Nintendo 3DS D-pad Replacement
Nintendo 3DS D-pad replacement.
- Author: David Hodson
- Difficulty: Difficult
Replace the D-pad on your 3DS to get full movement capabilities back.
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- Back Cover 2 steps
- Battery 1 step
- Lower Case 2 steps
- Circle Pad Joystick 4 steps
- SD Board 3 steps
- Wi-Fi Board 2 steps
- Motherboard Assembly 6 steps
- D-pad 2 steps
Hold the device in one hand and turn it over.
Grab the top edge of the back cover with your opposite hand so that the cover does not fall back into place.
Flip the 3DS over again so that the back cover is facing up.
Pull the back cover up and away from the rest of the device to remove it.
Lift the bottom edge of the lower case off the rest of the 3DS.
There are still two ribbon cables connecting the mother board to the case, so be sure not to pull the lower case all the way off.
Use a plastic opening tool to pry the shoulder button ribbon cables off their sockets on the motherboard.
Remove the lower case from the device.
Continue lifting the motherboard assembly and rotate it until it is resting next to the rest of the device.
Use the flat end of a spudger or your fingernail to flip up the retaining flap on the LCD ribbon cable ZIF socket.
Be sure you are prying up on the hinged retaining flap, not the socket itself.