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Won't power up

I want to buy a nintendo ds from ebay. the lady says she switched shells and now it won't power up. she says it flashes quickly then back off is this fixable?

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  • melissa78 Mar 11, 2008

    I have a nintendo ds when you press the power button a red light comes on and the screen flashes and it shuts back off. Tried charging it even when to game store and had them test the charge that wasn't the problem. Put in new battery and still won't power on. Wonder if this needs to be recalled?


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If when the charger is plugged in the light only flashes on and then straight back off again its something in the mother board. I was told this by a nintendo ds repairer. If the light stays on while the charger is connected its probably a loose connector or a broken screen.

Good luck

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If she switched the shell, it was probably because the hinge was broken. If this is the case, there is a ribbon cable that runs through that hinge. If it is damaged, the system will blink on and then right back off. You can also see that possibly, only the bottom screen will blink on and off. This ribbon cable will need replaced. It normally runs about $10 total shipped.

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There is something not properly plugged into the logic board. try opening the ds and make sure all connections are secure

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