I don't really know how to explain it, but I dropped my DS (not a very high fall) and now one of the hinge thingies came off. In the place where it used to be, a black space is there instead. I still have the broken piece on me, though. Anyway to fix this? Glue, maybe? >< (it still turns on and off, too, though, so should I keep it?)
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Not much info but if you mean the lid on your DS falls backward when opened then one of two things has happened either the small barrel lock in the hinge has broken, this is rare. Or you have broken the hinge allowing the barrel lock to rotate in the case.
The barrel is cheap and a very easy fix by opening the case removing the led lens holder then change the lock. If you have broken the hinge you will need to replace the case, tricky job requiring patience especially when transfering the top screen to the new case. Watch a few you tube instruction videos to get a better idea of whats involved.
Nintendo will fix the hinges depending on a few things, first thing would be to determine how the hinges were broken. The hinges are tested before they leave the factory, the only way that they actually break would be because of physical damage/impact. Physical damage is not covered under the manufact warranty so you would get a discounted price depending on if your under warranty or not. Regardless giving them a call and having their techs fix them will be the best bet, not only because you know it will be fixed right and your warranty will start over the day it gets repaired.
Replying to the first post: If you have broken the ribbon cable, which is highly likely if you have broken the hinge, then the DS will not work. It does not turn on unless there is a connection to both screens. You will need to buy a new ribbon cable for it: A useful site I found is: www.consoleparts4u.co.uk
Once you replace this then it should work for you.
Repling to th second post:
I would recommend buying a new case for it at least because the ribbon cable will break if left broken due to the strain on it.
The more expensive but easier option is to buy a new one.
The only way you can repair this properly is to replace the casing with a new one... the hinge is a common problem and over 90% of my customers on the DS and DS Lite need a new case due to broken hinges. Once the plastic bit has broken then it will only get worse. The small bit that you say fell out was the actual hinge itself (a small black part with a silver end that twists and locks your console into place when open). Hope that helps!