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DS 2 Peices

DS Lite dropped open and top hinged completely came apart from bottom? Now two separate peices
What does it need?

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Re: DS 2 Peices

Hey, you need a new outer case and a new top screen. There is a ribbon that comes out of the top screen on the top case and connects to the bottom one. There is a very good chance that ribbon has torn off. So you need to replace the top screen and a new outer case with a new hinge. I would send it to Nintendo, I believe they offer a flat rate service for the Nintendo DS Lite.


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Taking cover off nintendo ds lite

Are you talking about the back cover or front cover?
Either way, before starting you are going to need two things: A tri-wing screwdriver and a Philips screwdriver.

To remove the BOTTOM COVER, you must take off the stickers covering the screws and remove the screws. 001e10e1-317e-4bb5-97cd-230a82f77aaf.jpg
Then, carefully pry the back off, revealing the motherboard inside.

To remove the TOP COVER, you must take off the stickers covering the four screws in the corners of the INSIDE top screen. Unscrew them and gently push the inside top screen down until its about half a centimeter apart from it's backside. Then pull the backside off and you have it open.

If you wanted to open the DS completely, like have it in half, you should first open the BOTTOM COVER and remove the motherboard after disconnecting it from everything attached to it. Then follow the steps given for removing the TOP COVER and slide the ribbon and cables sticking through from the TOP to the BOTTOM back to the TOP so that they are not sticking through and won't be damaged when you take the DS apart. Then unscrew the power light and voila! The DS should be separated.

May 31, 2014 | Nintendo DS Lite

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Ds lite case repair

Ok i can tell you how to do this.

First of all you need to make sure you have a new shell and the tools needed for the job, listed below.

  1. NDS screwdriver - $9.99
  2. #00 screwdriver - $9.99
  3. small pair of adjustable pliers (for replacing case).
  4. Soldering Iron (required to replace top display screen or case)
image 1.

OK. Look at image 1 above. Remove all the screws circled.

if you need to access the top of the DS Look at Image 2 below & remove those screws.

Image 2.

*Tech NOTE * Be careful not to lose ur shoulder button shaft and springs (Image 3 circled in RED) they will come out on you.
Also you will see a small cable circled below in Blue (image 3) Only remove this if you absolutely have to, this connects your display touchpad to your motherboard and can be very difficult to reinstall.

Image 3

Their will also be a white cable (not in pic) this can be unplugged by lifting the little round connector with your fingernail; allowing you to pull it through the hinge.

If you unplug the Black cable and pull it loose, you will definitely have a difficult time getting it back underneath its socket. It's easier to desolder it from the board in the top case ( Image 4 in green)

Image 4

I know this is a lot, just bear with me we're almost done.

This next part you have to use EXTREME CAUTION

To unplug your display cables (image 5) you will have to very carefully lift the little black latch on the connector. You will have to use 2 fingernails, one on each side, to lift these off. IF you only lift from one side you will break the Black latch on the connector making the entire board - garbage! Same for reassembly - be wary pushing the latch back down. The top cable circled in Red is for the bottom display. The bottom one is for the top display. There will be a single screw holding the MotherBoard in place. Remove it and lift the MB out carefully.

Image 5


Above (image 6) is the Bottom display assembly. The 3 pieces are held together with adhesive. The display is on teh bottom, the Touchpad in the center, and the top is the protective shielding. They can be pried apart carefully using fingernails or a plastic tool (be very careful not to crack anything)


Image 7 is of the top display. Where you see the green circles is where the screw covers are located. use something very small to pry them out. Remove the 4 screws.

Hinge Removal - Image 8

Remove the two screws circled in Image 8 to get the hinge apart. If you are replacing your top display this will greatly help when you are trying to fit the cable back through the hinge hole. The Top can now be safely removed
Fitting your new cable through the hinge hole can be a bit frustrating. make sure you have separated the top & bottom cases to give yourself more working room. Remove the black and white wires, just out of the way. The cable will go into that thin slot a bit. When you reassemble it make sure to roll the end evenly from top to bottom first. This will help get it through the hole. Then put the round metal ring on afterwards, lastly put the wires through.

your speaker wires are soldered to your top display. To replace the case you will need to remove the wires to go through the hinge, and to replace the display you will have to remove them also (image 9)

Image 9

**Tech nOte**
when reassembling the top and bottom shell take note of the on / off button and the switch. Make sure you line the switch up with the button or you may break it***

Image 10

Image 10 - note the black wire that goes through the hinge. It is "jumped" (meaning it is connected to two places on the board, one next to the other)

Image 11

Image 11
The collar that fits inside the plastic case hole.

Image 12

Circled in green in image 12 is the angle adjuster. This is best installed with a small pair of adjustable pliers.

WOW... we're done!! As far as I can see this is a complete breakdown for anything you would need to fix. I hope this is a great help to you.

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Ds lite will not recognize any games

easy... get wet paper towel and wipe the golden metal peices on the games then blow as hard as you can into the game slot

Apr 04, 2009 | Nintendo DS Lite

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nono no dont my ds had the same problem it will work as long your extemely careful but if you drop and a hinge missing the top screen will break and it is unfixable i have tried

Mar 24, 2009 | Nintendo DS Lite Console

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Ds lite

sorry to say that your top screen needs completely replacing if it is doing as described!!
the bottom screen and the touch screen are seperate, jus mounted on top of each other, so if the picture works on the bottom then the bottom screen is fine just the touch screen is broken. again i think if the cables/ribbons are in correctly and it isn't responding then it will need replacing!!

Jan 29, 2009 | Nintendo DS Lite Console

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Ds lite

To remove the top external casing first you have to separate the top part from the bottom part of the DS by dissasembling the bottom part and unplugging the top screen ribbon and the white and black wires, then slide these cables through the hinge hole to separate the parts.

Then you must take out the 4 screws under the cover pads in the screen side, and slide the screen side from the external side so the screen side should move like 5mm from the external side and then you would be able to separate both and see the screen, mic and speakers.

May 12, 2008 | Nintendo DS Lite Console

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Broken Hinge

There are plenty of replacement cases available from a popular auction web site, if your proficient with a screwdriver and have a lot of patience then you should be OK. Take great care when refitting the top screen ribbon cable (and taking it apart in the first place), the WIFI arial cable is awfully fiddly as it needs to be threaded under the slot 1 cartridge mechanism and finally take great care refitting the bottom case as plenty of people have reported snapping the plastic part of the power switch when reassembling. I reckon a first attempt should take 1-2 hours so clear the dining room table and don't forget to buy a tri wing driver when you get your replacement case if you haven't already got one. Best of luck.

Mar 12, 2008 | Nintendo DS Lite Console

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Do I need just a shell replacement or more


If you check Youtube, several people i think suggest a clear protective cover which to my knoledge clips over the top of the existing case. I also believe they are fairly cheap.


Jan 21, 2008 | Nintendo DS Lite Console

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My nintendo ds lite top screen isn't working properly

Top LCD's flex cable that passes through right-hand hinge into bottom part of case will be damaged or not properly seated in its connector socket.

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