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Ds green light comes on dim then gets bright then cuts off and nothing!!!!

When i go to turn on my ds the green light comes on dim for a second then gets bright for a second and then just cuts off and nothing happens. can u help me?

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  • POTC13 Jan 01, 2008

    same if i play for a long time everything turns off but the green light (red sometimes) stays on  please help


  • VIIRUS Jan 27, 2008

    dude same thing is happening too me i dont know if its the batterie or what its pissin me off HELP!!



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The light being red only signifies that the battery power is low.

If the light comes on and goes off after a few seconds and the bottom screen flashes the the odds are you need to replace the top screen as the ribbon cable to it has been damaged.


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There is no power and it will not charge

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