My L button has stopped working.

Discussion in '3DS - Console, Accessories and Hardware' started by FireSeel, Sep 25, 2013.

  1. FireSeel
    OP

    FireSeel GBAtemp Regular

    Member
    115
    18
    Mar 2, 2013
    The L button on my 3ds has completely stopped working, it does not respond to any presses at all. It is a launch 3ds, so I assume the warranty has expired, what can I do?
     
  2. gix222

    gix222 Advanced Member

    Newcomer
    80
    17
    Nov 15, 2010
    take apart and clean?
     
  3. BORTZ

    BORTZ You get a hat, and YOU get a hat!

    Supervisor
    GBAtemp Patron
    BORTZ is a Patron of GBAtemp and is helping us stay independent!

    Our Patreon
    11,714
    14,726
    Dec 2, 2007
    United States
    Pittsburgh
    Playing a lot of Kid Icarus? I thing Nintendo will repair it, but not for free.
     
    MAXLEMPIRA likes this.
  4. superspudz2000

    superspudz2000 GBAtemp Advanced Fan

    Member
    562
    106
    Aug 23, 2007
    Canada
    simple answer, Fix It.

    it probably just need to be cleaned. get a triwing screwdriver, remove back shell and cleanwith Q-tip. if it still dosent work then solder in a new button, its not hard, and replacement buttons are cheap.

    in the future you should take better care of your stuff.
     
  5. julialy

    julialy Homebrewer

    Member
    1,675
    587
    Nov 26, 2012
    United States
    United States
    pull the l button up and then put your lips in it, then blow really hard!

    (I do not recommend doing this if you do not want to break your 3DS)
     
  6. Terenigma

    Terenigma Terenigma everywhere

    Member
    1,624
    451
    Nov 10, 2008
    Earth
    Just outta curiosity, where did you buy yours? I got mine at Tesco brand new and it was at launch too, just wondering how well you take care of yours and if there was anything that you did that might of damaged it? Im starting to get worried about something like this happening to mine too.
     
  7. Lilith Valentine

    Lilith Valentine GBATemp's Wolfdog™ ☠️Grunt☠️

    Member
    20,199
    21,560
    Sep 13, 2009
    Antarctica
    Between insane and insecure
    Buy some canned air, gently lift the button, and blow some of that in there.
     
  8. FireSeel
    OP

    FireSeel GBAtemp Regular

    Member
    115
    18
    Mar 2, 2013
    I had one from GAME at launch, and my friend got one too. Then, I sold mine because there were no games I wanted for it ( this was before the 1st party games came out), but half a year ago, I bought my friends off him, so I dont know what he diid with it.
     
  9. MarioFanatic64

    MarioFanatic64 The guy who does things

    Member
    1,273
    626
    Sep 13, 2009
    Australia
    This happened with my launch 3DS, and I could not fix it.

    I came here for suggestions even and none of them worked, they were just temporary fixes.

    Luckily I took it back to the store (EB Games) and they swapped it out for me. But if you are gonna try that and they do swap it, don't expect them to let you perform a system transfer first.

    You could sent it to Nintendo for repair, but be prepared to shell out some cash.
     
  10. Nusdogg

    Nusdogg GBAtemp Fan

    Member
    369
    45
    Feb 3, 2013
    United States
    St. Paul, MN
    Damn, that sucks.
     
  11. Riyrt

    Riyrt Member

    Newcomer
    19
    4
    Jul 27, 2008
    United States
    3DS L/R buttons are socketed. If you are patient and are careful, take it apart and see if it came loose off the socket, if not replace it. It's fairly easy to get to without having to remove much.
     
  12. pyromaniac123

    pyromaniac123 ส็็็็็็็็็็็็็็็็็็็(ಠ益ಠส็็็็็็็็็็็็็็็็็็็

    Member
    2,001
    1,671
    Sep 24, 2011
    Dip it in alcohol.
     
    Sicklyboy likes this.