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Re: not reading any of my games
Check inside slot1 for bend or broken pins, if found you must take your DS to a videogame repair shop.
If all ok try to clean your DS slot1 contacts, theres a way to do it without problem, take some cardboard and make a cartridge width piece but longer to grab it, soak with alcohol and insert many times cartridge alike.
Dont use any cotton or fiber thing as pins can get caught and broken when you take out the cleaner.
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Blow in the NDSL card and the slot 1 (Avoid blowing with spittle). If you use R4/Acekard/etc.:Look for dust/dirt in micro sd card. Clean it. Not working? Probably the problem is slot 1 connector. Need to change it.
Since your actually not supposed to use the gold card according to the government the dsi might be a stubborn one and the gold card info cant get through or your gold card might be faulty. The most foolproof solution is to get a R4i sdhc in a red box. Then again you can try blowing into the card insert or blowing into the sandisk slot.
try a few known working games in the DS to see if if reads any of them, if it doesn't then that means the slot that the games go into is bad. If it reads a few but not others then make sure the gold contacts on the games are cleaned off well with a damp washcloth and then dry them off. Also take a can of air and gently blow some air into the slot to make sure the slot is free of specs of dust or dirt.
If you still cant get all your games to work and you know that they all do work, then the ds is going bad on you and would need to be replaced.
I think your responses are elementary and people are looking for propable diagnostics in a whole, not, "send it in to Nintendo". No S**T! Do you think they'd repair it for you? Come on people the point of this site is for people to work together to become more self reliant in fixing our products ourselves and stop throwing away electronics just because there is a bad fuse or something. I can't believe that 4 people said "blow air in it". !?
I had the exact same problem as you, and I solved it. The only way to do it is to keep inserting and taking out the game card, and blowing into the DS card slot and the gold things on the lower back of the game card. After doing this about 3-5 times, the action replay should finally get the message that there is a game card in the slot. Hope this helps!
if it says no game inserted and theres a game in the slot,
this reallt worked
1 turn the ds off
2 take out the ds game
3 turn on the ds(remeber the game is out of the slot)
4 turn off the ds
5 carefully blow on the ds game all around
6 then blow in the slot were the ds game goes.
7 now put the ds game back into the slot.
8 now finaly trun on the ds and it should say theres a game in the slot
When you put the game in, after it clicks hold it down and do not let go. turn on your ds and see if it reads it. If it doesn't, check the pins in the slot 1 slot and maybe just put some water on a q-tip and wipe them gently. If it reads when you hold it down maybe just tape it that way or something. Check the game also to see if there are scratches on the gold part. If this all doesn't work then I am out of solutions. Or you could send it to nintendo because if they can't fix it, you get a new DS.