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Introduction

This is a guide that teaches how to replace a Nintendo DS motherboard also known as a circuit board.

The Nintendo DS is a video game console released by Nintendo proposing two screens working in tandem with wireless connectivity, and an integrated microphone.

The main circuit board holds and makes all communication between components of the device possible. Therefore, whenever the communication between the functioning components takes longer than expected or there is no communication, replacing the motherboard is a necessity.

The removal of the main motherboard of the DS is essential to access the screens and to replace other imperatives.

The replacement could be done in 10 simple steps.

  1. Remove the cartridge from the console. Use a Phillips #00 Screwdriver to remove the screw securing the battery door to the rear case. Remove the battery door.
    • Remove the cartridge from the console.

    • Use a Phillips #00 Screwdriver to remove the screw securing the battery door to the rear case.

    • Remove the battery door.

  2. Use a plastic opening tool or spudger to pry out the battery from the bottom. If a plastic open tool or spudger isn't available, your fingernails may work.
    • Use a plastic opening tool or spudger to pry out the battery from the bottom. If a plastic open tool or spudger isn't available, your fingernails may work.

  3. Remove the battery from the Nintendo DS.
    • Remove the battery from the Nintendo DS.

  4. Remove the seven Y00 screws located on the back.
    • Remove the seven Y00 screws located on the back.

    • It might be helpful to remove the strap from the hole to access the top left screw.

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  6. With your hands, pry the back panel off the main case. Separate the back from the front, and set it aside. Separate the back from the front, and set it aside.
    • With your hands, pry the back panel off the main case.

    • Separate the back from the front, and set it aside.

  7. Using a Phillips #00 screwdriver, remove the four screws on the circuit board.
    • Using a Phillips #00 screwdriver, remove the four screws on the circuit board.

    • Be careful NOT to slip with the screwdriver, you can damage the circuit board!

  8. Unlock the two large ribbon cables by moving the black clip up. Carefully pull the ribbon cables down and out with your fingers. Do not use pliers to pull the cables, as they can be damaged easily.
    • Unlock the two large ribbon cables by moving the black clip up.

    • Carefully pull the ribbon cables down and out with your fingers.

    • Do not use pliers to pull the cables, as they can be damaged easily.

  9. Locate the two small ribbon cables, beneath the rightmost large ribbon cable. Slide the locks for the small ribbon cables down to the side, and remove the cables.
    • Locate the two small ribbon cables, beneath the rightmost large ribbon cable.

    • Slide the locks for the small ribbon cables down to the side, and remove the cables.

    • It may be useful to use tweezers to remove the small ribbon cables.

    • Be careful not to damage the delicate ribbon cables.

  10. Locate the Wifi antenna pigtail connector. Remove the antenna by grasping it at the head with tweezers. Using a slight rocking motion, pull up to dislodge the connector.
    • Locate the Wifi antenna pigtail connector.

    • Remove the antenna by grasping it at the head with tweezers. Using a slight rocking motion, pull up to dislodge the connector.

  11. Feed the ribbon cables through the opening on the board.
    • Feed the ribbon cables through the opening on the board.

    • Pull up and remove the circuit board, and set it aside.

Conclusion

To reassemble your device, follow these instructions in reverse order.

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