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Re: ds old slot pins bend
Its difficult to repair that without right tools, and even with the tools is still hard to do it. Depending on how much bent are the pins you would need to rectify the bad pins with very small pliers or tweezers and a flashlight, you can also desolder the bent pins and take em out the slot to repair one by one and insert again in the slot. The most of the cases you would take the risk to break pins and then need to try the next solution.
Replace the whole Slot1 buying it on ebay or other place, or you can take it out from a parts DS, but you should need a soldering iron, blade and patience to get the slot1 out of the mobo. The ideal tool is a hot air soldering station but its very expensive. Or you can get a parts DS with good mobo and replace it for your bent slot one which is the best option.
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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
It is very easy bend the pins on the inside of the card slot in the DS. Depending on your daughters age's they may be the cause. Have a look into the slots with a small torch to see if any are out of line. If they are there is your problem.
On a similar point I had one recently at our shop and it had come in twice before with the same problem of not reading the games. We asked the women who was bringing it in to show us how the games were being put in to discover it was her 7 year old son and it wasn't putting the games in that was the problem, it was him pulling them out instead of pressing the game down to release it.
It would be very rare to have the exact same problem with 3 DS's in a row with the exception of the problem being caused by the user.
This could be as simple as a bit of crud or corrosion on the little pins in the slot. Could be as bad as a bent pin. Which ever it is don't start poking things in the slot, the pins are incredibly fragile. First clean your games off to make sure its not the game at fault. Then get a very bright light and look in the slot to see if there are any bent pins, if all looks ok then you could risk some very gentle cleaning of the pins. Remember those pins will bend just for the fun of it. If all that fails and you are good with a soldering iron change the slot, its fiddly and you need a very small tip iron, about 0.5mm or less. Oh and patience but you only need to take the bottom case of to get to it. You will need a tri-wing screwdriver too.
Check inside slot1 for bend or broken pins, if found you must take your DS to a videogame repair shop.
If all ok try to clean your DS slot1 contacts, theres a way to do it without problem, take some cardboard and make a cartridge width piece but longer to grab it, soak with alcohol and insert many times cartridge alike.
Dont use any cotton or fiber thing as pins can get caught and broken when you take out the cleaner.
This is a very common problem and is usually due to either dirty orcorroded pins in the game slot or a bent pin. Sometimes it can be the game contacts are a bit dirty but if its the same with all games then its the slot pins.
It is sometimes possible to clean the pins in the slot with some fine abrasive paper rubing the pins in an in and out motion, not side to side. The pins are extremly delicate so you may end up bending a pin which basicly leaves you with a slot change.
It an easy job with the right tools and a bit of skill using a soldering iron.
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.
With three boys we frequently have this problem and we found that rubbing the pins clean with a Qtip dipped in rubbing alcohol and then wait for it to be mostly dry before re-inserting. Some times we have to do this 2 times - good luck!