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Microphone problem The microphone is out of place on my DS and i need to fix it. Nintnedo wants to charge me 80+ dollars to fix it. i would rather fix it myself, but i don't know how to remove the cover. do you have any idea how to open it up? it needs some weird screwdriver

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  • tasha4014 Feb 07, 2009

    microphone quit in DS and i dont know how to fix it me


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The nintendo consoles including the Ds all use a tri wing screwdriver. This can be purchased from or you could make your own like I did by grinding 3 points off a hex screwdriver.
Once you have got the screwdriver then it is relatively easy to take the Ds apart and fix any problems.

Hope this helps


Posted on May 14, 2008

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SOURCE: Microphone/Cover Problem

Here is a tutorial for the Original DS:
And the DS lite
Please rate me well if this helps.
Take Care,

Posted on May 12, 2008

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Hi my DS Lite microphone just stopped working so i had it replaced but still it wont respond i tried the game in another DS and it worked fine .. I also adjusted games sensitivity but still nothing ........

Hi there, the DS microphone is actually linked to the socket that is at the front of the console. Although you may have replaced the actual micrphone and wire (which was the one that came from the top part of the console and plugged onto the motherboard) it still wont fix the problem. You have to actually have to have the microphone socket replaced. They are available off of ebay for around £5 but they are not easy to fit. Ideally you need to find someone who is able to hot air solder as this is not simply something that can be unsoldered with a soldering iron. You could pay someone to do it, for example a proper console repair person but they will probably charge around £50 to do it. If you know someone who is a dab hand at electronics you could ask them if they would be able to do it. Unsoldering the socket is the more difficult part but soldering it back on is pretty easy.

This is the thing you need, I have personally fitted lots of these and it has worked every time -

DS Lite headphone/microphone socket

Hope this helps and thank you for using FixYa

Jan 07, 2011 | Video Game Consoles & Games

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My microphone on my ds lite dosen't work.This has been happening for about five months now.How do i fix it?

Nintendo DS - Microphone not responding properly
Not all games use the Nintendo DSs built-in microphone. Consult the instruction manual of the game you are playing to be sure the game uses the microphone feature.

Specific games:

  • Need assistance with the voice recognition feature of Brain Age? Click here to read some tips we've come up with.
  • For help communicating with your dog in Nintendogs, click here for help.
  • Playing Metroid Prime Hunters on the Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection, and have questions or issues with Voice Chat? If so, please click here.
  • Playing Pokémon Pearl or Pokémon Diamond on the Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection, and have questions or issues with Voice Chat? If so, please click here.
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If you are still experiencing problems with the microphone, your system will need to be repaired.Nintendo offers convenient repairs, fast turnaround times and, for all systems repaired, a new one-year manufacturer's warranty. To begin the repair process, we will need to gather some information from you.

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Try contacting Nintendo Customer Service at or calling 1-800-255-3700 (Nintendo Customer Support).

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My Nintendo DS microphone broke for no reason and my sister's also broke for no reason...What should I do?

Go thru these steps to see if its a configuration issue with the DS:

Restart your Nintendo DS. Sometimes a quick restart will fix your microphone problem. Do this on both systems. All the steps that I mention, do them on both systems.

Check whether your microphone volume is up. Access this feature through the DS menu. If the microphone’s volume is down, it will not receive any sound.

Make sure the volume on your Nintendo DS is up. If your speakers are off, you won't hear whether your microphone works.

If these steps do not correct the problem, then systems will need to be serviced cause the main board would be bad at that point.

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Hi, The Ds microphone is relatively straight forward to replace and can be bought on eBay etc if you wished to fix it yourself. Alternatively if you contact a local DS retailer they will be able to put you in contact with nintendo who will fix it for a fee.

I don't know of anyway to bypass the activities in any games reliant on the microphone.

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Yea where IN the DS Lite menu?

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Here is a tutorial for the Original DS:
And the DS lite
Please rate me well if this helps.
Take Care,

May 12, 2008 | Nintendo DS Console

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My DS lite microphone wont work

sounds like a wire has been cut on the ribbon cable . not an easy fix , could be a new top screen and soldering

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