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Blank Upper and Lower Screens

I have a DS lite that has power but nothing displays on either screen. I was wondering if there was a reset button located somewhere? Can anyone help?

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  • dtb1825 Nov 19, 2007

    My son dropped his DS Lite, and now the lower screen is blank. Is there a fix for this??

  • Anonymous Nov 21, 2007

    my top screen is white at fist but as soon as I start it it turns into lines and then black

  • damya Nov 22, 2007

    have the same problem,unit powers on but neither of the screens work

  • Anonymous Nov 25, 2007

    I have the same problem. turn power on but both screens are blank

  • emma knight Nov 27, 2007

    my bottom screen is just blank top screen is fine

  • marky j Dec 13, 2007

    blank screen upper and lower.

  • Anonymous Feb 01, 2008

    just changed my case after a broken hinge now when i turn it on the screens lite up blank both the same.

  • tissbm Jun 18, 2008

    Same problem with my daughter's. Takes a charge, turns on but blank upper and lower screen. How do you check the screen connectors??

  • starr lane Jul 25, 2008

    the power is switch on and the light is green. Both screens are blank black. I just turned 8 years old. I thank you if you can help me.
    I am not sure I you can send me your answer, but you can try and email me.

  • davidantonio Jul 27, 2008

    My DS Lite is balnk when I turn it on like its broken or something. Please I need help trying to fix it!

  • Anonymous Jul 28, 2008

    I have the same problem aswell.I turn it on,and all I see is black.Can someone tell me more specifically how to fix it?

  • Anonymous Oct 22, 2008

    My upper screen is just blank but if i adjust the top lid u can get a slight picture...Conection problems???

  • DeadDS Nov 08, 2008

    Blank upper screen - image sometimes comes on when the upper lid is adjusted.

    Any solution?

  • kwhenry Nov 08, 2008

    I turn my ds on but the screens are blank

  • Anonymous Nov 08, 2008

    my ds lite has problems it wont show anything on the upper or lower screen is there a reset button?

  • hut45nmop Nov 22, 2008

    i turn on my ds but the screens do not work



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Sounds like the connectors of the screens have loosened

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I was told a couple of years ago that you can jump the connectors. I don't remember which ones they are but I am having the same trouble. If any one knows which connectors to jump please tell me... I have my Soldering Iron warmed up and ready to go....

Posted on Aug 09, 2008


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on Jan 01, 2010 | Nintendo DS Lite Console


When your screens blink.. What to do!

A lot of people have had the dreadful blinking of the screens. Whether it's only 1 screen blinking (upper or lower) , or both screens blinking..

I have a tip to help you diagnose the problem so you don't have to waste time trying to find out what's wrong with it, or waste money.

  • There is something wrong with your lower LCD and/or the connector on the board where the lower lcd connects to.
  • Open up your Nintendo DS lite system and clean the board with rubbing alcohol. Be sure to dry the board from excess liquid before re-assembling it. Use a FIRM brush. An regular toothbrush would not work as the bristles are not firm enough.

  • There is something wrong with your upper LCD and/or the connector on the board where the upper lcd connects to.

  • Follow the Potential Solution to #1

  • 99.9% of the time, if both screens blink, your light is red. Which indicates your battery is low. Change the battery. If your system isn't charing your batteries correctly and/or you're losing battery power unusually quick, replace the charger.

  • If that does not work, send your system in for repair, as the charging port needs to be cleaned.

on Dec 31, 2009 | Nintendo DS Lite Console

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possible that the flex holding the lcd is broken.

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When you switch the DS lite on you should notice that one of the screens flashes... if thats correct then the screen that doesn't flash is the one that will need replacing which, I would assume is the upper screen as judging by what you say has a damaged ribbon.


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Ds lite battery wont charge i have charged it overnight but nothing the green light goes on but that is it


If the green light is turning on and the screens are staying blank it is a problem with he L2 fuse on the motherboard (located just below the power button).

This can be replaced if you are handy with a soldering iron. If not drop it to a local repair shop it can be fixed for about €20.

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Nintendo DS lite; changed touch screen and it won't start

Hi. this issue is normaly caused by bad screen (normaly top screen) or bad assembly in one of two screens, re insert carefully the flex cable again, if your screens are fine this must fix the issue

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What is my solution for this problem I do not have an lcd display on either upper or lower screens. the screens light up but are both blank

When did it first happen? You shoud try with a friend's battery and charger to see if you get anything different. If you already tryied that and tried taking the battery out and back in then pretty much there is nothing else to do, than get in contact with Nintendo to maybe consider a warranty exchage, or for repairs if warranty is expired.

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Turns on and lights up but no images on top screen

The DS top screen has two components, which are the LCD display, and the backlight. If the LCD display has gone bad but the backlight still works and the connecter is seated properly, the DS will still power on and the lower screen will be normal, and the top screen will light, but it won’t display anything.

You didn’t mention if your DS is the original DS or the DS Lite. Replacement top screens for the DS Lite are cheap on eBay, but installing the screen is a bit complex. The screen for the original DS is a different part and they are more expensive and hard to find.

I’ve never worked on an original DS, so I can only tell you about installing the top screen on a DS Lite.

First, the DS Lite has to be just about completely disassembled. You have to completely remove the top and bottom cases, pull out the microphone and wi-fi cables, and release the connecter for the top screen, which is located on the main board in the lower case. You’ll need the tri-wing screwdriver. You can leave the bottom screen/touch screen assembly attached to the main board, but be careful not to pull or tear the flex cables. Check YouTube for videos on disassembling the DS Lite.

Here’s the deal breaker for most people: The speakers are soldered to the flex cable of the top screen. I’ve never seen a replacement sold with speakers. You’ll have to unsolder your speaker wires from the old screen cable and reconnect them to the new one. If you can’t solder, you could take the screens to a local tv/electronics repair shop and pay to have it done. I got this information for you from this appears to be a common problem I hope this helps

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Blank Upper and Lower Screens

Try plugging it into the charger and turning it on. If it still doesn't work, you probably broke the internatl port for the charger which is why it's turning on then back off right away because it's not able to charge anymore. If you stil have your warrenty, I would try to take it back.

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