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Nintendo 3DS 2015 C-Stick Replacement

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  1. Nintendo 3DS 2015 C-Stick Replacement, Battery: step 1, image 1 of 1
    • 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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    • 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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    • Insert a plastic opening tool into the notch at the top of the battery.

    • Pry the battery up with the plastic opening tool.

  4. Nintendo 3DS 2015 C-Stick Replacement, SD Card Reader: step 4, image 1 of 1
    • 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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    • 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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    • 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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    Tool used on this step:
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    • 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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    • 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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    • 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.

  10. Nintendo 3DS 2015 C-Stick Replacement, C-Stick: step 10, image 1 of 1
    • Remove the four 3mm Phillips #00 screws.

    • Remove the three 3mm Phillips #00 screws.

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    Tool used on this step:
    Tweezers
    $4.99
    Buy
    • 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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    • 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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    • 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.

Conclusion

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

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3 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

Tyler Starr -

you do have the option of just ripping it out

Deo Padilla - Reply

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