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Hi there, this is a problem to do with the card reader slot, The pins within them become worn or bent and do not make a good contact with the game cartridge any more. You can buy a new card reader slot off of ebay for around £4 but they are quite difficult to fit. If you have good soldering skills you can do it but I would advise googling for a guide that shows you how to do it. You can follow my tip for actually taking apart the DS. If you have a friend who is good at soldering I am sure they would be able to do it for you.
try compressed air.
more then likely its a hardware issue.
try getting an R4DS card and download games from www.filestube.com if you dont want to repair it.
you can have 50+ games on an sd card and not have to lug around all those games anymore
you will actually have to physically repair your ds with soldering tools, my suggestion for anyone experiencing this problem, buy a DSi or a new DS Lite. It is already out and better than the DS Lite. Your DS may as well be broken.
Not that common a problem. Have one on my desk at the moment with the same problem. It seems that the game bent two of the contacts in the card reader (ds lite game section -slot 1). I opened the slot and straightened the two pins and this solved the problem.
Be careful if you are doing this as it is quiet tricky with a good few small parts.
The cartridge isn't being detected by the DS, this has nothing to do with what is on the card, it's not connecting with the pins inside the DS. Possibly putting a thin piece of card on the front of the game card may push the adaptor close enough to contact the pins.
had this problem, i looked into where the game goes and one of the little metal teeth was bent, so i took a long toothpick and gently pushed it back over now it works fine. Be careful that you dont break it off though.