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Nintendo 3DS XL Microphone Replacement

What you need

  1. Nintendo 3DS XL Microphone Replacement, Battery: step 1, image 1 of 2 Nintendo 3DS XL Microphone Replacement, Battery: step 1, image 2 of 2
    • Loosen the two #0 Phillips 4.2 mm-length screws located at the top of the back cover.

    • The screws have locking washers that prevent the screws from falling off of the back cover. Leave these locking washers on the screws; it is not necessary to remove the washers for this repair guide.

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    • Hold the device so that the cover is facing up.

    • Using a plastic opening tool, pry off the cover starting at the top right corner.

    • Hold the edge of the cover to ensure it does not reattach.

    • Look for the small section below the stylus compartment. Pry off the cover at that point if it is still attached.

    • Take off the cover of the device and set it aside.

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    • Insert the plastic opening tool into the opening located on the right side of the battery.

    • Pry off the battery from the lower casing.

    • Lift the battery out of the case and set aside.

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    • Using tweezers pull out the rubber bumpers that are located at the top of the device on either side of the game cartridge compartment.

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    • Remove the six 6.2 mm screws using a Phillips #000 screwdriver.

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    • Remove the 2.3 mm screw located above the game cartridge slot with a Phillips #000 screwdriver.

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    • With a plastic opening tool pry off the lower case starting at the bottom edge and working around the perimeter.

    • Two ribbon cables connect the case to the circuit board. Be careful to not pull the case too hard and rip the ribbon cables.

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    • Remove the ribbon cables located underneath the left and right bumpers by prying up the base of the cables with a plastic opening tool.

    • Completely remove the lower case from the rest of the device and set aside.

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    • Position the device such that the game cartridge slot is located at the top.

    • Locate the microphone in the bottom left corner.

    • Using tweezers remove the microphone.

    • There will be a ribbon that connects the microphone to the motherboard.

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    • Using the flat head side of the spudger carefully lift up the flap and remove the ribbon.

    • The attached microphone can now be removed.

Conclusion

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

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2 Comments

Hello! Do these instructions apply to the New 3DS XL as well? I followed steps from 1-8, but when I get to step 9, the layout is different and I can’t find the mic. Any help would be greatly appreciated!

Melissa Cardenas - Reply

please learn to repair the mic of new 3ds xl

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