Hardware Question about 3DS Motherboards

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Hello,
I am considering getting a broken n3DS (non-XL) so I can swap the motherboard inside it with the broken one of my n3DS (non-XL). However, I have no way of knowing if the broken n3DS's motherboard is working. The seller has told me that:

1. When the 3DS is turned on, it makes a popping noise, then shuts off promptly.
2. When the 3DS is plugged in, the charging LED is on and stays on while plugged in.
3. The 3DS has been *accidentally* submerged into water for a brief amount of time.

Does the popping necessarily mean that the motherboard is still alive?

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TechAndrew
 

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if its been submerged in water it usually means there's gonna be lots of problems. Could be that a ribbon and/or connector has corroded so you won't know untill you actually get it
 

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At this point, I'm going to try finding a non-working n3DS XL; That is, a n3DS XL that definitely has a working motherboard (e.g. Broken Screen(s), Buttons, Cameras, Bad Cosmetic Condition)
 

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