Repairing my DSL

Discussion in 'NDS - Flashcarts and Accessories' started by Escape, Mar 3, 2010.

  1. Escape

    Escape GBAtemp Advanced Fan

    Oct 3, 2008
    United States
    So I've decided to repair my DSL, even though I have a DSi.
    These are what I'm planing to get:

    1) Replacement case (crimson):
    DSL is a. half broken and b. really dirty.

    2) Replacement flip-open screen shaft (or what ever it is):
    DSL has a broken hinge.

    3) Replacement inner antenna and mic:
    Only need the mic part as mine doesn't work. couldn't care less about that other thing.

    4) Replacement button pads:
    Hard to press the buttons on my DSL, figured that new inner pads will solve the problem
    (gonna buy a few of these, in case this problem might reappear).

    5) Screen protectors:
    Mine are completely scratched - better buy new ones.

    NOW, is there anything else I might be forgetting?
    and is the case good enough? (as in strong, and has all the parts?)
    also, does anyone have a video guide of how to replace a case? I know there's a good guide here on GBATemp with pictures, but a video would be much better.

    Any advice would be welcomed,
    Thanks for whoever helps [​IMG]
  2. Tokiopop

    Tokiopop Caffeine fiend

    Apr 14, 2009
    I'd go with official Hori ones from somewhere like Amazon or PlayAsia, but whatever [​IMG]

    Do you have a trigram screwdriver and a small phillips head screwdriver? You can get them here

    I've got some of tips on this thread here. Just be careful, take your time, don't force anything and you should be fine. For reconnecting LCR cables push it in a little bit with your finger, then there are 2 parts that stick out of either side a little. Get a stylus or something and push it against those sticking out bits to easily get it into the connector.

    Some nice videos here but I find thieves like us guide to be the most detailed.
  3. Bently

    Bently GBAtemp Fan

    Sep 17, 2009
    Rofl, thats a lot to repair ^^, might as well buy a top screen LCD, a touch screen LCD and a motherboard.

    Anyways I used to have the old Nintendo OEM Crimson Black case and the hinges break too easily. I never dropped it or anything the like yet somehow they both cracked. But it's you're choice ^^, its a pretty good color.
  4. Escape

    Escape GBAtemp Advanced Fan

    Oct 3, 2008
    United States
    Thanks for your help, ShatteredScreens.
    Definitely going to need to change the hinge as my DS doesn't open properly (which means not only the plastic part is broken).
    My wifi works fine - so the antenna is quite useless for me.
    It's good to hear that the pads are comfortable, as a few reviews from dealextreme say they aren't as good as the original ones [​IMG]
    I don't think I'll be needing the screwdrivers though - have plenty of them at home [​IMG]

    Thanks a lot for the tips and videos too - even though their main point (of the videos) is to show how to replace the screens, they also show how to disassemble and reassemble the DSL, so thanks [​IMG]

    Nah, it's not that much [​IMG]
    These are quite common problems people have, you know - broken hinge, hard to press buttons,
    non working microphone, etc...
    All together comes out like $20, so it's worth it [​IMG]

    Since the case I'm planing to get is not the original one, I expect it to be as good as the other ones DX sells [​IMG]
    BTW, I heard the hinge breaks quickly if you don't open your DS correctly (as in from the side and not straight up), so I'm planing to be more careful this time.