vendredi 1 juin 2012

Game Boy Super Game boy CPU Transplant tutorial

I just finished my CPU transplant between my DMG-01 and a Super Gameboy cartridge.

For Info :With this mod you wont' get more cpu power, or anything similar, it will only change the boot delay, so each time you power-up  the GB, it will boot very fast into the game and you won't get the Nintendo boot sound.

Don't try this if you don't have good soldering skills.

I decided to make a little tutorial, well 2 tutorial in fact. so here is the fast tutorial
1. Desolder your Super Gameboy CPU
2. Desolder your Gameboy CPU (DMG-01)
3 Solder you SGB cpu in place of the GameBoy cpu
That's it.

As I've done some picture of the process, so I did a longer tutorial with pictures.

Super Game BOY CPU transplant Tutorial 

So you want to transplant your super gameboy cpu in your gameboy ? 

Warning: if it’s the first time you desolder or solder SMT components, don't try on your SGB and GB use a old motherboard you don’t need anymore or similar to train you a bit..

This mod need good soldering skills. (normally if you have the skill to do this, you should not need any tutorial )

Tools needed  :
  • Gameboy DMG-01
  • Super Gameboy cartridge.
  • Gameboy game or lsdj (to test afterward)
  • The special tools to open SGB and Gameboy
  • Solder iron with fine tip (and some solder)
  • Flux
  • Ideally a rework station or some chipquick (everything that you want to remove smt component)
  • Time and patience.

Step 1
Before doing everything check if GB and SGB are working fine.
Open your game boy and your super gameboy to make them ready for the transplant.

Step 2 
Desolder the Super gameboy CPU using the rework station or with your preferred method.
(I will not explain how to do it because there is several tutorials on how to desolder SMT component on internet. Just use Google)
 Try to not over heating the CPU during the desoldering process.
Clean the pins of your desoldered SGB cpu with the solder iron

Step 3
Desolder the gameboy CPU using the rework station or with your preferred method.
Do not heat to much the board, CPU or other component. You can lift up a little bit the capacitors near the GB CPU to be sure you don’t touch them with your rework station.
Once removed, check to board to see if everything looks ok. 

Step 4
Clean PCB pads after desoldering.
You can use solder wick  to clean or you can put flux on the pads and using the solder iron go across each pad QUICKLY to  melt the solder and clean the pads ,after that clean the flux.

If you use solder wick method, it may be easier to put in place the SGB chip after because all solder will be removed and pads are flat but I don’t like this method because it heat a lot more the PCB than using the solder iron and flux.
Do not apply too much heat because the pads could lift up and it will be very difficult to repair (or impossible).

Step 5
 Place the super Game boy CPU precisely to match the pads (check the orientation notch)
Put a little bit of solder on your iron tip.
Hold it in place and using the iron with fine tip, solder one CPU pin in the corner.
Recheck the chip placement and if it’s fine solder one opposite CPU pin
It is easier if you add some flux on the pin you want to solder before soldering.
 After that your CPU should not move anymore

Step 6 
Put more flux on all pins.
Solder all remaining CPU pins, there are several technique to solder them, check video on internet on  how to solder SMT chip. (solder each pin individually or with a little bit of solder on the iron tip move across the pads)
If you make a join between 2 pins, don’t worry you can remove them using some solder wick

Step 7
Inspect attentively all your work, especially  joins between pins or if a pin is not correctly soldered (a magnifier would help). this is a crucial step.

Step 8
Clean the Flux.

Don’t forget this step because depending the flux you use, it can be conductive, and if it’s the case your Game boy will not work or could even destroy your GB.

It happen to me, I didn’t clean the flux  (sparkfun Flux #2331-zx) and the GB didn’t want to boot. After cleaning the flux everything was working fine

If you lifted up the capacitor near the CPU, it is a good time to put them in place again.(before mounting the board in the case)
Solder job is done. :) 

Step 9
Test your Gameboy and enjoy the fast boot (don’t forget to put a game or LSDJ)

If it doesn’t work (nothing appear on the screen and contrast not working) double check your CPU orientation and all soldered pins . (try to resolder all pins and check solder joins)

That's it ... job finished.

Quick video to see the Super Game boy fast boot. :

(sorry for the high compression of the video due to upload on blogger, we don't see anymore the marking on the chips) .

Disclaimer: I am not liable for any damage caused to you, your GameBoy or Super Game Boy due to human error.

Special Thanks to NeX for the idea and the help.

4 commentaires:

  1. Thanks for posting this! Can't wait to try it!

  2. I did it, thanks! At the begining i had a problem, probably caused by remaining flux between pins and under CPU. I Had to dissolve it with more alcohol and then blow out with compressed air.

  3. Very interesting project :-) Can you place the DMG processor in the Super Gameboy? If so, what happens when you boot it?

  4. I have the same question. I love the project, and I am going to attempt it soon, I have my parts ready :P