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Nintendo DS game paks dont work

Hello - we bought a Nintendo DS lite for our kids about a year ago and now none of the game paks work. We have tried cleaning it and have inspected the connectors but no luck. Is this salvageable or will we have to buy a new uit? Thanks!

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I think the internal baterry has run dry.It happend to me.So clean it out turn on and of power and it should work.

Posted on Jan 11, 2009

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