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Replaced Bottom screen bypassed fuses still problems

I replaced the bottom screen on my ds lite. I am using the original touch screen with the new LCD. While removing the cable lock for the touch screen ribbon cable, the black lock broke off. any ideas?

Also charge light stayed on when plugged into wall charger but unit would not turn on, I researched the problem and found the solutions here for the fuses.

I bought the new screen from Ebay and it wasn't insulated. I bypassed the fuses and insulated the screen, then put everything back together. Now, wall charger still turns orange light on, and green LED turns on dim for a split second then green LED brightens and bottom screen flashes white then unit turns off.

Any ideas?

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The backlight or fuses are dead. Do not bypass fuses or you'll kill your system.

Posted on Jan 26, 2008

  • anonymous anonymous Jan 27, 2008

    i just discovered a solution
    remove the battery cover for the ds lite
    do not remove the baattery
    below the Li-ion words look down 4 square holes in the ds below
    that. use a small phillips screw driver to turn these adjustment knobs. these adjust the backlight. this will remedy your problem!



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Orange light for a second then nothing

Possibly a bad charger? Try getting a new one.

Jan 27, 2010 | Nintendo DS Lite Console


DS Lite Bottom Screen and Touch Screen Replacement.


Has your bottom screen developed a fault or stopped working? Has your touch screen become less responsive or stopped working altogether or just has a few too many scratches?

To replace the bottom and/or touch screen you will need a precision "+" cross-head screwdriver and a precision tri-wing screwdriver which can both be purchased on ebay for a reasonable fee. The respective screens can also be purchased on ebay for a reasonable fee.

Firstly you will need to remove the battery cover and battery, unscrew the cover with the cross-head screwdriver, leaver it off either with a thin blade or similar, and take out the battery. Next you need to remove the remaining 3 cross-head screws, 1- top right corner of the battery compartment, 2 & 3- underneath the rubber feet along the hindge (note that screws 2 & 3 are of a gold colour).

Now you will need to remove the 4 tri-wing screws which are located 1- top left of the main body, 2- bottom left of the main body, 3- bottom right corner in the battery compartment and 4- in the top centre of the "slot- 1" hole (note this is a small black tri-wing screw).

You can now remove the back of the DS lite, be careul as there are springs and rods located on both trigger/shoulder buttons which can easily get lost (if you do somehow manage to lose them they can be replaced with another trip to ebay). Remove bother the trigger/shoulder buttons along with the rods and springs, if you can keep them together as a unit so that they can be easily fitted back on without having to fiddle about aligning the spring, shoulder button holes and rods.

Next you need to remove the 2 cross-head screws holding the main board into place, these are a different size to the others so try keep them seperate. Now you need to disconnect the top screens ribbon from the board by lifting the flap of the connector and then gently pulling the ribbon free, gently pop of the mic cable (white cable) and the wi-fi cable (lack cable) and slide out the wif-fi one so that the motherboard is free from the rest of the DS lite.

Just above where the w-fi cable was connected to the motherboard you will see a very small connector and ribbon, this is for the touch screen, carefully lift the flap and remove the ribbon, if its the touch screen thats the problem try re-connecting it and then giving it a power up to test it, if it doesn't make a difference then a replacement is needed. Flip the motherboard over and you will see where the bottom screens ribbon is attatched, as before you need to lift the flap and remove it, if you want to test a re-connection then give it a go, if it doesn't work then a replacement will be needed.

I have found that when trying to seperate the touch screen fron the LCD screen the touch screen becomes collateral damage as the force of pulling them apart tends to be too much for it so chances are you will end up replacing it (though you never know you might be lucky). So anyway, whatever screen you are replacing you need to seperate them and dispose of the faluty one,replacing it with the new one and either use thin strips of double sided tape to re-attach them (take note of the original screens position to perfectly mimic it) or just place them one on top of the other, as the shell casing should hold them into place.

You will find that there is a frame of your respective DS lite colour stuck to the touch screen, if you are replacing the touch screen you will need to remove this and stick it on to the new screen after the DS lite has been fully put back together, the reason for this is that it takes out the difficulty of trying to correctly place the frame in the exact original position.

Now all you need to do is the reversal of the taking apart process and you are all sorted.

If you now find that you DS lite does not power on or has the green light flash when powered on please see my other tips and trick I have posted on here.

I hope this helps and have to say that I accept no responsability forany damage that may occur to your DS lite when following these tips.


on Feb 08, 2010 | Nintendo DS Lite

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Turn on DS Lite, goes to health page, then to calendar/clock page, then to Pictochat automatically. then it picks a room and you can't get out and can't navigate the DS at all. Help, please.

Chances are your touch screen is faulty.
If you have warranty then send it in, if not you can try and repair it yourself, its pretty easy to do.

Buy yourself a new touch screen (I use ebay at around £3-£4 per screen), take apart your Ds lite, open the respective flexi-cable connectors, remove the flexi-cables from the motherboard, CAREFULLY peel the touch screen away from the bottom screen, peel off the surround, place it onto the new touch screen, attatch the new touch screen to the bottom screen, reverse the dismantling process and with any luck you have sorted out the problem.

Hope this helps.


Nov 30, 2009 | Nintendo DS Lite Console

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Bottom screen black

Your bottom lcd is busted. It'll have to be replaced.

Look online for Nintendo DS bottom lcd replacements.. Fairly cheap

May 17, 2009 | Nintendo DS Lite

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Nintedo DS Lite turns off when using touch scree

check the main supply of the lcd and replace the voltage regulator

Feb 05, 2009 | Nintendo DS Lite Console

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DS Lite bottom touchscreen seems "stuck"

i think you should either get a new ds or tap the touch screen hard. if tapping the touch sreen harder does not work then that means it is time for a new ds.

Jan 18, 2009 | Nintendo DS Lite Console

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Nintendo ds lite,green light on but not the screens

I had the Same problem on my wifes DS.  First problem was that it kept swithing itself off, so sent it to Nintendo for repair.  Within a week it was broken again.

This time the green light was coming on, but no sound and no sign of life in the screens.

Well, I'd already had to pay nintendo for the first fix (different region, no warranty, apparrently).  So I thought seeing as it's out of warranty anyway, why not open it up and have a look.

To open it you need specailist tools, I don't recommend it if you've never done anything like it before.

Anyways, the bios chip was no longer connected to the main PCB.  I simply plugged it back in and added some slips of post it note to stop it coming off again.

You can see in the picture, the chip easily plugs back onto that white clip on the board.

Once it was back on. the DS has been working fine.

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Bottom screen scrambled on nintendo ds lite

This option is only suitable for out of warranty devices as opening it violates the warranty.

Open the device following this info:
How to dismantle an Original Nintendo DS.

If yours is the NDS Lite, just find this video in youtube:
"Disassembling Nintendo DS Lite"

The bottom screens have 2 wrap wires, one big and visible, that is the screen cable, the other is small and not so obvious and this one is for the touch screen and you dont want to get it broken.

The cable connectors release the cable by lifting ot pulling the brown or black lock and be sure to remember how it was connected so you can know the right position of the cable when connected right not having any problem with loosen cables before you finish.

Good Luck...

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Sounds like the screen is broken. It may be fixable, but you're likely better off buying a new DS.

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