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Ds light not coming on and charger not working

One day i was playing my ds, but the next day, i charged it for like 6 hours but it still wouldnt come on

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  • Anonymous Dec 03, 2007

    well i have a ds and when i plug the ac an orange light blink on the ds and thats it i'm unable to charge it ..

  • Brent24 Jan 02, 2008

    I have the same problem with my DS. I plug in the charger the orange light flickers on then either immediately turns off or turns off within a couple seconds. Ths problem occured out of the blue, I played it the day before and it was working fine. The next day I was unable to turn it on and have not been able since, which ahs been a couple weeks. If anyone else has had a problem similar to myself and had it fixed please post a response on how to fix the problem without paying $75 to Nintendo, I would rather buy a new system for that much.

  • Anonymous Apr 18, 2008

    Same - I have a Crimson & Black DS Lite and I only just got it today. The battery was low so I tried charging it but the charging orange light flickered for less than a second and it wouldn't charge...

  • Brandon Burnett Jun 09, 2008

    with ya. except this happened with my nyko charger grip lite

  • CHRIS CARRILLO
    CHRIS CARRILLO Jul 01, 2008

    I had the same thing.I came from school and a orange light was on.I charged it a lot nothing.it was still there when i tpushed it up and down it was still there.Later i blew the openings and I turned it on and was red.Do i have chance that it will still work after charging it?

  • Anonymous Jul 05, 2008

    When I hooked up my DS with the charger the orange light would flicker then turn off. The DS wouldn't charge.



    What I found that worked was KEEP THE DS ON AND OPEN while hooked up/charging. Although this does help, the charging goes extremely slow because of the DS being on.



    The best thing to do is to return/exchange it. I just did that today.

  • Anonymous Nov 17, 2008

    My ds was hooked up to the charger and the light went on and then is turned really fast off.

  • Anonymous Jan 25, 2009

    it just not working and when I shake it I here somthing in it.

  • Anonymous Mar 25, 2009

    i hooked up my charger but it only charges for 1 second and my ds wont com on

  • nedfan_1 Apr 03, 2009

    light only comes on for a second when the cord is plugged in, DS will not come on

  • blade9 Apr 03, 2009

    when i plug in my ds the lite to show it is charging is not coming on so i turn it on and it is still dead what should i do i want to play back my ds msn email me at msn blade9@live.com

  • Sarafiena378 May 17, 2009

    when I hook up the DS to the charger it won't charge

  • TJTay May 20, 2009

    when i shake the charger, something is inside. Is a part loose? Help!

  • Anonymous May 26, 2009

    i found this ds and its not working, when i shake it somethings inside butit still not working. even charged it still not work.PLEASE TRY SOMETHING TO HELP ME FIX IT ! CAN YOU PLEASE BUY ME A

    NEW ONE PLEASE

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When I hooked up my DS with the charger the orange light would flicker for only a few seconds then turn off.

I found out that if you KEEP THE DS ON WHILE HOOKED UP the DS will charge. Although, because you are playing/DS is on the charging will go extremely slowly.

Best option, and what I did, was was just return/exchange it. I just did that today.

Posted on Jul 05, 2008

  • Akosua Frimpong Nov 07, 2011

    a i I have the same problem, its a red DS Lite, I put the charger in, I got orange light for about 1 sec and it disappear and I cant charge or power up my DS.

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Okay guys and girls, lots of posts on this but let me share my views on this.

If you have a bad battery there is a chance you are going to get that light popping off after a few seconds or just staying amber forever. you can easily check this by trying a friends battery in your unit right? or vise versa, try your battery in another unit.

If the battery is not bad then you have another problem...

If your light is flickering on and then off again you may have blown a fuse. The DS has two fuses, this is a common problem. Google it theres info out there on this.

If your battery is charging up and the light is staying on this is sometimes not a problem to be honest, it could just mean your battery is fully charged. The problem with your DS not powering up could be as simply as a faulty switch. To determine this I would first make sure that your DS is charging up batteries fine, maybe try a friends low battery. if you have a faulty switch this is nothing major to replace but you need to be half decent with fixing stuff dudes to crack open that DS and start playing.

Good luck all.

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I ahd a old ds and that happend but with mine i could shake it and i could hear the battery witch had broken in half i dont know if this applys to you but just some advice!

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My DS also just stopped working. The battery just stays orange forever while charging and it won't turn on at all. We replaced the battery with a new fully charged one and it still will not come on. It doesn't have any rattle to it, and has been cared for. Also, it's not the spring in the power switch. It is out of warranty and Nintendo will not help. I'm out of options. Any help? Email me trombonedude13@yahoo.com

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It's time for a new battery for those with the flickering light and no charge. Also when the battery is bad the DS will not run on the charger. You can get an official DS battery from Nintendo for $15 on nintendo.com or you can get a cheaper knock off on ebay for under $10.

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Problem with powering up ds nutiendo

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Guys there are 5 things why his happen to chargers 1 the wire is removed because of bending
2 charging the nds while some cool epic game
3 battery messed up because too much charging (like all night charging) should have been only 15mins
4 the nds charger screws are almost remove this make the chargers battery conductor shakes
and 5 for the ultimate problem
5 too much pressure of the player so angry he will throw his charger and then it break
no.5 happen to me Lol xD hahahaha imma buy new charger and throw my old one mine is crimson red with wood R4 T_T hahaha i'm not been playing since 50 mins mine broke just later so see yah ghuys hope this atupid solution did'nt help you

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I have a difrent problem but almost the same i got a blue d.s light and the charger wont work unless the d.s is open and on but i cant turn it on cus it needs to charge and i need to know how to fix the charger or the d.s

Posted on Feb 28, 2008

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    pedro martinez Feb 28, 2008

    i have almost the same problem my ds wont charge unless it on and open but i cant turn it on becaus it needs to charge and i need to know how to fix it

  • pedro martinez
    pedro martinez Feb 28, 2008

    i have almost the same problem my ds wont charge unless it on and open but i cant turn it on becaus it needs to charge and i need to know how to fix it

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    chelseyalcar Jan 28, 2013

    i have a problem to my ds nintendo the charger is not working

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If the light does not come on it means it is fully charged

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Open your charger and see if there is anything loose. my chargers cable was disconnected so my ds charging light would stay on for a few secs until the wire was pushed away. so just check and solder if needed.

Posted on Jun 08, 2010

I have a ploberm.when i charge my DS, the orange light come only a blink.how can i fix it. Please tell me.

Posted on Jun 19, 2008

It happend to me too but turns off in like 1 minute

i think eb games of game traders will sell some new chargers XD

Posted on Mar 02, 2008

When I charge my DS Lite the orange light is on all the time but i still can't play it! Can someone help PLEASE

Posted on Jan 21, 2008

The Guest who posted reply on Dec. 3, 07, I have the same problem, its white DS Lite, I put the charger in, I got orange light for about 1 sec and it disappear and I cant charge or power up my DS.

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Posted on Jan 27, 2011

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That happend to mine to. My black ds lights dose the same thing plz help.

Posted on Jan 27, 2008

  • ninjapup Jan 27, 2008

    My black ds light did the same thing plz help. i think its a defect in the ds light.

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