Introduction

Give your DSi XL and audio edge by replacing the volume buttons.

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 1/1: The latch will only move about 1 mm.
  • On the inside of the battery compartment, use the tip of a spudger to detach the metal latch securing the volume control switch in place.

  • The latch will only move about 1 mm.

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Image 1/3: Using the flat of a spudger, pry the volume control switch straight up out of the lower case. Image 2/3: Remove the volume control switch from the DSi XL. Image 3/3: Remove the volume control switch from the DSi XL.
  • Using the flat end of a spudger, remove the adhesive securing the volume control switch ribbon cable to the back of the battery compartment.

  • Using the flat of a spudger, pry the volume control switch straight up out of the lower case.

  • Remove the volume control switch from the DSi XL.

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Image 1/1: The bracket is attached by a strong adhesive. Work slowly and carefully, being sure to not damage the ribbon cable.
  • Using the flat end of a spudger, remove the volume control buttons from the metal backing bracket.

  • The bracket is attached by a strong adhesive. Work slowly and carefully, being sure to not damage the ribbon cable.

  • Volume control switch remains.

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Image 1/3: Work patiently and carefully as the silicone pad is easily torn. Image 2/3: Remove the buttons from the silicone pad. Image 3/3: Remove the buttons from the silicone pad.
  • While pushing the volume buttons through their holes in the lower case, remove the buttons and their silicone pads with a pair of tweezers.

  • Work patiently and carefully as the silicone pad is easily torn.

  • Remove the buttons from the silicone pad.

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Conclusion

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

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