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Hi my ribbon is connected as far as it can go but the screen is the same

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Then you were shipped the wrong screen model. Please check the serial no on the screen against the one you ordered to see if it is the same one.

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Top screen only works at a certain angle

hi, the problem you are having is with the data ribbon that connects the top screen to the circuit board in the bottom half of the ds, now the ribbon is a thin plastic sheet with several single strand wires running through it, now over time and use of opening and closing the ds this ribbon becomes brittle and the wires break and you lose the connection, how ever you can sometimes get it working by having the screen in a certain place like you have found out.

now the bad news is if this was a mobile you could just replace the data ribbon but nintendo didnt think like this and they secured the ribbon to the top screen meaning if the ribbon fails you need to replace the whole screen, their is no way of just replacing the ribbon as its soldered to the sceen and the wires on the screen so the only option you have is to get this screen replaced.

now most independent phone shops do ds repairs so shop around and see what price you can get, now i would say do this yourself but you need special tools and even with the tools its not easy to take apart and remove the screen its a nightmare to put back together as well.

let me know how you get on or if you need further assistance ok

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Dec 06, 2010 | Nintendo DS Lite Console

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Hi the problem you are having is very common fault, now the problem itself is to do with the thin ribbon that connects the screen to the circuit board, what happens is that over continured use of you opening and closing the screen this causes this ribbon to become brittle.
now the ribbon has several thin one strand copper wires in it and these break causing the problem you are getting, now the only way to solve the problem is to get this ribbon replaced.

it isnt an expensive part to buy and should not be expensive to fit, how ever it can be to difficult to do yourself as it requires taking the whole net book apart so you can get to both ends of this ribbon.

to get it working have you tried using the screen at different angles try not opening it so far or open it further doing this may get it working enough for you to do your work if not then the chances are the ribbon is to damaged and will need replacing before you will be able to get it working as it should do.

im sorry their is no easy fix but without getting this ribbon replaced it just wont work. how ever read on

the other possible cause could be that the netbook has over heated and if this is the case then it will just be a case of someone taking it apart and getting all the dust out and also resealing the heat compound onto the processor but without getting the ribbon checked it would be impossible to say what it causing the fault.

my first thoughts would be that it is the ribbon but without being able to see and check the netbook myself it would be difficult to be 100% sure.

let me know if you need further assistance ok

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Bottom half of the screen flickers and goes black

I would suspect this to be the lower Y Buffer board, with the back removed of the set it is on the far left hand side( lower ) and coonects via ribbons to the screen, get the part number off the board and Google or Ebay for a replacement.
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Toshiba screen goes blank when it is opened too far

Sounds like a problem with the ribbon for the screen being either having a loose connection or getting nipped. Pretty common on laptops because the ribbon runs along by the hinges on the base and then up to the screen.

Hopefully you will be able to access the ribbon on your model by removing the plastic bezel which lies just above the keyboard. The ribbons I have seen are about 1/2 inch wide and as I said connect on the base and the screen. The connection just pushes in. If its loose at the connection on the base then obviously push the connection fully home. If it's getting nipped then reseat it so that it does not get caught. ***NOTE*** a problem could arise if the ribbon has actually been damaged from being nipped - opening the laptop could cause it more damage and then you could lose the screen until you replace with a new ribbon. These can normally be purchased on places like Ebay and don't cost an arm and a leg.

If this helps, I'd appreciate feedback so other people can use this as a solution. Thanks

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Ds lite recasing

When you take off the bottom case, and lift up the pcboard and lower touch screen, you'll see the ribbon cable connected there. It's held in place by a black connector that lifts up. Use something like your fingernail and life up on the black part until it releases (it shouldn't take too much pressure to lift it up. Once you do that, the cable pulls directly down and out.

Make SURE what when you put it all back together that you make sure to seat the ribbon cable back in there as far up as it will go. If you put it together and all you get is a bottom screen that flashes and it won't stay charging, I'm 99% sure that it'll be that connection isn't in there far enough.

I had to troubleshoot 2 of mine doing that recently. Found out that it was the cable that wasn't in there far enough. Once I put it in far enough, they worked like charms.

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Connectors of screens,

well if you are able to open the system up there are ribbons that connect into the motherboard a little tricky but easy enough to do once you get the hang of it. if you open the bottom casing of the ds and then look at the ribbons there will be grooves in them showing how far they should go into the connector.

Then just take a small screw drive and pop the connector open be careful the tabs are easy to break/bend then its no fun. but it will connect back into the system just fine.

Then snap the tab back down once you have the ribbons back into the system properly. It does help if you have 2 people to do this just to make sure it dosent slip out before you get the ribbon snaped into place.

But be warned that this can also reck the ribbon if not done right. and loose its connection completely. then you would have to replace the whole screen again.

Hope this helps and good luck.

Jul 25, 2008 | Nintendo DS Lite Console

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Screen broke

Replacing the upper screen is by far the hardest to fix, it requires you to feed the LCD ribbon through a hole ¼” wide, you also need to be able to desolder and resolder the speakers on the new LCD ribbon, then feed the new ribbon back through the hole, it’s not that easy.

Jul 17, 2008 | Nintendo DS Console

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Screen broken

you need a new lcd screen.

Replacing the upper screen is by far the hardest to fix, it requires you to feed the LCD ribbon through a hole ¼” wide, you also need to be able to desolder and resolder the speakers on the new LCD ribbon, then feed the new ribbon back through the hole, it’s not that easy.

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Screen washout

If both went at the exact same time, each has it's own connection with a different ribbon cable in a different area, it would tend to imply that the ribbon cables and screens are both working fine and that the problem is elsewhere.

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No Image at the back screen

When I took mine apart and reassembled it, the same thing happened to me. So I reopened it and rechecked all of the connections. First of all, on all of the ribbon connections, there is a black and a beige part. First, stick your fingernail underneath the black part where the ribbon is supposed to be plugged in and then lift up. This will pop the black part open to allow you to plug the ribbon in well. Push the ribbon into the connection as far as you can, and then reclick the black section back down to ensure a good connection. Once I redid this, the screen worked again. I know thats a simple solution, but don't know if you tried it yet. If thats not the case, then it could probably be a number of things.

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