Introduction

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

  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.

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