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DS Lite F1 fuse replacement

Is there a way to test if that fuse is blown? And how would you test it?

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You have to carefully dissasemble the console, take the circuit board out and find the fuses.
Then test the fuses using a continuity tester, DMM or something alike.
A fuse must show electrical continuity, or closed circuit if good and shows a open circuit if bad.

WARNING NOTE: there are not high voltajes or currents inside a small battery operated device but the same way even static current is enough to make damage in the circuit.

If you dont know how to test a fuse you might make more damage than repair.

Good Luck...

Posted on Apr 22, 2008

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My son had not used his nintendo DS for some time but when he went to charge the battery, the light shined orange for a short while and then cut off.


I think its the fuse thats the problem. Try testing both the f1 and f2 fuses with a multimeter, chances are that one of the fuses have blown. Instead of replacing the fuses you can buy
a battery charger for the ds lite. search "Battery Charger for Nintendo dsl" on ebay It should
cost about $5.49

Feb 26, 2011 | Nintendo DS Lite Console

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DS Lite stopped working. Green/Orange light Flicker On then Off.


Hi,

Has your DS lite stopped working? does the green/orange light momentarily stay on? Here are a few tips to help you on your way to repairing your DS lite.

These are the three top reasons for the above faults:

1) One of the screens is either not correctly connected or has devlouped a fault... If one of the screens flickers after you switch it on and just before the green light goes out then the screen that doesn't flicker is causing the problem, firstly try reconnecting it and if that doesn't work you will have to replace it, both screens are avaliable for a reasonable fee on ebay, search for either "DS lite top screen" or DS lite bottom screen".
(if you need help with replacing the screens check out my other tips and tricks I have issued on here).

2) Locate the inductor labled "L2" if this is missing then you will need to either solder it back on if you can find it or else you can buy another one again on ebay for a reasonable fee, search for "DS lite L2".

3) If both the above fail then chances are you have blown a fuse, if you can charge the DS then it is not your "F1" fuse in which case you will only need to replace the "F2" fuse, firstly desolder the old fuse and then solder on the replacement fuse, this should solve the issue. If however the charging light stays on for a very brief time (i.e 1-2secs) then you will have to replace the "F1" fuse, locate the "F1" fuse and follow the sames steps stated for the "F2" fuse. These fuses are also found on ebay, search for "ds lite fuse" and buy the quantity you require.

If you don't have access to soldering equipment or are unable to solder these very small parts (i.e fuse dimensions - 1.5 mm x 0.8 mm and the "L2" inductor dimensions - 2.5mm x 1.8mm x 1.8mm) The is a product called wire glue which is avaliable from ebay (located in the USA) which is fantastic as it is a glue with conductive properties.

You may find guides that tell you to "bridge" the fuses and "L2" inductor but I would strongly advise against this, afterall they are there for a reason and just think what damage would have happend if that fuse hadn't have blown.

Here is an image for the location of the fuses, also if you look just under the power switch you will see the "L2" inductor:
http://www.xdupe.com/assets/images/nintendo_ds/tutorials/ds_lite_fuse/usg-cpu-x3_fuses.jpg

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

Regards,
SOD69

on Feb 08, 2010 | Nintendo DS Lite

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When i put my ds charger in it gose red for one second


Hi,

Sounds like your F1 fuse has blown. This fuse is located inside the DS lite and is very small (the longest side being less than 2mm long).

I would suggest that if you have a warranty that you send it off.
If you don't have one then there are plenty of repair services avaliable on the internet such as ebay.
If you have the skill and time to replace the F1 fuse yourself then there are a few items you will need:
A soldering iron ad solder,
A replacement SMD 0603 1A fuse (ebay have these, search F1 or F2 fuse),
A triwing screwdriver (found on ebay, search DS lite triwing screwdriver).
A precision crosshead screwdriver.

If you would like a guide on how to dismantle the DS lite and the location of the F1 fuse then click on my name and you will find the relevant guideson my profile page.

If you need any further help or advice please feel free to contact me.

Regards,
SOD69

Apr 11, 2010 | Nintendo DS Lite Console

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My nintendo DS lite will not turn on. It charges but when i try to turn it on it wont go on


Hi,

If your battery is working fine then chances are your fuse has blown. First see if you can get a battery from a friend to test if that sorts out your problem, if it doesnt then you will need to replace your fuse. I have written guides for both fuse replacement and DS lite dismantling.

DS lite dismantling guide

DS lite fuse replacement guide


If you have any further questions or need any more help feel free to message me via my profile.

Regards,

SOD69

Feb 21, 2010 | Nintendo DS Lite

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Unit won't turn on !


Hi,
This could be due to several things, the main ones being:

1) One of the screens is either not correctly connected or has devlouped a fault... If one of the screens flickers after you switch it on and just before the green light goes out then the screen that doesn't flicker is causing the problem, firstly try reconnecting it and if that doesn't work you will have to replace it, both screens are avaliable for a reasonable fee on ebay, search for either "DS lite top screen" or DS lite bottom screen".

2) Locate the inductor labled "L2" if this is missing then you will need to either solder it back on if you can find it or else you can buy another one again on ebay for a reasonable fee, search for "DS lite L2".

3) If both the above fail then chances are you have blown a fuse, if you can charge the DS then it is not your "F1" fuse in which case you will only need to replace the "F2" fuse, firstly desolder the old fuse and then solder on the replacement fuse, this should solve the issue. If however the charging light stays on for a very brief time (i.e 1-2secs) then you will have to replace the "F1" fuse, locate the "F1" fuse and follow the sames steps stated for the "F2" fuse. These fuses are also found on ebay, search for "ds lite fuse" and buy the quantity you require.

If you don't have access to soldering equipment or are unable to solder these very small parts (i.e fuse dimensions - 1.5 mm x 0.8 mm and the "L2" inductor dimensions - 2.5mm x 1.8mm x 1.8mm) The is a product called wire glue which is avaliable from ebay (located in the USA) which is fantastic as it is a glue with conductive properties.

You may find guides that tell you to "bridge" the fuses and "L2" inductor but I would strongly advise against this, afterall they are there for a reason and just think what damage would have happend if that fuse hadn't have blown.

Here is an image for the location of the fuses, also if you look just under the power switch you will see the "L2" inductor:
http://www.xdupe.com/assets/images/nintendo_ds/tutorials/ds_lite_fuse/usg-cpu-x3_fuses.jpg

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

Regards,
SOD69

Feb 07, 2010 | Nintendo DS Lite Console

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Nintendo DS Lite - trying to recharge it, been plugged in most of the day. I have noticed that the red LED is flashing when the DS is connected to the mains, is this normal?


Hi,

This is down to a number of possabilities:

1) Give the Battery terminals a bit of a clean up by either using an alcohol solution such as white spirit or scratch them clean with a small sharp knife or scalpel.

2) Try another battery - Rather than going ahead and buying a new one first see if you can borrow one off a friend or family member for a few seconds.

3) Try a different charger - Again, rather than going ahead and buying a new one first see if you can borrow one off a friend or family member for a few seconds.


4) Your fuse/s may have blown - You need to have fairly good soldering skills as the fuse you will be replacing is tiny (1.6mm x 0.8mm). You can buy the fuse you need from ebay (do a search for ds lite fuse). Take your ds lite apart and locate the "f1" fuse (here is a link to the pic of the fuse location: http://m3wiki.com/index.php/Image:Usgcpu01fuses.jpg ). Remove the blown fuse by de soldering it and replace it with the new fuse and solder it into place, once this is done you can put your ds back together and test if the charger now works... if it does work but the ds will not switch on you will have to also replace f2 (also shown on the picture).

If you want a more detailed explaination for the replacement of the fuses do a google search for "ds lite fuse replacement2 and you should get plenty of guides show up.

Some people say just to bridge this fuse if its blown but i'm strongly against this, the fuse is there for a reason and if you bypass it more serious damage can occur and that will be far more costly and dangerous.

Hope this helps and like to say I accept no responsibility for any damage that may occur whilst using my advice.

Regards,
SOD69

Feb 06, 2010 | Nintendo DS Lite Console

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When on charge only lasts a few seconds and then cuts out


Hi,
Your charging fuse has blown. If you have a warranty i'd suggest using it to get it repaired, if not you can either take it to a local repair shop or try replacing it yourself.

You need to have fairly good soldering skills as the fuse you will be replacing is tiny (1.6mm x 0.8mm). You can buy the fuse you need from ebay (do a search for ds lite fuse). Taky your ds lite apart and locate the "f1" fuse (here is a link to the pic of the fuse location: http://m3wiki.com/index.php/Image:Usgcpu01fuses.jpg ). Remove the blown fuse by de soldering it and replace it with the new fuse and solder it into place, once this is done you can put your ds back together and test if the charger now works... if it does but the ds will not switch on you will have to also replace f2 (also shown on the picture).

If you want a more detailed explaination for the replacement of the fuses do a google search for "ds lite fuse replacement2 and you should get plenty of guides show up.

Some people say just to bridge this fuse if its blown but i'm strongly against this, the fuse is there for a reason and if you bypass it more serious damage can occur and that will be far more costly and dangerous.

Hope this helps and like to say I accept no responsibility for any damage that may occur whilst using my advice.

Regards,
SOD69

Feb 04, 2010 | Nintendo DS Lite Console

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Ds not turning on ,fitted new battery, amber light


could be a fuse on the logic board blown, probably f1 but if u change one you might as well change both f1 and f2 if that dosent work the logic board needs replacing

Jan 14, 2010 | Nintendo DS Lite Console

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Screens stay black, power lite is solid green


does it make the boot up sound? if so its a fault with your screen..can replace screens for £7.50 off ebay. try re- inserting ribbon cable for screen b4 buying new screen tho (could be that). if you can't hear bootup sound when powering up then something else wrong. maybe F1 or F2 fuse blown (test with a multi meter) look on youtube for tutorial

Mar 28, 2009 | Nintendo DS Lite Console

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DS lite console- after fitting new top screen?


Hmmm,sound like you may have not connected the screen properly OR more seriously you could have blown a fuse on the Motherboard.I recently bought a DS from E-bay with this problem.Its a matter of soldering across the fuse to bridge the gap.Its a VERY VERY small fuse so it will take a steady hand.Have a look on Google for DS lite blown fuse and you should get a few images showing you wich fuse to BRIDGE.Its usually the F2 fuse,but after I had done this the DS would work but it would not charge.After a bit of fiddling I found that the F1 fuse had also gone and apparently this is for the Charging procedure.You may be able to get replacement fuse for it but I couldnt find them anywhere.

Jul 06, 2008 | Nintendo DS Lite Console

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