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03-10-2018, 11:34   #1
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GameBoy Advance SP

Hey guys, long time no post!

I dug out the GBA SP at the weekend to show the young uns in advance (pardon the pun ) of Santa maybe, or maybe not. bringing a 2DS at Christmas.

I had a flash cart from back in the day (EZF Advance). Took a bit of hassle to get that working as the software and drivers only worked with xp. Had to install virtualbox and a copy of xp but the drivers then installed and the software detected the handheld and cart.

As a side note virtualbox is a really cool solution to install old versions of windows!

Anyway, what are the must do mods to perform on the SP. I notice the screen is pretty dark especially as we're all used to mobiles and tablets since.

Anything else?

Any advice and links would be great!
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Nothing really, I mean there was the AGS-101 model which was a revised model with a much much better screen later in its life. But the models are expensive, as are screen upgrades for the original... But well worth it if you have the funds.

Theres better flash carts available now that just take a micro SD card with no fiddling around with software etc.. and can hold the entire back catalogue.. but again, a little pricey. Have a look on Krikzz.com.
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Backlit screen mod is well worth it, I done mine a recently and love it. The same screen is available for the SP, quality may not be as good as the original AGS-101 screen but its bloody good.



Also got an EZ Flash Omega flash cart, much cheaper than the Everdrive solutions and offers good enough compatibility.
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Thanks guys, any trusted links for the backlit screen mod??

Not too bothered about upgrading the cart. Its working just fine through the virtualbox and holds a reasonable number of games for the low activity it will see!
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Trusted.. hmm so sure, just picked one up on Ebay.
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Dug out my 101 last night coincidentally, no bloody charger! So it went back unused on a shelf
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Is it something like the attached I'm after?
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Ya that's pretty much it, you just need to figure out when cable type you need. Oh this will not be an original AGS-101 screen but a similar knock off.
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Pity all those sellers are in China, no-one seems to be reslling closer to home.

Will open the gba and check the cable type before ordering. Thanks for the heads up!
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You mind find a UK seller but they are usually much more expensive anyway ordering stuff from China is great - you'll have forgotten about ordering it when it arrives makes a nice surprise
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I remember doing the Advance mod back in the day - I think it was called the Afterburner backlight - yep Afterburner
I played a lot of Advance Wars on it back then - ahh...the memories......
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I remember doing the Advance mod back in the day - I think it was called the Afterburner backlight - yep Afterburner
I played a lot of Advance Wars on it back then - ahh...the memories......
Oh yeah, I remember them. Back in the days when handheld lighting was a luxury.

I had a front light kit that replaced the stock screen cover. A thick gel sat between it and the LCD to help cast the light over the screen. Took power out of the exe port.

Did the trick at the time but I'm sure if I fired it up now it would be a washed out mess

Edit - found it! Was called a Halo Light

https://www.gamezone.com/reviews/gba...ht-gba-review/

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Ya that's pretty much it, you just need to figure out when cable type you need. Oh this will not be an original AGS-101 screen but a similar knock off.
How do I know which cable type I need, the 32 or 40 pin?

I have the SP AGS 001 handheld
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How do I know which cable type I need, the 32 or 40 pin?

I have the SP AGS 001 handheld
Open it up and count
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