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System Settings are not stored

My son's Nintendo DS will not store the system settings (date, time, birthday, nickname, etc) anymore. The DS requires that the system settings be entered before you can do anything else. Since it won't hold the settings, he can't play any of his games. I really don't think that it is the rechargeable battery, because it seems to hold a charge. Is there another battery inside the unit, or does a chip hold all of the settings? Thanks, Scott

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Re: System Settings are not stored

The DS probably got wet. I have one from a friends daughter and she left it outside and it rained on it.
after I Cleaned of the Electronics board (corrosion shorted some leads) I was able to get the DS to start after replacing the battery. Now the only thing I can't fix is the Settings will not hold. I suspect that a there may still be a short to ground, reseting Memory buffers when restarting DS. This would act as a reset signal clearing information from memory on restart. I might suspect a capacitor if it was larger but Surface mount capacitor do not store energy like other types of capacitors, for long periods of time, so I don't suspect a bad component on the board. I have also seen this problem in unit that have not been wet, but it is less common.

I know its no help, but it is better than the answer above
The main chip is soldered in place and cannot "shake loose"

It is NOT the Main chip (processor), if it was the unit would not boot or play games

Valis is a ******* and doesn't know what he is talking about

I have 25 years electronics experience
from Radar systems to Computers to Games systems
I have worked on DS for a professional repair service and we would have just replace the mainboard
for this problem as it is not a quick fix and would require Micro soldering to repair the surface components.

I would recommend either repairing or buying new, if the warranty ran out. If it got wet they may not honor the warranty.

Good Luck

Posted on Oct 29, 2008

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Re: System Settings are not stored

Unfortunutly there is not another battery in the unit. Its probably the main chip has gotten shook a little loose so that it can not correctly store the information. Your best bet is to get in contact with Nintendo and see if they will do warrenty work on your unit. Here is a link to where you can get the warrenty process started.

Posted on Aug 28, 2007

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