This was ROUGH... I can’t wait to do it again!

This was ROUGH... I can’t wait to do it again!

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- Watch the end of this video, it's just like broken console. I think I saw smoke. (David laughing) - I suck so much. - Yeah, this is a nightmare. - Ooh. - Yes.

- It's not that David and I set out to waste a whole bunch of money on AliExpress, it just kind of happened. We were having a conversation while we were shooting and David tells me, he's like, "Hey, did you know-- - That you can upgrade the screen on a Game Gear and make it modern? - And not just a Game Gear, but even other retro consoles. And I was like, "Oh my God, I've wanted to do that for years."

So today we get to go through everything that we bought on some combination, I think it's AliExpress and eBay. - Yap. - To get our hands on everything we need to upgrade the displays on my Game Gear and... - Well, the Vita. - Oh my God, you're gonna try and do both of them? - Well, this is already upgraded.

- You upgraded this already? - This was the inspiration for the whole thing. - You know what the real inspiration was for me? Telling you about our sponsor. - GlassWire.

Are you worried someone else is using your Wi-Fi? GlassWire can alert you anytime a new device joins on. Use offer code LINUS and get 25% off GlassWire at the link below. (upbeat music) - Holy crap, this is outstanding. - [David] Right? (laughs) - I mean, I imagined what my favorite childhood games might look like on a better display, but I've never had a chance to actually experience it. I mean, this wasn't my childhood.

My childhood (clears throat) was a little larger, heavier, and consumed six, (David laughing) not two, AA batteries per charge. So then did you do this yourself? - I did it myself. - Now what do you need to upgrade about the Vita? I can see you've already hacked it, so that's good. - No. That's how it always was. And so I bought it for like $80, this Vita. - Oh, it is really beat up.

- Yeah, (scoffs) it's really beat up, but it's like $300 for a good condition one. So I figured I should buy a beat up one and then buy the parts to fix it and upgrade it myself. And the total would be less than half of what it would cost to buy a pristine one. - And it won't be authentic like original. - No.

- But who cares? - No. I don't care. - Okay. Well, let's begin then. I actually have no idea what I bought because (David laughing) all I did was tell this guy-- - Hey. - To get me set up. And apparently I'm getting a whole new chassis.

- I didn't order the chassis, that came with the battery replacement. - I'm getting... Wait, battery replacement. Oh my God. Are these lithium batteries? - Yes. You might be able to run it for more than half an hour. - What? - No. That's not the authentic experience.

(David laughing) No. I should spend hundreds of dollars a year on AA batteries. - Oh, and you're not allowed to use rechargeable. No. That's illegal. - I did even back then, even though the battery, like (mumbles) Now, one of the biggest problems with the Game Gear is not just that the display is hot garbage, it's that the cover in front of the display, it has gotta be...

You talk about how this is, where did it go? - This is scuffed. - You talk about how this is scuffed, this is scuffed glass. This is scuffed I don't know. (David laughing) It looks less durable than acrylic. And the best part is the brightness slider, where you at? Here you are.

If you actually crank the brightness... - [David] It's like completely unusable. - What? I even know how to play it. Like I can't even see what I'm doing.

You know. (David laughing) - [Adam] See the camera can't show it, but this actually looks pretty impressive for the time. - Man, that sound of collecting the apple takes me straight back to my childhood. Let's get this freaking screen replaced here. - Have you looked at all into how hard it's gonna be to do this? - Adam gave me some clues.

- Okay. - It is going to be harder than I had hoped. I will say that much. Holy crap. CleanJuice GG is a USBC charger for the Game Gear? - [Adam] That's so sic.

- This is gonna be the most tricked out Game Gear. I'm so excited. - So-- - Where's your stuff? - My stuff is-- - Dump it. Show me what you got.

We're doing a hall video, David. (David laughing) This is guys, there's no format for this video. This is just David and I both wanted to upgrade our old consoles and needed an excuse to spend money on it. - I'm gonna be real. I pitched this video because I knew this was gonna be way too hard for me to do alone.

And so I want Linus' help. So basically what I got is I got a replacement front panel that has the screen included. You can buy just the screen, but like you have to put adhesive and take it. That's not [indistinct] - Probably have to heat it up, but like yeah.

- That's way beyond my skill level. I got a new battery too. - Oh yeah, that's a good call. - Because it's just like runs for like two hours. - If you're gonna be in there already anyway. - Yeah. - Battery technologies come a little way.

- Yeah, I've looked at the, I fixed it, this assembly guide and they rate their difficulty at a five and I've done some stuff that's two or three. And you know, that was a bit of a stretch, but this is a five when I looked at it, all the way at extremely difficult. - No. We got this. Don't even worry.

(David laughing) Don't even trip, dawg. - I'm hoping too, that we can pop open the Game Boy Advance that I've already modded, but I didn't solder the brightness control wires because I don't have a soldering iron at home. So I was hoping to sneak this into here at some point. So we'll see. - Well, where the hell is a GameBit screwdriver? - [Adam] The Netflix show Queens GameBit. - No.

(David laughing) - Did we seriously not... Wait. Hold on. Is it included? - No? - I think this is a GameBit. Yeah, this is like. - Oh, that's super kit. - Okay. - And I shout out to you I fixed it.

- Yeah, I know, right? Okay. There we go. So this is a four and a half millimeter GameBit screw. Sega, I know your hardware division can't hear me from the depths of hell where they're currently residing, but this is bad. Okay. Don't do this. You've got all the screws out, right? - Yep. There's only four screws, right?

- And you're quite certain of that? - No. I don't know. Maybe not (laughing) - Well, here's some screws. - [David] Yep. - All right. You should try removing those ones. That's good. Yep.

- It was a test. He passed (laughing) - [Linus] Oh my God. Okay. - [David] Ooh. - Wow. I've never seen the inside of a Game Gear before.

And like, obviously not. When I was this age, it wouldn't have occurred to me to rip apart my freaking game console. That was my like most valued possession on this earth, right? But as an adult, that's the first thing I do (chuckles) (David laughing) with any electronics, so it's just weird to me opening up something that I've never seen before. Man, I think mine's gonna be way easier than yours. Is that open yet? - Oh yeah. Are you ready to see the inside of a Vita? - Yeah. For sure. I've actually never seen this either.

- Oh, that ribbon kit is real short. - It's actually kind of beautiful. It had a web cam and everything? - It has two cameras, a front facing camera too.

- I never had one. - Oh, it's so cool. - Yeah, I skipped many console generations. This is the last handheld I owned until I bought a switch. - Really? Wow. - Wait.

No. I lied. I had a DS. Everything here is pretty self explanatory. That's the nice thing about older electronics is everything's kind of pretty clearly laid out. So I guess I'm just going to steal these batteries and put them in my old chassis 'cause there's no way I'm gonna use this lemon yellow chassis. This is ridiculous. What if I would actually prefer to just stick with AA's, I guess I could do that.

- You really prefer AA's over lithium pack? - Yeah. I love AA's. - Okay. - I mean, I guess you and I have had this debate before. - Yeah. - Re-Xbox versus PlayStation controller. And I'm still right.

And you're still David. - I mean, I don't hate the planet unlike you. I don't want a whole bunch of extra (drowned out by Linus) - [Adam] Wow. (David laughing) - Both have drawbacks. I don't think one is necessarily fully better.

Also I need your help, I have no idea how to get that out of there. - Oh, fun. (David laughing) Well, it looks like it's a clip in plastic piece of some sort. What the devil are you doing here you little ribbon cable? - [David] Oh, it's 'cause the back is a touch pad.

- Of course it does. - Okay. I don't know enough about batteries. Is it possible that like it's just in the same size, it's almost double the capacity or are they just lying? - Battery tech has come a long way since this.

- Hey, that's pretty cool. Almost doubling the life. That's actually freaking sweet. - Is anyone feeling a two-tone vibe right now? (David laughing) I don't look at this yellow face plate, but I also don't feel like desoldering the battery contacts from the original black ones. - [Brandon] Two-tone. - Two-tone. - Watch the end of this video. It's just like Linus and David start with working (David laughing) but not perfect consoles and end with broken consoles.

- That's my real expectation. (grunts) Oh my God, I'm too strong. - Did you just break something? - I don't know. - Let's see. You only broke the latch and you only broke part of it. So you're good.

No. You're probably good on this. You're probably good. Let me see. You know what? Screw it. No. I'm going OG chassis.

High risk, high reward. I'm doing it. These springs are making it so I can't get my lithium batteries in here so they've gotta come out.

Ah, all right. Well there goes your battery corrosion. See you later, buddy. - Bye.

- I should be able to get this pack in now. Yep. Easy. Okay. Supposedly this is hot enough, I need to remove this battery contact.

So we're gonna see how this goes. I don't think I'm gonna be able to transfer enough heat until the... Oh, okay. Nevermind. That was very easy. Oh my God. This is so amazing. There's a little 3D printed block here that just acts as a filler, so you can go from this nine volt DC barrel plug to USBC and the original red rocker (gasps) stays and just goes over top of this new rocker (screams) Should I make sure it's still working? - Sure.

- I'll do everything but power first and then hopefully, that'll be fine. Oh God. Did you hear that? - [David] That sounded really bad. - I think I saw smoke. - [Brandon] Oh no.

- I smell it. What did I just fry? What could I possibly have just fried? (Linus sniffing) Where are you coming from? Honestly, it smells strongest on the CleanJuice. What the crap just happened? All we did was power the CleanJuice GG.

- I always knew I was great at this. Look, I'm still making progress (laughs) - All right, David. - I suck so much.

Okay. Let's go. - So you can see it's warmed up here. Okay.

And then right on the other side, this trace right here, got pretty toasty. I wonder if it may just be defective 'cause I really don't think I did anything. - Here's my one tech tip for the day. When you have your things disassembled, that's a good time to clean it (scoffs) - That's a good tech tip, David.

- You got one. - Every indication I have right now is that this thing is just working, now that it's shaking its sillies out a little bit. I'm going for it.

- Yeah, what's the worst thing could happen? - I mean, my kids could be playing with this and then the lithium batteries could ignite and I could-- lose my house and my family. - Wow. You guys ready? Got a fire extinguisher handy? - [Adam] No. Where do we hide-- - There should be one around here. - There should be one here. - Good luck everybody.

'Cause this really does not look like it goes on here. Oh yeah, this is very... Tray is different. Back to the guide. (Adam chuckles) (David scoffing) - They didn't have a better take in that? - What? - [Adam] Should we drop the battery and go straight for the screen and then-- - No. (David laughing) I'm sold on USBC charging now.

- That's pretty cool. - Yeah. - I just wanna celebrate the fact that I've now gone from-- taking things apart - A working device to a not working-- - To a broken device. (Linus laughs) - Well, I forgot 'em. - Well, I mean even in my Intel upgrade, one of the things that I was super excited about was finally fixing my PS3. I didn't.

Update on that, it's still broken. I bought a different PS3. Not a backwards compatible one 'cause they're too expensive. - Oh no.

- Maybe we'll do another video like this (chuckling). - [Adam] I think I've had a horrible realization about your Game Gear. - What horrible realization about my Game Gear? - So when you look here, you see how it says VA5. - I see how it says VA5.

- That's a different version than the one we need. Luckily Anthony has another one here. - Oh, really? - And so maybe we're gonna upgrade Anthony's Game Gear. (Adam laughing) - What? (David laughing) Okay, so what do you need to upgrade the screen of a VA5? - [Adam] They just don't make 'em, people don't care. - VA5's are just (beep) and nobody wants them.

- [Adam] Well, the thing is that the VA5s have the better screen already. - That's the better screen? (David laughing) (Adam laughing) His is like in way better shape than mine too. This is VA5. - [Adam] Wow. It looks so different. - Are we FUBAR? - Not me (chuckles). - Do we just need to like go on Facebook marketplace, like right now and go buy a Game Gear? - [Adam] I'm on Facebook marketplace right now.

- Give this trash back to Anthony. - Okay. - Get it out of my site. Can I help you at least? - Yeah.

- Can we have some success today? - Let's do it. - I wanna see something fire up before I go home today. I have eight more minutes, then I have to run into a meeting. - I don't think we're gonna do that.

- Okay. Holy (beep). No way (gasps) Okay. I knew he got a Game Gear.

It's the next morning. I can't believe how fast you turned this around. - Yeah. That's pretty good. - [Adam] This is really great. - But you got that carrying case. How much did I pay for it? - Oh, I robbed the guy. - What? No. Shut up.

(all laughing) - No, 150. - Okay. - That's pretty good. - [Adam] Yeah. No. It was really good for the Game Gear plus the games, plus the other things that are in there.

- I'll buy this off you for 150 right now, Adam. - Wait. - Shut up. Oh my God, it has original documentation in it. - [Adam] That's pretty cool.

- Okay. It included games for 150? - [Adam] Yep. This is all in there. - Wait. Is this a Japanese Sonic the Hedgehog?

- [Adam] Sega. - Wait, the screen is broken, which I guess is... - Is the perfect candidate for a screen replacement. - It's okay. (David cheering) Yay. - So you know how we said that there were updated parts available now, those came out four days ago.

One-- - So it's not your fault. (David laughing) - One person has done the mod (Linus laughing) and there's no guide for it yet. - [David] That's wild. - So it's really good we didn't go that route.

- We found it after we stopped filming yesterday, they have a replacement for the A4 and A5. (David laughing) It's right on their website. He's like, "I have no explanation for this." (David laughing) - I was on the Game Gear so I've read it and I saw the post from two days ago where someone's like, "I did the mod with the new Bennvenn screen." And I was like, "I've been vindicated."

I'm like, "I'm okay." - Honestly, I think I'm ending up with the better one here anyway, just because of the 4,000 color output. David and I discussed it and I think we agree that we'd rather have the less efficient SOC and the higher color screen. - Yeah. - These ones have a better screen because after a few years, Sega wanted to cut some costs. So they did a bunch of revisions, changed some components and now on the later revisions, the screen only puts out like 512 colors as opposed to like 5,000. - I can tell I'm less nervous than yesterday 'cause I spent about 20 minutes trying to get this ribbon cable to no avail, but I did at first try today.

So maybe that's my second tech tip of this video, is sometimes stepping away might be the right call. (soft background music) Although there's the one piece here that I have no (beep) clue where it goes, and I'm a little bit worried about that. - [Linus] (laughing) This guy right here? - Yeah, (beep). - No. You are not. - I think that it's an outside piece.

Like where does this go? I can't see it in the tear-down either. - Okay. Let me see. Geez, this guy. - Doesn't that look like an outside piece? - No. - [Brandon] Definitely does not look like an outside piece.

- Definitely not. - I don't see it in the breakdown. - [Linus] I'm not gonna lie...

- You're starting to feel like it's not necessary, right? - No. (David laughing) I'm starting to feel like it's not my problem, (David laughing hysterically) (laughing) but I don't know if it's not necessary. `All right. I'm sorry, I've lost interest. (David laughing) - I really want this Game Gear screen on here.

- No. I believe in you. - Oh my God. I've been trying to figure out why this is so thick, why it's on a shock mount. It has a CFL back.

It has a tube. - [Adam] It's no wonder the longevity of these is not great. - Yeah. And no wonder this thing had to be so thick.

- Yeah. - That's why the Game Boy didn't have a back light. - Yep. Because it would've had to like whoo. - Because we didn't have power efficient compact LEDs yet. Obviously for anyone who's studied the history of handheld gaming or display technology, you're like, "Well, yeah, obviously."

(David laughing) But it's just the kind of thing I never thought about. Like why did the backlight in my childhood handheld console suck. This is amazing. Hold on. I wanna get this out. Adam, make sure that I don't break anything.

- [Adam] Oh God. Well, stop. I don't know. (all laughing) - Check it out. - [David] Wow. - It's a giant freaking CFL hoop in the ceiling of your office building or warehouse. Well, in the context of a handheld gaming system, I'd like to see you-- - That's pretty freaking cool.

- fit one in there. - Nope. No. (Linus laughing) That's so cool. - And then it's got this giant plastic diffusion layer. This is amazing.

The whole motherboard has to come out. - [Adam] That's so cool. - That's not adjusting the brightness. Maybe I need a game. Smell something? - [Adam] Is that just me? - [Linus] Yeah. - [Adam] That is just the heat from the CFL.

- [David] Oh my gosh. You can see it. - Yeah. And the diffusion sucks. - [Adam] Sucks.

- [Linus] That's just like bright down the middle now, sort of. Okay. I gotta run to my meeting. - While he's away, I might put it together without that little metal piece and see if I break it. - Let me turn this off 'cause I don't know how to solder and I don't need a hot thing right beside me other than this hot thing right beside me. - Oh. - Oh.

- Oh, it turned on. - You did it. - Yeah. I'm not a moron.

Take that dad. - The issues that I have Linus-- - Sorry. - No. get it out.

(Adam chuckles) - Yeah. - Did you ever find where that piece went? - Yeah. For sure. - Yeah. It goes right there in the parts tray. - Yeah. See, it's not here, so where could it possibly be except inside the Vita? - You're full of (beep), you totally just threw it away, didn't you? - I did not throw it away.

- [Adam] He ate it. - Adam took out my motherboard, which holy bananas, well, wait, how do we even attach this to the that? Oh my God. Do I have to solder a ribbon cable like this? - Oh no, you don't have to solder a ribbon cable, you have to solder wires.

(soft background music) - How many? I think 10. - [David] Like eight or nine, yeah. - Ah (beep). - Oh, that's not even...

you're looking at other stuff. You gotta solder onto this. - [Linus] Oh no. - [David] Oh no.

- This is a pretty advanced tier mod. - Luckily, I've called in the cavalry. - This is Dan. - Hey. - You don't know him, but he's off probation now.

- [Adam] He's awesome. I like Dan. - Oh, thanks guys. - Do we have our hotter station? - I'll go grab it if you need it.

- Yeah. This is very bad. What I just did is extremely bad. It's recoverable, but it's really bad. (David laughing) - [Brandon] Linus. - (beep) It pulled the pads off.

Okay. Where do I need to solder to? - It's on the left side it looks like. - (beep) Fortunately, this doesn't consume the whole pad, but the pads are now one quarter of the size. - [Brandon] It took him 10 seconds. - Do you mind if I have to look, see what you did? - No. I'm good. - Oh.

(David laughing) - But is Dan good? - I just need the hot air station. - Okay. Let's get that going. - Yep. This is definitely better, what I'm doing right now. See how it leaves like the pad behind instead of ripping it away? - [Adam] Yep. - That's good.

- Okay. While he's doing that, I wanna show you guys how much better-- - [Brandon] Alex, (mumbles). - This new bad boy is. It looks like a brand new Vita.

- [Linus] That's amazing. - And that wasn't that hard. It was hard. Like this is slightly above what my skill level is, but being next to you gave me the confidence I needed to make this happen. I'm gonna play a game. - Which is really amazing, considering the state of my project right now.

- Well, I assumed that this was gonna be way easier because it's older tech like you... I just thought it would be like remove a couple of ribbon cables, slide a new thing in. - (laughs) Yeah. Oh, I like that. - May I have a look? - Yeah, you can look. - Oh yeah. Those are pretty (beep) small, aren't they? (David giggling) Okay. So I have a solution for that.

We have these guys, which are very, very small. But you cut the ends off - Oh, beautiful. - of those and then...

Or we could just go directly on to the-- - Yeah, I would just go directly on. - Okay. Sure. Stick it in. There you go. Wiggle it around a bit. And in case you screw up even more, we have this solder mask. - In case I screw up even more.

- Yeah. - Okay. What is it about people who just get off their probation around here and just like what's delivering all the sick burns? - It's 'cause it's three months of buildup. They've been thinking (laughs) about it since day one. - You say that as though you speak from experience. - No. I'm trying to break the cycle.

I'm trying to be nice. I'm trying to be positive. - Shut up. - [Adam] I just wanted to say how proud we are of you.

- This is not gonna be easy. - [Adam] That's why I got Dan to do it. - [Dan] Yeah, I'm working really hard right now. - All right. I want the Dan review. Is that adequate? - I'm gonna lose my job.

That's actually pretty good. - [Linus] Thank you. - So we've got 40 more of those to do. - Yeah. (David laughing) It's not 40.

- No. It's like 10. - [David] Well, looks like the Vita charges, which is nice. - Okay. All right. Mr. David gloatier over here. (scoffs) - Okay, lemme just have a look at this. - Oh, don't just do that. What did you...

Stop. Oh my God. See, this pad's lifted off the board. - Oh no. - Stop.

- Oh God. - Stop moving it. Wait. Stop. You're still moving it. - I'm not. - Yes. You are (laughing) - Yeah, I mean that's about eight. (Linus screaming) - So if we get everything wired up and put it all together, what's the risk of it totally destroying? - Oh, like 10 outta 10, it's gonna happen like immediately. - It's gonna happen

so this is like-- - Like we have to fix that. It'll probably explode it if these are wrong, 'cause the picture's different than the numbers. - These are really, really tight. I don't know if these wires are small enough, man. - Yeah. That's (beep) wrong.

- So I basically have to just undo all of this? - No. Just put another one in. - Oh yeah. Oh, that green one is so good. Okay. Man, I'm getting like way better at this as I go. Yeah, I have to go. Okay. Bye.

- Okay. Bye, Linus (chuckles) Let's see if we can get this done. - Dan. - Yes.

- This is not what we discussed. (David laughing) - I know. The wires are the wrong size. - Mm-hmm. I mean we did discuss that. - Yeah, you really screwed that up.

I mean, I really screwed that up. Sorry. (Linus laughing) What I did discover is that this board is kind of slightly different than every other duo lasik board. - Mm-hmm. Yes.

- So you see this little guy here? - Yeah. - I didn't put that in and whoever we bought it from didn't put it in. - Right. - So-- - Oh, that was added by hand. - That was added by hand, in the factory, from new.

- What? - So in all of the tutorials and all of the schematics and every other picture of the duo lasik board that I've found, there's these big brass circles on all of the boards. If you see on that one over there, there's a big brass circle and that's always mirrored on the duo lasik variety as well. So this is your single lasik, right? This one has two. So basically we could have gone through everything yesterday and we still would have had the same issue because there's some components missing right here.

- Oh. - And there's some components missing over here and over here. - Because. - Because what we discovered is that this, I think, is one of the first 300 units produced.

We can't identify what the manufacturing is. The first digit is the Z, which is the manufacturing location of the Game Gear, the second digit is the year 2, 1992, and then the third place is the model run of that manufacturing facility. So we have a first edition run and it's model number 318.

So it's a 318 Game Gear that came off the line. - Hold on. This says 1990 on it. - Hmm. Well, I don't know then. - That's very early. No, that's earlier than '92, remember? - That's a couple years I think. - Yeah.

(David chuckles) - I'll have to check that later. So anyway, yeah, this is the clock signal from the microprocessor, which is that chip next to your thumb. (Linus chuckles) And in the later schematics, there's a capacitor that goes to ground, which is what that's doing.

You see it's tied into the little negative post of that-- - Yeah. - capacitor there. - [Linus] Oh, amazing. - So this wire that was supposed to go from here to the clock source, 'cause this is a little crystal oscillator, 34 megahertz. If you flip it over, I had to run a cable from the backside.

And it took me hours-- - Oh, I see it. - to figure that out. - [Linus] Oh, cool. - And yeah, (Linus laughing) I used some of those small wires to tie into the video chip there. - What are the odds this is gonna work, man? - My confidence in Dan is very high. I believe in you Dan.

- Yeah, Dan's pretty much a wizard. My one question is that, is that orange wire supposed to not be touching anything? - Oh good God. Okay.

- I'm really good at finding problems. I'm not great at providing solutions. - [Adam] Linus. (David laughing) - So where is it supposed to go? Oh, I see it. - Supposed to go on pin 16.

Yeah. This is a nightmare. If you're gonna do this at home, (David laughing) make sure you don't have a vintage board that's different than every other board on the market, and get the right size wire and don't do it on camera and don't do it in front of your boss. - And I can't even keep track of which Game Gear is which anymore. So where does this go now? - That? I don't know.

- That's the front, I think. - That's the front, right? - Yeah. - You're the one that took it apart. Yeah, I guess so. Oh, now there's buttons everywhere. - Oh my God.

- Oh. - Oh, you took it away. - Sorry. He screws up for the Game Boy. - Game Boy. Oh my God.

- Is this-- - Is this like what you're supposed to do? Like you just up. - I literally do not know. - Oh, I think this might be glass.

Like look at it compared to this. - [Adam] Well, yeah, that bubble. - That's what an acrylic one looks like.

Should we scratch-test it? - Yeah. (David laughs) - And I tried to scratch it with my nail, which I would be able to do with acrylic and I was not. - Okay. Yeah, that's true. This has been such an adventure, like honestly. Most fun I've had in a while making a video.

- [Dan] I'm really glad that it wasn't quite as cut and dry as just plopping a screen. - I mean, I could've dealt with a little less (David chuckles) excitement than this. And I'm really stressed out about that weird power module that smoked at some point in this process. Yeah, we might just maybe forego putting it in.

- [Dan] Yeah, don't put that in. - Don't put it in. - [Dan] Don't put it in. - We don't trust it. - You sure? 'Cause it seems to work.

- It also catches on fire and smokes and that's really hot. - When we tested it, it worked once. - It did? - And then the second time it made the smell. - We can go AA batteries.

- That's for now. - You wanna put the original back on? - Yeah, I can put the original back on. Did it burn a different trace? No. It just burned this one more. Yeah. This thing is clearly defective.

Did you finish your Game Boy? - Dan did (laughs) - Oh my God. - He helped me solder it. Although you did screw the motherboard Dan, so it's just floating. - Oh, is that what those extra screws were for? - Yeah, it's okay. So now I can control the brightness, which is nice. - Those are on. - [Dan] Moment of truthiness.

- Okay. I'm gonna blow all the air out of my lungs so that if it burns, I get at least that out of the a hundred dollars I spent on this Game Gear plus whatever other components have been destroyed. - No. I've got a good feeling. - Is that why you're standing way over there? - Yeah, definitely. And it might also be the fact that it's almost the weekend. - My hands are shaking.

I'm sorry, what? - Nothing. Don't even worry. - Is it a problem that this thing looks like it needs to go down on this pad? - [Dan] Nope, those will be okay. - Oh. - Oh yes. - Dan did it.

- Make sure you get that sound. - Yeah, there it is. This is so awesome. My hands are shaking right now. Volume control still works. - Volume control.

- Does brightness control work? - Yes. I made sure of that as well. - It totally does. - You should also have custom scaling models too. And you be should be able to have scan lions or not if you want. So this is what's interesting about this screen, it uses the crystal oscillator, so it's gonna be lockstep exactly with the hardware. - So no tearing? - No tearing, no missed frames, nothing, no input lag.

It uses the same clock source that the microprocessor uses. - So after three days we still have one working Game Gear. - There's definitely one small issue.

Something is interfering... Ah, yes. Nope. I was right, Dan, and you were wrong. - You do need to move it? - We do need to deal with this because these wires are so thick. - Oh. - And it's making it so that the game slot is crooked.

It's lifting this part off. Okay. So I just need to reroute these wires. - Yeah. They should be long enough so that you can reroute. - Oh, hold on. I'm gonna power it off. One sec. - (scoffs) Good choice.

- Okay. I think I found a new way to route this wire that's a little better. And I think I got this now. - And that's done it.

- Wait. - Okay. - Holy crap. Are we good? - Yeah. So I didn't destroy it.

- I wanna see it actually do a thing. - Yeah. - Holy bananas. Okay. We're getting there. It is actually closed. - Nice job. - That is so much better.

No. You nice job, I didn't do anything. - We did it. - It's too crisp. It's too good. - Well, you can make it worse if you hold start and push up and down. - Like now? - [Dan] Yep.

You can do a whole bunch of different settings. - Wait, what just happened? - The scaling settings. - Whoa. This is scan line things. - You can add scan lines.

Yeah. It's pretty cool. It's an amazing little product. - I think I like the clean look. Look at this, I can actually see what I'm doing. No perceived additional latency, I can tell you that much.

I mean, I still, I'm not perfect at the game, but okay. Which one? This one? - [Adam] It's on two. - Okay. You ready? - That's the Sonic. Look at that difference.

- [David] Dang. I'm a little bit sad about the dings on the glass. - Oh, I'm not even gonna notice them when I'm gaming. I can actually see what the freak I'm doing. I am so stoked.

- Look at the refresh latency on the old one compared to-- - [Andy] Can you hold down a little bit, Linus? - Freakin' amazing. I don't think I could possibly happier with this result. - [Adam] No. That's fantastic. - [David] It's pretty incredible.

- [Linus] Oops. I've been pressing-- - [Dan] Oh no, I found a mine cart. - [Linus] Okay. Yeah. I think I found the exact same mine cart at the exact same time. - [Dan] Careful. There's a--

- [David] Have you managed to beat the first level yet? - [Dan] No. - This was so much fun and so worth it. Shout out to Dan, just like this shout to our sponsor.

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