How hard is it to swap a DS lite shell?

Discussion in 'NDS - Flashcarts and Accessories' started by HugeCock, Sep 6, 2006.

Sep 6, 2006
  1. HugeCock
    OP

    Member HugeCock Oh My....

    Joined:
    Jul 5, 2006
    Messages:
    534
    Country:
    United States
    I haven't sent in my DS yet....I just don't want to send it away even though its under warrenty. So I was wondering how hard will it be to change the shell myself when the new cases come out from that one company. On a scale of 1 to 5 how hard is it? Is there a serious risk on screwing up your DS lite? Or is it just a matter of dissasemble and reassemble?
     
  2. jbob2k

    Newcomer jbob2k Newbie

    Joined:
    Aug 14, 2006
    Messages:
    4
    Country:
    United States
  3. HugeCock
    OP

    Member HugeCock Oh My....

    Joined:
    Jul 5, 2006
    Messages:
    534
    Country:
    United States
    I did not ask [B]how do I take apart my DS lite[/B] I asked how hard is it to do so? What is the room for error? If I am just swapping out a case do I need to worry about ribbons, what concerns should someone with little DS dissasembly experience have? I have moded my Cube, my PS2, Xbox 360, flashed 4 DS units however I have huge hands so I am a bit worried about taking apart a lite. The answer I am looking for is, its SUPER easy to swap out a shell.

    Oh wait, page 2 of that link says and I quote:

    So yes I read that, of course Thieves did not go into taking apart the top half and again I just want to know how HARD it is to do so, how long it normally takes to do something like a case swap.
     
  4. thieves like us

    Member thieves like us chaos personified

    Joined:
    Jul 17, 2003
    Messages:
    1,057
    Location:
    left of the pond
    Country:
    United States
    it's not too hard to take apart, although I'd would chat the manta of *patience*, *patience*, *patience*

    first and foremost, don't force anything!
    if the bottom shell halves won't separate easily, this probably means that you've forgotten to remove one of the 7 screws holding them together.


    step by step, here are other things to be aware of:
    step 2
    be extremely careful removing the rubber pads that cover the screw holes (there are four of these that cover the screws on the top half as well). the glue on them is rather sticky and as such, the pad need a pretty good amount of force to separate them from the casing, so you need to be careful that whatever it is that you're using to lift them out, doesn't slip and marr your ds lite's nice, shiney finish! [​IMG]

    step 7
    working on a bright, clean surface will help you find any small parts (screws, springs, shoulder button posts, etc...) that may fly off in an unknown direction. I can't tell you how many screws I've accidently dropped on my carpeting and then spent the next 10-15mins combing it with my hands which was like looking for a needle in a haystack.

    step 8
    I wish I had a macro lense for my camera to show the ribbon cable clips better (which would also show how they work), but the one I want is 600usd. donations anyone? the two larger cables (that pass information to the displays are connected with a flip-type locking clip. releasing the lock is accomplished by lifting the dark portion of the connector up. from the side that the the ribbon cable enters the connector, use your thumbnail to lift the lock up, and then gently pull evenly on the ribbon cable to pull it out.

    note: in an original ds, the two smaller ribbon cables are secured by sliding plastic locks. using a small, jeweler-sized flat bladed screwdriver, push both sides of the lock (brown) from the connector in the direction that the ribbon connector clips into it from.
    in the ds lite, the small ribbon cable (which controls the touch screen functionality) is merely press fit, however as stated in my original write-up, removing it is far more easier than re-inserting it due to its position and the [lack] of excess to work with.

    hope this helps.

    ps
    it took me about 30-45mins to disassemble my first ds lite (to the point that I've documented in the 'sticky'ed thread). however, that was taking my time and doing a lot of looking to see how things were connected and what I needed to do in order to proceed (ie. I wasn't in any real hurry to get it done, so I took my time).
    having done a few of them now, I could probably rip one apart completely (including the top shell) in about 15mins.
     
  5. HugeCock
    OP

    Member HugeCock Oh My....

    Joined:
    Jul 5, 2006
    Messages:
    534
    Country:
    United States
    Thanks Thieves, with my ADD and lack of free time these days I may just hold off for now. Thanks much man! Shipping my DS back tomorrow I guess
     
  6. CatScam

    Member CatScam ScamaRama!

    Joined:
    Apr 29, 2006
    Messages:
    588
    Country:
    United States
    I don’t know if you’ve seen this before? It’s a video showing a break down of a DS Phat.
    Which is much like a lite internally, & them ribbon cables do look like they would be a
    bitch to put back, you may be better off shipping it back. [​IMG]

    http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-7...endo+ds&pl=true
     

Share This Page