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Cracked hinge and chipped corner on DS LITE

Hi, my autistic son cracked the hings on his DS lite and there is a small chip out of the plastic casing so it is no longer smooth. The item functions just fine, but to him the unit is "broken" and feels akward because of the chip in the plastic case. Can I simply replace the plastic case? If so, where do you find a replacement case (of course it would need to be exactly identical to the one he has - of course it's the pokemon edition! Yikes!)

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    Thanks! I will try it!

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A chip in the case???
to be honest, unless you have a degree in engineering its going to be difficult to just replace the case, you could call nintendo and talk to them about a repair, but broken hinges are considered physical damage, so if you were under your one year manufact warranty, you would be looking at about 57bucks

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A new case will cost you 25 dollars and for a case replacement with fixing service would cost you about 45

yes as stated its not a easy task if its not your first time I have fixed a bunch and theres alot that can go wrong.

good luck to you.



Posted on Aug 07, 2008

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Yes the shell can be replaced, you can either check ebay or google nintendo ds lite shell housing, i have seen them, doing this yourself is no easy task, there is a repair service on ebay under repair service fix nintendo ds lite

Posted on Aug 05, 2008

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