy is "Japanese kids hand sweat" also american people can get their hands on those clear ones easy or at least people who speak and write in English can decide to replace the sticker to English

  97. ImaFnT-Rex

    ImaFnT-RexΠριν 3 ημέρες

    3 way screws are annoying -_-

  98. Harry Harricharan

    Harry HarricharanΠριν 3 ημέρες

    This man should become a doctor or something in my opinion.

  99. Sergo Breakz

    Sergo BreakzΠριν 3 ημέρες

    11:05 You are serious ???????

  100. ItsDarthChaos

    ItsDarthChaosΠριν 4 ημέρες

    Now if you wanna work miracle, get my GB SP working again. It stopped taking a charge years ago. Or rather, it stopped accepting a charge. Think the charging port broke on it somehow. It would only charge if you bent the plug at weird angles.

  101. zabdielpistola 582690

    zabdielpistola 582690Πριν 4 ημέρες

    20:16 Free easter egg found

  102. Lazar Savic

    Lazar SavicΠριν 4 ημέρες

    The guy that sold him this :,,I want this back👁👄👁

  103. Lawnmower American

    Lawnmower AmericanΠριν 4 ημέρες

    0:33 Nervous sweaty middle aged man with glasses shifts his eyes back and forth.

  104. utopia todderson

    utopia toddersonΠριν 4 ημέρες

    The condemned panda basally hurry because building supply chew unlike a tacky burma. amuck, coherent rectangle

  105. Eznul Izzan

    Eznul IzzanΠριν 4 ημέρες

    The relaxing end but its jerry rig everything

  106. Adrien Pinard

    Adrien PinardΠριν 4 ημέρες

    The erect measure primarily shelter because utensil significantly stare lest a endurable cello. nippy, tame botany

  107. Xx_Ally_xX :p

    Xx_Ally_xX :pΠριν 4 ημέρες

    sticker peeling is my fav part of the video

  108. deviance purplehaze

    deviance purplehazeΠριν 4 ημέρες

    Lovely clicking sounds!

  109. AidanSmurphy

    AidanSmurphyΠριν 4 ημέρες

    It’s called a game boy colour but it’s see through