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Broken bottom screen

I have a replacement screen for my sons nitendo ds lite. I have removed all screws but cannot get it apart to replace.

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Some of the screws are hidden.
-2 under rubber feet (bottom of console) - just prise the feet off - they just stick back on when refitting.
-1 screw (when the console is upside down) is in the middle of the cartride entry point - small black tri-wing screw.

Failing that check out YouTube - there are lots of videos showing how to take the case apart and put it back together again.

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Bottom internal touch screen cracked on ds lite-how do we get it repaired

Unless you are comfortable of taking it apart yourself and ordering the part online.
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Mar 03, 2011 | Nintendo DS Lite Console


DS Lite Bottom Screen and Touch Screen Replacement.


Has your bottom screen developed a fault or stopped working? Has your touch screen become less responsive or stopped working altogether or just has a few too many scratches?

To replace the bottom and/or touch screen you will need a precision "+" cross-head screwdriver and a precision tri-wing screwdriver which can both be purchased on ebay for a reasonable fee. The respective screens can also be purchased on ebay for a reasonable fee.

Firstly you will need to remove the battery cover and battery, unscrew the cover with the cross-head screwdriver, leaver it off either with a thin blade or similar, and take out the battery. Next you need to remove the remaining 3 cross-head screws, 1- top right corner of the battery compartment, 2 & 3- underneath the rubber feet along the hindge (note that screws 2 & 3 are of a gold colour).

Now you will need to remove the 4 tri-wing screws which are located 1- top left of the main body, 2- bottom left of the main body, 3- bottom right corner in the battery compartment and 4- in the top centre of the "slot- 1" hole (note this is a small black tri-wing screw).

You can now remove the back of the DS lite, be careul as there are springs and rods located on both trigger/shoulder buttons which can easily get lost (if you do somehow manage to lose them they can be replaced with another trip to ebay). Remove bother the trigger/shoulder buttons along with the rods and springs, if you can keep them together as a unit so that they can be easily fitted back on without having to fiddle about aligning the spring, shoulder button holes and rods.

Next you need to remove the 2 cross-head screws holding the main board into place, these are a different size to the others so try keep them seperate. Now you need to disconnect the top screens ribbon from the board by lifting the flap of the connector and then gently pulling the ribbon free, gently pop of the mic cable (white cable) and the wi-fi cable (lack cable) and slide out the wif-fi one so that the motherboard is free from the rest of the DS lite.

Just above where the w-fi cable was connected to the motherboard you will see a very small connector and ribbon, this is for the touch screen, carefully lift the flap and remove the ribbon, if its the touch screen thats the problem try re-connecting it and then giving it a power up to test it, if it doesn't make a difference then a replacement is needed. Flip the motherboard over and you will see where the bottom screens ribbon is attatched, as before you need to lift the flap and remove it, if you want to test a re-connection then give it a go, if it doesn't work then a replacement will be needed.

I have found that when trying to seperate the touch screen fron the LCD screen the touch screen becomes collateral damage as the force of pulling them apart tends to be too much for it so chances are you will end up replacing it (though you never know you might be lucky). So anyway, whatever screen you are replacing you need to seperate them and dispose of the faluty one,replacing it with the new one and either use thin strips of double sided tape to re-attach them (take note of the original screens position to perfectly mimic it) or just place them one on top of the other, as the shell casing should hold them into place.

You will find that there is a frame of your respective DS lite colour stuck to the touch screen, if you are replacing the touch screen you will need to remove this and stick it on to the new screen after the DS lite has been fully put back together, the reason for this is that it takes out the difficulty of trying to correctly place the frame in the exact original position.

Now all you need to do is the reversal of the taking apart process and you are all sorted.

If you now find that you DS lite does not power on or has the green light flash when powered on please see my other tips and trick I have posted on here.

I hope this helps and have to say that I accept no responsability forany damage that may occur to your DS lite when following these tips.


on Feb 08, 2010 | Nintendo DS Lite


DS Lite Top Screen Replacement


Has your top screen devlouped a fault or stopped working altogether? Here is my guide to re-connecting a new top screen and fitting a new one.

Take the DS lite apart (a tri wing screwdriver is needed and can be found cheap on ebay), disconnect the top screen by lifiting the motherboards connector flap (located near the hindge) and then re-insert it, try switching it on again and see if thats sorted it. If not then you will need to replace the screen. (If you need help taking the DS lite apart then check out my other tips and tricks posted on here).

A new screen can be brought on ebay for a reasonable price, there will be a little soldering required as the speakers will need to be de-soldered from the old screen and re-soldered onto the new one (please take note of which wire goes where).

Remove the screws from the lid of the DS lite (4x screws hidden under little coloured squares above and below both speaker outlets) slide the top/outer part away from the hindges, it will move about 5mm and then you can lift it off... Gently pull the ribbon through the hindge so that it is free from the bottom part of the DS lite, pry the screen away from the shell (a small amount of force may be required to remove it) remove the front plastic part of the screen (with the respective DS lite coloured frame, de-solder the speakers, re-attatch them to the new screen, place the new screen into the housing along with the speakers and put back the wifi and mic to their original position if they got moved, you will notice a slot in the hindge where the ribbon goes in, this is for the ribbon to easily slide back into the bottom part of the DS lite... pop the ribbon through and then re-attatch it to the motherboard with the connector, pressing down the connectors flap.

Screw the DS lite back together, after this you will need to place the plastic sheet with the respective DS lite coloured frame back onto the top screen... The reason you don't put it on any time before that is if you put it on prior to putting the new screen in place you will have great difficulty trying to get it correctly aligned.

If you find that your DS lite now doesn't want to stay powered on please refer to my other tips and tricks I have issued on here.

I hope this helps and have to say that I accept no responsability for any damage that may occur to your DS lite when following these tips.


on Feb 08, 2010 | Nintendo DS Lite

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Bottom screen on ds lite flickers

check the cable first it might not be in the ribbon connecter properly, if everything looks ok chances are youll need to replace the screen.

Jan 17, 2010 | Nintendo DS Lite Console

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I replaced the top lcd screen on my son's Nitendo DS lite and now when I turn it on the bottom screen flashes and shuts off. What is wrong with it?


The bottom screen flashes because something is still wrong with the upper lcd

Make sure you didnt put a rip in the upper lcd. The smallest rip will mess it up.

Also, make sure the cable is in completely.. If its off the slightest cm , it'll cause the lower lcd to blink which causes the DSlite to not work

Dec 29, 2009 | Nintendo DS Lite Console

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Ds touch screen and main screen not working - connectors broken

if you would have sent it to me first I would have replaced the case for you and you wouldn't have had these problems, but I can still help you out. I have a white nintendo DS lite in stock that I had to replace the bottom lcd display in. I will ship to you for $90 and if you are feeling adventurous send me your parts and I will take off $10 since I have no clue what is broken and what is not, but to me it sounds like the bottom lcd, touch screen , and circuit board are trash.
Josh Boyer

Jan 22, 2009 | Nintendo DS Lite Console

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My douther drop the DS and now the screen is multi color, how can i change the DS??

Most probably the multi color screen means te screen is broken. Both screens (top and bottom ) can be replaced, it takes a special tri-wing screw driver to open the DS, price of the screen to replace +/- € 20.

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Jan 06, 2009 | Nintendo DS Lite Console

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The bottom screen is black .

when you are powering up your ds and the screen flickers on the bottom but the screen on the top works well.that means you have a busted screen on the needs a replacement.bring it to the nearest video game console workshop for a replacement.hope this one removes your confusion

Dec 17, 2008 | Nintendo DS Lite Console

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Bottom Screen doesn't work but lights up

cable problem most likely usually cheaper to replace.

Oct 06, 2007 | Nintendo DS Lite Console

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Replacement of all covers.

to remove the top screen the back cover actually slides off after removing all the screws from the front, once thats off you can see the ribbon cable coming through the hinge, what you need to do is coil the ribbon cable up into a tight little roll and push it through the hinge it's easier if you pull the two little cables out first. hope this helps

Sep 03, 2007 | Nintendo DS Lite Console

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