DSTWO - Detect Fix

Discussion in 'Supercard' started by jay24k, Nov 2, 2011.

  1. jay24k

    jay24k Newbie

    Nov 8, 2009
    United States
    I've been having non stop issues on both of my DSTWO for my kids. After searching and reading on here, it seemed the tape trick would work off and on. Well I found a better trick that has worked 100% on both of mine and on others that had the issues. The problem appears that just the contacts needs to be raised, not the whole card.

    Remove the screw off the DSTWO. Open up the flash cart. I didn't want to remove the bottom plastic beneath the contacts so I gapped it open slightly. I got some blue painters tape and cut a piece the same width and only a centimeter deep. You can look in there and see some thermal paste. I didn't want to put the tape over that since it most likely gets warm/hot. I put two layers of tape. This essentially pushes only the contact portion up and not the whole card.

    I saw all sorts of fixes but as I stated, this seemed to fix everyone I've touched. Feel free to ask any questions or maybe someone can move this into the sticky.
  2. Costello

    Costello Headmaster

    Oct 24, 2002
    ah, thanks, thats what I call a very useful post.

    I know this is a lot to ask, but would you mind posting a little more detailed thread, in the tutorials area http://gbatemp.net/forum/233-nds-tutorials-faqs/
    prefereably with detailed instructions & pictures?

    if you do so I'll submit a news article, because this can potentially help hundreds if not thousands of people.
  3. DinohScene

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    Oct 11, 2011
    You could update the DSTwo's kernel.
    Since one of the earlier kernels had this problem of not being detected.
  4. jay24k

    jay24k Newbie

    Nov 8, 2009
    United States
    I'll get some pictures tomorrow for sure. This has nothing to do with a kernel or software issue. This is a card issue. When the card doesn't detect unless you barely touch it and then goes away, it is due to a contact issue. Also, my son had non stop freezing issues. I've tried the panasonic format and everything else. He was super excited that not a single game had a freeze. Generally his games freeze all the time.

    Hopefully this helps some that have the issues not related to the software.
  5. Rydian

    Rydian Resident Furvert™

    Feb 4, 2010
    United States
    Cave Entrance, Watching Cyan Write Letters
    Sounds legit to me. I'd do it myself and take pics but my DSTwo's one of the limited-edition ones so I don't wanna' take the sticker off...

    Unless the screw on the back is the only one, and the other corners are just clipped?
  6. Terminator02

    Terminator02 ヽ( 。 ヮ゚)ノ

    Apr 10, 2010
    United States
    Somewhere near monkat
    sounds similar to "The TK Paper Trick," except that that method doesn't work for the dstwo because of all of the plastic guides

    a tutorial with pictures, and maybe even a video would be fantastic
  7. Aeter

    Aeter A walking contradiction

    Apr 1, 2009
    The lands of nether
    Are you still going to make the guide or are you in the process of making it?
    Please keep us updated, I think this can help lots of people and it would be a shame if others wouldn't be able to benefit from a good contact issues fix that is simple and works well.
  8. Themanhunt

    Themanhunt GBAtemp Fan

    Aug 11, 2011
    My DSTWO doesn't get recognized now and again, can be a pain. Happens specifically if the game froze or I just hit the shutdown button while playing a game.
  9. Abel

    Abel Newbie

    Aug 9, 2007
    So, I also had this problem of the card not being recognized unless pushed and hold at the very bottom of the slot. I decided to try the OP's method but was unsuccessful. You can't really elevate the card much anyway since the plastic shell won't keep it all well and won't fit the DS slot. Finally I just took a cutter and removed the grid that covers the contacts. I then used a microfiber cloth to wipe them and still let a bit of cut hard paper beneath as the OP suggested. Now everything seems to be working on the first try.
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