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I have just put a screen in the top of my ds from another ds which was working now the top screen just lights up but is blank what have i done wrong

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  • bigun6926 Apr 20, 2009

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Hi you either havent pushed the ribbon cable in properly it must be driven home or you severed the cable when you removed it or refitted it, look with a good magnifying glass especially where it coils at the hinge you only need it to cut thru 1 track and there you have what you ended up with buy a chinese knockoff one off ebay about 15 bucks plus postage and start again try not to use a 2nd hand one if you really can help it I have done heaps of these and thats the common problem when someone does it themselves carefull fitting it around the hinge they tear very easily hope this helps

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