Mainboard replacement

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  1. natkoden
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    Those motherboard sounds expensive considering where we stand now after the DS lite was released in 2006.

    I have bought a few broken DS lites and repaired them to keep them as extras. If you look around people often sell them for as low as $5. I would say import a broken DS lite and salvage the parts for a motherboard.

    As for swapping different screens, sure they will work 100% if they are functional.


    Edit: :o Woah! That's a lot of motherboard, could they be from the stolen shipment in Hong Kong that was suppose to reach United Kingdom?!!!
     
  3. Nah3DS

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    what happened? did you accidentally broke your recently buyed DS when trying to fix the lower screen? :lol:
     
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    It wasn't ever confirmed, but there are "fake" Nintendo DS Lites around (like the Nintendo MD system or what it was called), but it might've just used original MBs with a fake shell and generic screens.

    Anyway, it's a bit costly, I'm sure you can buy locally an entire broken DS Lite for that much, and usually the broken part is one of the screens, which you already have.

    Yep, screens from a different Lite will work, I do that all the time.
     
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    My guess is that you can find a cheaper full but broken DS if you really need a board.
     
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    pasc GBATemps official GBA Freak

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    Considering how cheap Lites are I thing you should be better off buying a used one ?
     
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    You can buy used DSLites for less that are fully working
     
  9. natkoden
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    You people forgot where I live. Used DS Lites costs as low as 60/70 dollars.

    So, back to my original question, suppose I buy an used DS Lite and salvage it's motherboard (I saw one pretty cheap, but it's in very poor condition, and mine is perfect, plus it's pink) will it work? What things do I need to be careful about? I remember the first time I took apart one and ended up with a blown fuse. Just by changing a screen.

    And yesterday, trying to change the lower screen, I guess I did something wrong because after that, the DS would just turn on, the upper screen would flash white and then turn off.
     
  10. TheBlueSky

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    I did not forget that you lived in South America. Infact, I wrote my solution keeping your location in mind:

    "I would say import a broken DS lite and salvage the parts for a motherboard."
     
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    Sorry, I was not refering to you though. Just that every single user said "buy a new/used one!". I just wanna know if my method will work, that is, swapping the motherboard.
     
  12. Kouen Hasuki

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    Yes. Yes it will
     
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    ok then, ill try and buy a cheap used one or just the motherboard if I found one.

    any considerations? like, "dont touch that" or "be sure to connect that first", etc...
     
  14. TheBlueSky

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    I will recommend these:

    1. Use very very soft hands when you handle things. Do not stress your hands/fingers to avoid any kind of jerk while doing assembling/disassembling.
    2. Be extremely careful with the ribbons. Patience is the key no matter how long it takes.
    3. Tighten the screws just enough and never over tight them.

    That's all! :yaynds:
     
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    Just take it easy and careful one cable routes under the card slot
     
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    So, mainboard for u$s30 or used DS Lite in mint condition with box and acekard 2i for us$s80.
     
  17. TheBlueSky

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    If I must choose, I will go with the latter.

    For me, DS Lite is the best handheld in the DS family. It just feels right and has served me for several thousand hours of gaming. I wouldn't mind paying $80 for a boxed one in good used condition. :)
     
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    Just bought the DS Lite.

    I'm gonna buy the mainboard as well to try and repair the other one. The third one, I might give it to a friend.

    Will comment later on the mainboard replacement.