Magic Screen 1.2 LCD replacement for Game Gear
Want to change your original faded screen with limited viewing angles?
Install a Magic Screen!
Aligning brackets, 3 components to remove, 5 wires to solder, installation in less than 1H.
Replace the first Magic Screen version that's now obsolete. What are the differences ? See the product description to discover them.
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France: 24 to 48H - Europe: 2 to 5 days - Rest of the world: 6 to 12 days
Differences with the first (v1.0) version:
- Aligning brackets has been reinforced because they sometimes tended to break too easily.
- Aligning brackets has been recalibrate to be even more centered.
- Addition of a quartz that removes the need to solder the 32 MHz wire.
- Easy Soldering Guide has been redesigned to ease the soldering using notches instead of trying to solder something you can't see.
I know you waited for this people. Hope you'll like it.
- Complete instructions are now printed on the board to avoid potential mistakes during the installation.
- The board have now true holes and not just half holes like before, should ease the screwing.
- The test pads on MS and ESG are now in the same order as on the Game Gear display connector.
Should ease alternative wiring and testing.
- The CN2 connector has been moved to have more loose on the ribbon cable.
Why is it the v1.2 and not the v1.1 ?
The v1.1 was a significant improvement over the v1.0 but was not reliable enough to be released. So we preferred to continue working on it to correct the remaining flaws and release v1.2 directly, even if it took more time.
Simple to center
The Magic Screen is a TFT screen that is easy to center thanks to its plastic brackets that screw in the same way as the original screen.
Only 5 wires to solder
To avoid having to solder a lot of wires, we developed the Easy Soldering Guide, a piece of printed circuit board that solders directly to the connector on the original Game Gear display. This connector connects to the main printed circuit board via a ribbon cable.
The printed circuit board that comes with the display therefore only needs 1 wire to work, it will take 5 to enjoy all its features.
Only 3 components to remove ?
The installation of the Magic Screen requires (in addition to the original screen and its backlight system of course) the removal of only 3 components.
If you choose to do the complete installation (5 wires to solder so), you can choose between the 7 display modes proposed in order to have the choice according to the game you are playing.
You'll also be able to control the intensity of the backlighting using the original contrast wheel.
And yes, of course, the vertical scanlines are part of the game.
Installation in 1H
Validated by the Marketing guy who sucks at soldering, myself, since I'm the one writing these lines.
Low consumption, high reliability
When designing the Magic Screen, we paid particular attention to energy consumption and component reliability.
Thus the Magic Screen consumes between 1.6W and 2W depending on the backlight setting chosen and we have chosen to equip the kit with a switch-mode power supply for maximum reliability. We did not want to risk the linear power supply which sometimes causes a short circuit in the kit or in the console.
No risk of burning anything if the console voltage is not perfect thanks to the protections integrated in the circuit. The inductors are also oversized to ensure maximum lifespan.
|Installed mod||Power consumption||Battery life|
|Unmodified Game Gear||3W||2H30 to 3H|
|McWill||3,5W||2H to 2H30|
|Chinese clone (v2 included)||3,5 to 4W||2H|
|Magic Screen||1,6 to 2W||5H to 6H|
|Adaptative Backlight||1,2W||7H to 8H|
Note: beyond 3.5W the power supply card has difficulty providing the necessary power to operate the Game Gear. It starts to heat up and wear out prematurely, even more true if you use a flash card like EverDrive which consumes more power than a standard game.
Compatible with Sega Game Gear VA0 and VA1 only
Changing the way an electronic device works always involves a risk. Whether for your Game Gear, Magic Screen Kit or for yourself.
This is especially true when it comes to a video game console that is more than 30 years old and has components that operate at voltages close to 50V. The Sega Game Gear is a fragile console that can be unpredictable.
If you have any doubts about your ability to perform the operation by yourself, do not hesitate to call a professional.
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