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Backlight won't turn on when game in slot

In the regular settings screen (when there is no game inserted) my DS works perfectly, I can switch the backlight settings, etc. However, if I put a game in the backlight turns off when the game starts. Very irritating and hard to see.

Any suggestions?

(And yes, I have turned the alarm off.)

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Summary of all that:
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