Trying to get an O3DS XL to boot without a top screen

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  1. dj505
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    dj505 Inexperienced Romhacker

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    Top screen on the unit is completely fried (as in ribbon cable is torn in half), but the speakers somehow still work. I decided to remove the top half entirely, and as expected, it no longer boots. Any way to make it boot without a top screen? My soldering skills are pretty decent, so if it requires soldering, I'm up to the task.

    As for why I want to do this, it just seems like a fun little project, and it's not like I'm gonna use the console for anything since I have a new 3DS.
     
  2. Kubas_inko

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    try tearing the ribbon total in half and then plug it in (the half with connector)
     
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    dj505 Inexperienced Romhacker

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    I'll give that a try (not like it can get any more damaged lol) and see if that works
     
  4. Jordan Wessley

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    Did it work? I've broken my own DS and am trying the same thing...
     
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    Unfortunately I damaged the ribbon connector for the bottom screen (not the cable, just the connector on the board) and now it doesn't boot at all. Sorry :/
     
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    I don't think that would work. The speakers actually need to be connected.
    However I seem to remember reading that you can get it to work without a top screen by bridging 2 contacts.
     
  7. Jordan Wessley

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    I'm wondering what those 2 specific contacts are. I assume they're on the left terminal as running a screwdriver through them while powering up crashes the device.