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2 Screws under battery door

Hi, I took my DS Lite apart and by mistake turned one of two little screws under the battery lid. (The one closest to the corner of the DS Lite.) They look like small variable capacitors. What do they do? this was while I was replacing my touch screen, now I have intermittent brightness problems. Could this have anything to do with it? I appreciate any help that you can give me... thanks, John

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are you refering to the 2 screw by the volume switch?

the one on the left is the SL1 and the circle one is the VR

http://gbatemp.net/index.php?showtopic=33481

the above link goes into the use of it a bit more for ya as well.

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My son took game out of console without powering off now screen is frozen and I cannot even power off have tried other games screen stays the same


Hi.

You will need to remove the battery to get the DS Lite to turn off.

Get yourself a Philips screwdriver and a small flat headed screwdriver, then close the lid on the DS. Next turn the DS upside down with card slot facing towards you.
On the right hand side of the DS you will see a Philips screw head near the bottom, unscrew that screw and remove the battery cover. This will expose the battery itself. Use the flat headed screwdriver to gently pry the battery out from the right hand side.
Once the battery is out the DS will shut down. Reinsert the battey again and screw the cover back on.
Switch the DS on and it should work properly again. If it freezes again just repeat these steps.



Regards.

Jun 14, 2011 | Nintendo DS Lite Console

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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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Power flashing


It is due to a bad RAM or improperly seated one. The RAM is under a small lid on the back side and the lid has two screws. Remove the screws. You will see it. Pull apart the two arms of the RAM socket gently and take it out . Insert it back by holding 45 degree angle. Remember to unplug the AC adapter and the battery before attemping any service. If it shows the same symptom again, change the RAM with a known good one. Make a reply for this.

Apr 12, 2010 | HP Pavilion dv5000z Notebook

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How to replace the mic in a nintendo ds?


first you need to take off the back of the ds. Then you will need to unplug the white wire it snaps on and off.After that you will need to take opart the top to get to the mic.the four screws for the top are on top and the bottom of the speakers under those little squares.To get the top apart slid the back of the top up 1/8 of an inch then you can pull apart.the mic is just under the top screen so push the top screen through so you can get the mic out slowly pull the wire out and put the new one in the same way you took the old one out.when taking the back off the bottom start away from the on off switch you can get a tri wing screwdriver on ebay.

Mar 03, 2010 | Nintendo DS Lite Console

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The top screen on my DS Lite lights up but there is no picture, the touch screen works fine and so dose every thing ellse.


Hi,

Chances are the screens ribbon connectior has become loose or the screen has develouped a fault.

If its under warranty then send it in, otherwise you can take it to a local repair shop or do a bit of DIY.

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.

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 and hope fully this has resolved the issue.

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

Feb 07, 2010 | Nintendo DS Lite Console

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Putting new shell on ds lite


There out are plenty of DS and DS lite dissasembling guides with photos and even videos. I had posted some in previous problems so try searching here, if cant find here just use google.

Dec 18, 2008 | Nintendo DS Lite Console

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Broken bottom screen


Some of the screws are hidden.
-2 under rubber feet (bottom of console) - just prise the feet off - they just stick back on when refitting.
-1 screw (when the console is upside down) is in the middle of the cartride entry point - small black tri-wing screw.

Failing that check out YouTube - there are lots of videos showing how to take the case apart and put it back together again.

Sep 03, 2008 | Nintendo DS Lite Console

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How to open ds lite


There are two cross head screws under the rubber feet at the slot1 side, there are two tri-wing screws on the left (stylus side) and inside the battery cover (under the battery) there is a cross head screw at the top and a tri-wing screw at the bottom (in the corner).
The screen is held together by 4 screws under the ruber pads and then the outer case slides up about 5mm and then pulls clear.
Take great care when putting it all back together to line up the volume and power switches and plastics as the power switch breaks quite easily.

HTH

Mar 02, 2008 | Nintendo DS Lite Console

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Ds Lite


You may buy the screws here:

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But my opinion is to go to a hardware store with a sample (cant be too long, the original ones are aprox 3mm long X 1mm diameter), try to find screws that fit and use normal philips screws instead these tri winding screws as you would need a tri winding screwdriver to put the original screws in place. All the screws in the NDSL screw in the plastic case except for the battery one that screw in a squared nut.

Good Luck...

Dec 16, 2007 | Nintendo DS Lite Console

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