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How to replace/repair/fix the Nintendo DS Lite touch screen

Updated on January 10, 2013
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My Nintendo DS lite's touch screen broke.

Do not buy a new DS lite. The best thing to do is replace it. However, replacing your touch screen will void your warranty, so continue at your own risk.

Items you will need: Rubber gloves, small phillip's screwdriver, tri-wing screwdriver, replacement touch screen, and a desk, table, etc.

*Step 0. Remove any game cartridges from the Nintendo DS lite, such as a SLOT-1 game or a SLOT-2 game.

Step 1. Remove the battery cover with the phillip's screwdriver. (Figure 1:1) Now, remove the battery. (Figure 1:2) Finally, remove the screws with the tri-wing screwdriver and the phillip's screwdriver. (Figure 1:3)

Step 2. Remove the back housing by using two hands, pushing down on the shoulder buttons and pulling up on the housing. (Figure 2:1)

Step 3. Don't panic! Remove the screw holding the motherboard in place with the phillip's screwdriver. (Figure 3:1) Remove the shoulder buttons without letting any springs fly out. (Figure 3:2 and 3:3)

Step 4. Disconnect the motherboard from the housing by pushing on the touch screen. (Figure 4:1) Put your DS and the motherboard in the following position. (Figure 4:2)

Step 5. Use your fingers to pull off the two cords attached to the motherboard. (Figure 5:1 and 5:2)

Step 6. Remove the following component from the motherboard and put it somewhere safe. (Figure 6:1) Pull out the black cord from under the card reader gently. (Figure 6:2)

Step 7. Use your fingernails to flip up the clip holding the top screen ribbon cable in place. (Figure 7:1 and 7:2) Once you do that, gently pull out the cable from its socket.

Step 8. The motherboard and touch screen (8:1) Again, use your fingernails to flip up the clip holding the bottom screen ribbon cable. (Figure 8:2) Then, do the same with the clip holding the touch screen in place. (Figure 8:3) Touch screen apart from the motherboard. (Figure 8:4)

Step 9. Remove the cheap little piece over the touch screen. (Figure 9:1) Remove the touch screen from the LCD. (Figure 9:2) It's OK if you rip the black tape; it's just double sided tape. Simply place it back on the LCD like nothing happened. Touch screen apart from the LCD. (Figure 9:3)

Step 10. Put your rubber gloves on, and get out your new touch screen and put it on the LCD, in the same position the other one was. Be sure to take off the protective film over the touch screen if there is any. Note: The top side is the one closest to the touch screen cable. (Figure 10:1)

Step 11. Place the bottom screen ribbon cable back in its socket, and close it with your finger. (Figure 11:1) Place the touch screen cable in its socket, and close it with your finger. (Figure 11:2) Place the top screen cable in its socket, and close it with your finger. (Figure 11:3) Place the component back on the motherboard. (Figure 11:4) Now, slide the black cable back under the card reader and put it on the component from the motherboard. Note: this may take a couple tries; don't worry. (Figure 11:5) Hold the battery in place. (Figure 11:6) Turn on the DS and test the touch screen. (Figure 11:7) If it works, which I HIGHLY doubt, then continue to step 12. If it doesn't work, re-plug in the touch screen cable, and try again. This may take up to 20 tries. Sometimes 30. If you touched the top or bottom of the touch screen, then you will have to clean both sides of the touch screen with a rag. (Yes, this means you have to remove your shiny touch screen and place it again.) Make sure there is no dust or other tiny particles between the touch screen and the LCD.

Step 12. Place the white cord in the grooves on the inside bottom housing, and bend it upwards at the half-oval type plastic.... part. (Figure 12:1) Push the motherboard and touch screen back into its place. Note: If the touch screen doesn't fit, then take the touch screen off and place it again. This could take a few tries. After that, push the cords back into their place. (Figure 12:2) Then, place the shoulder buttons back into place. My tip is to put it in its hole, and once the spring is in its groove spot, rotate the shoulder button. (Figure 12:3) Screw in the screw holding the motherboard in place. (Figure 3:1) Now, place the housing back on the motherboard. Make sure the power and volume switches are in the same position as the volume and power components on the motherboard are.

Step 13. Finally, screw the housing back on with the phillips and tri-wing screwdriver. (Figure 1:3) Place the battery back into place, and screw the battery cover back on. (Figure 1:2)

You have now replaced your touch screen. I hope it worked for you, your happy, and that your proud of yourself. Thanks for reading.

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