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 and BennVenn's ElCheapoSD for Atari Lynx are the main SD/Flash cartridges that are available for Atari Lynx. Both make use of a micro-SD card that you can copy your ROMs to. There is a ROM launcher menu and load times are quick in both cases.
See our comparison of the two cartridges here - SD/Flash Carts for Atari Lynx.
There are two LCD screen replacements available for Atari Lynx. The original McWill Kit, which has VGA output option, and the new and cheaper BennVenn Kit without VGA output.
See our comparison of the two LCD replacement mods here - LCD Replacement Mod Kits for Atari Lynx.
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
- Atari Gamer shop Cost
- Around $5.95 USD + shipping Interactive Capacitor Map and Lists
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
- Atari Gamer shop Cost
- $2.95 USD + shipping
Some parts just need to be replaced. These are new designs and/or reproductions of the original Lynx parts.
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
Instead of using AA batteries, this mod uses a LIPO rechargeable battery to power your Lynx.Forum Post
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 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
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
This mod is aimed at developers who want to connect their Lynx to a computer for testing multiplayer capable games.Build Instructions
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.
THIS CARTRIDGE IS OBSOLETE, SEE THE LYNX GAMEDRIVE (GD) CARTRIDGE INSTEAD