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The Nintendo DS is Nintendo's seventh generation handheld game console and is the first of its kind across all systems with dual-screen technology and use, apart from clamshell Game & Watch systems.

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My DS does not take a charge

I bought a used Nintendo DS, but when I plug an ac adapter into it, no orange light appears. I've opened my DS twice now and still see no issues with it. What am I doing wrong and how can I get it to work again? Thank you.

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I'm no expert, but the battery or the charging port could be busted.

I'd recommend posting photos of the charger, charging port, battery, and just the insides in general.

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The battery was replaced today but it still didn't work. The charger I used was bought a week ago at Pink Gorilla Games, pretty good retro game store. I cleaned the charging port along with a lot of other internal components with IPA. Still the same situation, not sure what to do.

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Do you have a multimeter? You could use one to test the connections leading from the charging port to the battery.

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Hi Ian,

There's a whole series of things all connected together to charge the battery, so it's a matter of figuring out which of them is causing the problem when it won't charge.

Generally it's easiest to start at the charger. Make sure your wall outlet works first, then verify that the charger is putting out the correct amount of power; in this case you should see 5.2VDC on the output pins using a voltmeter. If you don't have a voltmeter you'll have to either try a different charger or try the charger on a different DS or Gameboy.

Once the power to the DS has been verified, the most common problem left is that the battery has died. Given that the last DS was shipped before 2010, it would certainly be no surprise if the battery was shot by now. Given the ease of replacing the battery, the availability and low cost, it would make sense to replace the battery as the next step. Only if that doesn't work will it become necessary to open up the DS and start checking internal parts and components.

You can always try checking the charging port for dirt or debris. It can't hurt to clean it with 90% or higher isopropyl alcohol and try pushing the plug in different directions when it's inserted into the jack to see if maybe there's a loose connection.

Give some or all of that a try and let us know what you find.

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@ianfink the DS has a fuse that protects the power circuit. You want to check that one since they love to fail. You will definitely need a multimeter for that. Proceed with what my colleagues answers as well. you do not know the history of the console. Corrosion is one of the most common issues with the handheld consoles.

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@ianfink you will need at least a voltmeter or a multimeter (do they even still make dedicated volt meters ;-). Set it to something in the 10 Volt DC range. Then plug the AC adapter into your DS. You should measure P7 (which is your battery terminal) Red arrow is the positive and Blue arrow the negative pole. What voltage do you get? You may have to try to push the on button and see if that changes the voltage. You could also measure the voltage on the left and then the right side of the fuse. Both are positive pole. On your meter you will use the positive probe on one of the sides on the fuse. The negative probe from your meter on the negative (Blue arrow) on P7. Let us know what voltages you get. Also, if this doesn't make sense, let us know. We can always try and guide you further.

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That link is a file location for your personal computer. Are you able to copy and paste? or use google drive or google photos.?

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@ianfink you can only add images to Questions or Answers. So, in your case you want it to be added to your Question. You will need to edit your question and use this guide Ajout d'images à une question existante to add images.

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Ok, I added the photo down below.

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@ianfink looks like the same board with a few different components. The inductors and capacitors on the left hand side are definitely not the same but could be factory original. Supply lines change etc. and yes, could have been changed by some previous owner. Installation looks good, going by your picture. Same fuse, same protection. When you plug your DS in, do you have power on P7?

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I'm a novice at this kind of stuff, but am trying to get into it more, just for fun as a side hobby...really would love to get this DS working though. I'm not sure how to for power on P7, would I need a multimeter?

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