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#1 cowdog360 OFFLINE  

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Posted Tue Nov 10, 2015 2:44 PM

All, I've been working on a lot of portable consoles lately, and have decided to offer repair/upgrade/recapping services.  If you have an Atari Lynx or a Game Gear that isn't quite working like it is supposed to, these services can help.

 

For the Lynx, the caps are pretty reliable, but they are getting old, so it's not a bad idea to future proof.  At a minimum, I recommend replacing the Q11/Q12 power MOSFET and the D13 zener diode.  These are the most common failure points that can fry a Lynx.  I'm doing these rather than doing the 5V regulator mod (although if you want it, I'll still do it, but I don't think its necessary anymore).

 

For the Game Gear, you pretty much are guaranteed to need new capacitors at this point.  The originals leak, and this causes Low/No sound, poor video display, and even no power on at all.  Cap replacement on these is a bit tedious, but easily accomplished. 

 

All services include a basic cleaning, and care of your portable.  If there is something wrong beyond these base services, I can let you know what I can/can't fix.  

 

Atari Lynx Services:

New Power MOSFET/Zener Diode Only: $5

Recapping and high efficiency MOSFET and Zener Diode: $40 (recommended)

LCD Upgrade and new high-efficiency MOSFET/Zener Diode: $105 for McWill LCD Screen, $50 for install, additional $20 for VGA port installation (currently working on a new solution for this)

8 Ohm Speaker Upgrade: $6 (louder, and poly cone so resistant to water/beverage damage!)

New Flex Circuit and Silicone Buttons - $20 (replaces all original buttons and contacts for like new gameplay)

 

 

Game Gear Services:

NOTE:  Due to the time constraints right now, I'm not offering Game Gear services.

Recapping: $40

LCD Upgade$105 for McWill LCD Screen, $50 for install, additional $20 for VGA port installation.

 

Shipping/Payment:

Shipping would be covered by the owner.  Payment would be due upon completion of work via PayPal.

 

Service Turnaround:

I'm located on the west coast in the US in Vancouver, WA.  I should be able to get most jobs done within a few days, although this is a hobby for me so sometimes life gets in the way.  I'll let you know when things take longer.  I generally don't start jobs until I have all the parts on hand.  I don't stock lots of the McWill screens, so as I run out, there can be a delay of several weeks in getting more ordered. 

 

References:

You can check out pictures of my work on my photobucket here: http://s1300.photobu...s?sort=3&page=1

 

You can also see reviews in this thread from customers.  Thanks again for letting me work on your systems!

 

Coming soon, I'll have the McWill screens, cap kits and services up on my new website http://nwretrorepair.com

 

Thanks!

 

-Aaron


Edited by cowdog360, Wed Aug 8, 2018 11:18 PM.


#2 7800fan OFFLINE  

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Posted Tue Nov 10, 2015 6:55 PM

Nice detailed info and useful location.



#3 KeeperofLindblum OFFLINE  

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Posted Fri Jan 22, 2016 10:59 PM

Sending a PM to get the ball rolling. 



#4 KeeperofLindblum OFFLINE  

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Posted Tue Feb 9, 2016 12:35 AM

Sent the Game Gear out on Feb 1st, got it back on Feb 8th.
cowdog360 did a fast and quality job! I'd highly recommend him for replacing Game Gear capacitors~



#5 atariLBC OFFLINE  

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Posted Tue Feb 9, 2016 7:21 PM

Cowdog360 went above and beyond on service to my Lynx II. He installed my McWill LCD w/ a custom "stealth" vga out, did a recap, voltage regulator upgrade and new speaker. He had it back in the post in just a few days. I played it all weekend and it is flawless. Truly, it has breathed new life into the Lynx. The games look and play great!

Thanks, Aaron!

#6 CFFJR OFFLINE  

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Posted Thu Apr 14, 2016 10:19 PM

Gonna drop an endorsement here as well.

I sent cowdog my game gear for a recap, new lcd and vga port installation.

I just got it back today, and it is simply amazing. He's fast and does excellent work.

Thanks and thanks again!



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Posted Fri Apr 15, 2016 11:56 AM

Can you fix a gp32 flu?



#8 cowdog360 OFFLINE  

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Posted Thu Jun 9, 2016 3:10 PM

Can you fix a gp32 flu?

Hmm.. I haven't worked on one of those before.  For right now I'm just sticking with the Lynx/Gamegear since it's what I've spent most of my time on.



#9 Bub OFFLINE  

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Posted Fri Jun 24, 2016 10:42 AM

Just got my Lynx II back from cowdog.  He did great work and it was quick.  Also kept in constant contact to keep me updated on what was going on with my lynx.   Would highly recommend him!



#10 arcadegeek23 OFFLINE  

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Posted Mon Aug 1, 2016 9:24 PM

cowdog360 does amazing work.    If you have a Lynx I would send it on to Cowdog360.   You won't regret it.    Playing my Lynx II is a whole new experience. 



#11 stlpaul OFFLINE  

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Posted Fri Sep 16, 2016 12:58 PM

I bought a refurbished lynx 2 from cowdog360, it was very well packaged, arrived very quickly, and most importantly everything looked brand new and worked great! He was very friendly and accommodating throughout the process and I won't hesitate to go back to him for more in the future. :) Thanks!



#12 Kat-Atari OFFLINE  

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Posted Fri Sep 16, 2016 5:15 PM

Cowdog McWill'ed my Lynx and the unit is fantastic! Very pleased with his work!!!!



#13 pixelperfect OFFLINE  

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Posted Sat Sep 17, 2016 10:58 PM

Cowdog does amazing work. McWill screen + recap/zener/mosfet + new speaker + new rubber button pads + polished lens = happy Lynx gamer for a long time to come. Just send him your Lynx already!



#14 JSmileyboy OFFLINE  

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Posted Tue Sep 20, 2016 8:56 PM

All, I've been working on a lot of portable consoles lately, and have decided to offer repair/upgrade/recapping services.  If you have an Atari Lynx or a Game Gear that isn't quite working like it is supposed to, these services can help.

 

For the Lynx, the caps are pretty reliable, but they are getting old, so it's not a bad idea to future proof.  At a minimum, I recommend replacing the Q11/Q12 power MOSFET and the D13 zener diode.  These are the most common failure points that can fry a Lynx.  I'm doing these rather than doing the 5V regulator mod (although if you want it, I'll still do it, but I don't think its necessary anymore).

 

For the Game Gear, you pretty much are guaranteed to need new capacitors at this point.  The originals leak, and this causes Low/No sound, poor video display, and even no power on at all.  Cap replacement on these is a bit tedious, but easily accomplished. 

 

All services include a basic cleaning, and care of your portable.  If there is something wrong beyond these base services, I can let you know what I can/can't fix.  

 

Atari Lynx Services:

New Power MOSFET/Zener Diode Only: $5

Recapping and New Power MOSFET and Zener Diode: $40 (recommended)

LCD Upgrade: $105 for McWill LCD Screen, $40 for install, additional $20 for VGA port installation

8 Ohm Speaker Upgrade: $6 (louder!)

 

Game Gear Services:

NOTE:  Due to the time constraints right now, I'm not offering Game Gear services, but I can sell you a McWill LCD if you need one.

Recapping: $40

LCD Upgade: $105 for McWill LCD Screen, $50 for install, additional $20 for VGA port installation.

 

Shipping/Payment:

Shipping would be covered by the owner.  Payment would be due upon completion of work via PayPal.

 

Service Turnaround:

I'm located on the west coast in the US in Vancouver, WA.  I should be able to get most jobs done within a few days, although this is a hobby for me so sometimes life gets in the way.  I'll let you know when things take longer.  I generally don't start jobs until I have all the parts on hand.  I don't stock lots of the McWill screens, so as I run out, there can be a delay of several weeks in getting more ordered. 

 

References:

You can check out pictures of my work on my photobucket here: http://s1300.photobu...s?sort=3&page=1

 

You can also see reviews in this thread from customers.  Thanks again for letting me work on your systems!

 

Coming soon, I'll have the McWill screens, cap kits and services up on my new website http://nwretrorepair.com

 

Thanks!

 

-Aaron

 

Do you have a Lynx unit for sale with the new screen?

Thanks



#15 cowdog360 OFFLINE  

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Posted Tue Sep 20, 2016 10:13 PM

I should shortly, yes.



#16 Android8675 OFFLINE  

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Posted Thu Oct 6, 2016 3:04 PM

Just got a refurbished Lynx ][, and I just want to say that it was the cleanest, most beautiful Lynx I've ever seen. Well worth the money spent! Did not get the upgraded screen, but the one in this unit is pretty damned impressive. Would buy again from Aaron! Nice work!



#17 RetroRCB72 OFFLINE  

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Posted Sun May 6, 2018 9:39 AM

I recently purchased a Lynx II off ebay. It seems to have been disassembled before. The direction pad seems to be bad and moves left constantly. Do you still offer the replacement control contacts repair service? Thanks for your time, Chris.

 



#18 Machine OFFLINE  

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Posted Sun May 6, 2018 7:12 PM

I bought a refurbished lynx 2 from cowdog360, it was very well packaged, arrived very quickly, and most importantly everything looked brand new and worked great! He was very friendly and accommodating throughout the process and I won't hesitate to go back to him for more in the future. :) Thanks!

 

This is what I am looking for.......if you get another, keep me in mind!!!



#19 Retroexcellence OFFLINE  

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Posted Mon May 7, 2018 5:17 AM

If you are still offering lynx mod services, please let me know. I am interested in the mcwill upgrade and install along with recapping and New Power MOSFET and Zener along with vGA port installation. Thank you


Edited by Retroexcellence, Wed Jun 6, 2018 12:49 PM.


#20 gnotorious OFFLINE  

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Posted Tue Jun 5, 2018 2:44 PM

I am also interested in basically all of these upgrades.  Please let me know if they are still available.



#21 cowdog360 OFFLINE  

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Posted Wed Aug 8, 2018 11:18 PM

I am also interested in basically all of these upgrades.  Please let me know if they are still available.

I'll be starting back up on the upgrades this month!



#22 Retroexcellence OFFLINE  

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Posted Fri Aug 10, 2018 5:18 PM

I'll be starting back up on the upgrades this month!


Great. I look forward to having an option in the US to spruce up my lynx. Time to sell some things I don't play and invest in the lynx I will play




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