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DS Lite Repair - How To
We, at the Nintendo Repair Shop Inc, do everything we can to make our site easy to use and help you find what you need. However some customers aren't even sure where to start when it comes to fixing their DS Lite system. For those customers, you are in luck. This week, we will take a look at several common Nintendo DS Lite repair issues, and address the products and/or services you will need to get your DS Lite up and running again!
DS Lite System Won't Power On
This is possibly the most common issue we hear with a DS Lite system. The truth is that if your DS Lite system doesn't power on, I can't even list out all of the possible issues. For starters, I will give you the most common causes of a DS Lite system not powering on, which in this case we are taking to mean the green and orange lights don't stay on when you turn on your system.
Why won't my DS Lite Power On?
DS Lite Battery is Dead
When your DS Lite system won't stay powered on, it actually means one of two things. 1) Either the battery is nearly dead and you simply need to charge it, or 2) The internal power network (the pathway power travels from the battery throughout the system) has a short causing the system to automatically turn off to protect itself. The most common of these symptoms is #1, the battery. Try charging your system. Try a different outlet. Try replacing the DS Lite charger. Try replacing the DS Lite battery. Rule out any possibility that the battery is the issue, because believe me if it is not your life just got a lot more difficult.
DS Lite F2 Fuse is Blown
If the battery is not the cause of your DS Lite system not powering on, the next most likely culprit is the DS Lite F2 fuse. This thing is tinier than a ladybug, and truly a pain in the butt to remove and resolder. In the end, when it goes out it is simply doing its job; protecting your DS Lite system from a surge. For details on how to replace the DS Lite F2 Fuse yourself, check out our recent DS Lite Orange Light blog posting. To perform this repair you will need a triwing screwdriver, small phillips head screwdriver, a soldering iron with a fine point, and a replacement Nintendo DS Lite F2 Fuse. If you are a little less adventurous, you can always have your DS Lite professionally repaired by our repair staff.
DS Lite Top LCD Won't Turn On
While your Top LCD not turning on sounds very similar to the previous issue, it is actually caused by something entirely different. The symptoms of this scenario include the bottom LCD still working, or your system's green light turning on but neither of the LCD's work. If that matches your scenario, you have one of two issues; 1) Your Top LCD ribbon cable (connects the Top LCD to the bottom) is twisted, crimped, or torn, or 2) Your Top LCD has just simply gone bad. Thats the bad news. The good? Both issues require the same repair, replacing your DS Lite Top LCD. One more plus on the good news side is that of all the DS Lite repairs, replacing the Top LCD is one of the easiest to perform on your own. Check out our free DS Lite Top LCD Replacement video. To perform this repair, you will need a triwing screwdriver, small phillips head screwdriver, and a replacement Nintendo DS Lite Top LCD.