Poco Build Guide
NOTE: While this is an easier method to build a Pocket Color, it is still a challenging project and you will need to be confident in your soldering skills.
By purchasing this kit, you are accepting all risks, costs and acknowledging that I (Natalie the Nerd) am not obligated to provide support or troubleshooting. I am not at fault if you ruin your Game Boy.
Parts and tools
Pre populated poco 1:1 board ** not including the DC board, DC jack and headphone jack
Poco flex board
Flex pcb that lines up with the poco and the vias on a Game Boy Color. NOTE: CPU E boards are not compatible with the flex.
Pocket battery contacts
Tools and resources you need:
- Game Boy Color in working condition
- Soldering iron
- Desolder wick or pump
- Kapton/polyimide tape
- A dremel or craft knife
- Game Boy Pocket shell (preferably FunnyPlaying)
- Game Boy Color screen (preferably OSD)
You will need:
Either a dremel or a craft knife. The dremel cut is self explanatory, the craft knife method is done by scoring and snapping the PCB. This method is used to cut acrylic. Please watch videos on youtube to make yourself familiar with it.
NOTE: proceed at your own risk. Once again, all risks are taken on by you by following this tutorial. I am not liable for any mistakes
The cut needs to be done right under the cart slot. It is easier to cut from the front. A good guide is to draw a line right under the notches of the cart slot as shown.
Take your time, ask a friend to help. This is the one part you can never fix.
Preparing the poco board
The DC jack, headphone jack and DC board need to be moved from the GBC bottom you just cut to the poco board. If you would like to use an after market regulator board, you can use the GBPP or the Frogulator.
You can now also remove the power LED now as it wont fit in the shell.
Stock DC board from the Game Boy Color
Headphone and DC jack from the Game Boy Color
Moving the switch
The power switch on the top half of the Game Boy Color needs to be moved. Desolder the IR LEDs, Q3 and the power switch. Don't forget to clean the power switch contacts! Use desolder wick to clean the access solder from the IR LED pads. This area needs to be as flat and clean as possible.
IR LEDs, Q3
Trim or sand the two small stand offs on the bottom of the switch to make it flat/
Cut the [GBC Switch] board off the flex PCB. Solder the switch onto this pcb and use the adhesive on the back to place it on the top right corner as shown.
Power switch flex PCB. Use adhesive to mount it. Left over adhesive from the centre of a new lens is perfect
Power switch flex PCB placement
Next, solder wires from the switch flex PCB C and 3 pads to the C and 3 pads where the power switch originally was.
The vias on the front of the Game Boy Color board need to be tinned in preperation for the flex PCB. If you are having trouble soldering to the vias, please watch this video.
Tin the vias in the image bellow.
Once they are tinned, align the flex with those tinned vias and solder all the joints. Adding a touch of flux can be helpful but it is not necessary. Don't forget to solder the ground pad to the cart pin as shown below.
Flip both boards over and align the pads from the flex to the poco bottom. Please note the placement of the flex in regards to the pads and the top battery contact. Solder the flex to the pads.
Note: this is a render. At this point all pads EXCEPT the battery should be populated
Place kapton tape over these joints to insulate and strengthen them. You must at LEAST do this to the joints on the left as the battery contact will touch this area.
The yellow rectangles represent kapton tape
For the easiest install, use a GBC OSD display. These displays have an onscreen display which lets you move the screen to fit into the correct area. I also recommend Funny Playing pocket shells as they require zero trimming.
Make sure to install the OSD screen wires.
PLEASE test the screen and the device out of the shell first.
Check for continuity between the following points (click the image to enlarge it).