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Nintendo Game Boy Advance, released in 2001. Repair requires only common tools and no heat.

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GBA can power-on once, and won't turn on again for a period of time

I purchased a lot of Gameboy Advance systems to refurbish, most of them couldn't power on due to degradation of the power switches. I bought some replacement power switches, and one system in particular is giving me trouble.

I replaced the switch on it, and it came to life, however I quickly found out that it stopped working after I had powered it off. I tried to power it on again, and only the power light flashed, one more time and nothing happened at all.

Thought it might have been an issue with the new switch I installed on it, so I replaced it, but I still have the same issue. I did swap through some various batteries, still no difference.

It has been sitting on my desk for awhile now, and I noticed that if I let it sit for a short amount of time, it will consistently be able to power on once again but only once, then I only get the power light to flash before the system is completely dead again.

What could this be? This is the only system out of the lot having this issue and im stumped.

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Right next to the power switch is a resistor labeled R13 whose job is to discharge the capacitors when you turn off the console, allowing you to boot it again instantly. If it is damaged (or gone) it will cause just what you're experiencing, so you might want to check on that.

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Thanks for the reply!

R13 was present although there were no visible indications that it would have been damaged, but I decided to nab the R13 off of a donor board and successfully transferred it.

Seems like its all working good now!

I think that was the tiniest component I have ever handled 🤣




Glad to hear that it worked for you! And kudos to you for even attempting the transfer (let alone succeeding at it), in your situation i would have probably just said "screw it" and left it at that.


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