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Need new Motherboard

Hi there,

My naughty son immersed his DS Lite in water, I need a replacement motherboard but it is not available in our country. Do you know a trusty supplier? Thanks a lot.


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Posted on Aug 12, 2008


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My son's DS Lite switches off when he presses the B button - is this fixable?


I've had experiences of this before and have found that its most commoly caused by a crack in the motherboard due to the b button being pressed to vigorously.

To see if this is the case you might what to give it a few quick tests:

Firstly, see if the issue differs when various amounts of pressure is applied to the B button.

Another thing you can try is to put the DS lite in a zip bag (such as a food/ sandwich bag) and pop it in the freezer for 15mins. After the time has elapsed take it back out and turn it on, press the B button gently and see if the issue impoves.

If the issue does improve when you try these tests then its almost a certainty that the motherboard is cracked.

If you have a warranty then send it off, if you dont then there are many reputable repair services on the internet (such as ebay).
You can replace the motherboard yourself if you wish, this will require some specialist tools and a replacement motherboard which are all avaliable on ebay.

If you require any help with the dismantling process and what tools you will need then click on my name and see the relevant guide that I have written.

If you would like any further help or advice, or if this is not the solution then feel free to get back to me and I will assist you as best as I can.


Apr 19, 2010 | Nintendo DS Lite Console

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Water in ds


If the power light only stays on for a second then chances are that the internal fuse has blown (F2).

If you have a warranty then send it off to them for a repair (although chances are there will be a fee due to most warranties not covering liquid damage).

Failing that you can send it to a local repair service... there are many good ones avaliable on ebay.

Or if you have moderate soldering skills and fancy doing a bit of DIY repairing I have written a few guides that will be of great help to you.

Firstly just to make sure all the water has gone I would suggest dismantling it as much as possible and then place it in an airtight container... fill the remainder of the container with rice and then seal it. Next place the container in a warm place such as an airing cupboard and leave it there for 1-2 weeks after which it should have dried out. Please noter that rice may need to be replaced if it becomes soft or soggy and also NEVER put the ds in an oven as some people would suggest.

You can get the fuses from ebay for a very reasonable price, you will also need a few other tools to take the DS lite apart such as:
a cross head precision screwdriver,
a precision tri-wing screwdriver (avaliable on ebay)
a soldering iron,
craft knife,
and tweezers.

I would also suggest giving the motherboard a bit of a wipedown with an alcohol based solvent such as "methylated spirit" or "white spirit" just to clean off any water damage residue that may have appeared making sure not to over dampen it (I use a cotton bud to apply the solvent).

Here are the guides:
DS lite dismantle guide
DS lite fuse replacement

Hope this helps, if you need any further assistance you may require please feel free to contact me.


Mar 15, 2010 | Nintendo DS Lite Console

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My son spilled water on his ds lite last night. Now it does nothing. When you try to tur it on, the bottom screen flashes very quickly and thats it. Is there any hope?


If thebottom screen flashes then thetop screen is damaged and will need replacing.

You can get a new screen at a reasonable price on ebay and i have written up guides telling you how to dismantle the DS lite and how to replace the screens.

Dismantle guide (inc. tools you will need).
Top screen replacement.

If you need any further help contact me via my profile.


Feb 12, 2010 | Nintendo DS Lite Console

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My son's DS Lite won't come on. The green light

Last time I had this I had to change the motherboard, tried for hours to find the fault. motherboards are about £50 if you have to resort to it. Make sure you are buying an original nintendo and not a copy

Jan 29, 2010 | Nintendo DS Lite Console

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My ds is not turning on

check battery replace if need be, check that the switch springs back when moved up, try turning it on with the mains cable plugged in. Still no joy change fuses on the motherboard and eventually if nothing changes its a new motherboard or ds.

Jan 12, 2010 | Nintendo DS Lite Console

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My ds console doesn't power up but green light is on...have tried a new battery still no good. Brand new ...son's Xmas gift


Sorry to hear that. This problem is caused by 2 things.

1.) Wifi Board is bad
2.) Motherboard is bad

HOWEVER, the Wifi board may not be bad, but the DS could have been dropped and the Wifi-Board fell off the motherboard.

SOLUTION: Open up the DS and look to the left. You will notice a small rectangular board sitting on top of the motherboard. If it's off, re-attach it and BINGO!

Dec 28, 2009 | Nintendo DS Lite Console

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My ds lite keeps freezing because a drop of water went in it and i dont know what to do help!!!!!

DSl's hate water they die instantly!! Keep away from any liquids.
You will need a new motherboard at least to repair it, water damage is impossible to repair.

Dec 19, 2009 | Nintendo DS Lite Console

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My ds lite freze on the calender setup

HI - unfortunatley its a motherboard fault (processor) would need new motherboard - if you are in the UK or Europe then its chaper here dsdoctor

Nov 30, 2009 | Nintendo DS Lite Console

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Mt DS lite will not turn on anymore

there isnt a reset button. have you any power lights or screen flashes.

Feb 17, 2009 | Nintendo DS Lite Console

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DS Lite does not power up

If the console has overcharged or has been used for long periods of time or could just be fluke, chances are the fuses are blown on the main motherboard try this link, this guy fixed my ds and i had the exact same problems as you guys have

Sep 10, 2007 | Nintendo DS Lite Console

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