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Rebuild power problems

I have rebuilt a couple of DS Lites but I have one that will not power up after the new housing was installed. It will blink when the power switch is turned on and nothing else. Is there any connections that must touch in order to it power up. Also, the top screen seem not to work as well. I have changed the screen but still no luck. Is there something I'm missing.

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  • docxpd8 Oct 14, 2008

    I just redid two and have the same problem.. I can't figure it out for the life of me...

  • groundsforfu Oct 17, 2008

    It worked! Now the bottom screen is dimmer than before. Then I find my son broke of the power switch. Lucky I have two more main board to work from. I just can't win!


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No insulation on bottom screen shorts out board

Posted on Oct 24, 2008

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I figured it out... make SURE that the ribbon cable from the upper screen is up into the connector as far as it can go... When I redid both of mine they both had this problem. I've since researched it more, and found this to be a problem (which makes sense as I tried to turn it on w/o the top screen connected as well and it did the same exact thing)...

Make sure that the black tabs on the cable as up touching (well almost) the white connector before you push down the black clip thing that holds it in place. Once you get it connected right, it should work for you (it did on two of mine)...

Posted on Oct 17, 2008

  • docxpd8 Oct 25, 2008

    insulation? On both of the ones I've rebuilt I've never seen any sort of insulation. On the three that I've had with this problem, the fix has been to properly seat the ribbon cable from the top screen into the bottom plug. After that, they work fine.


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