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Replacing bottom screen on a nintendo DS

Hi I have a nintendo DS that needs the bottom screen replacing- is this easy to do as I have another DS with a working bottom screen and if I can I want to swap the screens over

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The bottom screen is not difficult but it does take some care. As noted in another post, the bottom screen is 3 pieces. The actual screen, the touch screen on top, and then a clear plastic cover.

There is a ton of videos and manuals out here that can get you started.
Two things though!! Wear examination gloves when working with the touchscreen. Any fingerprints on the screen and it will not function correctly. I have had a limited amount of success cleaning the screen after my pudgy fingers hit it.

Also, It can be difficult to get all of the screens lined up correctly. Make darn sure you look at the spacing all the way around BEFORE you pull the stack apart. If you do not get it all lined up correctly the case will not fit! (Even then it may take of couple of tries to get it right)

Good luck with it.

Posted on May 26, 2008

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the bottom screen and the touch screen are seperate, jus mounted on top of each other, so if the picture works on the bottom then the bottom screen is fine just the touch screen is broken. again i think if the cables/ribbons are in correctly and it isn't responding then it will need replacing!!

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Get a screen replacement online? They are quite easy to purchase and find.

If not, in thought this should work if the screen is blury from an object in the DS or something. Unscrew the screws that keep the screen in place as if you are taking it out and replacing it, and wipe the screen clean.

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Hi I have a problem with my bottom screen as well. I was replacing the case as the hinge was broken. When i was putting it back together i noticed a slight tear in the ribbon cable which is attached to the board and the bottom screen.
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