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How to change a ds case

My daughter has a nintendo ds and a friend knocked it out of her hand,the plastic round the hinge has broken and we have ordered another case, everything still works on it but we are unsure how to change the case,is it simplewe have sent for a tri star screwdriver can someone please help

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Re: how to change a ds case

I swapped one of these into a new case recently for someone following this guide:-

I'm no expert at fixing things and it was fiddly in places but DS works fine now and looks smart too!

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