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DS Lite has red lines in top screen?

My DS Lite has recently suffered some damages from my brother's recklessness (he keeps it in his pocket and allows it to be tossed around in his bag). I noticed that while playing ALL games, there are some red lines running through the TOP screen, which is especially noticeable when the screen is black (when the DS is on). When the screen is not black or a dark color, there is noticeable "redness" in the colors of the game. For example, I was playing Pokemon and the background had a strange red hue, when it should have been blue. I noticed that the red lines mostly show up when the top screen is flipped all the way to the back (past 90°), but when I position the screen to a different angle (closer to 90° or just a bit more) the screen no longer has the red lines running through it. I'm not sure what exactly is wrong with the DS and I couldn't find much on this problem online. Could someone please tell me what might be broken or wrong with my DS? Is it a problem with the LCD top screen or perhaps something with the hinge?? (I would send it to Nintendo to get it fixed, but I don't have 75$+ right now ... and it doesn't seem too difficult to replace the part myself.) Thank you in advance.

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  • Anonymous Dec 05, 2007

    multicoloured lines on top screen

  • Anonymous Jun 22, 2008

    i have the same problem with my ds lite and my pokemon game probely screwed it up and now its braken and worst of all im getting a new f*cking game

  • Anonymous Aug 05, 2008

    iu also have the same problem but its on my bottom screen and wat pokemon game were u playing because i noticed the red lines while i was playen pokemon mystery dungen explorers of time

    i really dont know how 2 fix it pleaze help

  • dreekuiu765 Sep 26, 2008

    I've been playing "Jump Ultimate stars"in my R4.The top screen started to turn to rainbow colors I turned it off.I thought I overheated it with my sweat.

    (I have sweating problems probably born like that.)

    But then I checked online I think the DS's ribbon majiggy disconnected.

    Before I knew that the ribbon cable disconnected,I kept turning it on my sister said the color chip is messed up.I turned it on and the top screen turned totally black.I don't wanna send my DS for fixing for $75.00.I don't even know the nearest gamestop store is.

    - Kenny

  • kindess7 Nov 01, 2008

    My Ds Lite Always Has Red and Blue lines on the top screen
    This has been going on like 3 years and the colors are still there
    whenever i on it is always red or blue on the top mostly is red
    This started when my mother and i went to see cars i was playing my ds lite
    and it started raining after we got out when i got in my mother's car i realized 
    that my ds top screen had changed colors if anyone knows how to fix this
    pls tell me

  • Anonymous Dec 24, 2008

    my top screen turned blue and its like that for all my games and it is really getting on my nerves..... do you really think a new screen is the best way to go and if you do how much does it cost???

  • dustin676 Apr 07, 2009

    i have the same problem

  • Anonymous May 09, 2009

    i have red white and blue lines on my bottom screen an does not allowed my to see what I'm doing in my game it was thanks to my sister who dropped.

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    Broken Warhead Studios Jan 22, 2018

    My top screen has a red tint on it, everything else with the DS seems to be fine just the top screen has this red tint that gets redder the more i move it forward please tell me how to fix it. P.S This is the general grievous level in Lego star wars not Mustafar.


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It could also be running fluid from the screen's gel padding. I doubt that, though... It's best to buy or order a replacement screen. It's actually not too expensive and is not too hard to DIY. The problem with that, is it's really easy to accidentally break something while opening up a DS, especially the DS lites. Another problem is, you need a triwing screwdriver to open up the DS, which can only be found online. So, if you don't want to buy anthing online, you should just ask gamestop or something to repair it for you. It'll come at a price though...

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It may seem easy to replace it yourself but it isn't easy at all. I just recommend either sending it to Nintendo for $75 or just bringing it to Gamestop or EB Games and have them replace the screen.

Posted on Apr 08, 2010


Screen might be slightly diconnected from the tossing around or it might be messed up

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