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Hi - we bought a Nintendo DS lite for our kids about a year ago. Suddenly none of the game paks work. My husband has tried cleaning with a cloth and has inspected the connectors but no luck. Is this DS salvageable or will we have to buy a new one? Thanks!

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  • jbarney1491 Jan 11, 2009

    Hi - no, all that it says is that no game paks are installed.

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    Do the Game packs flicker and the screen goes white?

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You could take it to a repair shop and see what the people there can do to help you. I have had the same problem, try testing the games on a friends DS. If they still don't work, then you know that it is the game, if the game does work, then it is the DS itself. If your kids have dropped them in anything, if they have spilled something on them, or if they eat and play the DS at the same time, thatcould be the problem too.

Hope it helps~

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