I think my son's ds is dying?

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Oct 16, 2008
  1. jessicarabbit
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    He's had it about a year and a half. Suddenly it is freezing up during games-not any certain games, but several. Mostly when he's playing with or against someone else but also when he plays alone. We've tried the cart in my ds and so far it is not freezing up so I don't think it's the cart (R4) or MSD card. I let the battery completely discharge and then charged it (someone said to try this-they said you can get a bad charge?) and it is still freezing up. Has this happened to anyone? If it keeps up I will probably just get him a new one rather than spend the $$ to get this one fixed. He has dropped it in the past but for the past 2 or 3 mos he's had a nerf cover on it. Could that have caused it and had a delayed reaction? Is there anything else I can try?

    eta: I forgot to mention this-we tried a whole new R4 (I had a spare), the firmware is the most recent, and I tried formatting the sd card. I did not put new roms on it-I just copied his entire sd card into a folder on my pc and then copied it back onto the formatted card. My other two kids use the same roms and have had no problems. The R4 cards are not clones. The sd cards are kingston 2 gb.
     
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    try another cart...like the DSTT or something (if you have one available at your local store).

    nintendo products are pretty decent in quality so I have never heard of these problems only 1 1/2 years in.
     
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    It also could be the games. Some games have been known to freeze on certain types of microsd card, like the Castlevania games.
     
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    Here are the games that are freezing up. These are pretty much the only games he plays right now.

    Pokemon Diamond
    Pokemon Pearl
    Pokemon Dash
    Mario Kart
    New Super Mario Brothers

    These same games are not freezing up for my other two (one only plays the pokemon games though).

    I don't have any place to get DSTT or any other card. I have to order them online. Since the R4 is working fine in my DS I am inclined to think it's his DS. He is 9 yrs old but he's pretty responsible with his ds but like I said, he has dropped it from time to time. For now I'll have him keep using mine and see if it continues to not freeze up. Right now he is using his and said it only froze up so far (after discharging and recharging the battery) when he played against his sister and he was 'wiggling around a lot'.
     
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    how about the memory card? is that okay? cuz mine got screwed up once after dropping it... good thing i had a warrenty for it.
     
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    Well since you said he dropped it time to time, It could be his DS.

    Maybe something in the DS causes it to freeze during gameplay.

    Or maybe your son shakes his DS to hard and it will also cause in freezing

    OR, He hits his DS when he looses or something,

    Those are just my options.

    Btw, what mother supports piracy for their son(s)? Just saying.
     
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    sounds like the DS could be the problem. Might be the contacts for the card inside the DS for the cart.
    Have you had any issue with other carts other then the R4?
     
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    I switched out the memory card and formatted it so I think it's ok. He does tend to get mad when he's playing so it's very possible he could have been a little rough with it. He hasn't had a problem with any other carts but he doesn't usually play them. I'll have him try those. Thanks everyone! [​IMG]
     
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    only the best moms in the world would support piracy!!!!
     
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    It sounds like it could be the contact between the DS and the card. Try cleaning the contacts a bit, and putting a small wedge of paper behind the card to hold it firmly onto the contacts
     
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    Take a look into slot-1 with the cart out, check the pins. If some are slightly bent or off center, then that's your problem - the pins slide off their respective contacts while playing. You'll need to buy a new DS if it keeps freezing.
     
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    I have the same time with my ds. I have clean the contacts ot the ds and it works.
    The only thing: By me it's alos freezed in the Card Menu
     
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    I looked inside and it looks like all the pins are fine. But it looks kinda gunky in there. Not sure why because he always has a cart in it. I'll try the paper next. How do I clean the contacts? Do I use any kind of solution or just a dry q-tip (didn't fit well and didn't want to force it) or maybe cotton on a toothpick..? He just used mine all day today and it never did freeze up, but he had no luck at all getting his sisters to play wireless with him.
     
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    Try a really soft toothbrush.

    If you can't find a soft one, then just LIGHTLY scrape out the gunk, with a regular one.

    Don't scratch the contacts.


    EDIT: OH WHOOPS! You're talking about the contacts IN the DS. I thought you were talking about the contacts on the DS game card.
     
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    "Btw, what mother supports piracy for their son(s)? Just saying."
    The awesome kind. Why wouldn't she want to save herself/her child money and avoid buying a bunch of DS games?

    Anyways, doesn't Nintendo have some base service charge for repairing products past their warranty?
     

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