Nintendo DS Lite Motherboard Replacement

Prerequisite Only

Prerequisite Only

Please note that this guide is only a prerequisite for other guides.

Prerequisite guide for motherboard removal.

Prerequistite guide for motherboard removal.

Edit Step 1 Motherboard  ¶ 

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Edit Step 1 Motherboard  ¶ 

  • Use the flat edge of a spudger to pry the microphone connector straight up from its socket on the motherboard.

Edit Step 2  ¶ 

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  • In the following steps you must pull the antenna cable between the DS Lite game cartridge reader and motherboard. Pull slowly and stop when you feel resistance to avoid damaging the cable or motherboard.

  • Position the antenna cable with its connector facing up and away from the motherboard using a spudger to hold it down lightly in the gap between chips on the motherboard.

  • Slowly and carefully pull the antenna cable until the cable connector is under the DS Lite game cartridge reader.

  • Continue pulling the cable until the cable connector comes out from under the game cartridge reader on the right side.

  • When reassembling and attempting to feed the antenna cable back under the game cartridge reader, the cable may kink or become difficult to feed through. If so, try feeding a piece of thread through first; then, tie the thread to one end of the cable connector and pull it through, guiding it past any obstructions.

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  • Use your fingernail or the edge of a spudger to carefully flip up the touchscreen ribbon cable retaining flap.

  • Make sure you are flipping up the retaining flap, not the socket itself.

  • Use the tip of a spudger to pull the touchscreen ribbon cable straight out of its socket.

Edit Step 4  ¶ 

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  • Remove the two 3.4 mm Phillips screws securing the motherboard to the upper case.

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  • Open the display enough to use your finger to push the front edge of the motherboard up and away from the upper case.

  • Do not try to remove the motherboard, as it is still connected to the upper display via the upper LCD ribbon cable.

Edit Step 6  ¶ 

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Edit Step 6  ¶ 

  • Use your fingernail or the flat edge of a spudger to carefully flip up the upper LCD ribbon cable retaining flap.

  • Make sure you are flipping up the retaining flap, not the socket itself.

  • Pull the motherboard away from the DS Lite to separate the upper LCD ribbon cable from its socket on the motherboard.

  • Remove the motherboard from the DS Lite.

  • Now you may open the retaining flap for the lower LCD screen in the same way and separate the lower LCD screen from the motherboard.

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

For more information, check out the DS Lite device page.

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I can't for the life of me get this freaking antenna cable back when putting everything together, it keeps getting stuck under slot-1 ... how do you aid it through? I'm just pushing it through using the cable itself, but the connector gets stuck somewhere close to the other side and the cable pushing won't do anything but flex the cable.

Peter Marquardt, · Reply

I had some .015" solder that I fed through the other side and wrapped around the antenna cable to help guide it when I was feeding it back through.

Josh McBroom, · Reply

Fantastic guide, although you !@#$%^&* :P forgot to add that you need a Soldiering Kit at the LAST step, thanks..

Nate River, · Reply

I did mine without have to soldier, but then again I was cannibalizing the upper screen from one DS to another.

Christopher Till, · Reply

Tried to add this but unsure if it will stay but here is my advice for the cable feeding.

When reassembling and attempting to feed the antenna cable back under the DS Lite game cartridge reader the cable will likely kink and be difficult to feed through.

Therefore tie a piece of white cotton (or another visible colour) thread tightly around the cable, just below the connector. Then feed the cotton under the DS Lite game cartridge reader and through to the other side. Then gently guide the connector back through by pulling on the white thread and moving either up or down to clear obstacles.

Joel Spencer, · Reply

The little black ribbon clip broke off and now I can't put it back on. What do I do now???

Peter Diaz, · Reply

Same Problem here :( touc dosnt work anymore

Christian Zimmermann,

There should be an added caution remark when removing the ribbon cable from the connector. If the black clip breaks, you're screwed. I have found the connector on another website for about $6. Then the issue is having the right tools to remove the broken connector and soldering on the new one.

Ted, · Reply

How in the world do you get the ribbion cable back in there?

brent buser, · Reply

this part on putting it back together is a straight nightmare, anyone got some tips on doing this quickly? i'm just getting a flickering bottom screen which is supposed to be an upper display connection problem, not sure if i'm getting the ribbon cable in deep enough. or an up close view of it in there so i know im not forcing it

Corbin dallas, · Reply

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