"Supposed" AGS-101 Screen replacements/upgrades for GBA: Can any of them even be trusted?

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  1. Cyber Akuma

    Cyber Akuma Rising Member

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    So, have a GBA:SP that is an AGS-001, as well as an original GBA that I actually far prefer using, but it's no-lit screen makes it near impossible to do.

    I recalled those old GBA "backlight" kits from years ago, which are long-gone now (I think they were called Afterburner? I am talking about the kids that existed long long before the GBA:SP was announced, when the GBA was still new). Then, the newer backlight kits were apparently actually left-over AGS-101 screen stock, and those just recently disappeared. There are a few random garbage kits out there nowadays, but most of these are really low quality random garbage from China or Hong Kong that's a cheap LCD (which I suspect is even lower quality than the AGS-001's screen) which are front-lit. Most of them call them "back-lit" just because that's the familiar term to get people to buy them, but 99% of them seem to be junk.

    What I wanted to ask if there are any good sources left, official or unofficial/3rd party, that one can get an AGS-101 quality backlit screen anymore? And also, while I know there is a lot of work to do to put that screen in the original GBA, for the GBA:SP though would this be a drop-in replacement or is there still work to do to convert an AGS-001 to an AGS-101?

    Also, most of the work in installing an AGS-001 or AGS-101 screen in an original GBA appears to be carving exactly enough space on the original faceplate to make the new screen fit. By any chance, does anyone sell pre-fabricated replacement faceplates that have been already cut to accommodate this?
     
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    are these legit 1:1 screens? I know sometimes when a company starts making these kinda screens again they turn out to be physically the same size but actually output at a different resolution and perform some type of scaling to compensate

    In regards to OPs original question, there are definitely legit kits for putting a backlit GBASP screen in an original GBA but I don't personally know the best source for them atm
     
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    One of my friends runs a wholesale console parts company in Shenzhen, and he's stopped supplying replacement screens for the GBA because he can't find any suppliers that have consistent quality.
     
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    Hmm. I should have done more research. Those new screens might not be the best option.
    Here's a video comparing a real 101 screen with a replacement:

    The comments say that adjusting a potentiometer might improve picture quality, but I wouldn't risk it.
     
  7. Cyber Akuma

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    Yeah, they seem to be saying the opposite when I asked about it on the reddit, that the screens are actually better quality and that he screwed up the adjustment, so I have no idea who to believe:

    https://www.reddit.com/r/Gameboy/comments/95a267/supposed_ags101_screen_replacementsupgrades_for/
     
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    I have ordered 6 of the new ones now, all have worked without issue and have been the same quality as the original 101 panels.
     
  9. Cyber Akuma

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    For those who have had no issues with the screens, what seller did you purchase them from? Can you provide a link?
     
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