Nintendo DS Lite Motherboard Replacement

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Replacement of Nintendo DS Lite motherboard.

So you spilled water on your DS Lite and fried the motherboard - sad day! But don't fret, just replace the motherboard and get back into the game!

Edit Step 1 Battery  ¶ 

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Edit Step 1 Battery  ¶ 

  • Unscrew the Phillips screw securing the battery cover to the lower case.

  • The screw remains captive to the battery cover.

  • Pry the battery cover upward with a spudger or fingernail, and lift out of the lower case.

Edit Step 2  ¶ 

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Edit Step 2  ¶ 

  • Wedge the edge of a spudger in between the side of the battery and the lower case housing and pry upward to dislodge the battery.

  • Remove the battery from the DS Lite.

Edit Step 3 Lower Case  ¶ 

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Edit Step 3 Lower Case  ¶ 

  • Use the tip of a spudger to pry both rubber feet off the DS Lite.

Edit Step 4  ¶ 

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Edit Step 4  ¶ 

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

    • Two 4.3 mm gold Phillips screws

    • One 3.9 mm black Tri-Wing screw

    • One 3.3 mm silver Phillips screw

    • Three 5.5 mm silver Tri-Wing screws

Edit Step 5  ¶ 

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Edit Step 5  ¶ 

  • Insert the edge of a spudger in between the lower and upper case near the top right corner of the DS Lite.

  • Carefully run the spudger along the right edge of the DS Lite, creating an opening in the process.

  • Continue running the spudger along the backside of the DS Lite until the majority of the lower case has been separated from the upper case.

Edit Step 6  ¶ 

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Edit Step 6  ¶ 

  • Lift the lower case away from the rest of the DS Lite.

Edit Step 7 Trigger Buttons  ¶ 

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Edit Step 7 Trigger Buttons  ¶ 

  • Lift both trigger buttons out of the DS Lite.

  • The trigger buttons are held in very loosely by small metal pegs and springs. Don't lose track of these pieces.

  • The second picture shows the correct configuration of the trigger assembly for reassembly purposes.

Edit Step 8 Wi-Fi Board  ¶ 

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Edit Step 8 Wi-Fi Board  ¶ 

  • Use the flat edge of a spudger to pry the Wi-Fi antenna connector straight up from its socket on the Wi-Fi board.

Edit Step 9  ¶ 

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Edit Step 9  ¶ 

  • Use the flat edge of a spudger to pry the Wi-Fi board connector straight up from its socket on the motherboard.

Edit Step 10  ¶ 

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Edit Step 10  ¶ 

  • Use the flat edge of a spudger to separate the right edge of the Wi-Fi board from the motherboard.

  • The Wi-Fi board is secured to the motherboard with a layer of adhesive.

  • Remove the Wi-Fi board from the DS Lite.

Edit Step 11 Motherboard  ¶ 

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Edit Step 11 Motherboard  ¶ 

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

Edit Step 12  ¶ 

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Edit Step 12  ¶ 

  • 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.

Edit Step 13  ¶ 

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Edit Step 13  ¶ 

  • 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 14  ¶ 

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Edit Step 14  ¶ 

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

Edit Step 15  ¶ 

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Edit Step 15  ¶ 

  • 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 16  ¶ 

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Edit Step 16  ¶ 

  • 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.

Edit Step 17 Motherboard  ¶ 

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Edit Step 17 Motherboard  ¶ 

  • Motherboard remains.

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

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

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Comments Comments are onturn off

A Phillips #000 (PH000) seems to give a more secure fit (no slipping) than the stated Phillips #00.

Ritchie, · Reply

When you reassemble, make sure that you have the volume and power buttons in place, and make sure they are in the right position to line up with the switches on the motherboard. If they are not aligned, you risk snapping off the tiny switches on the motherboard (in which case, you are in for some soldering work).

Eric, · Reply

I should have read the comments first - broke off the power switch because I didn't know about aligning it. No way I can do soldering, guess it's for the dustbin :-(

Emma,

Whoops, remembered the power button but forgot the volume slider.

I'll do it later.

analbonghits,

Anything after step 7 is unnecessary if having to replace the left or right trigger button(s).

Nate River, · Reply

There is absolutely no need to follow steps 8-13 if like me, all you needed to do was access the face buttons for cleaning/replacement. Once you have unscrewed the motherboard from the front casing you can just flip it up, making sure you take the front screen with it. You will have full access to the buttons and all of their contacts. No need to remove the wifi board and microphone cable, etc. Also, replacing the ribbon cables for the screen is especially frustrating. Avoid taking them out at all costs, if you can.

James McCarthy, · Reply

the i was working on had a different wifi connector. i thought a had broken it but the thing underneath it was just to balance it on the motherboard.

BigD29853, · Reply

I took it apart successfully and I replaced the screen but I've put it back together and it the green light turns on for about 2seconds quiet dim, brighter for about 1 and then it turns off... I then took the wifi board out, and it turned on! What have I done to it and why doesn't it work with it and only without?!

Brianlewis, · Reply

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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