Nintendo DSi Upper LCD/Speakers Replacement

Replace the upper LCD and speakers on your Nintendo DSi.

This guide will walk you through replacing the upper LCD on your DSi.

Edit Step 1 Battery  ¶ 

Image 1/2: The screws remain captive to the battery cover.

Edit Step 1 Battery  ¶ 

  • Unscrew the two Phillips screws securing the battery cover to the lower case.

  • The screws remain captive to the battery cover.

  • Grasp the battery cover and lift out of the lower case.

Edit Step 2  ¶ 

Image 1/2: Grasp the battery and remove it from the DSi.

Edit Step 2  ¶ 

  • Wedge the edge of a spudger in between the top of the battery and its lower case housing and pry upwards to dislodge the battery.

  • Grasp the battery and remove it from the DSi.

Edit Step 3 Lower Case Assembly  ¶ 

Image 1/2: Use the tip of a spudger to pry the rubber feet out of the lower case.

Edit Step 3 Lower Case Assembly  ¶ 

  • Two screws are hidden underneath two rubber feet highlighted in red.

  • Use the tip of a spudger to pry the rubber feet out of the lower case.

Edit Step 4  ¶ 

Image 1/1: Six 5.2 mm Phillips screws.

Edit Step 4  ¶ 

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

    • Six 5.2 mm Phillips screws.

    • One 2.7 mm Phillips screw.

Edit Step 5  ¶ 

Image 1/3: Carefully run the spudger along the edge of the outer casing, creating an opening between the body and the casing.

Edit Step 5  ¶ 

  • Insert the spudger in between the lower casing and lower panel near the top right corner of the DSi.

  • Carefully run the spudger along the edge of the outer casing, creating an opening between the body and the casing.

  • Continue running the spudger around the body of the DSi until the majority of the lower case has been separated.

Edit Step 6  ¶ 

Image 1/2: The lower case is still attached to the motherboard by the volume and SD board cable highlighted in red. Do not try to completely remove the lower case of the DSi yet.

Edit Step 6  ¶ 

  • Carefully lift the lower casing from its bottom edge.

  • The lower case is still attached to the motherboard by the volume and SD board cable highlighted in red. Do not try to completely remove the lower case of the DSi yet.

  • Pry the volume and SD board cable up from its socket on the motherboard with the flat edge of a screwdriver.

  • once the cable, highlighted in the orange box, is completely removed then you may take off the entire outer casing.

Edit Step 7 Wi-Fi Board  ¶ 

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Edit Step 7 Wi-Fi Board  ¶ 

  • Pull the Wi-Fi board away from the motherboard by its edge closest to the headphone jack.

Edit Step 8  ¶ 

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Edit Step 8  ¶ 

  • Pry the Wi-Fi antenna connector straight up from its socket on the Wi-Fi board.

3 Edit Step 9 Motherboard  ¶ 

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3 Edit Step 9 Motherboard  ¶ 

  • Use the tip of a spudger to pry the power board connector out of its socket on the motherboard.

Edit Step 10  ¶ 

Image 1/2: Lower touchscreen cable

Edit Step 10  ¶ 

  • Use your fingernail or the edge of a plastic opening tool to flip up the retaining flap on the following three ZIF sockets:

    • Lower touchscreen cable

    • Lower LCD cable

    • Power board cable

  • Be sure you are prying up on the hinged retaining flaps, not the sockets themselves.

  • After flipping up the locking tabs on all three sockets, use your fingers or a pair of tweezers to gently pull the cables straight out of their sockets.

Edit Step 11  ¶ 

Image 1/2: Make sure you are flipping up the retaining flap, '''not''' the socket itself.

Edit Step 11  ¶ 

  • Use your fingernail or the edge of a plastic opening tool to carefully flip up the touchscreen ribbon cable retaining flap.

  • Make sure you are flipping up the retaining flap, not the socket itself.

  • Use the tip of a spudger to pull the touchscreen ribbon cable straight out of its socket.

Edit Step 12  ¶ 

Image 1/2: Make sure you are flipping up the retaining flap, '''not''' the socket itself.

Edit Step 12  ¶ 

  • Use your fingernail or the edge of a plastic opening tool to carefully flip up the dual camera ribbon cable retaining flap.

  • Make sure you are flipping up the retaining flap, not the socket itself.

  • Use the tip of a spudger to pull the dual camera ribbon cable straight out of its socket.

Edit Step 13  ¶ 

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Edit Step 13  ¶ 

  • With the tip of a spudger, Pry the microphone antenna up off its socket on the motherboard.

Edit Step 14  ¶ 

Image 1/1: Three longer screws.

Edit Step 14  ¶ 

  • Remove the following four Phillips screws securing the motherboard to the DSi framework.

    • Three longer screws.

    • One short screw.

  • Pull the microphone and Wi-Fi antenna cables out of the notch cut into the motherboard near the headphone jack.

Edit Step 15  ¶ 

Image 1/3: Use your fingernail or the edge of a plastic opening tool to carefully flip up the upper LCD ribbon cable retaining flap.

Edit Step 15  ¶ 

  • Slightly lift the motherboard upwards to reveal the upper LCD ribbon cable above the ABXY buttons .

  • Use your fingernail or the edge of a plastic opening tool to carefully flip up the upper LCD ribbon cable retaining flap.

  • Make sure you are flipping up the retaining flap, not the socket itself.

  • Remove the motherboard from the DSi.

Edit Step 16 Lower LCD Assembly  ¶ 

Image 1/2: Lift the lower LCD assembly out of the DSi.

Edit Step 16 Lower LCD Assembly  ¶ 

  • Use the tip of a spudger to pry the metal backing of the lower LCD up from the DSi's framework.

  • Lift the lower LCD assembly out of the DSi.

Edit Step 17 Upper LCD/Speakers  ¶ 

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Edit Step 17 Upper LCD/Speakers  ¶ 

  • Use a pushpin to remove the four plastic screw covers (highlighted in red) on the front bezel.

Edit Step 18  ¶ 

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Edit Step 18  ¶ 

  • Remove the four Phillips screws securing the rear bezel to the front bezel.

Edit Step 19  ¶ 

Image 1/3: The rear bezel will move only about 2 mm.

Edit Step 19  ¶ 

  • Using two hands, gently slide the rear bezel upwards.

  • The rear bezel will move only about 2 mm.

  • Slightly close the case of the DSi and lift the rear bezel straight up out of the DSi.

Edit Step 20  ¶ 

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Edit Step 20  ¶ 

  • Continue de-routing the microphone and Wi-Fi antenna cables through the opening located on the bottom DSi's framework.

Edit Step 21  ¶ 

Image 1/2: Lift and remove the power board from the DSi.

Edit Step 21  ¶ 

  • Remove the five Phillips screws securing the power board to the DSi's framework.

  • Lift and remove the power board from the DSi.

Edit Step 22  ¶ 

Image 1/2: The pin should move about 3 mm and stop. It is not necessary to try to completely remove the pin.

Edit Step 22  ¶ 

  • Push the metal hinge pin inward on the D-pad side of the front lower panel with the tip of a spudger.

  • The pin should move about 3 mm and stop. It is not necessary to try to completely remove the pin.

Edit Step 23  ¶ 

Image 1/3: Do not completely separate both halves yet. There are several ribbon cables that remain threaded through both panels.

Edit Step 23  ¶ 

  • Slightly detach the lower and upper halves of the DSi.

  • Do not completely separate both halves yet. There are several ribbon cables that remain threaded through both panels.

  • De-route the upper LCD and dual camera ribbon cables through the slit near the ABXY side of the front lower panel.

  • Separate the lower and upper halves from each other.

Edit Step 24  ¶ 

Image 1/1: The microphone will likely pop out of its housing, so it is probably easier to completely remove it at this point.

Edit Step 24  ¶ 

  • Using your fingers, grasp the microphone cable and de-route it through the hinge.

  • The microphone will likely pop out of its housing, so it is probably easier to completely remove it at this point.

  • De-route the Wi-Fi cable through the hinge.

Edit Step 25  ¶ 

Image 1/2: Remove the steel hinge tube.

Edit Step 25  ¶ 

  • Tightly coil the display and dual camera ribbon cables enough to push them through the steel hinge tube.

  • Remove the steel hinge tube.

  • Carefully push both coiled ribbon cables through the tube molded into the front upper panel.

Edit Step 26  ¶ 

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Edit Step 26  ¶ 

  • Pry the front-facing camera straight up out of its housing in the front bezel.

Edit Step 27  ¶ 

Image 1/2: Remove the dual camera cable assembly from the DSi.

Edit Step 27  ¶ 

  • Lift the rear-facing out of its housing in the front bezel.

  • Remove the dual camera cable assembly from the DSi.

Edit Step 28  ¶ 

Image 1/2: Lift the Wi-Fi antenna board straight up and remove it from the DSi.

Edit Step 28  ¶ 

  • De-route the Wi-Fi antenna cable from its channel in the front bezel.

  • Lift the Wi-Fi antenna board straight up and remove it from the DSi.

Edit Step 29  ¶ 

Image 1/2: Lift the right speaker and set it on top of the upper LCD.

Edit Step 29  ¶ 

  • Use the flat end of a spudger to pry the right speaker straight up and out of its housing in the front upper panel.

  • Lift the right speaker and set it on top of the upper LCD.

Edit Step 30  ¶ 

Image 1/2: De-route the left speaker cables from underneath the upper LCD.

Edit Step 30  ¶ 

  • In the same manner as previously described, remove the left speaker.

  • De-route the left speaker cables from underneath the upper LCD.

  • Lay the left speaker on top of the upper LCD.

Edit Step 31  ¶ 

Image 1/2: Loosen the adhesive by running the spudger along the perimeter of the upper LCD.

Edit Step 31  ¶ 

  • Cautiously wedge the flat end of spudger underneath the upper LCD.

  • Loosen the adhesive by running the spudger along the perimeter of the upper LCD.

  • Lift the upper LCD by its upper right corner and remove it from the front upper panel.

Edit Step 32  ¶ 

Image 1/1: If you have never soldered before, we have a [guide|750|guide] that makes it easy.

Edit Step 32  ¶ 

  • Desolder the speakers from the upper LCD by heating up the solder joints with a soldering iron and simultaneously using a pair of tweezers to pull the speaker wires away from the logic board.

  • If you have never soldered before, we have a guide that makes it easy.

Conclusion

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7 Comments

The tricky part is getting the upper screen and black ribbon through the hinge. I found that curling them and pushing them through a drinking straw that was cut short first and then pushing the straw through the hinge hole made it a whole lot easier.

Damian - Reply

I used this guide for change the cover broken by my son.

Thank you

Bompa (Italy)

Bompa - Reply

While doing this I accident messed something up. When I power on the DSi, the bottom screen just flashes and the DS turns off. What did I do wrong?

Ruben Colon - Reply

Hey guys, i have two problems....

I have ordered a replacement housing for my daughter, so i hat to completely and fully disassemble everything.

Now I put it back together and first off, i have two strange square washer left AND, the upper screen turns on fine, the lower too.. but after 1 second, the upper screen gets all strange... colors are wrong.. I close the Lid, open it up and again, 1 second perfect, after that it turns discolored...

Any idea where the two washer could come from as i cant find them in the Description here and also what could be wrong with the display now?

Caylean Koar - Reply

do not pry up! pull to one side so you don't disconnect the clip from the motherboard!

Lisa - Reply

Actually Lisa, you are incorrect. If you pull to one side you WILL end up pulling the connector off the motherboard. It is designed so that you ARE MEANT TO pry it upwards out of the connector. All you need to do is use the point or corner of the flat edge of a spudger (or a small flat-headed screwdriver), push it ever so slightly under the middle of the small white plug where there is a small recess in the connector for just this purpose. Prying the plug up in this fashion you should clear the connector with the spudger by prying it up through the recess rather than catching the connector and pulling it off the board.

James Gravestock -

how to fix if the clip comes off of the motherboard?? please help!

jaime - Reply