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DS Lite Repair - How To

3/14/11
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.

Comments

controls dont work (3/23/2011 7/23/2014 8:43:00 AM)
the game turns on and of but the controls dont work

louise - ireland
Ds lite (4/6/2011 7/23/2014 10:19:00 PM)
Hello, I recently replaced my DS lite shell and Game slot. The game slot is working but my bottom screen works but am unable to use the touch screen and it keeps freezing up and the top screen is slightly wavy at times.

Lindsey - Ohio, U.S.
constant red light (4/28/2011 7/23/2014 11:16:00 PM)
Hello, i just replaced my shell for my ds lite. Now when i power on even though it is fully charged the red light is on constantly. When i put it in the charger the light turns green but when i remove the charger it's red again. I know its not the battery because I switched batterys with my brothers and he got a green light with both batteries...any help?

Brandon - United States
constant red light (4/28/2011 7/23/2014 11:17:00 PM)
Hello, i just replaced my shell for my ds lite. Now when i power on even though it is fully charged the red light is on constantly. When i put it in the charger the light turns green but when i remove the charger it's red again. I know its not the battery because I switched batterys with my brothers and he got a green light with both batteries...any help?

Brandon - United States
stripped tri-wing screw (7/13/2011 7/23/2014 10:01:00 PM)
Hello , i recently bought a case and i bought a tri-wing screw driver but one of the screws got stripped any ideas on how to remove it? please help .

carlos - ca
stripped tri-wing screw (7/13/2011 7/23/2014 10:01:00 PM)
Hello , i recently bought a case and i bought a tri-wing screw driver but one of the screws got stripped any ideas on how to remove it? please help .

carlos - ca
Nintendo DSi Lite turn on and then back off (10/16/2011 7/23/2014 3:13:00 PM)
The dsi turn on and back off I soft reset it and goes to the calibration stylus I calibrate it and then ask me to turn it off I do so and when I turn it on again it still turning back off. If you anyone have any idea how to fix it please let me know. I took the battery out but without luck.

Vanishi - Massachusetts
power on game not (1/1/2012 7/23/2014 7:38:00 PM)
the green light is on but both top and bottom screens arent working plz help

Brian - Ney York,USA
black stuff on games (4/22/2012 7/23/2014 9:37:00 PM)
what is this black stuff that keeps appearing on my games and makes the games freeze up?

jill - ny/usa
game wont turn on (4/23/2012 7/23/2014 10:36:00 PM)
can anyone help? my nintendo ds lite has been on charge all day, and when i try to play it, it cuts off, even though the light is green, the bottom screen flashes but cuts off then doesnt turn back on, even while its plugged in, please help

Caleb - Lima, OH United States
ds problem! (9/1/2012 7/23/2014 9:00:00 PM)
my ds power light turns on when i power it up, but my ds screens will not turn on, and my power light is still on even when there is nothing on the screens, what can i do to fix this problem?

Nick - Henryville, IN
HELP!! (9/12/2012 7/23/2014 7:27:00 PM)
I do not know how to get my screw out when it is stuck. Please if any bodyknows give me a website or reply to me.

Someone - Texas
ds won't stay on (9/29/2012 7/23/2014 3:19:00 PM)
having the same issue as caleb from lima oh, I don't see any answers to these comments. DS Lite is fully charged but when it turns on, the green light comes on and the bottom screen flashes for a moment then shuts off. please respond...

Bryan - tn, usa
Ds Lite Stating problem (10/15/2012 7/23/2014 9:09:00 PM)
Even though my Ds Lite is fully charged, it just turns the green light on, then shuts down, once it blinked then turnned off. Nintendo, Any suggestions?

Jerry - California
DS LITE REPAIR HELP? (11/1/2012 7/23/2014 9:04:00 PM)
I HAVE NOT USED MY DS LITE METALLIC SILVER EDITION FOR 9 MONTHS THEN I JUST TURNED IT ON AND IT WILL NOT CHARGE OR TURN ON PLEASE HELP

ZACAHRRY - CANADA
DS LITE WON'T TURN ON (11/2/2012 7/23/2014 7:37:00 AM)
Hi. Our DS Lite hasn't been in use for quite some time now. I'm not sure what the problem is. It won't boot when turned on. I can't find our AC Adapter so I've been charging it via USB, so far, the power indicator is a steady ORANGE. I tried turning it on while charging but it still won't boot. Any solutions?

Adrian - Philippines
(11/4/2012 7/23/2014 11:52:00 AM)
hi i got a ds 5 years ago and i droped it now the top ds screen in all purple

alex - canada
faulty ds (11/26/2012 7/23/2014 1:40:00 PM)
I have recently replaced the housings on 2 of my ds lites and one of them when powerd up the green light comes on for a few seconds and then goes off and the other 1 has no sign of life atall and both worked perfectly before

jamie - telford
faulty ds (11/27/2012 7/23/2014 6:20:00 PM)
Hi, I just replaced the shell, power switch and upper lcd screen on my DS lite, when I flick the power switch, the green light comes on and quickly switches off, at the same time the bottom screen flashes. I tried plugging it into the AC adapter (its brand new) and its not even taking a charge. What's wrong?

Benji - Missouri, usa
ds lite settings (12/30/2012 7/23/2014 8:49:00 PM)
my sons ds ask us to put in the settings then it will restart, but once we restart it, it still ask to put in the settings!! we cannot get past the settings,, help

kayla - usa
ds lite (2/11/2013 7/23/2014 2:35:00 PM)
my daughters ds lite charger wont work. it sticks out when i put it in. i have been looking on the internet so i could find something that could help but so far no luck.

juan - ca, usa
touch screen will not work (4/2/2013 7/23/2014 12:40:00 AM)
hello my nintendo touch screen does not work and i tried the recalibration and it does not say calibration done

chiya - washington
Black Screen (6/13/2013 7/23/2014 8:36:00 AM)
While I play my DS games the screen constantly turns black, but, the light is blinking green and then after a few seconds it comes back. What is the problem with it?

Gabe - USA
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