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Check the DS slot (Slot 1) and see if there is a missing or bent pin. If not, try lightly cleaning your game cartridge pins with Denatured alcohol and a tooth brush to remove and possible build up that could be preventing a solid connection. Worse case scenario, the could be a spot on the board where one or more pins have come loose from the connection point.
Use a small torch and look inside the game slot. It is most likely that one of the contact pins has been bent and is not macking contact. If any pins look mor bent than the others you may be able to bend it back into place. Remove the battery before you try any repairs (the battery is under the battery cover on the bottom of the DSi). After removing the battery, use a suitable tool such as a small screwdriver or an unbent paperclip to gently bend the pin back to the same position as the other pins. If the pin is too far bent to be repaired, then the game slot can be replaced but this requires desoldering of the game slot and this is not a task for a novice.
Check the SLOT 1 for bent pins. You will need to look inside the slot, preferably with a torch and see if any pins are bent out of shape. If you see any bent pins, use a small screwdriver to gently bend the pin back to where it should be. Check also for any foreign items in the slot which may prevent correct contact.
There is probably one or more bent pins inside the top slot (SLOT 1). Remove the battery by removing the battery cover on the bottom (held ny a screw). Shine a small torch into SLOT 1 and look inside to see if any of the pins are bent differently to the rest of the pins. If any pins are bent they can be bent back to their correct positions by using a suitable small tool such as a precision screwdriver. If a pin is actually broken then the complete slot will need to be replaced.
If it is not a bent or broken pin, there may be some other type of blockage inside SLOT 1.
If there is nothing wrong with the pins and there is no blockage inside the slot, then there may be a dry joint where the slot is soldered to the PCB inside the DS. This kind of fault will require the DS to be opened with a special tri-wing screwdriver and the use of a multimeter to check all the connections. If you have soldering experience (and tools) then you can try re-soldering the connections.
Be advised that opening the DS is much easier than putting it back together again!
This is normally due to the pins inside the card slot being bent or dirty, try blowing into the slot or looking inside to see if any of the pins are bent, if they are a new card slot will be needed, available off of ebay. They are tricky to fit but there are lots of companies who offer a repair service.
Look down in the game slot and see if all of the pins are intact. Sometimes one of the pins will get bent or broken which doesn't allow the unit to read the game. A new game slot can be purchased off of ebay, but if you dont' have any experience soldering, I would recommend finding someone that is or take it to a repair shop.
This could be as simple as a bit of crud or corrosion on the little pins in the slot. Could be as bad as a bent pin. Which ever it is don't start poking things in the slot, the pins are incredibly fragile. First clean your games off to make sure its not the game at fault. Then get a very bright light and look in the slot to see if there are any bent pins, if all looks ok then you could risk some very gentle cleaning of the pins. Remember those pins will bend just for the fun of it. If all that fails and you are good with a soldering iron change the slot, its fiddly and you need a very small tip iron, about 0.5mm or less. Oh and patience but you only need to take the bottom case of to get to it. You will need a tri-wing screwdriver too.
look where the game card goes called (slot a) see if the pins are bent or crossed over themselves need good eyes and a torch if so you need to replace the slot a or see if you can clean the pins in the game card with a very stiff pig bristle brush (small school paint brush but cut the bristles to about 5 mm and use it like a scrubbing brush not across but lengthwise) then with it turned on insert the game in and out a few times slowly to see if it worked sometimes the get bad contact with the pins and the card Hope this helps