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The Atari Lynx Console was already impressive enough when it came out back in 1989, but that did not mean that it couldn't be improved upon. In the years since there have been numerous mods, updates and replacements created for the handheld. This page attempts to capture them all.

This is a work in progress page and will be updated as more information becomes available. If you have some corrections or updates to share, please get in contact and let us know.


RetroHQ Lynx GameDrive (GD) Cartridge🕸

Not strictly a mod you have to do yourself, it's really just a cartridge you plug into your Lynx. The Lynx GD (GameDrive) allows you to play ROMs from an SD card.
See - RetroHQ Lynx GameDrive and BennVenn's ElCheapoSD Cartridge Review for Atari Lynx.

Where to get

Cost - $95 (USD) / €92 / £90.

BennVenn ElCheapoSD Cartridge🕸

Not strictly a mod you have to do yourself, it's really just a cartridge you plug into your Lynx. The BennVenn's ElCheapo SD allows you to play ROMs from an SD card.
See - RetroHQ Lynx GameDrive and BennVenn's ElCheapoSD Cartridge Review for Atari Lynx.

Where to get

Cost - $50 (USD).

BennVenn LCD Screen Replacement (Solderless)🕸

This mod makes your Lynx feel like a modern day handheld. It replaces the standard Lynx screen with a new LCD version at a fraction of the cost of the McWill LCD mod. No soldering skills are required! If you want to enable brightness and scanline options, you just need to solder 1 wire.

Where to get - Order from the BennVenn Online Shop:
  • rev5 (solderless)
  • rev6 (solderless with brightness wheel control)
  • rev6 (solderless with brightness wheel control for Lynx C104129-001 motherboard)

    Cost - $65 USD.

    rev5 (solderless) Installation instructions
    rev6 (solderless with brightness wheel control) Installation instructions

  • BennVenn LCD Screen Replacement🕸

    This mod makes your Lynx feel like a modern day handheld. It replaces the standard Lynx screen with a new LCD version at a fraction of the cost of the McWill LCD mod. It requires some soldering skills and is easy to install overall, especially when bundled together with the Atari Gamer LCD bracket. Brightness and scanline settings can be adjusted with the backlight button.

    Where to get - Order from the BennVenn Online Shop.

    Cost - $55 - $65 USD. It is recommended that you buy the 3D printed mounting frame/bracket as it will make installation so much easier. It's really worth the extra $5!

    Installation instructions and Using the Atari Gamer bracket with the Benn Venn LCD Mod for Atari Lynx model II.

    McWill LCD Screen and VGA Output🕸

    This mod replaces the standard Lynx screen with a modern LCD version. There is also an option to add a VGA output if desired, which requires cutting into the Lynx case. The mod requires good soldering skills if installing it yourself or can be installed for you at an additional cost.

    Where to get - Send a message to McWill from AtariAge or email him on order−lynx−lcd@online.de

    Cost - Usually each mod kit cost 95 EUR plus shipping cost. Shipping cost within Europe is 15 EUR and all other countries 20 EUR. If you want 3-5 mod kits each 87 EUR, 6-10 mod kits each 82 EUR plus 35 EUR shipping cost.

    Forum Post
    Installation instructions
    Power draw inefficiencies measured for the Atari Lynx McWill mod

    Capacitor Replacement / ReCapping🕸

    Given that the Lynx is quite an old console and electrolytic capacitors tend to fail after some time, it is always a great idea to replace these capacitors with new, fresh ones. This is a must-do mod for any Lynx console, especially if it is showing issues with the display or has low speaker volume.

    Where to get - various sellers on eBay or from a local electronics shop.

    Cost - Around $10 USD mark.

    Capacitor Kit Picking List
    Installation Instructions

    MOSFET/Zenner Diode Voltage Regulator Rebuild🕸

    The voltage regulation circuit in the Lynx can fail and unfortunately the original parts are no longer available. This mod replaces the original parts with modern equivalents. This will keep the Lynx operating at 7-9V input voltage, as shipped.

    Where to get - Console 5

    Cost - $1.95 USD + shipping

    Forum Post


    LED Backlight Replacement🕸

    The standard CFL tube used as a backlight in the Lynx is a battery hog, replacing it with an LED alternative will double the battery life and will reduce operating temperature of the console. This kit retains the original screen. It is designed for the Sega Gamegear but will work on an Atari Lynx.

    Where to get - Hand-Held Legend

    Cost - $9.99 USD + shipping. Volume discounts available 3+ 10% off, 5+ 15% off and 10+ 20% off

    5V USB Power🕸

    Instead of running your Lynx with the standard 9V power brick it is possible to use a standard USB power bank or a USB power supply that runs at 5V.

    Adding a micro-USB power socket to an Atari Lynx
    Forum Post
    YouTube Video

    LIPO Rechargeable Battery🕸

    Instead of using AA batteries, this mod uses a LIPO rechargeable battery to power your Lynx.

    Forum Post

    Inductive Charging for Rechargeable Battery🕸

    This mode was mentioned on the Atari Lynx Fans Facebook Page but no further details are available yet.


    24Mhz Overclock🕸

    Some games on the Lynx run very slow e.g. Hard Drivin', this mod speeds up the Lynx by 50% so that these games become more playable. It is also possible to use different crystals like a 20Mhz crystal to get a 25% boost.

    Instructions

    Lynx Model I Repaint / Paint Chipping Touch Up🕸

    Lynx Model I is prone to getting paint chips which makes it look quite nasty and aged. This mod is to restore the Lynx to it's new condition my using a mixture of paints to cover the affected areas.

    Forum Post

    Improved Speaker🕸

    The speaker in the Lynx is OK but it could do with an upgrade. This mod does just that. It doesn't add stereo to the console's speaker but improves the quality of the built-in sound.

    Where to get - Best Electronics or any local electronics shop should have similar speakers.

    Cost - $12.50 USD + shipping, $10 when ordering 5+

    Installation Instructions

    Bluetooth Audio🕸

    You can use headphones with the Lynx but Bluetooth wireless headphones are just so much better. This mod adds wireless audio connectivity to the Lynx. Created by Rygar from AtariAge Forums.

    YouTube Video (French)


    ComLynx to USB Cable🕸

    This mod is aimed at developers who want to connect their Lynx to a computer for testing multiplayer capable games.

    Build Instructions

    Remove Cartridge without Power Down🕸

    This mod is aimed at developers - used to bootstrap with one cartridge and switch to another while the Lynx is still on. The first cartridge has the bootstrapping program which is loaded.

    Simply connect pins 31 and 33 on the cartridge slot inside the Lynx to make this work.

    Motion Sensor🕸

    Add left/right motion sensing to the Lynx with the use of two Mercury switches wired into the D-pad left/right buttons. Created by Rygar from AtariAge Forums.

    YouTube Video (French)

    External Controller🕸

    Use an external controller with the Atari Lynx. Created by ATLynxer from AtariAge Forums.

    Forum Thread
    YouTube Video

    Wireless ComLynx Prototype🕸

    Attempt to make the ComLynx work over wireless I/R.

    Forum Thread
    Atari Gamer page

    OBSOLETE - RetroHQ Lynx SD Cartridge🕸

    THIS CARTRIDGE IS OBSOLETE, SEE THE LYNX GAMEDRIVE (GD) CARTRIDGE INSTEAD
    Not strictly a mod you have to do yourself, it's really just a cartridge you plug into your Lynx. The Lynx SD allows you to play ROMs from an SD card. Atari Gamer has released new firmware for the Lynx SD to make it easier to use - Introducing Lynx SD Menu Loader version 2. You can also print out and make a custom box for it in the style of Lynx game boxes.

    Where to get - Order from the RetroHQ Online Shop.

    Cost - ~£70 (when in stock).

    If you're not having luck with the Online Shop, head over to this discussion thread on AtariAge and post a comment expressing your interest.

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