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I replaced the top screen of my DS Lite. I had trouble getting the ribbon through the hole Nr the hinge, I had to role it up and pass it through. Eventually I got it to pass through but then couldn't unroll it to get it out. I had to use tweezers and I think I may have damaged the ribbon in doing this, it's very crumpled and has a tiny hole. When I turn the DS on, I get a green light for half a second, the top screen flickers once and that's it...Nothing. No green light...No nothing. Please help. Cheers. Clare

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*sigh* -facepalm- Clare, consider this a lesson in electronics component replacement. If you're talking about one of those goldish-orange ribbon cables, then you need a new replacement screen. There actually is a small chance you may need a new DS as well. NEVER, EVER, EVER, EVER force one of those cables. For that matter, never force ANYTHING while repairing small electronics. My friend learned this the hard way. If you look closely at those cables (actually called flex cables), you'll notice that its slightly textured. That's because these flex cables contain multiple conductors. Once your flex cable is "crumpled" that means that some of the conductors inside the cable have either snapped on the microscopic level or malfunctioned in some other way. (I don't think i have to explain what a HOLE through the cable would mean.) Those things are designed to be flat, and REMAIN flat; they are even installed flat, so if you had to "roll it up," as you say, then that means one of two things: You don't have the hand-eye coordination/dexterity necessary to repair things of that size (which i'm going to assume that you DO have), or that you were installing it incorrectly. I'm assuming the latter. I have replaced multiple DS screens, and not once have i ever had to pass it through a hole of any sort. Now, if you are talking about those recievers on the mainboard where you have to flip a small hinge up to remove/ install the cable, thats totally different. The end of the cable goes into the reciever, and stops there. It does NOT go all the way through. Once the cable goes in as far as possible, flip the hinge back down so that the mechanism can "lock" the cable in place.Give it a light tug to make sure its locked in. Don't pull too hard. It should be good to go afterwards. Remember to buy a replacement screen. The one you just bought is totaled. If you have any questions, feel free to shoot me an email at Just make sure to include pictures if you do send me an email. I can provide better assistance if you do. Good luck.

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