I figured if the Game Boy can get a dedicated thread, then so can the Sega's little-handheld-that-could. Mostly I just wanted to show off the mod I did.
Obligatory paltry GG collection picture (its an old picture taken with a shitty digital potato):
The blue one is my original one (Lion King pack-in). Still works like a charm, none of the caps have leaked.
The other one was given to me a few years ago while I was working at GS - someone came in wanting to trade it, told them we couldn't take it, they said I could have it. This thing was in brand-new condition and it was beautiful - looked like it got 0 playtime. At some point within the last 6 months the caps starting leaking, which led to the sound being quiet and the typical screen darkening. I have yet to open it to do the cap replacement.
I did, however, open the still-working blue one and replace the flourescent tube with an LED backlight:
gg led backlight.jpg
It's impossible to take a good picture with any sort of light, at any angle.
I had a tough time cutting the plastic diffuser - its not thin, but its still brittle, and all I had was an xacto knife and zero patience, so it broke into a few pieces. after a lot of super glue I was able to put them back together, but holy shit.
The brightness is the same and the screen is as washed out as before, but the light is even (aside from the hotspots at the top - it's noticable, but not distracting) and the brightness dial actually makes a difference now. The battery also lasts a LOT longer now, which is key.
Next step is the cap replacement, but I'm gonna need time for that. First I buy a flash cart.