Introduction

If your C-Stick doesn't work, you may need to replace it. Watch out for delicate ribbon cables in the device. After removing the board with the C-Stick attached, the face buttons can fall out. Make sure to not lose them.

Image 1/1: The screws on the back panel strip easily. Go slowly and press down firmly.
  • Unscrew the two 3mm Phillips #0 head screws along the top edge of the device.

  • The screws on the back panel strip easily. Go slowly and press down firmly.

  • The screws on the back panel are held in by locking washers, so they won't come out of the back panel.

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Image 1/2: Pull the faceplate up and out of the slots at the bottom of the device. Image 2/2: Set aside the back faceplate.
  • Pull the top corner tabs of the front face plate outward and towards you.

  • Pull the faceplate up and out of the slots at the bottom of the device.

  • Set aside the back faceplate.

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Image 1/3: Pry the battery up with the plastic opening tool. Image 2/3: Pry the battery up with the plastic opening tool. Image 3/3: Pry the battery up with the plastic opening tool.
  • Insert a plastic opening tool into the notch at the top of the battery.

  • Pry the battery up with the plastic opening tool.

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Image 1/1: The bottom of the SD card reader should slightly pop out after removing the screws.
  • Unscrew the three 3mm Y0 screws along the right and bottom of the SD card reader.

  • The bottom of the SD card reader should slightly pop out after removing the screws.

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Image 1/1: Don't completely pull the SD card out of the device yet. There is a ribbon cable connected under the SD card reader.
  • Pull the SD card reader from the edge with two holes gently to free the tab at the top of the SD card reader.

  • Don't completely pull the SD card out of the device yet. There is a ribbon cable connected under the SD card reader.

  • Reorient the device so that the power jack faces you.

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Image 1/2: Use a plastic opening tool to pry the SD card ribbon cable off the socket on the motherboard. Image 2/2: Lift the SD card reader out off of the lower casing.
  • Lift the SD card reader gently.

  • Use a plastic opening tool to pry the SD card ribbon cable off the socket on the motherboard.

  • Lift the SD card reader out off of the lower casing.

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Image 1/3: Remove the two rubber bumpers along the top of the device using tweezers. Image 2/3: Unscrew the seven 6mm Phillips #00 screws along the top and bottom of the 3DS. Image 3/3: Unscrew the seven 6mm Phillips #00 screws along the top and bottom of the 3DS.
  • Reorient the device so that the game slot now faces you.

  • Remove the two rubber bumpers along the top of the device using tweezers.

  • Unscrew the seven 6mm Phillips #00 screws along the top and bottom of the 3DS.

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Image 1/2: Don't pull the lower casing completely off, you may break those connections. There are ribbon cables that must be disconnected first. Image 2/2: Pry the ribbon cable socket under the right trigger using a plastic opening tool.
  • Lift the top edge of the lower case slightly off on the 3DS.

  • Don't pull the lower casing completely off, you may break those connections. There are ribbon cables that must be disconnected first.

  • Pry the ribbon cable socket under the right trigger using a plastic opening tool.

  • Pry the ribbon cable socket under the infrared receiver cover using a plastic opening tool.

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Image 1/3: Pry the last ribbon cable attached to the lower case using a plastic opening tool. Image 2/3: Pry the last ribbon cable attached to the lower case using a plastic opening tool. Image 3/3: Pry the last ribbon cable attached to the lower case using a plastic opening tool.
  • Open the device slowly from its top edge. Be careful not to tug the ribbon cable connected near the bottom edge of the device.

  • Pry the last ribbon cable attached to the lower case using a plastic opening tool.

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Image 1/1: Remove the three 3mm Phillips #00 screws.
  • Remove the four 3mm Phillips #00 screws.

  • Remove the three 3mm Phillips #00 screws.

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Image 1/3: Pull the ribbon cable, connected to the mic, gently towards you with a pair of tweezers. Image 2/3: Lift the tab to free the large ribbon cable on just above the power connector. Image 3/3: Lift the tab to free the large ribbon cable on just above the power connector.
  • Pull up gently on power cable to loose it from the motherboard.

  • Pull the ribbon cable, connected to the mic, gently towards you with a pair of tweezers.

  • Lift the tab to free the large ribbon cable on just above the power connector.

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Image 1/2: Lift the assembly gently out of the device from the battery connector at the bottom of the leftmost circuit board. Image 2/2: Lift the assembly gently out of the device from the battery connector at the bottom of the leftmost circuit board.
  • Pry the C-Stick from its plastic housing with the flat side of a spudger.

  • Lift the assembly gently out of the device from the battery connector at the bottom of the leftmost circuit board.

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Image 1/2: Lift the tab on the ZIF connector securing the C-Stick to the board. Image 2/2: Separate the C-Stick from the board.
  • Flip the board over to reveal the connector for the C-stick's ribbon cable.

  • Lift the tab on the ZIF connector securing the C-Stick to the board.

  • Separate the C-Stick from the board.

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Conclusion

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

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2 Comments

What do I do if two of my screws were stripped when I got my system? I need to fix my cstick desperately but I cant get inside of my 3ds. Anything at all would help.

~Akiru

Darian Morales - Reply

Hello Akiru! Stripped screws can be a bugger, but you do have some options. I could outline some of your options here, but iFixit has a good article for this one. Go ahead and take a look at the article on iFixit titled "How to Remove a Stripped Screw", it should help you out.

Have a Good One.

Tyler

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