ONE speck of dust under the top screen.
I just got a Zelda Limited Edition Nintendo 3DS for Christmas. The first one I got had 5 dead pixels on the top screen and one on the bottom. I called every Gamestop on the 26th and one store had one left and exchanged for me. This one is perfect aside from one speck of dust on the top screen right in the middle. It wouldn't be a big deal if it wasn't in the middle. I see it all the time now. I know it's dust because I can see it when the system is turned off.
My dilemma is: I can't exchange again because no Gamestop has them and it's almost embarrassing to be OCD about a dust speck but I want this Limited Edition to be perfect. I also don't want to send it to Nintendo in fear that it comes back worse than it was or gets scratched, takes forever to get returned, etc.
Now, I am pretty tech savvy and am tossing around the idea of prying the top screen up a bit with a plastic wedge stick and using a can of air and hoping it can reach the screen and push the dust elsewhere but I'm afraid if I lift the screen that it won't go back down to how it is factory sealed.
Has anyone out there had a similar issue with an at home fix? Do I have to take apart the whole 3DS or can I just heat the top screen, pry off a bit, use an air can, and push it back down in place?
You are much better off sending it to Nintendo for repair/replacem
If you are going to insist on removing it yourself you will not get by with a simple job. When doing that job if you are not careful you will end up with more dust specs. Click here for the Upper LCD replacement guide. After you have removed the LCD you will be able to use the canned air. Good luck.
I don't know if this will help but I'll just say this. I have a few 3DS's (haha) but it bugs me a lot with the dust getting in the groove at the top of the bezel... if that is what your problem is, then it generally works to take a normal piece of paper and slide it through the groove and get the dust up and out... my red 3DS however has some sticky dust (weird but maybe from the sleeve it came in) and the paper doesn't work to get that out...