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How to Fix a Ribbon Cable on a Nintendo DS Lite

Updated February 21, 2017

The Nintendo DS Lite, while physically smaller than the first generation model, continues the tradition of a LCD screen included in the top lid to compliment the touch screen. The hinge of the Lite can cause the ribbon cable that runs through it to disconnect from the circuit board, rendering the LCD screen unworkable. Fix the ribbon cable by partially disassembling the Lite so that the cable can be reattached. The procedure is straightforward and only requires a few tools found in most households.

Place a soft cloth on a table to protect the surface from being scratched by the DS Lite. Place the Lite face down on the soft cloth. Remove the screw from the battery compartment with the Phillips jeweller’s screwdriver. Remove the battery compartment lid with your fingers. Pull the battery out of the battery compartment.

Remove the seven screws surrounding the bottom with the Phillips jeweller’s screwdriver. Insert the tip of the flat-edged jeweller’s screwdriver into the seam between the back and front case at the top middle edge. Lift up on the tip to loosen the two from each other. Pull the back case off the front case.

Rotate the top case so that the vertical metal plate is facing away from you. Remove the two screws from each side of the metal plate with the Phillips jeweller’s screwdriver.

Pull the antenna plug to the left of the metal plate out of the circuit board with the jaws of the needle-nosed pliers. Pull the metal plate that the antenna cable is attached to out of the top case with your fingers.

Pull out the microphone connector that is now revealed—the connector is silver—using the jaws of the needle-nosed pliers.

Flatten the top case so that it can be placed on the soft cloth with the electronics facing down and the LCD screen facing up. Rotate the Lite so that the bottom screen is lying vertically on the left side and the LCD screen on the top lid is on the right.

Locate the loose ribbon connector that is lying at the lower left corner of the top case’s circuit board. Carefully reinsert the plug at the end of the ribbon connector into the connection on the top case’s circuit board. Firmly press the plug into the connection using the tip of the flat-edged jeweller’s screwdriver.

Rotate the Lite so that the microphone cable is on the right side facing you. Reinsert the plug at the end of the microphone cable into the connection on the circuit board it was formerly occupying. Firmly press the plug into the connection using the tip of the flat-edged jeweller’s screwdriver.

Place the metal plate back over the microphone connection. Reinsert the antenna plug.

Reattach the two screws to the vertical metal plate with the Phillips jeweller’s screwdriver. Place the back case back onto the front case. Reattach the screws. Reinsert the battery. Place the battery compartment lid back onto the battery compartment. Reattach the screw.

Warning

Disassembling the Nintendo DS Lite voids any warranty that is in place at the time.

Things You'll Need

  • Soft cloth
  • Phillips jeweller's screwdriver
  • Flat-edged jeweller's screwdriver
  • Needle-nosed pliers
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About the Author

Marshal M. Rosenthal is a technology maven with more than 15 years of editorial experience. A graduate of Brooks Institute of Photography with a Bachelor of Arts in photographic arts, his editorial work has appeared both domestically as well as internationally in publications such as "Home Theater," "Electronic House," "eGear," "Computer and Video Games" and "Digitrends."