3DS XL won't turn on or charge

Discussion in '3DS - Console, Accessories and Hardware' started by endoverend, Oct 26, 2015.

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    Hi. This blue XL has been broken for a long time. No orange light comes on when plugging in the charger and it won't turn on at all, no blue light even. I bought a new battery from Nintendo, thinking it would fix the issue but unfortunately there's still the same problem. I even have the XL charging dock, that doesn't work either. Any advice on how to fix this? I won't send it in to Nintendo if it's not fixable. Also, I have no soldering skills so if anything like that is necessary I would need someone willing to repair it for me. Thanks.
     
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    Bump. Didn't want this to get buried under all the ninjahax threads.
     
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    Do you know what happened to it? Water damage, dropped, microwaved?
    Did it happen all of sudden?
     
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    Oh no, nothing happened in particular. It just fell out of use for a month and stayed in my room.
     
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    That's rather strange.
    So basically, it worked fine during a day, turned off for months, and now it doesn't work anymore?

    You sure it didn't get any stranger particles inside of it?
    Not dropped?
    Just to be sure.
     
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    No :/
     
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    Maybe I could suggest to you to handle the 3ds to someone familiar with soldering/3ds hardmods?
    Maybe this person would know what happenned inside?
     
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    Yeah, that's who I was hoping would reply here.
     
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    Are you sure it wasn't in a wet or very humid place? In my (limited) experience liquid damage is the most common reason they don't power on or charge. While it's true there is a fuse that could blow that would also cause it not to power on, it doesn't just blow for no reason. I've only found blown fuses in 3DSes that had already had botched repair jobs done on them. It's not something that would happen just from leaving the console unused for a while.

    If you're willing to open it up you can't really do any harm by cleaning it with high concentration isopropyl alcohol. Just use a clean toothbrush and be gentle disconnecting all the ribbon cables. The worst that can happen is that it still won't work. The alcohol won't damage anything as long as you let it dry fully before you try powering it on. Just be sure not to let any migrate into the lower LCD, since it could leave marks on the backlight. Optionally, you could first remove the motherboard from the housing to be absolutely certain you don't damage the LCDs with alcohol.

    I just posted this in another thread, but it seems relevant here: you sometimes find corrosion under this metal shield beneath the WiFi board. You can clean beneath without desoldering it if you have a toothbrush with some flexible bristles that can reach that far.
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    Thanks for your help! I'll try this stuff tomorrow and report back if it works or not.