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Ksjfs;f I dropped my ds and the four inductors on the board all came off.i know there is one just below the power switch and one just to the right. does anybody know were i can get replacements or can it be done at all. thanks

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Your best bet is to check out places like best buy, game stop, etc.


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Posted on Jan 12, 2009

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I have soldered on myself. Try ebay for spares type in"L2 inductors for nintendo ds" it should direct you to an american seller.
Cost about £10.50 (english pounds) or $16 US dollars

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Ds screens dont power up, fuses are ok and l2 inductor still in tact, anyone any ideas?


Hello, sorry for the long time you waited for an answer but i just came across it but i too have been battling with this problem for two years now, i too have two ds's lite that charge correctly and if the power switch its trurned on the power indicator turns on and stays on as long as the battery lasts but there's no boot of the system whatsoever, i also checked both fuses and the L2 inductor and they are fine, since i think its a power problem or better a power inductor problem i concentraded over the tho power inductors next to the headphones connector also called L5 and L6.
I have applied pressure over them and even with the console closed voilá, it turned on the screens and passed to the suspension mode. Opened it up and securely holded the battery in place with one hand and flexed a bit the board on the inductors conner while turning the switch on and it booted fine and entered the settings screens fine, so my best shot is that one or both L5 and L6 are faulty, perhaps cold solder joints, but my advise would be to swap them with new inductors, im still searching for them so i'd appreciate if someone finds them cheap, ebay perhaps? tomorrow i'll try to resolder the inductors to see if I'm in luck.
This is a tip for those who have a ds lite with the following simptoms: charges fine, the green led light turns on and stays on, both displays stay blank/black, there's no startup/boot sound, the screens are fine, both fuses are fine and the l2 is also fine.
There are the rare occasions that the ds might boot once in a while, mostly when the ds is flexed near the headphone connector corner, this only indicates that it has the same problem as mentioned above.
Good luck and good repairings!

Aug 10, 2010 | Nintendo DS Lite Console

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DS Lite not turning on? Read this tip to find out how to fix it!


Have you dropped your DS Lite and now it rattles?

Is it charging but not turning on?

Then this is the guide for you!!

A very common problem with the DS Lite is that when it is dropped a small chip called the L2 Inductor comes away from the motherboard. This will still enable the DS to charge but you will not be able to switch it on. This guide will take you through step by step how to repair your DS Lite.

Things you will need :-



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A soldering iron - 6afee1e.jpg


Some solder - 864fcea.jpg


If you are lucky then your L2 inductor is still rattling around inside your DS. If it is lost then they can be bought very cheaply off of ebay :- L2 Inductor Ebay (Please note - This is not my ebay username, just the person that I always get my parts from)

Ok now we have everything it is time to start. Clear a nice big area for you to work in.

First remove any game cartridges from their slots and the DS stylus, like so -

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Next remove the battery cover and 2 small rubber bungs here -


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Underneath the 2 rubber bungs are 2 phillips screws.

Next remove the battery and take out the circled 3 phillips screws. You do not need to remove the uncircled phillips screw in the battery compartment.


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Next, remove the 4 circled tri-wing screws using the tri-wing screwdriver -


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Ok, thats all the screws removed, now to lift the case off. Pulling up from the back with 2 fingers on the shoulder buttons gently pull up and towards you but only enough so that you can get the case tool in to help with leverage. See below pictures -


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Work the case tool around the gap and the top cover should lift off easily. DO NOT FORCE IT! You will then be able to see the motherboard like so -


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The L2 Inductor sits to the left of the motherboard, right underneath the power switch -


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Make sure that when you took the case apart if the L2 inductor was rattling around, it has not been lost. Hopefully you have managed to find it. What you need to do now is resolder the L2 inductor back onto the motherboard. Hold the L2 Inductor in place and carefully apply the soldering iron to each end, like so (it does not matter which way round the L2 Inductor goes) -


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If you need to hold the L2 Inductor use something like tweezers.

Once you have secured the L2 Inductor onto the motherboard apply a tiny amount of solder onto each end of the L2 Inductor just to give it a bit more strength.

Thats it! You are done! Congratulations, you have repaired your DS Lite!

Now all you have to do is put it back together and you are finished. There are a couple of important things you need to know when putting your DS Lite back together.

You must make sure both the power switch slider and the volume switch slider are in the right place. The power switch slider should spring back to where it is supposed to but these pictures will confirm where they need to be -

Volume switch all the way to the left

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Power switch all the way to the right as you look at it

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The case sliders also need to be in the right place too, if you do not get this right you will break the little tabs off of the switches!

Volume slider all the way to the left

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Power slider all the way to the right

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When you re-assemble your ds, start refitting the case from the front backwards. Get it all in line on the front and the back should drop down with ease. Again do not force anything!!


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Replace all the screws in reverse order and you are 100% done!! Give yourself a pat on the back!!

on Aug 30, 2010 | Nintendo DS Lite Console

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I droped my ds on the ground and now it will charge but it won't turn on.. If I shake it makes a rattilng sound.. PLEASE HELP ME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!=-[ ! I need the best answer posible .


Ok what you have done is knocked what is called the L2 inductor off of the circuit board. It needs to be soldered back on but this is not a job for you if you are not capable of soldering. Try and find someone locally that wil be able to solder it for you. When the DS is opened be careful that the L2 inductor is not lost although if it is you can buy them off of ebay. It is simply a case of soldering it back on to the motherboard.

bcdd149.jpg This image shows the L2 inductor sitting just below the power switch.

Hope this helps

Aug 01, 2010 | Nintendo DS Lite Console

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Orange power light comes on when you charge the ds but it will not switch on


This is due to the L2 inductor chip either being faulty or fallen off of the board. It is very common for these chips to come off the board if the ds is dropped. Below is an image showing the L2 inductor chip. There are lots of guides of how to take apart your DS. You could look one of these up and check the inductor chip is still present.

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Hope this helps

Jul 31, 2010 | Nintendo DS Lite

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Nintendo ds won't turn on


Many times, it is the L2 Inductor chip that has popped off on impact- that's usually what you hear rattling around inside the housing...and it requires a TriWing screwdriver to open it. I tried re-soldering the L2 inductor back on the mainboard inside with a Hakko ESD protective soldering station, and it worked for a few days and then died again. The fix was finally desoldering another SMD inductor chip off an old PIII Socket 370 motherboard (with ChipQuik removal solder and flux kit) of very close to the same size class, from next to the Clock Generator Chip- figured it would be close to the right value, since I had no way to measure the micro- or millihenries value, and the voltage was around the value that the DS Lite runs on. The fix worked, and is still working, charging, and going strong. Usually the symptoms of the L2 inductor popping off, or failing, is being able to charge, but not being able to power up.

Mar 17, 2009 | Nintendo DS Lite Console

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Nintendo Ds Inductor


I have soldered on myself. Try ebay for spares type in"L2 inductors for nintendo ds" it should direct you to an american seller.
Cost about £10.50 (english pounds) or $16 US dollars

Jan 12, 2009 | Nintendo DS Lite Console

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Nds lite wont turn on


There maybe something wrong with the jack inside your Nintendo DS, you can easily get them repaired at a few shops, just tell them that the On/Off switch doesn't turn the DS on and they'll fix it for you, shouldn't cost an awful lot as they're just replacing something inside.

Oct 10, 2008 | Nintendo DS Lite Console

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Dropped DS Lite - rattling


L2 inductor comes out sometimes when dropped and the DS keeps in fixed amber light when charger is plugged in. But you found it fast so good luck. Its pretty sure your DS will work again after soldering the L2 again in its place near the power switch. Just get the battery and charger out before doing anything to avoid a blown fuse also.

Sep 05, 2008 | Nintendo DS Lite Console

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Ds Lite not power up L2 Inductor is not good not work.


For the L2 L4 inductor specification, I check the following website, on there have original L2,l4 inductor power and specification

http://www.logictoyz.com/nintendo-ds/nintendo-ds-lite-spare-parts/ds-lite-l2-inductor-power-replacement-.html

By the way,L2,L4 is not fuse,
It is Inductor power

May 30, 2008 | Nintendo DS Lite Console

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