Tip & How-To about Nintendo DS Lite

DS Lite Slot -1, games cartridge not reading games repair / resolution.

Hi,

Has your slot -1 games cartridge reader stopped working? Is it being temperamental with your cartridges? Here are a few tips to get your DS lite back to full working order.

1) First try giving the games cartridges metal contacts a clean, ideally with a cotton bud and white spirit (if you don't have white spirit try avoiding anything soapy, if you can try to stick to an alcohol based solvant such as nail polish remover).

2) If that doesn't work you can try cleaning the cartridge socket (slot1), you can buy proper cleaning cartridges for the DS lite, or, if your feeling brave you can get a jaye cloth, dampen it with an alcohol based solution (same as what is used to clean the cartridge) make sure it is well wrung out so that the cloth is only slightly damp and thinly wrap it around a rigid ruler, which can then be gently placed into the slot to give it a bit of a clean.

3) If both of those fail you may find that some of the pins within slot1 are bent/snapped and so this will need to be fixed, If under warranty i'd suggest taking them in to get looked at. If they are not and you feel brave you can set about fixing it yourself, take the DS lite apart and have a look at the pins on the slot1 socket, if they are damaged you can buy a replacement socket on ebay, but be warned it is a tricky job to solder a new one on.

To solder the replacement slot -1 on firstly you will need to remove the old one, take care not to damage the pcb tracks when doing this as it will cause the replacemet process to be far more difficult and a purchase of a track repair fluid may be needed. Your best option is to de-solder it buy removing the exisiting solder to free it from the motherboard. Once you have done this you need to put the new one on, take great care not to fuse any of the pin connections together with the solder as this will cause the DS great problems and break it. Re assemble the DS lite and give it a try.

If you need help with taking the DS lite apart please refer to my other tips and tricks posted on here.

Just so you know I take no responsability for any damage that may occur whilst following these tips.

Regards,
SOD69

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sometimes in DS card inserted, no working


The ds lite an ds have cartridge slot problems its common
either a pin is bent or the plating on the cartridge slot has come off so copper is showing or is green
Needs a replacement slot
Happy to give a free quote
dsdoc

Aug 09, 2011 | Nintendo DS Lite Console

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the cartridge in not going down in the slot even when its forced


Hi, Don't force it. You can damage the gold plating on the cartridge. With a good light look at the prongs in the cartridge make sure they are not bent. Then try carefully inserting it.. Good luck

Jun 30, 2011 | Nintendo DS Lite Console

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my games will only work when i hold them in at the back with my hand. When I let go it does not read it


Hi your ds lite cartridge slot inner spring has failed is common
You need a new cartridge slot i am happy to fit an return
Dsdoc

Apr 26, 2011 | Nintendo DS Lite Console

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my nintendo ds lite don't read the game cards anymore. which game i put in, it keeps saying in the menu that there is no game card inserted.


Hi there, this is a problem to do with the card reader slot, The pins within them become worn or bent and do not make a good contact with the game cartridge any more. You can buy a new card reader slot off of ebay for around £4 but they are quite difficult to fit. If you have good soldering skills you can do it but I would advise googling for a guide that shows you how to do it. You can follow my tip for actually taking apart the DS. If you have a friend who is good at soldering I am sure they would be able to do it for you.

Hope this helps and thank you for using FixYa

Sep 26, 2010 | Nintendo DS Lite Console

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I have 2 DS lites. There are a couple of games,


Hi,

Could be one of a few possibilities, First try giving the games cartridges metal contacts a clean ideally with a cotton bud and white spirit (if you don't have white spirit try avoiding anything soapy, try and stick to an alcohol based solvant such as nail polish remover).

If that doesn't work you can try cleaning the cartridge socket (slot1), you can buy proper cleaning cartridges for the DS lite, or, if your feeling brave you can get a jaye cloth, dampen it with an alcohol based solution (same as what is used to clean the cartridge) and thinly wrap it around a rigid ruler, which can then be gently placed into the slot to give it a bit of a clean.

If both of those fail you may find that some of the pins within slot1 are bent/snapped and so this will need to be fixed, If under warranty i'd suggest taking them in to get looked at. If they are not and you feel brave you can set about fixing it yourself, take the DS lite apart and have a look at the pins on the slot1 socket, if they are damaged you can buy a replacement socket on ebay, but be warned it is a tricky job to solder a new one on.

Just so you know I take no responsability for any damage that may occur whilst following these tips.

If you need any further help or advice feel free to message me and I will do my best to help you. (If it comes down to it, if you are local to Bedfordshire, UK I can always take a look at it for you).

Regards,
SOD69

Dec 30, 2009 | Nintendo DS Lite Console

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