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Please help i have pulled my ds lite apart and now i do not know how to put it back

I had a broken power swith so got a new casing and switch set hence pulled my ds apart now i have heaps of pieces and no instructions on how to put it together again

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Sure I could have told you all the steps on how to put the ds back together again but that would just take a while to do so the best way is to watch a youtube vid and see how its taken apart and then just do it in the reverse order from where you are.

Posted on Aug 06, 2008

  • Wesley Gardner
    Wesley Gardner Aug 06, 2008

    ps. its alway better in another language

  • Wesley Gardner
    Wesley Gardner Aug 06, 2008

    ok there is a translated video here



    enjoy!

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I have a ds lite that works fine but i need to change the casing on it as some parts of the original casing are broken. Can anyone give me or tell me where to get the instructions on how to remove the...


Hi,
I have written a guide that should help...

DS lite dismantling guide

Hope it helps... if you need any further help oradvice feel free to message me via my profile page.

Regards,
SOD69

Mar 04, 2010 | Nintendo DS Lite

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DS Lite not turning on? Read this tip to find out how to fix it!


Have you dropped your DS Lite and now it rattles?

Is it charging but not turning on?

Then this is the guide for you!!

A very common problem with the DS Lite is that when it is dropped a small chip called the L2 Inductor comes away from the motherboard. This will still enable the DS to charge but you will not be able to switch it on. This guide will take you through step by step how to repair your DS Lite.

Things you will need :-



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If you are lucky then your L2 inductor is still rattling around inside your DS. If it is lost then they can be bought very cheaply off of ebay :- L2 Inductor Ebay (Please note - This is not my ebay username, just the person that I always get my parts from)

Ok now we have everything it is time to start. Clear a nice big area for you to work in.

First remove any game cartridges from their slots and the DS stylus, like so -

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Next remove the battery cover and 2 small rubber bungs here -


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Underneath the 2 rubber bungs are 2 phillips screws.

Next remove the battery and take out the circled 3 phillips screws. You do not need to remove the uncircled phillips screw in the battery compartment.


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Next, remove the 4 circled tri-wing screws using the tri-wing screwdriver -


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Ok, thats all the screws removed, now to lift the case off. Pulling up from the back with 2 fingers on the shoulder buttons gently pull up and towards you but only enough so that you can get the case tool in to help with leverage. See below pictures -


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Work the case tool around the gap and the top cover should lift off easily. DO NOT FORCE IT! You will then be able to see the motherboard like so -


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The L2 Inductor sits to the left of the motherboard, right underneath the power switch -


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Make sure that when you took the case apart if the L2 inductor was rattling around, it has not been lost. Hopefully you have managed to find it. What you need to do now is resolder the L2 inductor back onto the motherboard. Hold the L2 Inductor in place and carefully apply the soldering iron to each end, like so (it does not matter which way round the L2 Inductor goes) -


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If you need to hold the L2 Inductor use something like tweezers.

Once you have secured the L2 Inductor onto the motherboard apply a tiny amount of solder onto each end of the L2 Inductor just to give it a bit more strength.

Thats it! You are done! Congratulations, you have repaired your DS Lite!

Now all you have to do is put it back together and you are finished. There are a couple of important things you need to know when putting your DS Lite back together.

You must make sure both the power switch slider and the volume switch slider are in the right place. The power switch slider should spring back to where it is supposed to but these pictures will confirm where they need to be -

Volume switch all the way to the left

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Power switch all the way to the right as you look at it

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The case sliders also need to be in the right place too, if you do not get this right you will break the little tabs off of the switches!

Volume slider all the way to the left

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Power slider all the way to the right

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When you re-assemble your ds, start refitting the case from the front backwards. Get it all in line on the front and the back should drop down with ease. Again do not force anything!!


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Replace all the screws in reverse order and you are 100% done!! Give yourself a pat on the back!!

on Aug 30, 2010 | Nintendo DS Lite Console

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DS Lite Top Screen Replacement


Hi,

Has your top screen devlouped a fault or stopped working altogether? Here is my guide to re-connecting a new top screen and fitting a new one.

Take the DS lite apart (a tri wing screwdriver is needed and can be found cheap on ebay), disconnect the top screen by lifiting the motherboards connector flap (located near the hindge) and then re-insert it, try switching it on again and see if thats sorted it. If not then you will need to replace the screen. (If you need help taking the DS lite apart then check out my other tips and tricks posted on here).

A new screen can be brought on ebay for a reasonable price, there will be a little soldering required as the speakers will need to be de-soldered from the old screen and re-soldered onto the new one (please take note of which wire goes where).

Remove the screws from the lid of the DS lite (4x screws hidden under little coloured squares above and below both speaker outlets) slide the top/outer part away from the hindges, it will move about 5mm and then you can lift it off... Gently pull the ribbon through the hindge so that it is free from the bottom part of the DS lite, pry the screen away from the shell (a small amount of force may be required to remove it) remove the front plastic part of the screen (with the respective DS lite coloured frame, de-solder the speakers, re-attatch them to the new screen, place the new screen into the housing along with the speakers and put back the wifi and mic to their original position if they got moved, you will notice a slot in the hindge where the ribbon goes in, this is for the ribbon to easily slide back into the bottom part of the DS lite... pop the ribbon through and then re-attatch it to the motherboard with the connector, pressing down the connectors flap.

Screw the DS lite back together, after this you will need to place the plastic sheet with the respective DS lite coloured frame back onto the top screen... The reason you don't put it on any time before that is if you put it on prior to putting the new screen in place you will have great difficulty trying to get it correctly aligned.

If you find that your DS lite now doesn't want to stay powered on please refer to my other tips and tricks I have issued on here.

I hope this helps and have to say that I accept no responsability for any damage that may occur to your DS lite when following these tips.

Regards,
SOD69

on Feb 08, 2010 | Nintendo DS Lite

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Ds lite top screen


Yes its fixable but it depends on what has broken.
There are two possibilities the small barrel hinge has broken, this is just a case of fitting a new one by opening the case, unscrew the light and gently pulling the top of the case away till you can change the barrel hinge.
The other one is the case has broken and is not holding the barrel hinge, can bodge it with some glue sometimes but most often you need a new case.

Jul 09, 2009 | Nintendo DS Lite Console

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I took my ds aprt put it back together and no power on?


Oh... Taking your DS apart is a huge no no! Only professionals should take apart your DS. That goes for other items as well.

I suggest that you take it to a professional and have your DS refurbished. Refurbishing makes your DS like new, and can cost anywhere from $70 - $90, depending on where you take your DS to be refurbished.

Hope it helps~

Jan 19, 2009 | Nintendo DS Lite Console

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My son got a broken stylus stuck in the stylus holder help


Yes I can help you, the stylus holder is screwed on to the inside of the backing case.
if you remove the case back you can remove the stylus holder and then the stylus and put it back together.
Be careful when taking it apart and putting it back together not to break the power switch off, it is extremely delicate. turn the speakers all the way down and make surethat the slides are in position before putting the case back on.

Dec 28, 2008 | Nintendo DS Console

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Look on the well known auction sites. Some are selling the switch. Ask them if they could also replace it for you. I could do it for you but I'm in Europe, so a little to far

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The switch is broken. This is a common problem if the shell case has been removed or if someone simply pushed way too ******* the power button. A new button can be purchased on ebay for under $10. Some soldering and desoldering will be required. The DS Lite is breakable when taking it apart so be careful. You can also send it to a guy like me for a fee and have it fixed or sell the broken unit to someone like me that fixes them.

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Yes. The switch has broken and is replaceable. However I wouldn't recommend you do it unless you've done this before. DS Lites are easy to damage further when taking them apart. It's a great system but is easily broken beyond fixing. Look at all the posts on here from people putting new shells on and now the system won't boot up, broken ribbon cable connectors, etc. If it's under a year old contact Nintendo and they will repair it for free.

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