DS Lite repair

Discussion in 'NDS - Flashcarts and Accessories' started by grunged, May 27, 2010.

  1. grunged

    grunged Newbie

    Aug 4, 2006
    Right, seeing that im pretty clueless I've managed to drop my ds lite which resulted in the top screen snapping off the handheld. It's barely hanging on through the wire that connects it to the bottom half.

    Now anyone know any good sites i could get replacement cases or actually send my ds lite in for repair?

    Sorry if theres about a million posts with the same thing >
  2. Asuran

    Asuran Newbie

    Mar 17, 2009
  3. Panzer Tacticer

    Panzer Tacticer veteran human

    Apr 13, 2008
    Right Here
    Here is the truth and nothing but the truth and all the facts that count.

    You CAN buy all the parts you need from Dealsextreme, I just did.

    You require the Nintendo screwdrivers by the way, nothing happens without them.

    You need to search Youtube till you find a video on taking a DS Lite apart. They are easy to find. Keep watching them till you find one where the guy speaks clearly and can actually film the process and in bloody clear focus. Remember, you need to SEE what the person is doing. Just because THEY know, doesn't mean you will see what he is doing.

    It is easy to take a DS Lite apart, but only if you can see the steps properly. It's not really all that hard unless you are all thumbs have no decent lighting and refuse to accept you need a decent Philips screw driver as well as a sharp hobby knife as well as a magnifying glass (trust me you will want to look in close at some things).

    The cost of the parts is nothing (unless you are yet another whiny teenager that thinks 5 bucks is a sum of cash worth mention).

    There was only ONE part of the process I hated. The small insignificant teeny cable that comes from the bottom screen from underneath and connects to the motherboard is so friggin finicky to attach, it may well make you decide that a new used DS Lite on a site like Kijjijji (I can never spell that site correctly) or craigslist or something is a better idea.

    Otherwise the repair process is not too hard.

    I had to fix a broken housing part, a portion of the lid hinge that houses the metal pin that basically holds the lid at whatever angle you have it opened to. So I bought a new DS case set, and most of the parts were redundant. It took me a chunk of afternoon, but I am also a veteran modeler and this sort of work was nothing to me (even though I hardly knew what I was doing).

    And yes I fixed the DS Lite. I don't use it though, it's my son's, but I told him if I fixed his defacto garbaged DS Lite, I owned it [​IMG]
    I loan it to him now.

    In retrospect though, I don't think I would volunteer to do this again. So be warned, it is not complicated but it takes a few hours on the first try.
  4. VashTS

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    i got a broken ds lite from my cousin, the hinge was broken and it had trouble reading cartridges. i took a piece of a dvd case (luckily the ds is black so its pretty close) and i used an old soldering iron tip to kind of melt it to the hinge. its not perfect and it doesn't hold GREAT but its better than taking it apart.

    it still has problems reading cartridges but i click the thing a few times and maybe blow in it and it works.
  5. Bently

    Bently GBAtemp Fan

    Sep 17, 2009

    You don't need a tri-wing screwdriver. Just a small screwdriver (when i say small, i mean tiny enough to fit a tri-wing screw, and it is Phillips) and some elbow grease. Thats what I did and it worked fine. But ofcourse, its ultimately better & simpler with a tri-wing screwdriver.