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    Ok, I bought Pokemon Silver CIB from NAVA yesterday. It works but the battery is dead. I know nothing on how to use a soldering iron, so does anyone here do battery replacements?

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    Check out this. As long as you can remove the battery without removing the metal prongs you don't have to do any soldering. This tutorial shows using regular tape but I would reccomend using electrical tape:

    http://www.instructables.com/id/How-...mon-goldsilve/

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    I'd still want to solder it in though unless there was a tight hold without the tape. One wrong bump and your data could be gone. As far as removing the screw if you don't have the right security bit, I found that using a small pair of scissors works well.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jb143 View Post
    I'd still want to solder it in though unless there was a tight hold without the tape. One wrong bump and your data could be gone. As far as removing the screw if you don't have the right security bit, I found that using a small pair of scissors works well.
    You can order the battery with the metal prongs already on it online. Then all you have to do is solder in the prongs without risking blowing the battery. And I also open them using scissors/pliers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by yoshi64 View Post
    You can order the battery with the metal prongs already on it online. Then all you have to do is solder in the prongs without risking blowing the battery. And I also open them using scissors/pliers.
    Soldering the prongs certainly would be better and easier than soldering directly to the battery. I just cringe when I hear about someone only using tape in place of solder.
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    Quote Originally Posted by yoshi64 View Post
    Check out this. As long as you can remove the battery without removing the metal prongs you don't have to do any soldering. This tutorial shows using regular tape but I would reccomend using electrical tape:
    Suggesting that you can rip the old battery out and tape a new one in is irresponsible because someone could damage the game's circuit board or stab themselves with a slip of the screwdriver. Spend 5 bucks on a hobbyist soldering iron and another 5 bucks on a spool of solder, practice on some scrap junk and you're set for life. If that's beyond your abilities there are people here perfectly capable of doing it for you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JohnnyBlaze View Post
    Ok, I bought Pokemon Silver CIB from NAVA yesterday. It works but the battery is dead. I know nothing on how to use a soldering iron, so does anyone here do battery replacements?
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    Where have you seen a soldering iron for 5 bucks? Seriously.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jorpho View Post
    Where have you seen a soldering iron for 5 bucks? Seriously.
    Are we splitting hairs? Technically... Radioshack has them for 8.75. If you were to pick up a small amount of solder for 3 bucks that would put you in at under $12 before tax. $12 is only a $2 difference between the $10 of the original solder/iron price quote brand new.

    Or you could find one in a family member's box of old junk with solder, like I did. Putting me in at right about, $FREE.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jorpho View Post
    Where have you seen a soldering iron for 5 bucks? Seriously.
    Deal Extreme's got one with free shipping for 4.79 USD.

    Barring that, you can find one on sale from any online electronics supplier from time to time. But the moral of this story Jorpho is you don't sass me son, I will chew you up and spit you out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bratwurst View Post
    But the moral of this story Jorpho is you don't sass me son, I will chew you up and spit you out.
    Oh, I genuinely wanted to know. I thought I checked DealExtreme a while ago and came up empty. I might just order one now.
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    Oh no he d'dnt!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jorpho View Post
    Oh, I genuinely wanted to know. I thought I checked DealExtreme a while ago and came up empty. I might just order one now.
    Damnation, I was prepared for fisticuffs.

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    I know this thread is from forever ago, but if it's of any use to anyone, a tri wing bit is useful for getting carts open to anyone uneasy of damaging screws, like the one here: http://www.projectgameboy.com/index....=index&cPath=4

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    Quote Originally Posted by dnkykng89 View Post
    I know this thread is from forever ago, but if it's of any use to anyone, a tri wing bit is useful for getting carts open to anyone uneasy of damaging screws, like the one here: http://www.projectgameboy.com/index....=index&cPath=4
    The tri-wing driver is used for opening the Game Boy itself. The 3.8mm security game bit is what you're after (found within your same link). I'm sure that's what you were thinking of, but I didn't want to see anyone order the wrong thing (though everyone that wants to tinker with GB stuff -- or various other Nintendo products -- should rightly have both).

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    Quote Originally Posted by dnkykng89 View Post
    I know this thread is from forever ago, but if it's of any use to anyone, a tri wing bit is useful for getting carts open to anyone uneasy of damaging screws, like the one here: http://www.projectgameboy.com/index....=index&cPath=4
    The above post is right about a tri-wing not opening a gb cart. See my earlier post for if you don't have a security bit handy.

    But bumping the post up did do one thing. Now everyone can be aware that Garry Shandling does gameboy battery replacements.
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    A tri-wing bit will open Game Boy Advance games, however.

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    Well good thing you guys know about that stuff. Glad to be of accidental assistance

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