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Nintendo ds lite will not turn on, when trying to charge the orange lite blinks once.

The game system was working fine in the AM, the would not turn on. Tried to charge but orange lite would blink once, then nothing. Checked battery and it is fine(works in other DS lite we own).

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  • pat093 Nov 09, 2007

    The same thing is happening to me. it will not turn on with the battery. then when i plug it into a wall socket or usb power, the orange light blinks on for about 1 second then turns off and nothing happens. No charge and the DS Lite will not turn on, even off socket power.

  • fredrkm Nov 12, 2007

    I've got the same problem with my daughter's DS. You plug it in the light comes on for 1 second and then nothing.

    This unit is only 6 months old and she says she didn't drop it or damage it in any way.

  • Anonymous Dec 29, 2007

    mine did the same thing after i used it ONCE. im very dissapionted in nintendo. i recieved it as a gift here in Iraq and i cant get it repaired cause i didnt buy it. if im going to pay for the expensive repair i might as well buy a PSP that will last me longer and is worth my time.

  • Anonymous Jul 03, 2008

    My ds works fine, but the light when it is charging will not go on, and evidently it doesn't charge. 

  • Anonymous Oct 07, 2008

    same with me, same problem and dont know what to do, i need help

  • Anonymous Dec 17, 2008

    me too. i got it for christmas in denmark, and when i tried to charge it using a voltage converter it would do the same thing. then when we go to the u.s it worked perfectly. now, two years later, i come back to denmark and guess what? same problem. 

    it worked at my aunt's house, not at my uncle's complex, and not at my grandparents 60+ year old house and guest house. I can't really walk over to my aunt's house, and we wouldn't be there for long enough to charge it...

  • Anonymous Jan 11, 2009

    I have the same problem! WHenever i put my ds charger into the plug socket and put the end of it into the lite socket, the light will go on for about 2 seconds and then as soon as i move the wire a cm, the light goes off!!!!! please i need help lol! and now i can;t finish my game off without the battery going!

  • Anonymous Apr 16, 2009

    I have the same prob!I only had it a few months and it did much more than not turn on.If i tapp the screen, it freezes.If i put in ar, then took it out when i could have, it would freeze!Id feel better just getting a GB pocket!!!



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After researching this for a while, i heard that it is because the fuses have blown inside the ds. you can try to fix it but it is risky.
good luck!

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Either the charging port in the ds is broken or the charger is broke. If the charger works fine then i'ts the ds. Bring it back to the retailer and tell the clerk the problem. Most stores will let you get a new for free as long as there's still a warranty.

Posted on Dec 31, 2007


I tried all i could to fix my ds. it had the same problem.... i just took it back to the bestbuy i bought it from, they tried troubleshooting it (just to be helpful.....for once) eventually they gave me a brand new one and contacted nintendo to report the problems.

Posted on Oct 07, 2008

I had the same problem, our voltage here is 220 what i did was to plug my charger in a 110 volt avr. now its working fine so far.

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