SEGA GAME GEAR – Teardown

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Dissasemble a Sega Game Gear

Walkthrough on how to dismantle/teardown a Sega Game Gear. Getting the Game Gear ready for recapping, cleaning and upgrading

Sega Game Gear, Teardown

Before you start

Tools Needed

Screwdriver - Gamebit & Philips
Cotton Buds
Isopropyl Alcohol

Difficulty Level -
Beginner

This part of the process does not require a high level of skill
Can take 10 - 30 minutes

Let's Begin

Step One - Remove screws

Remove the 6 Philips screws and 1 Gamebit screw as highlighted in the picture:

Sega Game Gear, Teardown

Step Two - detatch the cable links

Pull on the cables at the points shown

Sega Game Gear, Teardown
Sega Game Gear, Teardown
Sega Game Gear, Teardown

Step Three - MainBoard, speaker and buttons

Now move the back half of the Game Gear holding the sound and power boards to one side.

Remove the 8 screws holding the game gear board on to the shell.

The main board will now lift out.

Sega Game Gear, Teardown
Sega Game Gear, Teardown

Removing the Speaker

Remove all of the buttons and put them to one side.

The speaker is pinned down by a plastic bracket, this bracted is slightly melted to the plastic.

All that is needed here is to lift the bracket with a small amount of pressure underneath.  

The bracket will pop off, and the speaker will lift out.

Sega Game Gear, Teardown
Sega Game Gear, Teardown
Sega Game Gear, Teardown

Now just give it a quick clean with IPA.

Sega Game Gear, Teardown
Sega Game Gear, Teardown

Step Four - Sound and Power Boards

Skip this step if you are just using one colour throughout

All that is left to do now is remove:

  1. Game shield – The siler plate in the center, there are 4 screws to remove then lift the shielding off.
  2. Battery coverSmall Plasti piece covering the batter hole, stuck on with glue, just pull this off.
  3. Sound Board – Two screws on the left of the shell as bellow remove and the board will lift out.
  4. Power Board – Two screws on the right of the shell as bellow remove and the board will lift out.
Sega Game Gear, Teardown
Sega Game Gear, Teardown
Sega Game Gear, Teardown

Completed Project

You now have a Sega Game Gear fully dissasembled ready for new parts and upgrades.

Sega Game Gear, Teardown

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