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My son's DS is not reading his inserted game cartridges. The only way we can get it working is to clean the cartridges with a cotton swab soaked in alcohol. But, that only lasts for a day or so. Please help.

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Take a can of air and blow it into the slot where the cartridges would go to make sure that specs of dust or dirt aren't getting in the way.


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