Introduction

The motherboard houses all the internal circuitry of the Nintendo 2DS, and the utmost caution must be taken when disassembling it. Be certain not to strip any screws, as that damage my be impossible to fix.

Parts

No parts required.

Using the #000 screwdriver, unscrew the two 1.587 mm Phillips screws on the upper rear panel.
  • Using the #000 screwdriver, unscrew the two 1.587 mm Phillips screws on the upper rear panel.

  • The screws will not completely detach from the back panel.

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Hinge the upper rear panel upwards and outwards to remove it. Hinge the upper rear panel upwards and outwards to remove it.
  • Hinge the upper rear panel upwards and outwards to remove it.

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Remove the battery from its housing by lifting it up from the side closest to the outside edge. Remove the battery from its housing by lifting it up from the side closest to the outside edge. Remove the battery from its housing by lifting it up from the side closest to the outside edge.
  • Remove the battery from its housing by lifting it up from the side closest to the outside edge.

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Using the #000 Phillips screwdriver, unscrew the ten black 1.587 mm Phillips #000 screws attaching the rear panel.
  • Using the #000 Phillips screwdriver, unscrew the ten black 1.587 mm Phillips #000 screws attaching the rear panel.

There are ten screws, but the marked locations incorrectly show the cameras as screws, instead of the screw in the middle of each side.

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The rear panel is attached to the motherboard by a ribbon cable, so be careful not to lift the rear panel too far from the device.
  • The rear panel is attached to the motherboard by a ribbon cable, so be careful not to lift the rear panel too far from the device.

  • Carefully pull the rear panel straight up from the device.

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Carefully flip the back panel over to locate the attached ribbon cable.
  • Carefully flip the back panel over to locate the attached ribbon cable.

  • Use the Phillips #000 screwdriver to unscrew the two .793 mm Phillips #000 screws attaching the ribbon cable to the rear panel.

  • Take the opportunity to remove the Left and Right triggers, they have hinges that may break and springs that may jump away.

You can also detach the cable from the motherboard safely by flipping up the connector on the motherboard. Just don't forget to reattach. Some will find this tedious but may save time if you know what you're doing with said connectors.

pivotanimationz - Reply

pay attention: my 2ds dropped it's lens covers at this step

Jos van Reenen - Reply

The picture you have there has the camera lens ribbon installed upside down. The ribbon needs to be pointing down when you re-attach it not up.

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Hold the side panels of the device's case with your fingers and pull outward to remove them. The panels should come off easily with little force required.
  • Hold the side panels of the device's case with your fingers and pull outward to remove them.

  • The panels should come off easily with little force required.

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Locate the 13 brass colored, 1.587 mm Phillips #000 screws that hold the motherboard in place and remove them using a Phillips head 000 screwdriver.
  • Locate the 13 brass colored, 1.587 mm Phillips #000 screws that hold the motherboard in place and remove them using a Phillips head 000 screwdriver.

  • Be very careful not to strip any of these screws. Stripping can occur very easily, and may make replacement of the motherboard impossible.

There are 12 brass-colored screws, not 13. Three of the marked holes are incorrect as they are holes from the black screws, and two marked holes are missing near the headphone jack in the lower right.

RogerX - Reply

...also in this step, the pictures show the analog stick disappearing without a step to remove its two silver screws.

RogerX - Reply

I was using a brand new 000 driver, and found that I needed to dull the tip of it in order to get a better grip on these tiny screws.

marjames - Reply

I dont know if its just me but my gold mother board screws i had a few that just didnt fit right with a ph000. Maybe my screw driver is just garbage?

Mark Damien English - Reply

The top panel can only be removed when the mother board is not secured. There are two additional screws located on the top rail. Remove these to fully remove the buttons and top rail. There are two screws holding down the joystick base that must be removed. (Be careful of the ribbon cable—it stays connected!)
  • The top panel can only be removed when the mother board is not secured.

  • There are two additional screws located on the top rail. Remove these to fully remove the buttons and top rail.

  • There are two screws holding down the joystick base that must be removed. (Be careful of the ribbon cable—it stays connected!)

  • Hold the top panel with your fingers and pull away from the device to remove it.

    • The top panel should come off easily, with very little force applied.

There are two additional brass screws holding the top panel plastic on to the frame. They are 00 Philips and shorter than the ones securing the motherboard.

RogerX - Reply

Detach the 2 ribbon cables by lifting the black flip connectors that hold them. Lift out the rectangular board seated in the face and lift out the white square which is the joystick motor (takes a little effort). Both stay attached to the motherboard.
  • Detach the 2 ribbon cables by lifting the black flip connectors that hold them.

  • Lift out the rectangular board seated in the face and lift out the white square which is the joystick motor (takes a little effort). Both stay attached to the motherboard.

  • On some models, you'll need to remove three more tiny ribbon cables at the bottom of the screen. They are secured by flip up connectors. BE GENTLE!

  • Holding the motherboard on either side, lift to remove it.

Don't forget to disconnect the two tiny ribbon cables on the bottom of the motherboard that attach to the microphone and home button.

RogerX - Reply

...as well as the hidden 4-conductor ribbon cable on the upper right that connects to the analog stick.

RogerX - Reply

What about the top 2 wires

briana1987be - Reply

Briana the 3 wires on bottom of board are covered under screen 2 step 10.

goldenkenneth - Reply

y e e t y e e t m y d u d e s ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !!n ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !

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Conclusion

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

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o meu 2ds esta com um defeito que, quando eu aperto o botão de power ele liga e apos alguns segundo desliga e faz um pequeno barulho.

thiagopereira10000 - Reply

Would a jis #000 screw driver work better? As i tried a ph +000 and the gold motherboard screws just dont fit right

Mark Damien English - Reply

I have a question. After I replaced the mother board I have been having issues with it freezing after a couple mins running. Do you know why

briana1987be - Reply

I have a similar problem. After I replaced mine it will not open any app, and it does not show the status bar. Does anyone know why?

Steve David -

Now that I've removed the motherboard, how do I fix it? The instructible is great as far as it goes, but it doesn't go far enough

Danielle Chester - Reply

Fix what? You need to be more specific. I have to purchase a screen from China in order to fix mine.

goldenkenneth -

The SD slot of my 2DS is not functioning. Should I replace the complete motherboard?

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