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The Nintendo 3DS XL 2015, marketed as the New Nintendo 3DS XL, was released October 11, 2014 in Japan and February 13, 2015 in North America.

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What happens if I pried open the new black ZIF connectors?

I'm doing a motherboard swap between 2 new 3DS XLs (US and Japan) and as I have done shell swappings on previous 3DS and DSs I was used to the old ZIFs so i opened the tab to get the wires out, but after the fact, I read on another question here that I'm not supposed to open the tabs on those, as they dont seem to be able to snap back. Am I screwed?

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I don't know if they can be snapped back (I actually snapped one off completely, ha ha), but the connector should still work. The ribbon will just slip out more easily, so be careful reassembling.

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try using a bit of tape on the cable and connector to help keep from it sliding out

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zoe hey im new to the formus and sorry for necro but i need some help.

u mention that u snapped off one of the JAE FA1004SA1-R8000 connectors, well so did i and i need to know how do you replace them.

Also if there are any compatible connecters from other brands since JAE FA1004SA1-R8000 are not really avaible in EU unless i order from US and pay 40$ in shipping for 3$ worth of parts

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What I did was take the cable out of the connector, place it back roughly where it's supposed to go, then apply a small amount of pressure to the BACK of the connector, opposite of where the cable goes in, where the 4 connects look like a hinge of sorts. Apply just enough pressure to see the connector bend down to where it's supposed to go. Pressing on the front of the connector, where the cable goes in, didn't do much for me. Still can't get my MIC to work... Still, light and home button work excellently.

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