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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 can I do about a broken cable connector?

I was repairing my New 3DS XL today, and somehow one of the small, black ribbon connectors broke off of the board. It was one of the non-ZIF connectors and while I was pulling the cable out the whole thing came off. The 3DS does not power on now (Except for a brief blue light and a *pop* sound) Is there anything that can be done about this? I don’t know if they are replaceable, but I would like to try if they are.

Update (12/10/2018)


My phone refused to let me take a picture of mine, but I found one online that is the exact same model. I put up two pictures, the first is the connector just circled so you can see how it’s supposed to look, the second has yellow lines covering the parts that broke off.

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Also, I tried physically holding down the connector with my finger while holding the battery in and pushing power, and the 3ds booted up just fine. As soon as I let go it shuts back off, so, fortunately, it doesn't seem it's completely broken. I tried tape but it's just not enough pressure.

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Can you take a picture of which connector? Sometimes these can just be soldered back on depending on the severity of the damage.

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