GBAConsolizer Troubleshooting

First off, I hope you started with a known working GBA!!!
This is essential as trouble shooting with a dead GBA is not possible…

Next be sure it’s not just the TV or cord or switch you’re using, try a few different ones! I’ve already started a list of known problematic devices here. LINK


I will also likely ask if you have double and triple checked your connections on the breakout pcb. I have seen 3 or 4 already that were simple mistakes on what pad was soldered to corresponding pad, IE C2 on breakout was accidentally on S2 on the gba.

Also, check for bridges! I’ve also seen an easy to miss bridge on S2 to it neighbor pin and caused a weird issue with controls!

Did you solder the reset to reset? Don’t! If you did just take it off! That was going to be a fix that ended up getting put inside the fpga, so those pads are not used as stated in the written install guides, but still show up in old install vids… (less easy to edit)


GB/GBC game won’t boot unless you hold it up:

This weird one was caused by the cart pins piercing the thick rainbow wire used to install the breakout pcb on the GBA mobo. 

If it doesn’t happen with any GBA games only GB/C game i’d suspect the switch that detects which is inserted, but also check the pins on the cart connector, i’ve seen many gba’s with corrosion on them from battery acid fumes (they’ll look green instead of gold).


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