Introduction

The top LCD is easy to remove once the rest of the cover and circuit board have been taken out.

  1. Remove the cartridge from the console.
    • Remove the cartridge from the console.

    • Use a Phillips #00 Screwdriver to remove the screw securing the battery door to the rear case, turning the screw counter-clockwise.

    • Remove the battery door.

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  2. Use a plastic opening tool or spudger to pry out the battery from the bottom. If a plastic open tool or spudger isn't available, your fingernails may work.
    • Use a plastic opening tool or spudger to pry out the battery from the bottom. If a plastic open tool or spudger isn't available, your fingernails may work.

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    • Remove the battery from the Nintendo DS.

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    • Remove the 7 Y0 screws located on the back.

    • It might be helpful to remove the strap from the hole to access the top left screw.

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    • With your hands, pry the back panel off the main case.

    • Separate the back from the front, and set it aside.

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    • Using a Phillips #00 screwdriver, remove the 4 screws on the circuit board.

    • Be careful NOT to slip with the screwdriver, you can damage the circuit board!

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    • Unlock the two large ribbon cables by moving the black clip up.

    • Carefully pull the ribbon cables down and out with your fingers.

    • Do not use pliers to pull the cables, as they can be damaged easily.

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    • Locate the two small ribbon cables, beneath the rightmost large ribbon cable.

    • Slide the locks for the small ribbon cables down to the side, and remove the cables.

    • It may be useful to use tweezers to remove the small ribbon cables.

    • Be careful not to damage the delicate ribbon cables.

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    • Locate the Wifi antenna pigtail connector

    • Remove the antenna by grasping it at the head with tweezers. Using a slight rocking motion, pull up to dislodge the connector.

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    • Feed the ribbon cables through the opening on the board.

    • Pull up and remove the circuit board, and set it aside.

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    • Use a flathead screw driver or dental tool to remove rubber covers on screen.

    • Then using a #00 screw driver remove the screws beneath.

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    • Using a soft plastic tool, pry the edges of the plastic case apart at the seam.

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    • Separate the top cover from the body.

    • Using a Phillips #00 screwdriver, remove the screw holding the hinge cover in place.

    • Remove the hinge cover and set it aside.

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    • Feed the ribbon cables and the Wifi pigtail cable through the opening in the hinge cover.

    • Remove the yellow spacer, and set aside.

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    • Using a Phillips #00 screwdriver, remove the two screws holding down the speaker circuit boards.

    • Remove the two small circuit boards and set aside.

    • Be careful of the small red and black wires connecting the two circuit boards not to break them.

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    • Move the black lock on the two large ribbon cables up with a pry tool, and gently pull out the two ribbon cables.

    • For the small ribbon cable, pull the lock downwards.

    • Gently pull out the small ribbon cable from the connector.

    • Set the two small circuit boards aside

    • Be careful not to damage the two delicate ribbon cables when removing them from the DS.

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    • Using a pry tool, gently lift the top screen out of the shell.

    • Set the top screen aside

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Conclusion

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

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8 Comments

Unlike the DS Lite and later models, there is no reason to take apart the bottom portion of the original DS in order to remove the top screen. The first ten steps of this guide could be skipped.

PohTayToez - Reply

Thanks great advice

truenhete TrueNhero -

Can a ds lite screen be used to repair a ds??

David Moore - Reply

Can a ds lite screen be used to repair a ds one?? Lots of ds lite screens about......

David Moore - Reply

How do we go about repairing it though we only know how to get it out now

Chad Hargus - Reply

I followed the steps, but after getting everything put back together neither screen will light up. It will still take a charge and makes a noise when the start button is hit, but I can’t even get either screen to flash… any ideas what I did wrong here?

Trent - Reply

Make sure that the ribbon cables are properly and fully inserted - they may go in further than what you think.

If not the screens will not display anything.

Anthony Staude -

How much do you think it would cost to get this fixed in store?

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