Nintendo DS Lite Wi-Fi Board Replacement

Replacement of Nintendo DS Lite Wi-Fi board

Having trouble connecting to the internet on your Nintendo DS Lite? Replace the Wi-Fi board to get reconnected.

3 Edit Step 1 Battery  ¶ 

Image 1/2: The screw remains captive to the battery cover.

3 Edit Step 1 Battery  ¶ 

  • Unscrew the Phillips screw securing the battery cover to the lower case.

  • The screw remains captive to the battery cover.

  • Pry the battery cover upward with a spudger or fingernail, and lift out of the lower case.

Edit Step 2  ¶ 

Image 1/1: Remove the battery from the DS Lite.

Edit Step 2  ¶ 

  • Wedge the edge of a spudger in between the side of the battery and the lower case housing and pry upward to dislodge the battery.

  • Remove the battery from the DS Lite.

Edit Step 3 Lower Case  ¶ 

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Edit Step 3 Lower Case  ¶ 

  • Use the tip of a spudger to pry both rubber feet off the DS Lite.

Edit Step 4  ¶ 

Image 1/1: Two 4.3 mm gold Phillips screws

Edit Step 4  ¶ 

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

    • Two 4.3 mm gold Phillips screws

    • One 3.9 mm black Tri-Wing screw

    • One 3.3 mm silver Phillips screw

    • Three 5.5 mm silver Tri-Wing screws

Edit Step 5  ¶ 

Image 1/3: Carefully run the spudger along the right edge of the DS Lite, creating an opening in the process.

Edit Step 5  ¶ 

  • Insert the edge of a spudger in between the lower and upper case near the top right corner of the DS Lite.

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

  • Continue running the spudger along the backside of the DS Lite until the majority of the lower case has been separated from the upper case.

3 Edit Step 6  ¶ 

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3 Edit Step 6  ¶ 

  • Lift the lower case away from the rest of the DS Lite.

1 Edit Step 7 Trigger Buttons  ¶ 

Image 1/2: The trigger buttons are held in very loosely by small metal pegs and springs.  Don't lose track of these pieces.

1 Edit Step 7 Trigger Buttons  ¶ 

  • Lift both trigger buttons out of the DS Lite.

  • The trigger buttons are held in very loosely by small metal pegs and springs. Don't lose track of these pieces.

  • The second picture shows the correct configuration of the trigger assembly for reassembly purposes.

2 Edit Step 8 Wi-Fi Board  ¶ 

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2 Edit Step 8 Wi-Fi Board  ¶ 

  • Use the flat edge of a spudger to pry the Wi-Fi antenna connector straight up from its socket on the Wi-Fi board.

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1 Edit Step 9  ¶ 

  • Use the flat edge of a spudger to pry the Wi-Fi board connector straight up from its socket on the motherboard.

2 Edit Step 10  ¶ 

Image 1/1: The Wi-Fi board is secured to the motherboard with a layer of adhesive.

2 Edit Step 10  ¶ 

  • Use the flat edge of a spudger to separate the right edge of the Wi-Fi board from the motherboard.

  • The Wi-Fi board is secured to the motherboard with a layer of adhesive.

  • Remove the Wi-Fi board from the DS Lite.

Conclusion

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

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12 Comments

A Phillips #000 (PH000) seems to give a more secure fit (no slipping) than the stated Phillips #00.

Ritchie - Reply

This will be good for mods

Matthew Bevins - Reply

I'm having a problem getting the screw to unscrew. I have the right Phillips ( it was included with all the stuff I got this) Any tips. it doesn't look like the screw is spinning but i haven't played my Nintendo DS Lite for 3 years.

whittlegirls - Reply

When you reassemble, make sure that you have the volume and power buttons in place, and make sure they are in the right position to line up with the switches on the motherboard. If they are not aligned, you risk snapping off the tiny switches on the motherboard (in which case, you are in for some soldering work).

Eric - Reply

I should have read the comments first - broke off the power switch because I didn't know about aligning it. No way I can do soldering, guess it's for the dustbin :-(

Emma -

Whoops, remembered the power button but forgot the volume slider.

I'll do it later.

analbonghits -

Anything after step 7 is unnecessary if having to replace the left or right trigger button(s).

Nate River - Reply

There is absolutely no need to follow steps 8-13 if like me, all you needed to do was access the face buttons for cleaning/replacement. Once you have unscrewed the motherboard from the front casing you can just flip it up, making sure you take the front screen with it. You will have full access to the buttons and all of their contacts. No need to remove the wifi board and microphone cable, etc. Also, replacing the ribbon cables for the screen is especially frustrating. Avoid taking them out at all costs, if you can.

James McCarthy - Reply

what is the "etc."?

Rita Cao -

the i was working on had a different wifi connector. i thought a had broken it but the thing underneath it was just to balance it on the motherboard.

BigD29853 - Reply

I took it apart successfully and I replaced the screen but I've put it back together and it the green light turns on for about 2seconds quiet dim, brighter for about 1 and then it turns off... I then took the wifi board out, and it turned on! What have I done to it and why doesn't it work with it and only without?!

Brianlewis - Reply

Exact same symptoms for me : on boot up, green light would stay on for 1 second, then shut down. Without wifi, green light would stay on, but blank screens. In fact, it's because on boot up, DS will check if wifi is present, and stop if there is an error. Then, it checks for upper screen, and after that, for lower screen. If one of these is not responding, DS will turn off. I check my cables (upper screen) and DS started again with no problem.

Alexandre - Reply