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Child got angry with game and bent back the DS in anger. Now top portion does not work. I believe I will have to mail it in for repair, how much will an est. cost?

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SHOULD NOT COST MORE THAN $30

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I had just repaired two of these with the same problems, and ran into two different solutions! First solution is too check with a little flash light inside the game cartridge area where you insert the game for bent pins that may contact each other when the game is inserted, the solution is to take apart and repair the bent pins by straightening them out, or buy a new cartridge holder from ebay to solder on the board. This fixes no read and shut down of ds, and is a permanent fix, until someone jams a cartridge back in and bends the pins again.

The other fix, is to buy a new motherboard I found that one had a circuit malfunction which caused this issue.

Most likely and a lot of times it is in fact bent pins causing this because when inserting the game into the cartridge area over and over with force or putting it in backwards and forcing it by someone that doesn't know any better will create the problem and that leaves you two options I stated above: If you can fix the bent pins you might have success, if you can solder, you can replace the game cartridge on the motherboard, and or replace motherboard if that failed. If you don't do none of these you have the option to get it repaired, sell it back on eBay.
The pins are fragile and can be bent in ways not repairable in that case you would safe time and effort to buy a game cartridge on line, cheap few bucks, and solder it onto motherboard to fix your issue.
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If it is not a bent or broken pin, there may be some other type of blockage inside SLOT 1.
If there is nothing wrong with the pins and there is no blockage inside the slot, then there may be a dry joint where the slot is soldered to the PCB inside the DS. This kind of fault will require the DS to be opened with a special tri-wing screwdriver and the use of a multimeter to check all the connections. If you have soldering experience (and tools) then you can try re-soldering the connections.

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SOD69 is right.
Contact Nintendo,
1-800-255-3700
or www.nintendo.com
This problem happened with me too.
Let me tell you what they are gonna do:

They are going to tell you to fill out a page of your adress,put in your box and mail it to the post office,and then they will mail it to the Nintendo Office. With your DS and the form in the box.
(Please make sure you have the game out, slot 2 gamepak and stylus out. It may get lost.) They will mail it back in 3 weeks.
A sewing needle might push the prong down in system. and damage it,so don't do any harm to the DS or else Nintendo will cost you. Its basically free.

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If everything looks ok give the socket a blow inside and hold the ds with cover facing away from you and press down slightly at the top of the game socket, i know this is not a technical repair but i have done it a number of times and it has'nt failed.

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