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My game boy color doesn't turn on

I've opened it and everything looks good, nothing is damaged inside or outside... I'm using brand-new batteries, but neither the LED nor the display responds. What can I do?

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  • lasot_44 Dec 02, 2008

    Thanks, I've tried shorting the switch but nothing happened... btw, there are 2 fuses inside (F1 and F2) but they don't seem to be blown. How do I check where extactly the connection is broken?


  • lasot_44 Dec 03, 2008

    That's useful. But 0 ohm means that a fuse is or isn't blown? I'll check them later, thanks.


  • lasot_44 Dec 06, 2008

    Ok, here is the situation: The F2 fuse is ok, the multimeter shows 0,3 ohm and beeps. When I test the F1 fuse, the multimeter doesn't respond (1 on the display and no beep), so I thought it was blown first. Howewer, when I maneuver with prongs a little bit, the multimeter sometimes shows ~0,3-0,5 ohm and beeps, but it happens only after some maneuvering. Should I consider F1 blown or working?

    I've also tested the on/off switch with the multimeter and I don't know wheter it's ok or not. It looks like this:

    .      [3] [2] [C]      [1]
    ON IIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIII OFF

    When I turn it to ON the multimeter beeps only when I touch [3] and [C].
    On the OFF position, it beeps only with [C] and [1].

    Should it be like this? What about [2]?

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Theres a broken connection somewhere if even the LED doesn't even come on. I doubt theres even an internal fuse on the gameboy.
The only thing you might be able to fix was a faulty on/off switch - have you tried shorting the switch contacts with something metal?


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  • timclarke Dec 02, 2008

    when you say "dont seem" to be blown are you testing them with a multimeter? I would not assume theyre not blown unless you have tested the resistance (should be 0 ohm), theres usually no other sign.

    Thats pretty much how you test continuity too - but you wont have much luck doing that I dont think. If its not a fuse then it's a long shot! Good luck!


  • timclarke Dec 03, 2008

    When you have the multimeter set to "resistance" or "ohms" set it to the smallest amount (usually 100ohm or something) and test ACROSS the fuse ie one prong either side of it.

    0 ohm (or near enough, most multimeters are not that good, will say 0.027 or something) means the fuse is WORKING.

    when the fuse isnt working, you would expect to see a "1" on the multimeter I think depending on the multimeter. It means infinite resistance, ie a non completed circuit.

    some multimeters have a beeper setting (looks like a speaker symbol) which will beep if you have a completed circuit (ie will beep if the fuse works or if you touch the prongs together) - this is a lot easier to get your head round when you're in a hurry or stressed :)

    hope that helps



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