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DS Cartridge slot, broken pins

Hi, My youngen put something in the DS Cartridge slot and has broken 3 pins - 2 far left and 1 far right. Is there a way to fix this or bridge the pins. It is out of warranty period. Many thanks

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  • Anonymous Jan 06, 2008

    im having the same exact problem...i was thinking about taking the catridge slot from an orig ds and puttin on the lite...but after viewing some pics..i really think the slot is someway "stuck" to the motherboard

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No. unless you know how to disassemble it and know how to do some soldering.

if you can think you can do it.
open it, check for wires with same diameter of original ones and remake the wiring.
not impossible, but a hard task to do.

Posted on Nov 28, 2007

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Game 100 professor layton and the curious village please solve


Most of the squares you make will be tilted 45 degrees to the side, and their sizes will vary as well.

Start by looking for pins you can connect to create squares at a diagonal. Hint 02 You want more specifics? All right, here's the location of one of the squares. Connect the four pins in the top-left corner to form a tiny square.

Just so you know, this is the only square on the board that isn't tilted. Hint 03 The largest square contains the pin that's third from the top on the left column and the bottom pin from the far-right column.

You also need to form a small diagonal block using the two pins lined up diagonally on the bottom-left portion of the board. There are two more small squares just like this one on the board. Solution For square 1, use pins 1 and 2 from row 1, and pins 1 and 2 from row 2.

Square 2 uses pin 1 from row 4, pins 1 and 3 from row 5 and pin 1 from row 6.

Square 3 has pin 3 from row 3, pins 2 and 4 from row 4 and pin 4 from row 5.

Square 4 is formed with pin 5 from row 1, pins 4 and 6 from row 2 and pin 4 in row 3.

Square 5 involves pin 3 from row 1, pin 5 in row 2, pin 2 in row 3 and pin 3 in row 4.

Square 6 has pin 3 in row 2, pin 5 in row 3, pin 2 in row 5 and pin 3 in row 6.

Square 7 uses pin 4 in row 1, pin 1 in row 3, pin 5 from row 4 and pin 2 in row 6.

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DS Lite Slot -1, games cartridge not reading games repair / resolution.


Hi,

Has your slot -1 games cartridge reader stopped working? Is it being temperamental with your cartridges? Here are a few tips to get your DS lite back to full working order.

1) First try giving the games cartridges metal contacts a clean, ideally with a cotton bud and white spirit (if you don't have white spirit try avoiding anything soapy, if you can try to stick to an alcohol based solvant such as nail polish remover).

2) If that doesn't work you can try cleaning the cartridge socket (slot1), you can buy proper cleaning cartridges for the DS lite, or, if your feeling brave you can get a jaye cloth, dampen it with an alcohol based solution (same as what is used to clean the cartridge) make sure it is well wrung out so that the cloth is only slightly damp and thinly wrap it around a rigid ruler, which can then be gently placed into the slot to give it a bit of a clean.

3) If both of those fail you may find that some of the pins within slot1 are bent/snapped and so this will need to be fixed, If under warranty i'd suggest taking them in to get looked at. If they are not and you feel brave you can set about fixing it yourself, take the DS lite apart and have a look at the pins on the slot1 socket, if they are damaged you can buy a replacement socket on ebay, but be warned it is a tricky job to solder a new one on.

To solder the replacement slot -1 on firstly you will need to remove the old one, take care not to damage the pcb tracks when doing this as it will cause the replacemet process to be far more difficult and a purchase of a track repair fluid may be needed. Your best option is to de-solder it buy removing the exisiting solder to free it from the motherboard. Once you have done this you need to put the new one on, take great care not to fuse any of the pin connections together with the solder as this will cause the DS great problems and break it. Re assemble the DS lite and give it a try.

If you need help with taking the DS lite apart please refer to my other tips and tricks posted on here.

Just so you know I take no responsability for any damage that may occur whilst following these tips.

Regards,
SOD69

on Feb 08, 2010 | Nintendo DS Lite

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My ds slot does not show up on my choose games even though i put the games in it says 'no ds card inserted" please help me i have my ds but only the gba slot works


There is probably one or more bent pins inside the top slot (SLOT 1). Remove the battery by removing the battery cover on the bottom (held ny a screw). Shine a small torch into SLOT 1 and look inside to see if any of the pins are bent differently to the rest of the pins. If any pins are bent they can be bent back to their correct positions by using a suitable small tool such as a precision screwdriver. If a pin is actually broken then the complete slot will need to be replaced.
If it is not a bent or broken pin, there may be some other type of blockage inside SLOT 1.
If there is nothing wrong with the pins and there is no blockage inside the slot, then there may be a dry joint where the slot is soldered to the PCB inside the DS. This kind of fault will require the DS to be opened with a special tri-wing screwdriver and the use of a multimeter to check all the connections. If you have soldering experience (and tools) then you can try re-soldering the connections.

Be advised that opening the DS is much easier than putting it back together again!

Feb 14, 2011 | Nintendo DS Lite Console

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My daughter's ds keeps displaying the message, there is no ds card inserted. we've tried every game she has, turning it off and on, blowing in it...help


Hi,

Chances are the pins in the slot are bent or broken...To check shine a torch/ flashlight down the slot and see if anything looks out of place.

My best suggestions for resolving this are:
1) If under warranty then send it off to them for repair.
2) Find a local repair place and give it to them to repair it.
3) If you have good soldering skills and fancy a bit of DIY repair you can have a go at sorting it yourself.

To be honest its far easier to just replace the entire slot-1 part than it is to take the part apart and repair it, the cost of the slot- 1 is very reasonable from ebay.

I have a few guides written up to help you if you do decide to take the DIY option, they are as follows:

DS lite slot- 1 replacement
DS lite dismantle guide


Hope this helps, any further help or advice you may need then feel free to contact me.

Regards,
SOD69

Mar 13, 2010 | Nintendo DS Lite Console

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DS Lite no longer recognizes games when they are inserted


Hi,

My best suggestions for resolving the bent/ broken slot-1 pins are:
1) If under warranty then send it off to them for repair.
2) Find a local repair place and give it to them to repair it.
3) If you have good soldering skills and fancy a bit of DIY repair you can have a go at sorting it yourself.

To be honest its far easier to just replace the entire slot-1 part than it is to take the part apart and repair it, the cost of the slot- 1 is very reasonable from ebay.

I have a few guides written up to help you if you do decide to take the DIY option, they are as follows:

DS lite slot-1 replacement guide
DS lite dismantle guide


Hope this helps, any further help or advice you may need then feel free to contact me.

Regards,
SOD69

Mar 13, 2010 | Nintendo DS Lite Console

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My Nintendo DS does not work right. It says there


Have a look down the game slot for any bent or broken pins if not the slot 1 game socket is not holding the game cartridge tight enough to the pins to make a good connection. there is a quick fix for this that has worked for me, only if you are confident enough to open up the ds, by pressing down hard enough to make a slight dent in metal peice on the logic board, press down the bottom corners and the middle with a small screw driver and that should cure the problem. good luck <tell me how it goes>

Jan 08, 2010 | Nintendo DS Lite Red Console

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When ever i put my Nintendo DS game into my DS it says NO game


your cartridge SLOT 1 connector is bad!, those 2 things sticking out are called "pins" where the game card makes contact with the D, u need to get it replaced, u could buy it on Ebay, search for "SLOT 1 ds"
it's around $10-15
if u know how to fix electronics, .... u will need to solder it!... if u have warranty, send to Nintendo, or a repair shop!

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Ds lite pins


From outside is pretty difficult to straight the slot 1 pins as it is small and you need very thin pliers and light source plus lots of patience.

With a plier you can straight the bent pins to its right position, but make sure the pin is not out of its place as all the pins are V wedge shaped and the pin comes from the slot bottom, the edge fits in a small hole then goes up to make contact with the game cartridge contacts. No one stay out when inserting a cartridge or you'll have a bigger problem.

If there are many bent pins I find more easy to open the DS, desolder the damaged pins and pull em out of the plastic enclosure to repair it, put it in again and re solder. No one option is easy... Sorry...

Nov 16, 2008 | Nintendo DS Lite Console

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Nintendo ds lite - son putgame cartridge in wrong way and has bent a pin on the console - fixable or not?


The part with the damaged pins is the slot-1 port. I know it seems rediculous, but it is too impractical for most people to attempt a repair to this part.

However, if you are savvy enough to attempt the repair of the damaged pins on your DS Lite, here are my recommendations:
1) Cut a flap in the slot-1 port cover and straighten pins.
2) Replace the main board.
3) Remove the slot-1 port cover and straighten pins.
4) Remove the damaged pins from the slot-1 port and straighten.
5) Replace the slot-1 port.

All of these recommendations require disassembling the DS Lite using a specialized triwing (or Y) screwdriver and a lot of patience. The following video will help in disassembly: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HQlTpTLUyFQ.

Recommendations 3 to 5 all require solder work. Recommendation 3 requires solder work for 4 solder joints, 1 at each corner. Recommendation 4 requires solder work for up to 17 solder joints, one for each damaged pin. Recommendation 5 requires solder work for all 21 solder joints

Aug 27, 2008 | Nintendo DS Lite

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