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DS Lite repair worked, but only until I put it back together

I had to replace the bottom screen of my DS lite, which I did without any issue, but now when I put it all back together the power light comes on, the top screen flickers white and everything crashes. If I dont put it all together, the bottom screen is dangling slightly from the board, then it will come on and stay on. The back of my new screen is insulated with electrical tape, I have no idea what could be happening once I seat the board into place to be causing this issue.

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  • jason_sarnow Dec 19, 2008

    Thanks for the response,



    I have seated the board while it is on and it immediately crashes as if the back of my screen is not insulated.



    My ribbon cables are inserted correctly and I can assemble the piece fine, the tape is thinner than the backing of the original screen so I don't believe this is the problem.

  • jason_sarnow Dec 20, 2008

    It will turn on if the screens are seated, but as soon as the board is seated on top of it it crashes. Its exactly as if I am shorting the board, but I believe it to be succesfully insulated. I am afraid that perhaps a ribbon is torn and that when flexed a certain way that causes the DS to crash, but I cannot think of anyway to test this. Is it possible that the ribbon is shorting the board?



    Thanks for your help

  • jason_sarnow Dec 24, 2008

    I got a new screen and put it in, now I can put it all together and it works, however I have a new issue.



    I bought this DS from someone because it was broken, the bottom screen was all messed up. When I put it back together I went to adjust VR2 to fine tune the bottom LCD, and thats when I saw that the potentiometer was broken. I have no way of fine tuning the thing and its very flickery. When I asked my brother, whom I bought this from, about it he said that he tried to take it apart and that must be when he broke it.



    sigh



    So new question, where can I buy a replacement VR2, and if I cannot can someone please point me to a circuit diagram or tell me the specs of that potentiometer. Thanks for all the help.

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You may have some pressure somewhere that it shouldn't be. The electrical tape takes up space, and could be taking space that is not there when the console is assembled. Or you keep knocking a connection loose when you put it together.

Try it while it's on. If the console crashes or dies at any point, whatever step you were in the middle of is probably causing that problem. Just make sure not to get anything in it while you were, and don't touch any electrical parts, in case you accidentally short something.

Posted on Dec 19, 2008

  • DeathChain01 Dec 20, 2008

    It crashes when you seat the main circuit board? Or when you seat the touch screen?

  • DeathChain01 Dec 21, 2008

    The only reason i can think of for this to be happening is a damaged flex cable (the brown flat cable running from the screens to the main board). if you happen to have a 2nd DS with you that you know works, then take the touch screen from that one, and try putting it in your DS and seat it.

    Or, the smaller cable that runs from the touch screen to the top of the main board and connects underneath the wireless adapter, that cable could be poorly secured at its main board connection point. So when you move the screen into position, the cable gets moved out of place, and crashes the system. watch to see if it is moved at all when positioning the screen.

    And as a third option, on the big cable coming from the touch screen, the one that runs off to the left, there are two open solder points facing down. These could potentially touch something if they are pressed against it, and short out whatever they are touching. Using my broken DS as a model, these solder points will touch some circuits if pressed down. Make sure they aren't.

    As my final possible diagnosis, the clip where the cables (either one) could be damaged, and are not connecting where they need to be when the touch screen is moved a certain way. The certain way is when the screen is in place. The base of the connector may be in the right spot when the screen is out, but when moved back in, the force from the wire may move it just ever so slightly out of place. Try holding the connector down when moving the screen.

    That's all I've got for now.


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