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Erratic power on and off

I had my DS for over a year now, and about a month ago i accidently bent the prongs on my AC adaptor. After straightening them, i proceeded with charging the DS. A week later, the power turns on and off irregularily, usually when i'm playing! Now the power switch doesnt even turn it on or off anymore. i blame the bent adaptor, but those around me disagree. Any suggestions?

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  • Anonymous Dec 09, 2008

    I appear to have a simillar problem! My DS Lite seemingly turns itself off, when I'm playing, for no apparent reason! Its really annoying, I have to play on my old DS. Any explanation, and/or how to fix it would be MUCH appreciated!

  • john savage May 11, 2010

    Thats unusual as it would indicate a permanent connection on the main board??? basically making the switch redundant. Have you tried another new supply or battery..I suggest you go for the cheapest option 1st...check battery and how its seated.. there are 2 prongs on in the battery compartment they need to be making contiuous connection with the battery. failing that and you feel confident enough to tackle a repair then you can get advice online. Otherwise send it to a reputable repairer. I hope this has helped a little



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Sometimes the connector can break loose from the board, there is very little solder holding them on and this would cause erratic behavior, everything is so small that the slightest improper connection causes big problems.
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