My DS will no longer store the settings (date, time, birthday, nickname, etc). Therefore, I can't play any games on it. I have charged the battery, and the unit turns on, but I just can't get past entering the settings. Is there another lithium battery that stores this information, or could the rechargeable battery be going bad?
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This is a well known problem caused by not using the Nintendo DS console for an extended period of time. Inside the actual console is an internal battery, which when left dormant will cease to work. There are two ways to fix this problem:
1) Try to fully charge the Nintendo DS console, then attempt to use it.
2) Contact Nintendo on the following form:
Providing your warranty is still okay, Nintendo will provide you with a new system free of charge - otherwise you may have to pay a replacement fee which will be a fraction of the actual consoles price.
Reset Factory Settings for Nintendo DS
1. Use a small screwdriver to unscrew the back cover. 2. Remove the battery. 3. Wait a few seconds. 4. Replace battery. 5. Turn on DS. 6a. If you have to re-enter your nick-name/time and date etc, it has worked! Go to 7. 6b. If not, remove the battery again and wait longer. 7. Replace cover and screw back in place.
Sounds like corrupt firmware but there is no way to download new firmware or install it for the DS that i know of.
The DS may not have it but computers use a small watch battery to save this information. There could possibly be a small watch battery on the motherbaord for the DS that went bad and possibly if you replaced it it maybe hold it's time,date, etc. again.
I could be way off but it may help.
I did find a website that you can buy replacement parts to fix DS's.
The only thing you can buy that makes sense towards your problem is a new logic board.
On the bottom of the unit, open the battery compartment and remove the battery for a minute or 5. Then put the battery back. Close the compartment and turn the DS Lite on. Now it wil ask for Nickname, date etc. Exactly the same as when you bought it
Unfortunutly there is not another battery in the unit. Its probably the main chip has gotten shook a little loose so that it can not correctly store the information.
Your best bet is to get in contact with Nintendo and see if they will do warrenty work on your unit.
Here is a link to where you can get the warrenty process started.