3DS Fix - Cartridge and Security

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  1. tigerfrost
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    New 3DS fix !


    So I found a new 3ds project, this time the problems listed were


    *Parental Lock

    *Wont read games


    The unit arrived and to be fair it looked in great condition, the screens are perfect and there was little scratches on the top of the unit hardly anything.

    There was some sort of dried liquid or food by the analogue pad that easily scraped off, I do wonder why anyone would send out an item to a buyer with dried food on? I personally would feel embarrassed to do something like that.


    First off I cleaned the unit with some antibacterial cleaner “not soaked” you got to be careful not to get the liquid getting into the gaps. Then I proceeded to unlock the parental feature, this time the question was “What’s my favourite sports team?” I could not answer this so I proceeded to use the latest 10 digit unlocker that works effortlessly.


    Second issue was a little harder I first checked the game slot for any obstructions and I could see strait away that the pins were bent inside from where the previous owner had jammed a cart into the slot very hard.


    To fix this issue required me to take the bottom plastics off exposing the aluminium cartridge slot, my first thought were to bend the pins into place but this proves far to difficult due to the aluminium protective case.


    The only way to do this was to replace the cartridge slot OR try a manual fix by snipping the aluminium on one side and peeling back to expose the pins.

    I decided to go manual fix.


    The pins inside were not making contact on all connections some of them were totally bent and stuck in the plastic grooves, this took some time to bend them back into shape.


    I tested a game that I had to see if everything worked correctly and the first attempt was a no go. The second attempt worked but only when I applied pressure to the top of the cart, meaning the aluminium case acts to hold the game cartridge down slightly on the pins to make full contact.


    The next part was a new step for me… fixing up the snipped aluminium, I managed to bend it back into the original shape then use solder to weld the edges together. As you can see from the photos it does not look great but the game works perfectly albeit with a slight stiffness when trying to eject the cartridge.


    In time this took about 2 hours, I have another project coming next week.. J



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  2. Hyura

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    You wonder why someone would send an item in this condition?

    Well, probably because they simply don't care. Bad sellers don't mind if an item is in good condition. I'd be sure to point that out if you got this item on eBay or something like that.

    And it doesn't really matter if your fix doesn't look great, it works XD No one will ever see it if they don't open the 3DS.

    Do you plan to sell this unit?
     
  3. tigerfrost
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    tigerfrost Advanced Member

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    This 3ds sold with the mention that the game is "sticky" with money off the price.. it was the cheapest working 3ds listed.
    Not that i gain much from fixing up stuff its more for learning and fun, besides i would happily refund if someone was not happy with what i sold them.
    I know the cartridge slot does not look pretty but it is now functional. :)
     
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  4. Hyura

    Hyura GBAtemp Fan

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    I would never notice your fix, that's what I meant XD It is covered by the 3DS plastic bottom, right?

    And people would rather sell it "sticky" with money off instead of cleaning it? XD
     
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    Honestly very very good job in reviving it!
     
  6. tigerfrost
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    Yeh it's all back to normal now with plastics and cover like it should be.
    :)

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    Thanks for reading ! :)
     
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