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Does not power up or turn on.

DS Lite is only 2 months old and today it stopped working.  Green power light only stays on for a second when turned on - and only when it is plugged in. When you plug it in, the red charging light stays on for a second then goes out. When it is NOT plugged in, no lights come on, even when you turn it on.  It was not dropped or damaged. It worked last night but this morning it does not. Thanks, Janet

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  • AtticusDS Oct 20, 2007

    I tried to charge it with the car adaptor - the red light just goes on for a second then shuts off, just like it does with the house charger.  How can I check to see if the battery will not accept a charge? I took it out and cleaned it like the first suggestion I was given.  Still not working.

  • ttoulou Nov 23, 2007

    my ds will not turn on, i replaced the battery with one already charged i left it plugged in all night for it to charge, and still nothing

  • Anonymous May 04, 2008

    Nintendo DS lite just over 1 year old and it will not turn on. try to charge didn't make any difference. tried friends battery in my machine didnt make a difference. When you press power button a flash happens on the screen then nothing

  • Anonymous Sep 30, 2008

    my ds won't do anything the orange light turns on when it is charging but it won't turn on!

  • Tessie123 Mar 08, 2009

    i was playing a game and then it froze and now it won't turn on and i tried charging it it won't turn on it will show the green light but there's no picture

  • Anonymous May 10, 2009

    my ds will not turn on
    i tried charging it
    i left it for a couple of months because i thought
    it would work afterward but it didn't
    where can i get it fixed in london
    for under 20

  • Anonymous May 12, 2009

    My daughters ds lite did the same thing.. She tried to turn it on and then it flashes right off. The screen doesn't even light up.... Any suggestions on what I can do? Or do I have to get a new one. This is her second DS lite this year and the first one did the same thing...



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I think that this problem is caused by either f1 or f2 fuses being blown. The other problem mentioned where the green light comes on for a second then goes out again is usually caused by the cable connecting the top screen to the motherboard, it is either broken, damaged or incorrectly seated.

Posted on Nov 24, 2008

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Most of the time its the top screen needs to be replaced since if you over extend the top screen flip by grabbing or pulling the connector can become faulty. Replace the top screen will probalble fix it.

Posted on Oct 30, 2011


I had the same problem. In my case, it was exposed to a tub of soapy liquid. I tried replacing the battery (didn't work) and tried tinkering around with it. I wound up just throwing it away. Still, there might be a chance that it can be fixed... maybe...

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Sounds like F2 on the bottom board has blown, I'd contact the retailer and if they're no use go direct to Nintendo, at 2 months old it should still be under warranty so I wouldn't want to touch it with a screwdriver.

Posted on Jan 08, 2008

Same here

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It could be the power cord that is the problem, see if you can go to a shop or if you have a friend with one, see if you can borrow their cord to see if it works hope you find a sulution :)

Posted on Oct 20, 2007

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Hey i have the same ds is not charging.I changed the charger.No good,still dosent work.Changed the battery,still dosent work.When i turn on the ds,it flashes the green light then gows out.

Posted on Aug 18, 2008

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problem with the main board inside of the DS Lite. Its not staying on with the voltage being provided. To verify this. Plug your DS Lite into a working outlet and see if it stays on.

If it doesn't stay on then take the battery out and only hook up the ac adapter to it and see if it stays on.

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I have seen this happen when someone plugs the wrong charging cord up to the DS lite, Is there any chance some one did this to your DS lite.It sounds also as if the battery is not making proper connection.


  1. REmove the battery from the compartment
  2. inspect the connector on the battery and where the battery connects to the DSlite.
  3. Wipe thee connections off some way. I suggest some contact cleaner for bith the battery and Battery compartment connections
  4. Try the DS lite again with the battery installed.

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