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Top screen flickers

Hi. The top screen on my daughters DS lite flickers and jumps. Is this a screen problem or something to do with the connection or the hinge? I have not 1 clue.

Also...can it be fixed?

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Re: top screen flickers

Have you dropped the console? has it been knocked? either the game card is faulty, or the screen is damaged in some way. Do not try to fix the screen by yourself, however, get someone who knows exactly what they're doing.

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