3DS (is) broke(n) for weird reason?!

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  1. ArviDroid
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    Problem: my O3DS won´t boot unless it´s at an angle of 90 degrees or less. Tilting it any further backwards will result in the 3DS shutting down with a popping sound. The 3DS only tries to boot (blue light on and screens light up for 0,5 second) for mere seconds if the screen is tilted backwards, before shutting down again with a *pop*.

    Identifying the problem: From what information I have gathered, it seems like a ribbon cable/ fix flex cable going between the lower and the upper part of the console is damaged to some extent. Thus this is a hardware problem, which can be caused by dropping the 3DS or shaking it violently or being careless overall, I think. I´m guilty of the second thing mentioned, if my thesis is true. But I believe this can happen "naturally" too.

    Solution: In my case the solution would be to replace the cable with a new one. Which I unfortunately am not allowed to do. Neither am I allowed to send it in for repair. So in MY CASE the 3DS is dead.

    That might not be the case for you. The same symptoms might have it´s roots in another problem. The ribbon cable might simply have slipped out of position. This was my lead and what I hoped the problem was. You essentially take apart your 3DS and adjust the cable and it should work. Simple stuff, as long as you´re careful. If you have the same symptoms you might want to check this video out:

    If you feel that the focus is too bad when she zooms in, use this for reference: https://www.ifixit.com/Teardown/Nintendo+3DS+Teardown/5029
     
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    That sounds like loosen (broken) ribbon cable problem. You might have to open it up and repair it.
     
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    Oh jeez. Like I can do that... :(
    I have no experience whatsoever with soldering... I barely know what it is!
     
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    NO SOLDERING. You just have to move with few cables.
     
  5. aos10

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    This is sounds very familiar
     
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    Oh, well perhaps even I can do that.
     
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    Might be the same case.
     
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    Whatever it is, it is hardware problem.
     
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    Seems like it. Thank you for the help. I´ll check out what you linked. I´ll be back tommorow(?) with results.
     
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    This could be the board.
    I installed new ribbons but still have the problem when i fully close the back cover.
    I even removed the ribbons and still have this problem, i also saw another person here have the same problem.
    Maybe it's dying console or o3ds tend to have this problem?
     
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    Might be, but its more likely to be loosen ribbon than shorted mobo.
     
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    Well, I got this one almost exactly one year ago. Meanwhile I had another 3DS for more than 4 years and it works fine... They might have been used as much as each other though. I can always migrate to that 3DS if needed.
     
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    If you still have warranty after a year, then you should send it for repair as opening it up yourself voids the warranty. If you don't, just try the solutions posted by others.
     
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    Don´t know anything about the warranty sadly. I´ll have to take a risk.
     
  17. Kubas_inko

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    As long as you are gentle, there shouldn't be any risk ;)
     
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    I´ll try my best, thank you! ;)
     
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    But if he's got Luma and unofficial .cia files they almost definitely wouldn't fix it anyway. These things kill warranties too.
     
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    Dear people replying to this thread, please refer to my main post for an explanation and status on the problem!