______                     
                 /      |       ________     
                /       |____  /        \    
               /        |    \/   _      \   
               \       ___       /_\      \  
                \      \_/          .      \ 
                 \          /\_____/       / 
                  \________/      |       /  
                                  |______/   


Repairing an old Game Boy Link Cable

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Can’t trade your pok√©mouille anymore?!

Fear not. Old GB link cables, specially third party, tend to eventually suffer from contact failure. Connectors are usually OK, but the wires not, which will give much headache if the link is used to transfer data (hello corrupted saved banks, hello wasted last night).

The fix is easy though, cut the defective parts and solder back the… possibly much shorter… new cable.

 ___________                       ___________ 
|  6     2  |---------------------|  6     2  |
 \_5__3____/                       \_5__3____/ 
 Connector 1                       Connector 2

Connector 1

2   SOUT  Data Out        Black
3   SIN   Data In         Blue
5   SCK   Shift Clock     Yellow
6   GND   Ground          Red

Connector 2
(may have data wires color reversed for optimised
assembly line slavery)

2   SOUT  Data Out        Blue (!)
3   SIN   Data In         Black (!)
5   SCK   Shift Clock     Yellow
6   GND   Ground          Red

 SOUT ---------- SIN
 SIN  ---------- SOUT
 SCK  ---------- SCK
 GND  ---------- GND

Here is a dodgy 4 plugs GB/GBC link turned into a working 2 plugs GB link.

Game Boy Link Cable fixed



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