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This guide will show you how to remove the directional buttons and the right and left bumpers. Once removed, the buttons can be cleaned or replaced.

Remove the following 7 screws securing the lower case to the DS Lite:
  • Remove the following 7 screws securing the lower case to the DS Lite:

    • 3 silver tri-wing screws (5mm long)

    • 1 black tri-wing screw (4mm)

    • 2 gold Phillips screws (4mm)

    • 1 silver Phillips screw (3mm)

  • Do not remove the silver PH screw (3mm) in the battery compartment yet. It holds the main PCB in place.

Remove the Tri-Wing screws from the DS cartridge port area and the battery bay.

Matt - Reply

They left out of the tool section the Triwing screwdriver, a security tool used on most Nintendo game systems. There are 4 Trihead screws holding the case together and 3 Phillips head screws.

ABCellars - Reply

2 are not philip heads

roemio do carmo lobo - Reply

I actually have Tri-Wing screws on mine!! You can't open the unit up unless you have the proper tools!

Jon Fukumoto - Reply

Remove the plastic insert (or cartridge) from the lower slot (Slot 2).
  • Remove the plastic insert (or cartridge) from the lower slot (Slot 2).

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  • Flip the unit over.

  • Use a spudger to pry open the gap between the bottom case and the front panel. Work all the way around the case until the panel is free.

  • Avoid touching the L and R shoulder buttons, because they pop off easily and are difficult to reassemble. Keeping the bottom case against your workbench will help hold them in place.

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  • Carefully separate the two pieces by hand.

  • The two shoulder buttons are made up of three pieces -- the plastic button, a pin, and a spring. If they accidentally pop out while you are working, study the picture and make sure you put the spring in the correct position.

  • When reassembling the cover, make sure that the power switch cover on the bottom case is in the off (down) position. Otherwise, the power switch cover can break the very fragile power switch upon reassembly.

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  • Remove the following 7 screws located on the lower case of the DS Lite:

  • 1 black tri-wing screw (4mm)

  • 1 silver Phillips screw (3mm)

  • 2 gold Phillips screws (4mm)

  • 3 silver tri-wing screws (5mm)

  • Do not remove the silver PH screw located in the battery compartment in this step, as it holds the main PCB in place.

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  • Remove the plastic insert/cartridge from the lower slot.

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  • Flip the system over.

  • Using a spudger tool, pry around the gap between the bottom of the case and the front panel until the entire panel is free.

  • Please use caution when approaching the previous step, as the L and R shoulder buttons pop off easily. It is recommended to place the bottom of the case against a flat surface to keep the buttons in place.

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  • Carefully separate the two pieces.

  • Note that the two shoulder buttons are composed of three pieces: the plastic button, a spring, and a pin. Please refer to the image provided to ensure the spring is in the correct position.

  • It is important that the power switch cover located on the bottom case is in the down/off position, as it can easily break the power switch when reassembling the cover.

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  • After taking off the back panel, remove the two Phillips #00 screws that secure the PCB to the case.

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  • Using the plastic opening tool, gently begin to separate the motherboard from the rest of the device.

  • The ribbon cable and two other wires are still connected to the motherboard. The right and left bumpers tend to fall out.

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  • Using metal tweezers, remove the rubber padding from the buttons that you are going to replace.

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  • Using metal tweezers, remove the plastic buttons from the device, and insert your replacements.

  • To reassemble the system, follow these steps in reverse order.

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Conclusion

To reassemble the Nintendo DS Lite, follow these steps in reverse order.

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