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Nintendo DS Lite: shuts off every few minutes, new battery...

Hi... This DS Lite has always been fine. Then it started shutting off after a few minutes of play. So we got a new battery for it. Same problem. The power light is green on the charger and on the DS when in use---but it shuts off anyway.

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  • Jeff Potter Oct 26, 2007

    "Only chargers work"---how?

    We changed the battery. The old battery would go to red in the DS then we'd plug in the charger until it was green. Then the DS would show a green power light and it could be played...for a few minutes...then it would die. So we got a new battery. It was green to start---pre-charged, I guess. The DS power light is always green. The charger light is green. The battery seems to be fine. The DS still quits after a couple minutes.

  • Jeff Potter Oct 30, 2007

    We tried that. It is now shutting itself off sooner than before. With a green-light, fully-charged, brand-new official battery. I suppose we should mail it in. But I was hoping there might be an operating-system reboot, rebuild command we could try. 

  • BEEDad Nov 28, 2007

    My son's DS Lite also has a shutting down problem - right after turning it on. Based on the comments of others, it sounds like a new battery won't fix it. When it is plugged into the wall and powered up, it stays on for about 10 seconds before shutting down.

  • al999 Dec 08, 2007

    I have the same issue, but oddly it seems to occur more with certain games, and less with others. Mario Kart works fine, whereas Tony Hawk's Proving Ground switches the machine off after a random amount of time. Battery is full.



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If its the same as the ds it could be the contacts for battery either popped out or are squashed in take battery out and examine battery contacts carefully sometimes you can carefully poke them back into place with a small screwdriver,only do this if your sure they dont look right and are out of place

Posted on Nov 05, 2007



Your supposed to charge it until the light is off

Posted on Oct 27, 2007



When you say you've changed the battery do you mean actual batteries or a charger. Because only chargers work

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