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