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 me know.
You can jump down to each of the mods using the links below...
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 ListInstallation Instructions
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
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
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−firstname.lastname@example.org 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 PostInstallation 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 + shippingForum Post
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.Forum PostYouTube Video
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
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.