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Broken nds ribbon cable

I bought a ds off ebay and the ribbon cable is broke can this be fixed?

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  • illuminus007 May 11, 2010

    Is this the ribbon cable that goes to the top screen and speakers through the hinge on the left side of the system?

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Yes, this can be fixed. You will need to replace the top LCD screen of the NDS, as the cable attaches directly to it. The speakers will need to be soldered to the new top LCD screen, as the top replacement screens usually do not come with speakers attached to it.

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