Nintendo DS Lite Motherboard Replacement

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Replacement of Nintendo DS Lite motherboard.

So you spilled water on your DS Lite and fried the motherboard - sad day! But don't fret, just replace the motherboard and get back into the game!

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Edit Step 1 Battery  ¶ 

  • Unscrew the Phillips screw securing the battery cover to the lower case.

  • The screw remains captive to the battery cover.

  • Pry the battery cover upward with a spudger or fingernail, and lift out of the lower case.

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Edit Step 2  ¶ 

  • Wedge the edge of a spudger in between the side of the battery and the lower case housing and pry upward to dislodge the battery.

  • Remove the battery from the DS Lite.

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Edit Step 3 Lower Case  ¶ 

  • Use the tip of a spudger to pry both rubber feet off the DS Lite.

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Edit Step 4  ¶ 

  • Remove the following screws securing the lower case to the body of the DS Lite:

    • Two 4.3 mm gold Phillips screws

    • One 3.9 mm black Tri-Wing screw

    • One 3.3 mm silver Phillips screw

    • Three 5.5 mm silver Tri-Wing screws

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Edit Step 5  ¶ 

  • Insert the edge of a spudger in between the lower and upper case near the top right corner of the DS Lite.

  • Carefully run the spudger along the right edge of the DS Lite, creating an opening in the process.

  • Continue running the spudger along the backside of the DS Lite until the majority of the lower case has been separated from the upper case.

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Edit Step 6  ¶ 

  • Lift the lower case away from the rest of the DS Lite.

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Edit Step 7 Trigger Buttons  ¶ 

  • Lift both trigger buttons out of the DS Lite.

  • The trigger buttons are held in very loosely by small metal pegs and springs. Don't lose track of these pieces.

  • The second picture shows the correct configuration of the trigger assembly for reassembly purposes.

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Edit Step 8 Wi-Fi Board  ¶ 

  • Use the flat edge of a spudger to pry the Wi-Fi antenna connector straight up from its socket on the Wi-Fi board.

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Edit Step 9  ¶ 

  • Use the flat edge of a spudger to pry the Wi-Fi board connector straight up from its socket on the motherboard.

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Edit Step 10  ¶ 

  • Use the flat edge of a spudger to separate the right edge of the Wi-Fi board from the motherboard.

  • The Wi-Fi board is secured to the motherboard with a layer of adhesive.

  • Remove the Wi-Fi board from the DS Lite.

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Edit Step 11 Motherboard  ¶ 

  • Use the flat edge of a spudger to pry the microphone connector straight up from its socket on the motherboard.

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Edit Step 12  ¶ 

  • In the following steps you must pull the antenna cable between the DS Lite game cartridge reader and motherboard. Pull slowly and stop when you feel resistance to avoid damaging the cable or motherboard.

  • Position the antenna cable with its connector facing up and away from the motherboard using a spudger to hold it down lightly in the gap between chips on the motherboard.

  • Slowly and carefully pull the antenna cable until the cable connector is under the DS Lite game cartridge reader.

  • Continue pulling the cable until the cable connector comes out from under the game cartridge reader on the right side.

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Edit Step 13  ¶ 

  • Use your fingernail or the edge of a spudger to carefully flip up the touchscreen ribbon cable retaining flap.

  • Make sure you are flipping up the retaining flap, not the socket itself.

  • Use the tip of a spudger to pull the touchscreen ribbon cable straight out of its socket.

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Edit Step 14  ¶ 

  • Remove the two 3.4 mm Phillips screws securing the motherboard to the upper case.

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Edit Step 15  ¶ 

  • Open the display enough to use your finger to push the front edge of the motherboard up and away from the upper case.

  • Do not try to remove the motherboard, as it is still connected to the upper display via the upper LCD ribbon cable.

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Edit Step 16  ¶ 

  • Use your fingernail or the flat edge of a spudger to carefully flip up the upper LCD ribbon cable retaining flap.

  • Make sure you are flipping up the retaining flap, not the socket itself.

  • Pull the motherboard away from the DS Lite to separate the upper LCD ribbon cable from its socket on the motherboard.

  • Remove the motherboard from the DS Lite.

  • Now you may open the retaining flap for the lower LCD screen in the same way and separate the lower LCD screen from the motherboard.

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Edit Step 17 Motherboard  ¶ 

  • Motherboard remains.

To reassemble your device, follow these instructions in reverse order.

For more information, check out the Nintendo DS Lite device page.

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Comments Comments are onturn off

A Phillips #000 (PH000) seems to give a more secure fit (no slipping) than the stated Phillips #00.

Ritchie, · Reply

There is absolutely no need to follow steps 8-13 if like me, all you needed to do was access the face buttons for cleaning/replacement. Once you have unscrewed the motherboard from the front casing you can just flip it up, making sure you take the front screen with it. You will have full access to the buttons and all of their contacts. No need to remove the wifi board and microphone cable, etc. Also, replacing the ribbon cables for the screen is especially frustrating. Avoid taking them out at all costs, if you can.

James McCarthy, · Reply

the i was working on had a different wifi connector. i thought a had broken it but the thing underneath it was just to balance it on the motherboard.

BigD29853, · Reply

I can't for the life of me get this freaking antenna cable back when putting everything together, it keeps getting stuck under slot-1 ... how do you aid it through? I'm just pushing it through using the cable itself, but the connector gets stuck somewhere close to the other side and the cable pushing won't do anything but flex the cable.

Peter Marquardt, · Reply

I had some .015" solder that I fed through the other side and wrapped around the antenna cable to help guide it when I was feeding it back through.

Josh McBroom, · Reply

Fantastic guide, although you !@#$%^&* :P forgot to add that you need a Soldiering Kit at the LAST step, thanks..

Nate River, · Reply

I did mine without have to soldier, but then again I was cannibalizing the upper screen from one DS to another.

Christopher Till, · Reply

The little black ribbon clip broke off and now I can't put it back on. What do I do now???

Peter Diaz, · Reply

Same Problem here :( touc dosnt work anymore

Christian Zimmermann,

There should be an added caution remark when removing the ribbon cable from the connector. If the black clip breaks, you're screwed. I have found the connector on another website for about $6. Then the issue is having the right tools to remove the broken connector and soldering on the new one.

Ted, · Reply

this part on putting it back together is a straight nightmare, anyone got some tips on doing this quickly? i'm just getting a flickering bottom screen which is supposed to be an upper display connection problem, not sure if i'm getting the ribbon cable in deep enough. or an up close view of it in there so i know im not forcing it

Corbin dallas, · Reply

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