Button problems

Discussion in '3DS - Console, Accessories and Hardware' started by Squigi632, Mar 22, 2014.

  1. Squigi632

    Squigi632 Newbie

    Mar 22, 2014
    United States
    I have a release day 3DS and a month ago the X button started acting up. I have to press down hard in order for it to register and the other day the B button is doing the same thing. I'm looking to repair it but all options are on the table.
  2. slingblade1170

    slingblade1170 GBAtemp Advanced Fan

    Mar 15, 2009
    United States
    Sounds like there could be a bit of debris/dust/dirt under your buttons which once take like 5 minutes to fix. I say open it up and have a look, should be simple.
  3. SmileCitrus

    SmileCitrus GBAtemp Regular

    Mar 29, 2009
    United States
    It's a pain in the neck cleaning the buttons if you ask me, since you have to remove the whole motherboard to access them. Before going that far you might want to actually try using something like a toothbrush or a toothpick to clean around the buttons with a little bit of alcohol before opening the console up. It might be good enough to dislodge any dirt stuck in there without having to open the console up at all. However, if the problem is that there's dirt underneath the contact pads on the motherboard itself, you would have to fully disassemble the console to lift them up and clean underneath, since no amount of scrubbing from above would fix that. Usually this would only happen with liquid damage though, so it's more likely you just have some dirt accumulation.
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