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Wont pick up game

I put a game into slot one.
And the DS fails to find it.
I already tried blowing the dust out,
and cleaning it with a q-tip.
Is thier anything else I could do????
Thanks Pete

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Re: wont pick up game

Well, if it's just for this game try cleaning the game or the game may be broken, put a few alcahol on the Q-tip when doing that in the system, if still doesn't work I'm not sure

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