Nintendo DSi XL Touchscreen Replacement

Touchscreen replacement.

The lower display screen on the DSi XL is touch-sensitive. Regain touch control over your DSi with a new touchscreen.

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Edit Step 1 Battery  ¶ 

  • Remove the two Phillips screws securing the battery cover to the back of the handheld console.

  • Lift the battery cover off the back of the DSi XL.

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Edit Step 2  ¶ 

  • Lift the battery from the DSi XL.

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Edit Step 3 Lower Case  ¶ 

  • Remove the four rubber screw covers on the lower case by prying them up with a push pin.

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Edit Step 4  ¶ 

  • Remove the following seven Phillips screws that secure the lower case to the rest of the DSi XL:

    • Four silver 5.3 mm screws

    • Two black 5.3 mm screws

    • One black 2.5 mm screw

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Edit Step 5  ¶ 

  • Turn the DSi XL over, and open the display.

  • Insert a spudger between the upper and lower case at the bottom left corner of the DSi.

  • Slide the spudger along the bottom edge of the upper case to release the latches securing the upper case to the lower case.

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Edit Step 6  ¶ 

  • Close the display and turn the DSi XL over.

  • Lift the lower case from the front edge.

  • Rotate the lower case away from the DSi.

  • The lower case cannot be completely removed yet, since it is still connected to the motherboard.

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Edit Step 7  ¶ 

  • Using a spudger, pry the SD card/right shoulder button connector off its socket.

  • Pry the volume button/left shoulder button connector off its socket on the motherboard with a spudger.

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Edit Step 8 Wi-Fi Board  ¶ 

  • Lift the Wi-Fi board up off its socket on the motherboard.

  • Do not attempt to completely remove the Wi-Fi board yet. It is attached to the motherboard by an antenna cable.

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Edit Step 9  ¶ 

  • Use a spudger to pry the Wi-Fi cable off its socket on the underside of the Wi-Fi board.

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Edit Step 10 Motherboard  ¶ 

  • Use a spudger to pry the microphone cable off the motherboard.

  • Pry from underneath the cable.

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Edit Step 11  ¶ 

  • Using the flat end of a spudger, flip up the retaining flap on the camera ribbon ZIF connector.

  • Use the pointed end of a spudger to pull the camera ribbon from the ZIF connector.

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Edit Step 12  ¶ 

  • Using the flat end of a spudger, flip up the retaining flap on the touchscreen cable ZIF connector.

  • With the pointed end of the spudger, pull the touchscreen cable from its connector on the motherboard.

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Edit Step 13  ¶ 

  • Using the flat end of a spudger, flip up the retaining flap on the backlight cable ZIF connector.

  • With the pointed end of the spudger, pull the backlight cable from its connector on the motherboard.

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Edit Step 14  ¶ 

  • Using the flat end of a spudger, flip up the retaining flap on the lower display data cable ZIF connector.

  • With the pointed end of the spudger, pull the lower display data cable from its connector on the motherboard.

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Edit Step 15  ¶ 

  • Using the flat end of a spudger, flip up the retaining flap on the ZIF connector for the D-Pad/power button cable.

  • With the pointed end of the spudger, pull the D-Pad/power button cable from its connector on the motherboard.

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Edit Step 16  ¶ 

  • Using the flat end of the spudger, pry the battery cable up off its socket on the motherboard.

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Edit Step 17  ¶ 

  • Remove the screws securing the motherboard to the upper case:

    • A single 2.5 mm silver Phillips screw

    • Four 3.7 mm black Phillips screws

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Edit Step 18  ¶ 

  • Deroute the microphone and antenna cables through the slot in the motherboard.

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Edit Step 19  ¶ 

  • Rotate the motherboard off the lower case.

  • The motherboard cannot be completely removed yet. It is still attached by the upper LCD's display data ribbon cable.

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Edit Step 20  ¶ 

  • Using the flat end of a spudger, flip up the retaining flap on the upper display data cable ZIF connector.

  • With the pointed end of the spudger, pull the upper display data cable from its connector on the underside of the motherboard.

  • The motherboard is now free from the upper case.

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Edit Step 21 Lower Display Assembly  ¶ 

  • With the console still upside-down, open the DSi XL slightly.

  • Push the lower display away from the upper case.

  • Remove the lower display from the DSi XL.

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Edit Step 22 Lower LCD  ¶ 

  • Insert a spudger between the touchscreen and top right corner of the display.

  • Slide the spudger down the right side of the display to free the edge of the touchscreen.

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Edit Step 23  ¶ 

  • Continue around the bottom right corner of the display with the spudger.

  • Slide the spudger along the bottom edge of the touchscreen to separate it from the display.

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Edit Step 24  ¶ 

  • Continue around the bottom left corner of the display with a spudger.

  • Slide the spudger along the left edge of the touchscreen to remove it from the display.

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Edit Step 25  ¶ 

  • With three sides freed, remove the touchscreen from the lower display.

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

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

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Comments Comments are onturn off

The battery connectors (socket) on the mother board are extremely fragile, so care should be taken to avoid breaking them.

Other than this, the instructions given are precise and straighforward. I do agree with the other comments about step 20.

Paulette Williams, · Reply

This step is unnecessary. The ribbon is a total pain in the butt to get back in, and if you dont get it PERFECT, the DS will not even fire back up. Unless it is absolutely necessary to remove it... DON'T !!! ( Personal experience, Everything else was SPOT ON) THANK YOU FOR THE HELP, saved me a lot of $$$

Jerod Cook, · Reply

Completed, worked perfectly! I agree with the comment about step 20, completely unnecessary.

ian, · Reply

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