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DS Lite won't recognize DS cartridge

DS lite just stop recognizing DS games. Game won't realize that a game is inserted into slot. Thought it was a defective game just not reading properly, but is now happening with all games. The Game Boy games work fine in their slot, just not the DS. I looked for debris in the slot, no issues though. Any help would be greatly appreciated! Thank you.

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  • byte_this Nov 05, 2007

    i've just got one today and it wont recognize Zelda phantom hourglass but it recognize metroid for GBA.
    WOW!!!

  • tgor019 Dec 30, 2008

    DS does not recognize when a DS game is inserted. It says "there is no DS card inserted". Help!

  • Anonymous Jan 02, 2009

    had the tihing for two weeks now no game works, what the hell?

  • Anonymous Apr 14, 2009

    I have re-set the DS but still not recognizing ds games!

  • ag07 Apr 29, 2009

    I kinda have the same problem, but for me it's with a R4 SDHC card.
    my DS lite won't pick up the R4 card when it's inserted, but game cartridges work fine

    plz help..thanks

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A wire is probably misplaced.I recommend getting professional help or unscrew your ds and fixing the problem.

Posted on Mar 13, 2010

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I have had much success in repairing the ds game slots.
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Posted on Jan 05, 2009

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Try blowing into the cartridge, if it doesn't work, take it to get repaired.

Posted on Oct 02, 2007

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Try to clean the game cartridge by using a cotton swab and alcohol. If it was dirty, that should have fixed the problem

Posted on Apr 15, 2011

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