Nintendo DSi Motherboard Replacement

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This guide has been found to be exceptionally cool by the iFixit staff.

Replace the motherboard on your Nintendo DSi.

Use this guide to replace the heart of your DSi--its motherboard.

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Edit Step 1 Battery  ¶ 

  • Unscrew the two Phillips screws securing the battery cover to the lower case.

  • The screws remain captive to the battery cover.

  • Grasp the battery cover and lift out of the lower case.

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Edit Step 2  ¶ 

  • Wedge the edge of an opening tool in between the top of the battery and its lower case housing and pry upwards to dislodge the battery.

  • Grasp the battery and remove it from the DSi.

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Edit Step 3 Lower Case Assembly  ¶ 

  • Two screws are hidden underneath two rubber feet highlighted in red.

  • Use the tip of a spudger to pry the rubber foot out of the lower case.

  • In the same manner, remove the remaining foot off the lower case.

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Edit Step 4  ¶ 

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

    • Six 5.2 mm Phillips screws.

    • One 2.7 mm Phillips screw.

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Edit Step 5  ¶ 

  • Insert the flat end of a spudger in between the lower case and lower front panel near the top right corner of the DSi.

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

  • Continue running the spudger along the backside of the DSi until the majority of the lower case has been separated from the lower front panel.

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Edit Step 6  ¶ 

  • Cautiously lift the lower case from its bottom edge.

  • The lower case is still attached to the motherboard by the volume and SD board cable highlighted in red. Do not try to completely remove the lower case of the DSi yet.

  • Pry the volume and SD board cable up from its socket on the motherboard with the flat edge of a spudger.

  • Remove the lower case assembly from the DSi.

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Edit Step 7 Wi-Fi Board  ¶ 

  • Pull the Wi-Fi board away from the motherboard by its edge closest to the headphone jack.

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Edit Step 8  ¶ 

  • Pry the Wi-Fi antenna connector straight up from its socket on the Wi-Fi board.

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Edit Step 9 Motherboard  ¶ 

  • Use the tip of a spudger to pry the power board connector out of its socket on the motherboard.

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Edit Step 10  ¶ 

  • Use your fingernail or the edge of a plastic opening tool to flip up the retaining flap on the following three ZIF sockets:

    • Lower touchscreen cable

    • Lower LCD cable

    • Power board cable

  • Be sure you are prying up on the hinged retaining flaps, not the sockets themselves.

  • After flipping up the locking tabs on all three sockets, use your fingers or a pair of tweezers to gently pull the cables straight out of their sockets.

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Edit Step 11  ¶ 

  • Use your fingernail or the edge of a plastic opening tool 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 12  ¶ 

  • Use your fingernail or the edge of a plastic opening tool to carefully flip up the dual camera 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 dual camera ribbon cable straight out of its socket.

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Edit Step 13  ¶ 

  • With the tip of a spudger, Pry the microphone antenna up off its socket on the motherboard.

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Edit Step 14  ¶ 

  • Remove the following four Phillips screws securing the motherboard to the DSi framework.

    • Three longer screws.

    • One short screw.

  • Pull the microphone and Wi-Fi antenna cables out of the notch cut into the motherboard near the headphone jack.

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Edit Step 15  ¶ 

  • Slightly lift the motherboard upwards to reveal the upper LCD ribbon cable above the ABXY buttons .

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

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

  • Remove the motherboard from the DSi.

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

For more information, check out the Nintendo DSi device page.

Required Tools

Spudger

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Phillips #00 Screwdriver

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Tweezers

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Plastic Opening Tools

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Comments Comments are onturn off

do not pry up! pull to one side so you don't disconnect the clip from the motherboard!

Lisa, · Reply

Actually Lisa, you are incorrect. If you pull to one side you WILL end up pulling the connector off the motherboard. It is designed so that you ARE MEANT TO pry it upwards out of the connector. All you need to do is use the point or corner of the flat edge of a spudger (or a small flat-headed screwdriver), push it ever so slightly under the middle of the small white plug where there is a small recess in the connector for just this purpose. Prying the plug up in this fashion you should clear the connector with the spudger by prying it up through the recess rather than catching the connector and pulling it off the board.

James Gravestock,

how to fix if the clip comes off of the motherboard?? please help!

jaime, · Reply

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