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Nintendo ds games not working

My sons nintedno ds is playing some games but not recognising others.the gba games all play any solutions please.

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  • Anonymous Dec 01, 2007

    will not play ds games goes to openning imag than locks up

  • Anonymous Dec 01, 2007

    have just bought silver nintendo ds for my son and it is not recognising some games. 80% of time its fine but the rest of the it doesn't recognise that there is a game in the slot.

  • Anonymous Apr 07, 2008

    it says on the select menu for games there is no ds card inserted

  • Anonymous May 06, 2008

    but its just my r4.

  • gemgirl_04 Jun 23, 2008

    i have a problem with the ds game , it has som stuff in the slot were the card go and i dont know how to get it off .

  • fsamantha Oct 12, 2008

    my dc console says it has no game card in it when there is please help email me at

  • shabinam Nov 16, 2008

    my daughter's ds was working finr until few weeks ago now when she puts in any game it still gives the message that no game has been inserted! i've tried to have a look in the slot and one of the pins looks bent to me can this be fixed?

  • Anonymous Nov 30, 2008

    One of my DS games doesn't work. however the other's do.white screen appears when starting up. no damage to game, just randomly stopped working after 2 days.

  • Anonymous Dec 23, 2008

    mario hopps 3 on 3 is not working!!

  • Anonymous Jan 17, 2009

    my ds is sayin it has no ds card inserted but it does

  • Anonymous May 11, 2009

    all the gba games work but none of my ds games work in my ds whats up with that

  • matelyn richerson
    matelyn richerson Jul 22, 2014

    how do u get the game in your ds to work



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With three boys we frequently have this problem and we found that rubbing the pins clean with a Qtip dipped in rubbing alcohol and then wait for it to be mostly dry before re-inserting. Some times we have to do this 2 times  - good luck!

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Try cleaning into the Slot-1, blowing inside first to remove dust then try again the non working games.

Look inside the Slot-1 for bended pins or check the ejecting lock mechanism for performance (taking the game by forcing it out can damage the mechanism).

Carefully clean the cartridges contacts and the pins into the slot-1 with qtips or a little cotton covered stick (moistened in any contact cleaner solution works better, google for non abrasive options) take care not to bend the pins.

Try again the non working games. If noting of previous work you may have a partially damaged or broken slot-1 and that would need more work to be repaired.

Good Luck...

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I have done this for several people so far.

I use a nife to cut a pencil eraser to a thin bar with a flat edge. This eraser will fit snuggly into the grooves on the game cartridge and I rub each contact a few times gently.

As for the DS itself, I use electrical contact cleaner on a Q-Tip and insert it STRAIGHT IN AND OUT so not to bend the pins, and then just work my way across the slot in the same fashion.

One good cleaning and I don't have to clean the same unit again.

Posted on Jul 21, 2008

  • cm94 Jul 28, 2011

    I rescued four of my son's game using the pencil eraser trick! Thank you so much!!


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The same company that made the UMD Replacement cases, Multimedia Recovery, has a solution for this out now. It's a DS Replacement Game Case. You can take apart your old game clean the contacts off and re-case it in a cool new case! Here's a link on Amazon: . You should see it on the website and eBay soon as well.

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We tried the alcohol and all the other fixes but they only worked a fraction of the time. We searched and found a repair paste that works to fix them like new! They used to sell it on ebay but now I think the person is just charging money to fix the games instead. You can buy the paste and cleaning solution for under $10 at relieved mom in south jersey

Posted on Apr 23, 2011

Also you can use a pencil eraser to clean the contacts on the game card. This works well as I have done it in the past on several different items to include the DS games.

Posted on Jun 03, 2008

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