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Nintendo DS unit will not power on. checked battery and shows proprer voltage. does not work either when pluged into AC or on battery. Possible solution

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    Lauren Brown Nov 09, 2008

    Well my problem is the charger won't charge the ds...when you charge it the little orange light is supposed to stay on.Me and my mom tryed to fix it but the little piece inside the ds where you put the charger plug broke.How do I fix it?



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Your DS is over Charged stop charging it for a day or 2 and your DS will be fine

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