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This could be as simple as a bit of crud or corrosion on the little pins in the slot. Could be as bad as a bent pin. Which ever it is don't start poking things in the slot, the pins are incredibly fragile. First clean your games off to make sure its not the game at fault. Then get a very bright light and look in the slot to see if there are any bent pins, if all looks ok then you could risk some very gentle cleaning of the pins. Remember those pins will bend just for the fun of it. If all that fails and you are good with a soldering iron change the slot, its fiddly and you need a very small tip iron, about 0.5mm or less. Oh and patience but you only need to take the bottom case of to get to it. You will need a tri-wing screwdriver too.
Check inside slot1 for bend or broken pins, if found you must take your DS to a videogame repair shop.
If all ok try to clean your DS slot1 contacts, theres a way to do it without problem, take some cardboard and make a cartridge width piece but longer to grab it, soak with alcohol and insert many times cartridge alike.
Dont use any cotton or fiber thing as pins can get caught and broken when you take out the cleaner.
your cartridge SLOT 1 connector is bad!, those 2 things sticking out are called "pins" where the game card makes contact with the D, u need to get it replaced, u could buy it on Ebay, search for "SLOT 1 ds" it's around $10-15 if u know how to fix electronics, .... u will need to solder it!... if u have warranty, send to Nintendo, or a repair shop!
The problem is that over time the console pins that contact the game catridge gold contacts bend and no longer contact the catridge. DSi has solved this problem by adding a spring that will push the catridge firmly against the pins. So Nintendo must have recognized the problem (a serious design flaw worthy of a class law suit since 4 DS lite at home had a similar problem. I fix the problem in one of the old "broken" consoles by adding a "bumper" made of folded paper on the catridge, opposite to the contacts. This rudimentary added pressure on the pins fixes the game freezing and all the games work now. I feel chated by Nintendo after spending over $600 to replace broken consoles. They usually break after about a year.
okay: do not worry this is not a problem the the slot 2 cartridge is not a game and therefore cannot be played :) so there is nothing wrong with it. you can trust me on this one, I have one of these. The only thing this bottom cartridge is, is kind of like an adapter to connect to the computer. you should have recieved a usb cable that goes along with the cartridge. when your ds is turned off, you can connect the usb side of the cable to your computer, and the other side to the bottom cartridge, ( note that you should also have the slot 1 card in the top game slot while doing this ) then turn on your ds, and click on the the top game (not the option pack) then it should give you the option to go to usb mode. im sorry if i made this seem too complex, but you can email me at email@example.com for more help, if you'd like :)
My daughter's DS had the same issue, worked one day and didn't work the next. I found that the contacts inside were just dirty. The slot is too small to fit a cotton swab, and most other things run a risk of bending the small connectors which would surely make it a paperweight. What I did was put a little dab of alcohol across the metal slides of one of her least favorite cartridges and clicked it in and out of the DS about 15 times and it worked perfectly. (the cartridge survived too). Hope this works for you too!
Hi. the same thing sometimes happens to me. but i find if i remove the cartridge and blow into it and the slot on the DS then insert the cartridge firmly back into the slot it will work. it seems that even the smallest speck of dust will affect it.