Introduction

Get a better view of whats going on in your games by replacing a scratched upper screen. This is not the touchscreen.

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

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

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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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Use the flat end of a spudger to pry the rear camera off the rear bezel.
  • Use the flat end of a spudger to pry the rear camera off the rear bezel.

  • Remove the rear bezel.

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Using the flat end of a spudger, pry the Wi-Fi antenna out of its housing from within the front bezel and move it aside.
  • Using the flat end of a spudger, pry the Wi-Fi antenna out of its housing from within the front bezel and move it aside.

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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 as 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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Open the DSi XL.
  • Open the DSi XL.

  • Carefully push the upper display assembly through its housing in the front bezel.

  • The upper display assembly is held in place via adhesive to the front bezel. Push firmly, being careful not to break the upper LCD.

  • Rotate the upper display assembly out of the front bezel.

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Insert the flat end of a spudger underneath the adhesive strip that secures the front screen to the upper LCD. Slide the spudger along the bottom side of the upper LCD, freeing the adhesive along that edge.
  • Insert the flat end of a spudger underneath the adhesive strip that secures the front screen to the upper LCD.

  • Slide the spudger along the bottom side of the upper LCD, freeing the adhesive along that edge.

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In the same manner as previously described, detach the adhesive along the left edge of the upper LCD. In the same manner as previously described, detach the adhesive along the left edge of the upper LCD.
  • In the same manner as previously described, detach the adhesive along the left edge of the upper LCD.

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In the same manner as previously described, detach the adhesive along the right side of the upper LCD. In the same manner as previously described, detach the adhesive along the right side of the upper LCD.
  • In the same manner as previously described, detach the adhesive along the right side of the upper LCD.

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Carefully lift the upper screen from the bottom edge. Pull the upper screen away from the upper LCD.
  • Carefully lift the upper screen from the bottom edge.

  • Pull the upper screen away from the upper LCD.

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Conclusion

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

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3 Comments

This step-through is not complete.....

how do you actually change the screen????

lrj7 - Reply

Yes, you're right. Also there's a gap between steps 7 to 8 because you cannot actually detach the upper screen without disconnect the board cable from the lower screen part.

By the way, I can't quite successfuly open the upper screen part on my dsi xl because it dont seem to give any space between the two covers. Any suggestions?

Luis Fernando Ocampo Sanchez -

@Irj7 find the top lcd replacement guide here:

Nintendo DSi XL Upper LCD Replacement

James Bourne - Reply

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