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Nintendo ds hi, is it possible to fix a ninendo ds were the top screen has broken off its hinges and the foil data ribbon is ripped!!! kids!!!!!!!!!!!

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Re: nintendo ds

This happened to my sister DS and alot of other people. Please do not worry because you are NOT the only one who has experienced this problem. Unfortunatly there is no full way to fix it but you can buy a "ds holder" which will keep the ds together during game play and non use. this has worked for my sister and has had no other probelms since. i hope this works for you. good luck=]

Posted on Mar 16, 2008

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Ok but where can you buy a foil data ribbonfor a NDS lite

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Re: nintendo ds

Its possible though sometimes it is expensive so dont worth the work.

-Top screen broken: you can buy a replacement and carefully do the work by yourself with the help of a guide (youtube have many) and some tools (3 winding screwdriver is the less common though not much). The foil data ribbon can be bought separatelly for the original NDS though the new NDS lite have it soldered and very difficult to work.

-Broken plastics: a broken hinge means you need to buy a replacement shell. Anyway buy a complete shell from a DS modding shop or take parts from a non broken plastics DS (water damaged one may be good) in a place like ebay. You would be lucky if you find a non broken screens and good plastics DS for parts.

At the end you may be over your repair budget and not only that, you would be very near to buy a new unit with this money. Each one make its own choice.

Good Luck...

Posted on Dec 16, 2007

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