Introduction

Get your dual-screen functionality back with a new upper display.

  1. Remove the two Phillips screws securing the battery cover to the back of the handheld console.
    • 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.

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

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

    • 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

    • 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.

    • 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.

    • 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.

    • 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.

    • 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 microphone cable off the motherboard.

    • Pry from underneath the cable.

    • 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 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 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 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 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 the spudger, pry the battery cable up off its socket on the motherboard.

    • 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

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

    • 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.

    • 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.

    • 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.

    • 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.

    • Remove the four 3.5 mm silver Phillips screws securing the rear bezel to the front bezel.

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

    • The rear bezel will move only about 2 mm.

    • 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.

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

    • 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.

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

    • Remove the rear bezel.

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

    • Lift the metal bracket off the camera.

    • The bracket cannot be completely removed yet, because is attached to the upper display data cable.

    • Lift the camera out of its seat on the front bezel.

    • Grab the LCD and camera cable with one hand, and slowly feed the camera cable and data display cable through the right hinge connecting the upper case and front bezel.

    • Use your free hand to guide the ends of the cables through the right hinge.

    • Be careful when feeding the thin ribbon cable through the hole; it will tear easily.

    • When feeding the camera and upper LCD cables through the right hinge, it is helpful to wrap the cables together with a piece of tape.

    • Be sure to wrap the cables tight enough to get through the hole, but not so tight as to damage or bend the the connections.

    • Remove the camera ribbon from the DSi XL.

    • 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.

    • Pull the Wi-Fi antenna cable through the right hinge connecting the front bezel and upper case.

    • Lift both of the speakers from their seats on the front display bezel.

    • De-route the speaker wires that run above the upper display screen.

    • Remove the upper display assembly.

    • To separate the upper LCD and speakers, desolder the contacts on the orange ribbon cable.

    • For detailed instructions on how to solder this type of connection, see our guide for repairing soldered connections.

    • Upper LCD remains

Conclusion

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

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