I started off doing exactly as the tutorials say and extracted the GBA SP screen as one should.
Then I opened up the Gameboy Color to see this marvellous picture:
I soldered two cables to the screen, inserted it and then to the board and all:
And then I cut off some of the plastic using the hobby knife:
When done, after having soldered the cables to the board, I tried it out and it didn’t work. I re-soldered everything and reversed the cable positions and the system didn’t boot up, so I re-did everything and tried again several times.
After 2 hours of total work I gave up and realized that the frontlight must’ve broken when I disassembled the old system.
Anyhow, I’m not that sad since I asked Noninfinite Electronics, the guys behind the V3 and V4 backlights for the Original Gameboy, if they had a kit for the GBC as well. This is their answer:
You can’t backlight Colors, with any kit, they can only be frontlit. We are working on a frontlight kit but it’s not available yet. If you can’t wait, then you can try the GBA SP trick, but I agree it’s a waste, hence why we are working on a frontlight:) Let me know if you have any other questions!
Now isn’t that great? They’re working on a frontlight kit for the Gameboy Color!
Mario pic from: http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-TJCwMo9AMKs/UJSvcBQ9xzI/AAAAAAAAB9o/ZD5qdyEbXZs/s1600/Sad_Mario.jpg