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Introduction

Use this guide to replace the microphone in your Nintendo DSi

  1. Nintendo DSi Microphone Replacement, Battery: step 1, image 1 of 2 Nintendo DSi Microphone Replacement, Battery: step 1, image 2 of 2
    • Unscrew the two Phillips screws securing the battery cover to the lower case.

    • The screws remain captive to the battery cover.

    • Grasp the battery cover and lift out of the lower case.

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    • Wedge the edge of a spudger in between the top of the battery and its lower case housing and pry upwards to dislodge the battery.

    • Grasp the battery and remove it from the DSi.

  3. Nintendo DSi Microphone Replacement, Lower Case Assembly: step 3, image 1 of 2 Nintendo DSi Microphone Replacement, Lower Case Assembly: step 3, image 2 of 2
    • Two screws are hidden underneath two rubber feet highlighted in red.

    • Use the tip of a spudger to pry the rubber feet out of the lower case.

  4. Nintendo DSi Microphone Replacement: step 4, image 1 of 1
    • Remove the following screws securing the lower case to the body of the DSi:

    • Six 5.2 mm Phillips #00 screws.

    • One 2.7 mm Phillips #00 screw.

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    • Insert the spudger in between the lower casing and lower panel near the top right corner of the DSi.

    • Carefully run the spudger along the edge of the outer casing, creating an opening between the body and the casing.

    • Continue running the spudger around the body of the DSi until the majority of the lower case has been separated.

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    • Carefully lift the lower casing from its bottom edge.

    • The lower case is still attached to the motherboard by the volume and SD board cable highlighted in red. Do not try to completely remove the lower case of the DSi yet.

    • Pry the volume and SD board cable up from its socket on the motherboard using a spudger.

    • Once the cable is completely removed, then you may take off the entire outer casing.

  7. Nintendo DSi Microphone Replacement, Wi-Fi Board: step 7, image 1 of 1
    • Pull the Wi-Fi board away from the motherboard by its edge closest to the headphone jack.

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    • Pry the Wi-Fi antenna connector straight up from its socket on the Wi-Fi board.

  9. Nintendo DSi Microphone Replacement, Motherboard: step 9, image 1 of 1
    • Use the tip of a spudger to pry the power board connector out of its socket on the motherboard.

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    • Use your fingernail or the edge of a plastic opening tool to flip up the retaining flap on the following three ZIF sockets:

    • Lower touchscreen cable

    • Lower LCD cable

    • Power board cable

    • Be sure you are prying up on the hinged retaining flaps, not the sockets themselves.

    • After flipping up the locking tabs on all three sockets, use your fingers or a pair of tweezers to gently pull the cables straight out of their sockets.

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    • Use your fingernail or the edge of a plastic opening tool 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.

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    • Use your fingernail or the edge of a plastic opening tool to carefully flip up the dual camera 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 dual camera ribbon cable straight out of its socket.

  13. Nintendo DSi Microphone Replacement: step 13, image 1 of 1
    • With the tip of a spudger, Pry the microphone antenna up off its socket on the motherboard.

  14. Nintendo DSi Microphone Replacement: step 14, image 1 of 1
    • Remove the following four Phillips screws securing the motherboard to the DSi framework.

    • Three longer screws.

    • One short screw.

    • Pull the microphone and Wi-Fi antenna cables out of the notch cut into the motherboard near the headphone jack.

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    • Slightly lift the motherboard upwards to reveal the upper LCD ribbon cable above the ABXY buttons .

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

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

    • Remove the motherboard from the DSi.

  16. Nintendo DSi Microphone Replacement, Lower LCD Assembly: step 16, image 1 of 2 Nintendo DSi Microphone Replacement, Lower LCD Assembly: step 16, image 2 of 2
    • Use the tip of a spudger to pry the metal backing of the lower LCD up from the DSi's framework.

    • Lift the lower LCD assembly out of the DSi.

  17. Nintendo DSi Microphone Replacement, Microphone: step 17, image 1 of 2 Nintendo DSi Microphone Replacement, Microphone: step 17, image 2 of 2
    • Use a pushpin to remove the four plastic screw covers (highlighted in red) on the front bezel.

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    • Remove the four Phillips screws securing the rear bezel to the front bezel.

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    • Using two hands, gently slide the rear bezel upwards.

    • The rear bezel will move only about 2 mm.

    • Lift the rear bezel straight up out of the DSi.

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    • De-route the Wi-Fi and microphone cables from the slot molded into the bottom front bezel.

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    • Use the tip of a spudger to gently lift the microphone out of its housing in the top front bezel.

    • De-route the microphone cable through the hinge and remove it from the DSi.

Conclusion

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

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One Comment

Love the guide! If your mic still doesn’t work look into the headphone/mic jack and see if the two pins are pulled down inside. If they are stuck up then the mic will default to the jack mic input even if there’s nothing in the socket. I pulled mine down with the Ifixit tweezers and this fixed my mic problems.

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