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Ds says it can not locate the game card, which is inserted. Have tried different games, have tried cleaning intake area. Have removed battery.

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The card slot is loose.

Posted on Jul 16, 2010

  • jleegrubb Sep 24, 2010

    Additional step but be careful! I found my kids were licking the game cartridges to get them to play in their two DS lites. Finally none would play. Cleaned the game cartridges with 80% alcohol dampened (not dripping) Q-Tips, gently wipe w/clean cloth, and allow to dry. Still none worked. Figured the game slot pin were coated in spit or oxidized. Took a cheap thin emery board for doing nails, used the fine side toward the pins and gently (going directly in and out so as not to bend the pins sideways) abraded the pins. Blow gently to remove any dust. Now both machines see all cards all the time.

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It just could be that it needs to be cleaned.

Turn off the system.
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Otherwise your card reader is damaged and needs to be fixed/replaced.


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