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Nintendo DS I have a Nintendo DS. I purchased the screw driver and a new touch screen. How do I put the touch screen in? THere are two cables and one black wire that is keeping me from separating the inside from the top piece of the console. How to I separate the cables and the wire? Thanks.

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I'm sorry to tell you this, but you got duped. I it impossible to replace the touch screen without special equipment. You need to send it to Nintendo for repair.

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