Introduction

See the action on your DSi XL with a new lower LCD screen.

Image 1/2: Lift the battery cover off the back of the DSi XL. Image 2/2: 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.

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  • Remove the four rubber screw covers on the lower case by prying them up with a push pin.

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Image 1/1: Four silver 5.3 mm screws
  • Remove the following seven Phillips screws that secure the lower case to the rest of the DSi XL:

    • Four silver 5.3 mm screws

    • Two black 5.3 mm screws

    • One black 2.5 mm screw

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Image 1/3: Insert a spudger between the upper and lower case at the bottom left corner of the DSi. Image 2/3: Slide the spudger along the bottom edge of the upper case to release the latches securing the upper case to the lower case. Image 3/3: Slide the spudger along the bottom edge of the upper case to release the latches securing the upper case to the lower case.
  • Turn the DSi XL over, and open the display.

  • Insert a spudger between the upper and lower case at the bottom left corner of the DSi.

  • Slide the spudger along the bottom edge of the upper case to release the latches securing the upper case to the lower case.

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Image 1/2: Lift the lower case from the front edge. Image 2/2: Rotate the lower case away from the DSi.
  • Close the display and turn the DSi XL over.

  • Lift the lower case from the front edge.

  • Rotate the lower case away from the DSi.

  • The lower case cannot be completely removed yet, since it is still connected to the motherboard.

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Image 1/2: Pry the volume button/left shoulder button connector off its socket on the motherboard with a spudger. Image 2/2: Pry the volume button/left shoulder button connector off its socket on the motherboard with a spudger.
  • Using a spudger, pry the SD card/right shoulder button connector off its socket.

  • Pry the volume button/left shoulder button connector off its socket on the motherboard with a spudger.

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Image 1/2: Do not attempt to completely remove the Wi-Fi board yet. It is attached to the motherboard by an antenna cable. Image 2/2: 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.

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Image 1/1: Pry from underneath the cable.
  • 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 '-)

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Image 1/2: Use the pointed end of a spudger to pull the camera ribbon from the ZIF connector. Image 2/2: 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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Image 1/2: With the pointed end of the spudger, pull the touchscreen cable from its connector on the motherboard. Image 2/2: 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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Image 1/2: With the pointed end of the spudger, pull the backlight cable from its connector on the motherboard. Image 2/2: 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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Image 1/2: With the pointed end of the spudger, pull the lower display data cable from its connector on the motherboard. Image 2/2: 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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Image 1/2: With the pointed end of the spudger, pull the D-Pad/power button cable from its connector on the motherboard. Image 2/2: 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.

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.

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Image 1/1: A single 2.5 mm silver Phillips screw
  • 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.

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

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Image 1/2: The motherboard cannot be completely removed yet. It is still attached by the upper LCD's display data ribbon cable. Image 2/2: 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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Image 1/2: With the pointed end of the spudger, pull the upper display data cable from its connector on the underside of the motherboard. Image 2/2: The motherboard is now free from the upper case.
  • 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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Image 1/2: Push the lower display away from the upper case. Image 2/2: Remove the lower display from the DSi XL.
  • 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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Image 1/2: Slide the spudger down the right side of the display to free the edge of the touchscreen. Image 2/2: Slide the spudger down the right side of the display to free the edge of the touchscreen.
  • Insert a spudger between the touchscreen and top right corner of the display.

  • Slide the spudger down the right side of the display to free the edge of the touchscreen.

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Image 1/2: Slide the spudger along the bottom edge of the touchscreen to separate it from the display. Image 2/2: Slide the spudger along the bottom edge of the touchscreen to separate it from the display.
  • Continue around the bottom right corner of the display with the spudger.

  • Slide the spudger along the bottom edge of the touchscreen to separate it from the display.

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Image 1/2: Slide the spudger along the left edge of the touchscreen to remove it from the display. Image 2/2: Slide the spudger along the left edge of the touchscreen to remove it from the display.
  • Continue around the bottom left corner of the display with a spudger.

  • Slide the spudger along the left edge of the touchscreen to remove it from the display.

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  • With three sides freed, remove the touchscreen from the lower display.

The plastic frame has to be removed from the old touchscreen, too. It's an adhesive. My new touchscreen didn't have one. When reattaching, insert the frame back into the DSi case first, then carefully drop the new touchscreen down on top of it to try to get it to line up correctly.

Also, after everything was done, I had to run the touchscreen calibration in the DSi menu to get the touchscreen to work properly.

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Conclusion

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

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DSI XL Lower LCD ZIF Socket replacement - Please help!!

Hi All, I have a DSi XL which i am trying to rescue from someone who has done a bad job of attempting a repair! It has been taken apart, although the guy didn't know how ZIF sockets work and has broken two of them. The 37 pin Lower LCD ZIF socket, and the 15 pin power board ZIF socket. I am experienced electronic engineer and and hand soldered SMD components before so i think i can replace these and get this DSi working again. My only problem is, i cannot find any reference to exactly what these sockets are or where to buy some! Can anyone offer any information about these sockets at all? I really want to get hold of some and get this back in action. Any help locatin the correct parts would be very very welcomed.

Many thanks in advance all

Matt Stroud

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Great set of instructions - Thanks

Replaced the lower screen for the first time with no problems

Thanks

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