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Nintendo DS screen problem

Hello the bottom half of the touch screen on my DS is not operating ie: on the high low numbers game it will select on the higher half of the squares but not the lower. Is this problem repairable or is it a scrap unit now,any help would be appreciated. Thankyou,Mike

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Try calibrating the touch screen again. This can be done when you first power up the DS without any games in it. It's in your settings.

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2. Go to Settings (Little icon on the bottom of the touch screen)

3. Select Pink button

4. Select "GBA Mode" (pink button on the right)

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Use the packaged styles and tap on the screen like you would with a mouse on a computer.
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