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Ds lite wont power up, top screen and green light flash have changed bottom screen but still the same could it be anything else

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  • matthew davies Jun 27, 2009

    ive checked the fuses and there ok ive also checked the bottom screen cable socket and thats ok. ive been told its could be a diode is this possible

  • matthew davies Jun 27, 2009

    ive checked the fuses on the motherboard with a meter and i have continuity on both fuses. ive used the screens on another board and they are ok. ive also checked all the pins in the screen connection and there ok. has any body got any other ideas cause ive ran out. please help me lord

  • matthew davies Jun 30, 2009

    yes it can be 1 of the fuses or possibly both normaly but my problem goes deeper than that as my fuses are ok.

  • matthew davies Jul 14, 2009

    whats this about pressing xxy button whats it for.

  • david_joh472 May 11, 2010

    Hi, have same problem, green light comes on, and top screen flickers briefly, then switches off, charger light comes on and stays on when connected. Top screen and bottom screen changed. Could this really be the fuse that's causing it?



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Your problem isn't with the screen it is with the fuses.

your fuse or fuses are dead. however, it is fixable, but it is extremely difficult.

1. if you don't have the time or the means or the wants to solder it, then sell it on ebay and you can get a fairly good price and someone else will fix it

2. if you do want to go through with this then you will need a meter, a soldering iron, and a lot of time and patience.

If you are interested, just notify me

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  • Jason Calvin Jun 27, 2009

    Ummmmmmm........have you checked the F1 and F2 fuses?

    This problem is actually quite common in the DS, and it is always those fuses. In all my time as a technician (this specific problem is what I do most) I have never come across "a diode" problem.

    Since you seem interested, I will send you to a site that shows where the fuses are located, and they will give you some instruction.

  • Jason Calvin Jun 27, 2009

    Well.......this is interesting.........

    I was intrigued by your problem, and I did some digging.

    It is the fuses that break most often, but there are other problems that CAN occur. Your connection in your motherboard has been broken, and I (or anybody else) don't know where it is. The amount of connections in your motherboard are astronomical, and I am sorry to say that your DS is pretty much doomed.

    There are 3 solutions, and their are all pricey.

    1. Buy a new DS
    A. Original Nintendo Dual Screen = $50.00
    B. Nintendo Dual Screen Lite = $130.00
    C. Nintendo Dual Screen i (DSi) = $170.00
    2. Go to a repair man = $70.00
    3. Obtain a new motherboard
    Obtainable from

    I am not sure on the motherboard price, but, if you care for my personal opinion, buy a new DS.

  • Jason Calvin Sep 27, 2009

    It is definitely the fuses. Maybe if you told me the incidence that led to this problem i could help you out. If it was in water, or dropped, maybe it is something else.

    The F1 and F2 fuses just go out on their own, so, unless something else happened, then I don't know what it could be.



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One of your screens have either come loose at their connection or the screen is faulty which means a new screen.
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