Ah, that's a shame. Thought swapping the boards would be an easy fix.

So if I use the unregulated source, the positive wire goes to the unregulated power from that thread. For the negative wire, though, is the spot at 0:11 in the video a good place for it?

Also, thanks for saving me from "fixing" a Game Boy only to have the same problem. I really appreciate it.

Hey, just wanted everyone to know I solved my problem! I found a spare-parts CPU-08 revision Game Boy in a drawer. Since that one doesn't have regulator issues, I can keep the LCD board from my previous Game Boy but swap the logic boards.

In the future, I guess I can buy busted-up Game Boys and swap the boards out this way, or maybe it's possible to swap out just the OG regulator with a newer-revision OG regulator. Just in case I get a board with a ton of issues but the regulator's fine.

I also found a forum and video on a good unregulated power source. Just like Apeshit said, it'll dim the backlight as the batteries drain, but I believe it's connected in a way where the backlight will shut off with the power switch.

Forum post: https://circuit-board.de/forum/index.ph … post309996

Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JwTmc-u … 0sHbYRC4ow

Don't need to do this at the moment, but still good to know.

That makes sense. I was mostly going off of this thread: https://chipmusic.org/forums/topic/1959 … ck/page/2/

Someone mentioned that tapping power from the battery contacts would mean the backlight won't turn off when you power off the system. There was also the suggestion of using an extra power regulator board (5v step up/step down from Pololu) in connection with the unregulated power to keep the voltage to the backlight steady.

To me, that sounds ideal. I just want to understand where the best spot for unregulated power would be and what the process is before I solder anything. Like if I use those connections to the power board that Irony7 mentioned for unregulated power, how would the extra regulator board be connected in conjunction with the backlight?

So if I were to install the new step-up/step-down regulator anyway, it'd hook up to the non-regulated power source after the power switch? I may want to try that, as I play in a lot of dark rooms and a solid screen consistency would be nice.

I found this old thread that seems pretty helpful: https://chipmusic.org/forums/topic/1360 … rduinoboy/

Is there a good visual aid for  where the non-regulated power source  is located? Up until now I've done speaker replacement, prosound, and biverting, but I'm still learning how it all works on an electrical level.

Hi there,

I'm still fairly new to modding, and I've noticed my Game Boy (CPU-06) is overheating in the left-hand corner. I've got a 100 ohm resistor on its backlight, but I've heard that replacing the regulator may be a good idea.

I was looking at this one: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01M4 … &psc=1

Is there a diagram or tutorial I can follow to set this up? I've never done anything like this before. Do I desolder the old regulator and replace it, or does the new one run in parallel?

Any help here would be greatly appreciated.


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I love the clean, dry sound of this. Great music, too!


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Welcome! Greetings from Seattle! I'm new to this site, too, but from what I've seen, the people here are awesome.

Man, this is all really good advice! I think I'll try making a song with each tip to see what works for me, and hopefully kill some old habits. I was also reading The Complete Idiot's Guide To Music Composition today, and it had a section that I thought was really cool. It said that instead of doing A parts and B parts, maybe think of entire sections of the song as A parts and B parts,  with their own patterns (like ABAB) inside them.

I'm working on a song right now that goes:


So the "A" section is ABC, and the "B" section is DEF. But I made it so that  A and D are variations of each other, as are C and F. So when DEF goes into CBA, the F and C flow like one piece. And then when it goes out of CBA back to DEF, the A and the D flow together.

I don't know when that track will be finished, but the pattern's working really well, so I wanted to share.

Once again, thanks for all the help so far! It's really appreciated. smile

Did you include a resistor on the positive end of your backlight? Mine was doing something similar until I added a 100 ohm resistor. It still overheats if I play table-heavy songs for an hour, but it's much better. Playing normal games, it isn't a problem.

Hi there! First time posting, so hopefully this is in the right spot.

I've been trying to make an album, but keep falling into a "verse-chorus-verse-chorus-bridge-verse-chorus" pattern. Mostly because it's easy.

I was wondering what other song structures people have been using, and if there are any good books/tutorials I could follow,  or maybe some songs that can serve as examples. I've tried the "listen and wing it" approach, but my melodies seem to run away from me before going back to what I know (ABAB).

Any ideas?