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Leslie had some guy run into her while she was walking this morning & knock her soda into her purse. On top of it was her pride & joy,the GBA SP.

 

I just took a look at it,the cartridge seems okay.D-pad isn't properly working & there seems to be some intermittent screen issues as well. Looks like all the other things are okay,though.

 

I need to open the thing up & get the liquid out of there.Will a B&M store have the tool I need to get into the thing - or am I looking at some online ordering?

 

Any info,tips,advice would be most helpful.

Thanks.

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I don't have my SP with me at work today (something I should really start doing), but I believe they use a special screwdriver for most Nintendo devices.

 

I know the standard GBA needed the special screwdriver to be opened.

 

If it's the same type of screws, then here's a screwdriver that would work.

 

Lik-Sang link

 

Good luck.

 

Glen

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I know most electronics are pretty resiliant to getting wet - but I'm not sure on the GBA what with the screen and all - I guess it depends on the amount of liquid inside...

 

Does the dpad not work because it is stuck or is it not registering at all?

 

Yeah sounds like you may have to track down a screwdriver to get into it - your local hardware store might have a "security bit" set that includes a lot of funky bits that comes w/ a three winged one for Nintendo stuff - thats what I used on my GBA. So you may not even have to wait on an order.

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Calvin, I think aheadgames.com (a US company that I can highly recommend) carries the tri-wing screwdriver, but their site is currently down, though it should be back up soon. You can email them still. Might be worth the wait, as the time and expense from HK can be steep. ztnetstore.com has them in stock, but I don't know that site firsthand.

 

Was it a diet soda? Sounds like a stupid question, but the sugar can really damage electronics. And for future reference, DON'T TURN ON WET ELECTRONIC EQUIPMENT!

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Well, if it is wet...I suggest calling Joel. ;)

 

Seriously though...you really should of not attempted to turn it on before having it dried out. Follow the tips above, they are good ones. Hopefully turning it on while still wet (paging Joel ;) ) didn't damage it for good.

 

I guess it may be time to buy a NES SP. :)

 

-Dean-

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Don't ask me how, cuz I have no idea how he made it work, but Cal in his infinite wisdom managed to get the screws ( the y ones even !!! :shock: ) out of it with a precision screwdriver.

 

We managed to get it all cleaned out, it was a reg Coke that was tipped over, but as far as I can see, we got it all out. It was a little sticky. As for turning it on while wet ..... I know this, but all I can say is I was so shocked and devestated by the belief that the butthead had ruined my GBASP and he did not even say he was sorry or excuse me or anything, I just snapped. I opened it up, saw there were a few drops on the screen and though it was going to be ok. Then I saw the amount of soda in the bottom of my purse and freaked out all over again. :shock: :shock: So, like a dummy I flipped the switch. I guess the Gameing Gods were watching over me this morning though. It works as well as it did before the accident. :tu:

 

 

I can not even begin to think of how many hours I have logged on this GBASP. I work 5 days a week and I play the thing about 6-7 hours every night...... you do the math..... Don't forget to add in the time playing while waiting for the laundry, oh .... and playing while waiting to fall asleep .... and playing while Cal is playing you guys in RS3, ESPN, and other games... that's a lot of time spent on this little thing. I swear, it's the best $100 we ever spent.

 

So, Cal ..... thank you for taking the time to fix my GameBoy. I owe you something. ;)

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Originally posted by J.Fo+Aug 19 2004, 02:11 PM--></div><table border='0' align='center' width='95%' cellpadding='3' cellspacing='1'><tr><td>QUOTE (J.Fo @ Aug 19 2004, 02:11 PM)</td></tr><tr><td id='QUOTE'> <!--QuoteBegin-Chatakinns@Aug 19 2004, 10:44 AM

I work 5 days a week and I play the thing about 6-7 hours every night...... you do the math.....

Wow, sounds like a pretty shitty job is you ask me. ;) [/b]

Depends on how you look at it. Who doesn't want a job that lets them game 6-7 hours every night? :P

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Originally posted by Chatakinns@Aug 19 2004, 10:44 AM

Don't ask me how, cuz I have no idea how he made it work, but Cal in his infinite wisdom managed to get the screws ( the y ones even !!! :shock: ) out of it with a precision screwdriver.

For future reference, a precision screwdriver with around a blade tip of around 1.5 or 1.8mm will fit fine between 2 wings of a nintendo tri-wing screw on the GBA's and the Wavebird controllers.

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