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DS power problem

Hi I have recently been given a broken nintendo ds, the cable from the bottom screen to the top screen is completely broken and there is a little black wire that is broken.  I just wanted to know if i replace the cable from top to bottom and reconnect the black wire, so you think the ds will power up again.


At the moment it just flickers a white screen at the bottom and then turns off



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Re: DS power problem

Hi Nerts,


These cables or ribbon cable and wire connects directly inside the upper LCD monitor. it is not feasible to replace these wires only.  I suggest you see about getting a replacement upper LCD screen which will give you the wires you need and a new screen to boot. Another porblem is the case itself is very hard to disassemble.  You will come near destroying the case to ge to the lcd.  You must disassemble the unit fully and put the correct curl in the ribbon cable to get it to fit right. In short, the price being what it is for a replacement LCD, and the trouble you have to go though to get this problem fixed, It may not be totally worth repairing. If you dont care and wish to do a repair, then my wishes for luck are with you.  

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