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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.

Unscrew the two 3mm Phillips #0 head screws along the top edge of the device.
  • 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.
  • 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. 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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Unscrew the three 3mm Y0 screws along the right and bottom of the SD card reader.
  • 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.
  • 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 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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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.
  • 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.
  • 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. 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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Remove the four 3mm Phillips #00 screws.
  • Remove the four 3mm Phillips #00 screws.

  • Remove the three 3mm Phillips #00 screws.

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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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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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