DSTT fix?

Discussion in 'DSTT' started by Knarf, Dec 13, 2008.

Dec 13, 2008

DSTT fix? by Knarf at 4:09 AM (1,467 Views / 0 Likes) 6 replies

  1. Knarf
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    Well as some of you know I got a defective DSTT from dealextreme. They replaced it with a different card but now I've got a broken DSTT card. Is there any way I can put something in it to fix it so I can let my little cousin use it? The problem is I think lose connection. It freezes at the health & Safety menu leaving a faded bottom screen and blank white top screen.
     
  2. Bri

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    It's most likely a cold soldering problem. You may be able to fix it if you have the right equipment and some expertise with electronics (reflowing the board may fix the problem).

    -Bri
     
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    could you maybe explain to me how to do it?
     
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    I don't know how, personally. You have to have the right equipment and you have to have done it before or your chances of doing it successfully are VERY slim.

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    Most of these boards are epoxy encapsulated, right? That means, most likely, that the bare die on the board is wire bonded. There's no way to fix those connections.

    From all the reading I've done of problems others have had (myself as well), the most likely culprit seems to be a bad contact between the card and the slot of the DS. Some have suggested bending, but I would suggest a thin piece of tape on the *opposite* side of the cart from the contacts, but along that whole end. That should put a little more pressure on the contacts and board and *may* solve your problem. if it does, you might look into moving the tape onto the back side of the circuit board--inside the cartridge case. But that'll require you opening the case--which you may not be comfortable doing.

    Regardless, best of luck!

    Cheers.
     
  6. Knarf
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    I've opened the cart before, but how do I take the PCB board out of the case? It doesn't want to come out.
     
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    Have you used the 1.16 firmware update on it?.... it could be a fake /clone card exhibiting the signs once 1.16 has been used!

    the fading screens can be a common sign of this!

    try the fake recovery ds files here [​IMG]

    before attempting any hardware fixes!
     

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