The Nintendo DSi is the third iteration in the Nintendo DS line, and made its debut in Japan in late 2008.

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DSi water damage- system won't turn on

I spilled a small amount of water on the lower scream of my dsi and now it's not turning on. I messed around with it to see if it might turn on if I held it at different angles, charger/no charger ect. but it never did. I left it charging for a few days and it came back on (without me hitting the button) like nothing was wrong but it wouldn't turn off. I was thinking I need to replace the power board but I want to get a second opinion since I know next to nothing about stuff like this.

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Hi,

As you know water and electronics and electricity are not a good mix.

The water causes corrosion and provides circuit paths for the electricity which were not in the game player's operating design and could damage the components.

First do not turn on your device and then you need to remove the battery as soon as possible from the device to minimize further damage.''

Then you need to dis-assemble the rest of the device and clean all the affected parts using Isopropyl Alcohol 90%+ to remove all traces of corrosion and water. Do not use "rubbing alcohol" as in some cases this is only 70% and is not as effective. If you do check the label to verify the amount

Here is a link that in general, describes the process.

Electronics Water Damage

You may have to replace the battery as it is very hard to recover a battery from water damage.

As always with electronics, especially surface mounted PCBs be gentle when handling and especially when brushing away the corrosion. You do not want to remove any components from the board.

Here is a link to the Ifixit guide to repair the device which should be of some help to you.

DSi Repair

Hopefully after you have done all this the device might possibly work correctly again.

If this process seems too daunting, take your device to a reputable, professional electronics/computer/phone repair service and ask for a quote for a repair. If you decide to do this, do it sooner than later.

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