Introduction

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

Image 1/2: The screws remain captive to the battery cover. Image 2/2: Grasp the battery cover and lift out of the lower case.
  • 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.

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

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

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Image 1/1: Six 5.2 mm Phillips screws.
  • 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.

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Image 1/3: Carefully run the spudger along the edge of the outer casing, creating an opening between the body and the casing. Image 2/3: Continue running the spudger around the body of the DSi until the majority of the lower case has been separated. Image 3/3: Continue running the spudger around the body of the DSi until the majority of the lower case has been separated.
  • 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.

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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. Image 2/2: Pry the volume and SD board cable up from its socket on the motherboard with the flat edge of a screwdriver.
  • 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.

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

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

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

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!

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Image 1/2: Lower touchscreen cable Image 2/2: Lower LCD cable
  • 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.

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Image 1/2: Make sure you are flipping up the retaining flap, '''not''' the socket itself. Image 2/2: Use the tip of a spudger to pull the touchscreen ribbon cable straight out of its socket.
  • 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.

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Image 1/2: Make sure you are flipping up the retaining flap, '''not''' the socket itself. Image 2/2: Use the tip of a spudger to pull the dual camera ribbon cable straight out of its socket.
  • 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.

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

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Image 1/1: Three longer screws.
  • 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.

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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. Image 2/3: Make sure you are flipping up the retaining flap, '''not''' the socket itself. Image 3/3: Remove the motherboard from the DSi.
  • 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.

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

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

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

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Image 1/3: The rear bezel will move only about 2 mm. Image 2/3: Slightly close the case of the DSi and lift the rear bezel straight up out of the DSi. Image 3/3: Slightly close the case of the DSi and lift the rear bezel straight up out of the DSi.
  • 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.

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

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Image 1/2: Lift and remove the power board from the DSi. Image 2/2: Lift and remove the power board from the DSi.
  • Remove the five Phillips screws securing the power board to the DSi's framework.

  • Lift and remove the power board from the DSi.

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

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Image 1/3: Do not completely separate both halves yet. There are several ribbon cables that remain threaded through both panels. Image 2/3: De-route the upper LCD and dual camera ribbon cables through the slit near the ABXY side of the front lower panel. Image 3/3: Separate the lower and upper halves from each other.
  • 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.

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

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Image 1/2: Remove the steel hinge tube. Image 2/2: Carefully push both coiled ribbon cables through the tube molded into the front upper panel.
  • 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.

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

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Image 1/2: Remove the dual camera cable assembly from the DSi. Image 2/2: Remove the dual camera cable assembly from the DSi.
  • Lift the rear-facing out of its housing in the front bezel.

  • Remove the dual camera cable assembly from the DSi.

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

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

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Image 1/2: De-route the left speaker cables from underneath the upper LCD. Image 2/2: Lay the left speaker on top of the upper LCD.
  • 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.

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Image 1/2: Loosen the adhesive by running the spudger along the perimeter of the upper LCD. Image 2/2: Lift the upper LCD by its upper right corner and remove it from the front upper panel.
  • 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.

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

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Conclusion

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

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4 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?

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