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Game Boy Color Troubleshooting

Game Boy Color won't turn on

The device will not turn on.

Power switch off

Make sure the device is turned on by checking that the power switch is in the 'on' position.

Drained/bad batteries

If your Game Boy does not turn on, especially if it has not been used in a while, try replacing the old batteries with a fresh set of AA batteries.

Bad display

Check the LED on the right of the display. If it does light up, it is possible that the issue may be a bad display that needs to be replaced. To replace the LCD Display, refer to the LCD display repair guide.

There is no sound

You can't hear anything coming out of your Game Boy's speakers.

Sound is switched off

Check to make sure that sound is turned on. If the volume 'wheel' is turned all the way to the left, then the sound is turned all the way down. To turn it on, turn the volume wheel to the right (clockwise) until you reach your desired volume.

Bad speaker

If the volume is turned on but you still can't hear anything out of the speaker, it could be a bad connection or broken speaker. To test this, plug a pair of headphones into the headphone jack on the bottom of the console and give it a listen. If sound comes out of the headphones just fine, it is most likely a speaker hardware problem and the part needs to be replaced.

Game freezing

So you’re in the middle of an intense Pokemon battle and suddenly your device stops responding!

Cartridge not inserted all the way

If the cartridge is not inserted fully, a poor connection with the Game Boy Color can cause the game to freeze. Remove the game and firmly reinsert it into the game slot. You should hear a ‘click’ sound when it is in correctly and completely.

Dust in the cartridge

Sometimes dust can build up in the game cartridge and cause a bad connection when inserted into the Game Boy. This makes it difficult for your console to read the information in the game cartridge. To remedy this, remove the cartridge from the Game Boy and get the dust out of there. The quickest and most popular way to do this is to simply blow into the cartridge.

Buttons are not working or are sticky

The buttons are not always responding to presses.

Clean the buttons

Take your device apart and remove the buttons. Refer to the button repair guide to see how to remove the buttons. Use a clean toothbrush and warm tap water. Scrub the buttons with the toothbrush around the sides of the button. After cleaning, let the buttons dry completely, and replace back into the device.

Replace the buttons

The buttons may need to be replaced if cleaning does not help. Again, the button repair guide is a good reference when removing and repairing the buttons.

Runny or blotchy colors on the screen

Colors are appearing on the screen that are obviously not supposed to be.

Cracked LCD

If runny or blotchy colors are permanently on the LCD, even while the display is off, then the LCD needs to be replaced. The LCD display repair guide outlines how to replace it.

7 Comentarios

Everything was ok and the Gameboy was running when i kept it in my cupboard 2 years back and now when I took it out to give it to someone it is not turning on . What could be the cause ?? Somebody Please help ??

write2sid - Contestar

My Gameboy colour works fine but won't let me play for longer than 2 mins, I only have one game for it at the moment so I'm not sure if it's the game or the console, any ideas?

phoebe hall - Contestar

I just got a GBC with no sound so I replaced the speaker and the sound worked but the screen was not functioning normally. I took it apart again and re-seated the cable and now there is no screen at all. The game works as I can hear the sound.

Rodney Hubbard - Contestar

I have a gbc I replaced the battries.. it turns on the game is in.. But the screen just has the game boy logo and below is a black bar.. I haven't used this thing in a good 3 years..

Memorie Hoover - Contestar

I’ve had that problem, and most likely the Game Pak and/or the pins in the Gameboy need to be cleaned. That, or just turn the Gameboy off and then re-insert the Game Pak.

C08o. prkiua -

Power on but won't Lev game boy display can anyone help

Doug - Contestar

i have this problem with gbc and i havent use it for ages and earlier when i use to use it it has only one problem that screen was not bright enough but playable and expect that everything was perfect but now it has one and stupid problem so when i press a ;b or start button it pauses game jumps and also shoots and all of this with one press pls help i dont know it could got old but only this is the problem so i dont think it retired. so pls help

mateas 55 - Contestar

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