Introduction

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

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  • 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.

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Image 1/2: The rear bezel will move only about 2 mm. Image 2/2: 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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Image 1/2: Rotate the spudger away from the DSi XL, prying the two bezels apart. Image 2/2: 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.

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Image 1/1: Do not attempt to completely remove the rear bezel yet. It is still attached to the front bezel by the rear-facing camera.
  • 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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Image 1/1: Remove 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.

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Image 1/3: De-route the speaker cable along the top edge of the screen. Image 2/3: Work carefully and slowly, holding onto the wire and not the speaker itself. The solder joints may break if pulled on too hard. Image 3/3: In the same manner as described above, remove the right speaker from its socket on the front bezel.
  • 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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Image 1/1: Carefully push the upper display assembly through its housing in the front bezel.
  • 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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Image 1/2: Slide the spudger along the bottom side of the upper LCD, freeing the adhesive along that edge. Image 2/2: 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.

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

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Image 1/2: Pull the upper screen away from the upper LCD. Image 2/2: 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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2 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 -

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