DSi without top screen doesn't work

Discussion in 'NDS - Console and Game Discussions' started by zeello, Dec 19, 2013.

  1. zeello
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    zeello The reason we can't have nice things.

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    I have no idea how to make it work... There are tutorials for doing this on DS Lite, but not DSi... so I'm stuck. To make matters worse I have never soldered anything in my life.

    That said, I was looking at a pic of the DSi motherboard, and noticed points labelled X-, X+, Y-, Y+
    http://img607.imageshack.us/img607/7407/i8ww.jpg

    Maybe if I solder something to those, it will work? Is there a way of testing this? (That's another problem btw.. I have no idea how these things are tested... wouldn't you have to reassemble the handheld before you can power it on?)

    p.s. I can try to take a pic of my DSi in its current state if anyone wants me to. I will use my 3DS to take a picture, lol.

    edit: I got the system to work... for 10 seconds only, but at least now I know what to do! Youtube user named rs1n made a tutorial with a good method (for DS Lite) but it works for DSi too. The top screen ribbon cables for both systems are pretty much identical!
     
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    BORTZ "Another stunning Van Gogh"

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    The DS needs the top screen to be attached to work.
     
  3. zeello
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    zeello The reason we can't have nice things.

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    Actually I have recently found a way to do it with DSi... on the top screen's ribbon cable, there are six points: 2 for left speaker, 2 for right speaker, and 2 more. Place a resistor touching those last two points and the system will work without a top screen. Simple as that.

    However, this means you have to clip the top screen off, thereby ruining the top screen. It might make sense to order a cheap replacement screen (~10 dollars from ebay) and use the cable from that instead. Plus it can be extremely helpful to have a spare top screen for troubleshooting purposes.