Introduction

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A guide on how to remove the entire Nintendo DSi case.

  1. Loosen the two screws on the battery panel. Then lift the panel up to remove it.
    • Loosen the two screws on the battery panel. Then lift the panel up to remove it.

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  2. L Button.
    • L Button.

    • Top of the battery pack.

    • To remove the battery pack, place your fingernail or a spudger at the top of the battery near the L button. Gently lift the battery out.

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    • 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.

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

      • Six 5.2 mm Phillips screws.

      • One 2.7 mm Phillips 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 with the flat edge of a screwdriver.

    • once the cable, highlighted in the orange box, is completely removed then you may take off the entire outer casing.

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    • Flip up the black latch and disconnect the D-Pad/Power Button ribbon cable.

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    • The power connector (with red and black wires) is difficult to remove without damaging it, unless you take a moment and understand how it works. Look at all of the photos for this step before continuing.

    • The connector is two pieces -- a white "male" piece (connected to the wires), and a beige "female" part (soldered to the main board).

    • There is a small "notch" in the female part, to give you a place to insert a small flat-head screwdriver. Put the corner of your screwdriver in there, and twist it gently to push the white part up (away from the main board). Do not try to pull it to the right (towards the battery board).

    • If it does not lift easily, try again with a smaller screwdriver. You might be pulling the female connector off the board, which will be difficult to repair.

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    • Remove 4 Phillips screws from the board.

    • Lift the main board from the bottom end and flip it over to reveal the last connector.

    • Keep the main board fairly close to the case, making sure not to damage the last ribbon cable holding it in place.

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    • Disconnect the ribbon cable by gently using a plastic opening tool to flip up the black connector latch. The cable should easily slide out from the connector.

    • The motherboard should now be free from the rest of the device.

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    • Remove the rubber front-panel button membranes from the device. Pay careful attention to where the buttons go, so you can replace them correctly.

      • A/B/X/Y button assembly

      • Select/Start button assembly

      • D-pad

      • Power button

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    • Remove the plastic buttons and keep them in a safe place.

    • All of the buttons have "key" notches to prevent them from being inserted incorrectly (backwards or in the wrong place), but it can take a while to figure out where everything goes if they get shuffled around.

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    • Flip the case open, and push the lower screen assembly out of the frame.

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    • To make the repair easier, we recommend removing the bottom LCD screen prior to replacing the top LCD screen.

    • Using a spudger, or similar tool, pry out the 4 square screw covers.

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    • Remove 4 Phillips screws with a #00 Phillips screwdriver.

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    • Place a plastic opening tool between the front panel and top edge of the outer case. Slide the tool along the edge as needed to prop open the case.

    • With the screen facing you, slide the screen side down with your thumbs to separate the screen from the cover.

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    • Remove the antenna from the bottom left of the device.

    • Remove the microphone from the top of the frame.

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    • Use a spudger to pry the camera out of its place.

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    • Cables for the components in the upper half of the device run through the hinge, which must be carefully disassembled before continuing.

    • Start by pushing the sliding shaft in the hinge on the opposite side of the wires/ribbons.

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    • On the reverse side of the casing, insert the spudger onto the surface of the sliding shaft just left of the LED light channels.

    • Push the sliding shaft completely through the hinge until it stops and the hinge is released.

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    • The right side of bottom case should separate from the top case when you remove the sliding shaft.

    • Do not pull up too far or the wire hinge may be damaged.

    • Slide the top case to the right to separate the joint.

    • Weave the wires and ribbons through the wire hinge to completely separate the top and bottom casings.

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    • The speakers are soldered to the ribbon cable attached to the upper LCD, so they must be removed at the same time as the LCD.

    • Lift the top LCD out of the plastic frame. Carefully thread the ribbon cable out of the hinge to avoid damaging it.

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    • To remove the speakers, place a flat object underneath and gently pry them off.

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    • On the bottom cover, use a screwdriver to remove the 3 Phillips screws holding the battery compartment.

    • Removing the 2 lower screws also removes the "L" trigger.

    • The "L" trigger has a spring behind its center and a small metal axle in its joint.

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    • Use a small tool to pry the battery compartment off the bottom cover.

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    • Use a screwdriver to remove the 5 screws on the stylus holder.

    • Also disconnect and remove the "R" trigger button, which is held in place by two of the five stylus holder screws.

    • The "R" trigger has a spring behind its center and a small metal axle in its joint.

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    • Under the stylus holder is the SD card port.

    • Gently lift the SD card port off the bottom cover.

    • Remove the metal shield and flap from under the SD card port.

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    • This picture shows the LCD screen, battery compartment, and SD card slot (metal shield and flap) with bottom outer casing.

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    • The complete DSi outer casing can now be replaced. Parts listed left to right: top cover, top LCD screen casing, touch LCD screen casing, and bottom cover.

    • Follow the guides for the replacement of the DSi components backwards with your new outer casing.

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Conclusion

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

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