The funnyplaying GBC Q5 Retro pixel 2.0 kit comes with a pre adhered Lens to the LCD for both convenience and added functionality. Below shows how you will need to trim your shell to make this kit fit correctly, as well as full installation.
If you have the original Q5 retro pixel kit that does not have the adhered lens, you can click here for the standard Q5 shell trim procedure.
PART 1: TRIMMING GUIDE
First, ensure you have all the components to the kit. This includes the LCD with lens, touch ribbon, large ribbon, static film, 2 long wires, and 1 short wire.
Lets start trimming the shell now. See below where we indicate where we will be cutting in the shell.
Gently place the LCD face down into the front of the shell. This is going to help with how we will trim the shell.
You can also use any form of tape to keep it in place when cutting the shell for the most accurate cut. Then make small marks on where the Lens adhesives meet the edge of the LCD.
With those marks, we can draw vertical lines from these marks on both sides, to show where the shell will need to be cut. We used tape as a guide but you can also use a ruler for the most accurate results.
Now we can start cutting right down the lines on each side, as well as the top part up to the lip, as shown below.
After making those 3 cuts, you should be able to gently bend the frame out to make sure you did it right but DO NOT pull it out just yet.
Finish the bottom cut right up to the lip just like you did up top, and now with all the cuts made, you should be able to pop the cut frame right out. Your shell will now look similar to what you see below.
Now on the inside of the shell, the bottom lip is going to need some slight trimming as well. Using whichever tool at your disposal, we are going to remove that lip so that it is flush with shell. See the next couple images on what we are going for.
Now take the lens again, and attempt a test placement into the shell the correct way to see how we did. If there is any resistance/blockage, DO NOT force it in. Simply remove it, see where some more trimming/adjustments are needed, and then try again.
Inside view below. Ensure the small ribbon from the LCD doesn't get caught on anything when your doing this test fit in the shell.
PART 2: INSTALLATION GUIDE
Start by pre tinning the START and SELECT points on the large ribbon cable.
As well as pre tinning the Touch (TCH) and Power (PWR) points on the other side.
Slide the cable firmly all the way into the ribbon port on the board. Press the clamp pieces down to hold it firmly in place.
Solder the small wire from the PWR spot on the ribbon to the solder point "C" near the power switch
Next pre tin these spots on the motherboard as indicated below. This will be for the START and SELECT. See below the START is right above the SELECT.
Solder the respective components like shown below with the two long wires.
Lay the ribbon on top of the back of the LCD, and fold over the small ribbon from the LCD to click in place on the large ribbon.
Here, we are using some kapton tape to help hold the ribbon in place while we finish the build.
Trim the cartridge port pins to prevent damaging the LCD during assembly.
Flip the board over, and now you will solder the small touch cable on the other spot of the large ribbon, like shown below.
Now carefully do another test placement of the LCD/Lens into the shell like we did earlier, The best way to do this is starting at an angle at the bottom, then push it into place.
And finally, once your certain the placement is good, you can remove the two small adhesives on the back of the Lens, stick it into place permanently, and finish closing up your shell. Remove the film from the Lens, and your all set!
*See more info below on how to operate some of the new functions with the 2.0 kit*
-Hold down START and SELECT together for a few seconds, the "GAME" on the lens should be the only word lit up. This is "Mode 1." Here you can use the SELECT and START button to move the display image down and up respectively.
-Holding a press on the touch sensor for a few seconds, will bring it to "Mode 2." You should see "Boy" lit up now. Here You can use SELECT and START to move the display image left and right respectively
-Holding a press on the touch sensor again for a few seconds, will bring it "Mode 3." You should see "Color" lit up. Use START and SELECT separately to cycle through the different color options.
-Hold down START and SELECT together again for a few seconds to confirm, and exit.
-To cycle the different Pixel modes, tap and hold where the touch sensor is for a few seconds, and the LCD will change to different screen modes each time you perform this.