Introduction

Make your display stand up straight by replacing the hinges in your DSi XL.

Remove the two Phillips screws securing the battery cover to the back of the handheld console. Lift the battery cover off the back of the DSi XL.
  • Remove the two Phillips screws securing the battery cover to the back of the handheld console.

  • Lift the battery cover off the back of the DSi XL.

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Lift the battery from the DSi XL.
  • Lift the battery from the DSi XL.

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Lift the Wi-Fi board up off its socket on the motherboard. Do not attempt to completely remove the Wi-Fi board yet. It is attached to the motherboard by an antenna cable.
  • Lift the Wi-Fi board up off its socket on the motherboard.

  • Do not attempt to completely remove the Wi-Fi board yet. It is attached to the motherboard by an antenna cable.

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Use a spudger to pry the Wi-Fi cable off its socket on the underside of the Wi-Fi board.
  • Use a spudger to pry the Wi-Fi cable off its socket on the underside of the Wi-Fi board.

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Use a spudger to pry the microphone cable off the motherboard.
  • Use a spudger to pry the microphone cable off the motherboard.

  • Pry from underneath the cable.

Note that the WiFi board has already been removed here! Including this extra step would be convenient here '-)

Sjoerd Hulshof - Reply

Using the flat end of a spudger, flip up the retaining flap on the camera ribbon ZIF connector. Use the pointed end of a spudger to pull the camera ribbon from the ZIF connector.
  • Using the flat end of a spudger, flip up the retaining flap on the camera ribbon ZIF connector.

  • Use the pointed end of a spudger to pull the camera ribbon from the ZIF connector.

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Using the flat end of a spudger, flip up the retaining flap on the touchscreen cable ZIF connector. With the pointed end of the spudger, pull the touchscreen cable from its connector on the motherboard.
  • Using the flat end of a spudger, flip up the retaining flap on the touchscreen cable ZIF connector.

  • With the pointed end of the spudger, pull the touchscreen cable from its connector on the motherboard.

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Using the flat end of a spudger, flip up the retaining flap on the backlight cable ZIF connector. With the pointed end of the spudger, pull the backlight cable from its connector on the motherboard.
  • Using the flat end of a spudger, flip up the retaining flap on the backlight cable ZIF connector.

  • With the pointed end of the spudger, pull the backlight cable from its connector on the motherboard.

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Using the flat end of a spudger, flip up the retaining flap on the lower display data cable ZIF connector. With the pointed end of the spudger, pull the lower display data cable from its connector on the motherboard.
  • Using the flat end of a spudger, flip up the retaining flap on the lower display data cable ZIF connector.

  • With the pointed end of the spudger, pull the lower display data cable from its connector on the motherboard.

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Using the flat end of a spudger, flip up the retaining flap on the ZIF connector for the D-Pad/power button cable. With the pointed end of the spudger, pull the D-Pad/power button cable from its connector on the motherboard.
  • Using the flat end of a spudger, flip up the retaining flap on the ZIF connector for the D-Pad/power button cable.

  • With the pointed end of the spudger, pull the D-Pad/power button cable from its connector on the motherboard.

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Using the flat end of the spudger, pry the battery cable up off its socket on the motherboard.
  • Using the flat end of the spudger, pry the battery cable up off its socket on the motherboard.

The battery connectors (socket) on the mother board are extremely fragile, so care should be taken to avoid breaking them.

Other than this, the instructions given are precise and straighforward. I do agree with the other comments about step 20.

Paulette Williams - Reply

Remove the screws securing the motherboard to the upper case:
  • Remove the screws securing the motherboard to the upper case:

    • A single 2.5 mm silver Phillips screw

    • Four 3.7 mm black Phillips screws

the battery connector was (for me) extremely hard to remove. I broke the socket completely off the board hand had to hard solder it directly back.

Rohan Grant-Dawes - Reply

On Step 17, I only had the 3 black Philips screws on the left to remove.

bfmackin - Reply

Deroute the microphone and antenna cables through the slot in the motherboard.
  • Deroute the microphone and antenna cables through the slot in the motherboard.

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Rotate the motherboard off the lower case. The motherboard cannot be completely removed yet. It is still attached by the upper LCD's display data ribbon cable.
  • Rotate the motherboard off the lower case.

  • The motherboard cannot be completely removed yet. It is still attached by the upper LCD's display data ribbon cable.

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Using the flat end of a spudger, flip up the retaining flap on the upper display data cable ZIF connector. With the pointed end of the spudger, pull the upper display data cable from its connector on the underside of the motherboard.
  • Using the flat end of a spudger, flip up the retaining flap on the upper display data cable ZIF connector.

  • With the pointed end of the spudger, pull the upper display data cable from its connector on the underside of the motherboard.

  • The motherboard is now free from the upper case.

This step is unnecessary. The ribbon is a total pain in the butt to get back in, and if you dont get it PERFECT, the DS will not even fire back up. Unless it is absolutely necessary to remove it... DON'T !!! ( Personal experience, Everything else was SPOT ON) THANK YOU FOR THE HELP, saved me a lot of $$$

Jerod Cook - Reply

Completed, worked perfectly! I agree with the comment about step 20, completely unnecessary.

ian - Reply

Fantastic! Fixed my daughter's irreplaceable DSi XL - you should see her smiles!! Not sure about step 20 I did this before reading the comments (guess there's a message there). Thanks so much whoever wrote this - you're a legend and you've made a child very happy (and a dad too thereby).

lb9 - Reply

I put mine back together for my daughter with the new bottom screen, but it won't power on. It tries but won't I'm assuming that this ribbon is the cause.

bigdrum1998 - Reply

The instructions are perfect though! Great thing to have these instructions it's a tremendous help! :-)

bigdrum1998 - Reply

YHWH is the god of all knowledge. Put a piece of transparent tape on the ribbon cable to give more leverage to pull the cable up to slide it into the slot. Also turn the motherboard slightly so that you can get it closer to the cable.

Deanna Cortez - Reply

I didn't get mine completely reinserted at first. The symptom I experienced when powering it back on is the power light comes on briefly and the bottom screen light flashes, then they both shut off. No flash from the upper display. Had to try reinserting 3 times before I had it in completely. I agree, DON'T REMOVE if you don't have to.

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With the console still upside-down, open the DSi XL slightly. Push the lower display away from the upper case.
  • With the console still upside-down, open the DSi XL slightly.

  • Push the lower display away from the upper case.

  • Remove the lower display from the DSi XL.

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Turn the DSi XL over and open the display. When re-assembling the device, be sure to re-install the ABXY and Start/Select buttons, as they are likely to fall out once the handheld console is turned over. Use a pushpin to remove the four plastic screw covers on the front bezel.
  • Turn the DSi XL over and open the display.

  • When re-assembling the device, be sure to re-install the ABXY and Start/Select buttons, as they are likely to fall out once the handheld console is turned over.

  • Use a pushpin to remove the four plastic screw covers on the front bezel.

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Remove the four 3.5 mm silver Phillips screws securing the rear bezel to the front bezel.
  • Remove the four 3.5 mm silver 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.
  • Using two hands, gently slide the rear bezel upwards.

  • The rear bezel will move only about 2 mm.

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Insert a spudger into the gap between the front and rear bezel. Rotate the spudger away from the DSi XL, prying the two bezels apart.
  • Insert a spudger into the gap between the front and rear bezel.

  • Rotate the spudger away from the DSi XL, prying the two bezels apart.

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In the same manner as described above, continue prying along the top edge of the front and rear bezels. In the same manner as described above, continue prying along the top edge of the front and rear bezels.
  • In the same manner as described above, continue prying along the top edge of the front and rear bezels.

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Separate the rear bezel from the front bezel.
  • Separate the rear bezel from the front bezel.

  • Do not attempt to completely remove the rear bezel yet. It is still attached to the front bezel by the rear-facing camera.

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Using the flat end of a spudger, pry the rear camera off the rear bezel.
  • Using the flat end of a spudger, pry the rear camera off the rear bezel.

  • Remove the rear bezel.

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Remove the Phillips screw holding the metal securing bracket in place. Lift the metal bracket off the camera.
  • Remove the Phillips screw holding the metal securing bracket in place.

  • Lift the metal bracket off the camera.

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Lift the Wi-Fi antenna off the front display bezel. De-route the Wi-Fi antenna cable from its grooves at the bottom of the front display bezel.
  • Lift the Wi-Fi antenna off the front display bezel.

  • De-route the Wi-Fi antenna cable from its grooves at the bottom of the front display bezel.

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Pull the Wi-Fi antenna cable through the right hinge connecting the front bezel and upper case. Use the pointed end of a spudger to guide the connector at the end of the Wi-Fi antenna cable through the hinge. To replace the antenna, use a pair of tweezers to guide the connector through the hinge.
  • Pull the Wi-Fi antenna cable through the right hinge connecting the front bezel and upper case.

  • Use the pointed end of a spudger to guide the connector at the end of the Wi-Fi antenna cable through the hinge.

  • To replace the antenna, use a pair of tweezers to guide the connector through the hinge.

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Close the DSi XL and turn it over. Using a pair of tweezers, pull the microphone out of its housing in the front bezel. De-route the microphone cable, and pull it through the right hinge.
  • Close the DSi XL and turn it over.

  • Using a pair of tweezers, pull the microphone out of its housing in the front bezel.

  • De-route the microphone cable, and pull it through the right hinge.

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Using the flat end of a spudger, pry the left speaker out of its socket on the front bezel. De-route the speaker cable along the top edge of the screen. Work carefully and slowly, holding onto the wire and not the speaker itself. The solder joints may break if pulled on too hard.
  • Using the flat end of a spudger, pry the left speaker out of its socket on the front bezel.

  • De-route the speaker cable along the top edge of the screen.

  • Work carefully and slowly, holding onto the wire and not the speaker itself. The solder joints may break if pulled on too hard.

  • In the same manner described above, remove the right speaker from its socket on the front bezel.

  • Place both speakers on the back of the upper LCD.

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Ensuring that the upper LCD does not fall out of the front bezel, turn the DSi XL over. Remove the seven 2.5 mm silver screws securing the power board to the upper case.
  • Ensuring that the upper LCD does not fall out of the front bezel, turn the DSi XL over.

  • Remove the seven 2.5 mm silver screws securing the power board to the upper case.

  • Lift the power board up off the upper case.

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Peel the rubber button pads off the backside of the D-pad and power button. Peel the rubber button pads off the backside of the D-pad and power button.
  • Peel the rubber button pads off the backside of the D-pad and power button.

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Open the case slightly. Push the D-pad up through its housing in the upper case. Remove the D-pad.
  • Open the case slightly.

  • Push the D-pad up through its housing in the upper case. Remove the D-pad.

  • In the same way, remove the power button from the upper case.

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Using a pair of tweezers, remove the LED diffuser bracket and the LED diffuser from the upper case of the DSi XL. Using a pair of tweezers, remove the LED diffuser bracket and the LED diffuser from the upper case of the DSi XL.
  • Using a pair of tweezers, remove the LED diffuser bracket and the LED diffuser from the upper case of the DSi XL.

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In the following steps, you will be using a spudger to remove the hinge pin from the left side of the DSi XL. Place the tip of a spudger in the LED diffuser compartment, on the face of the clutch hinge. Push the clutch hinge to the left.
  • In the following steps, you will be using a spudger to remove the hinge pin from the left side of the DSi XL.

  • Place the tip of a spudger in the LED diffuser compartment, on the face of the clutch hinge.

  • Push the clutch hinge to the left.

  • Some force will be required. You will hear an audible "pop" when the clutch has cleared the lower case. It will move about 0.25".

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Lift the left side of the front bezel away from the upper case. Do not lift too far, or else the hinge pin will break. Only lift enough to clear the LED compartment, about 1".
  • Lift the left side of the front bezel away from the upper case.

  • Do not lift too far, or else the hinge pin will break. Only lift enough to clear the LED compartment, about 1".

  • Pull the front bezel to the left, separating the front bezel from the upper case.

  • Do not attempt to fully separate the two halves yet. There are still ribbon cables running through the upper case.

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Grasp the camera and upper LCD ribbon cables between your thumb and forefinger, pulling them out of the upper case slightly, slide them down through the slit in the upper case. Rotate the front bezel assembly clockwise so that the ends of the camera and LCD cables slide sideways through the slit in the front bezel. Rotate the front bezel assembly clockwise so that the ends of the camera and LCD cables slide sideways through the slit in the front bezel.
  • Grasp the camera and upper LCD ribbon cables between your thumb and forefinger, pulling them out of the upper case slightly, slide them down through the slit in the upper case.

  • Rotate the front bezel assembly clockwise so that the ends of the camera and LCD cables slide sideways through the slit in the front bezel.

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In order to remove the upper LCD and the cameras from the front bezel, it is helpful to coil the ribbon cables together. Carefully coil the two ribbon cables together, so that the connectors are on the inside of the spool.
  • In order to remove the upper LCD and the cameras from the front bezel, it is helpful to coil the ribbon cables together.

  • Carefully coil the two ribbon cables together, so that the connectors are on the inside of the spool.

  • Wrap the ribbon cables tightly, but not too tight, as bending the connectors will render them inoperable.

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Holding the upper LCD and the cameras together, pull the cables through the hinge in the front bezel. Pull slowly, making sure that the cables do not catch on the hinge pin and tear.
  • Holding the upper LCD and the cameras together, pull the cables through the hinge in the front bezel.

  • Pull slowly, making sure that the cables do not catch on the hinge pin and tear.

  • Uncoil the ribbon cables.

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Pull the hollow hinge pin out of the right side of the front bezel. Pull the hollow hinge pin out of the right side of the front bezel.
  • Pull the hollow hinge pin out of the right side of the front bezel.

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Push the clutch hinge on the left side of the front bezel through its mount bracket. Remove the clutch hinge.
  • Push the clutch hinge on the left side of the front bezel through its mount bracket.

  • Remove the clutch hinge.

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Conclusion

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

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