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DMG Q5 Retro Pixel IPS | Install Guide

This is our install guide for the Funnyplaying Q5 Retro Pixel IPS mod.

Video Guide

Getting Started

Required Tools & Parts

Take Inventory

Ensure you have all parts included with this kit. See below.

Screen alignment bracket is sold separately.

Funnyplaying Q5 Retro Pixel Kit Includes:

  • LCD control adapter board
  • Ribbon cable for main board/LCD board
  • IPS Panel
  • IPS control flex PCB
  • Screen adhesive
All parts laid out
All parts laid out

Prerequisite Steps

  1. Fully disassemble your DMG Game Boy
  2. Leave the main board in the rear housing. Removal is unnecessary.
  3. Read our getting started guide on soldering
  4. Fully test your IPS kit before installation

Installing your IPS kit, bending the ribbon cables, soldering, or applying any adhesives in this kit will void the warranty and return policy. Fully test your kit before proceeding.

Recommended setup for dry test
Recommended setup for dry test

Install Process

Solder Speaker to IPS board

Solder your speaker to the new IPS control board as shown. The polarity of these wires does not matter.

Speaker ready to go!
Speaker ready to go!

Set Up IPS Panel Assembly

Connect the IPS panel to the IPS control board as shown. This is easier done on a completely flat workspace.

Lining up the connector
Lining up the connector
Connector fully installed
Connector fully installed

The rear of the flex control pcb has a small strip of adhesive. Peel the adhesive backing and stick the control board to the rear of the IPS panel as shown.

Got that peeling feeling
Got that peeling feeling
IPS control fpc lined up
IPS control fpc lined up

Place the IPS display assembly into the alignment bracket. The longer portion of the flex PCB should stick out through the wide opening in the rear side of the alignment bracket as shown.

IPS panel assembly ready!
IPS panel assembly ready!

IPS Control Board Adapter Assembly

Insert the larger ribbon cable into the larger FPC connector as shown. This is a pressure fit connector. Use a firm but gentle force to push this cable into place.

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Connect the IPS assembly to the IPS control board as shown. Latch the bale on both sides to ensure a proper connection.

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Shell Modification (Optional)

Original and non-IPS ready shells: Perform steps 1 and 2. Prestige IPS ready shells: Perform step 2 (enlarge the display area). FunnyPlaying IPS ready shell: No modifications necessary.

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Install IPS board

Add all buttons and membranes to the front shell. Optionally, apply the screen adhesive. We recommend against using the screen adhesive for this particular mod as the new bracket does a wonderful job of holding the screen in position.

Line up the holes on the alignment bracket with the screw posts on the front shell. This should be a nearly perfect fit. Take your time to ensure everything sits flush against the front of the shell. Fold the IPS board into place and ensure the speaker is fitted properly to its cutout in the shell.

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Check the adjustment wheel to ensure it sits properly in the shell. Trim any plastic that may be touching the wheel.

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Install the 8 PH1 screws to hold the IPS control board in place.

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Final Assembly

Connect the IPS control board assembly to the main board via the larger end of the ribbon cable.

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Replace the 6 Y1 screws on the rear housing.

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Installation complete!

Install some fresh AA batteries or a CleanJuice battery mod, and you're all set!

Product Controls

Toggling the control wheel up/down adjusts the brightness. Press the control wheel in once to switch to color palette switch mode. Toggling the control wheel up/down will change the color displayed. Long press (five seconds) to change Pixel modes.

Problems?

If you're experiencing any issues, please see our troubleshooting guide!

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Updated 21 Jun 2022
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