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Introduction

Customize the color of your DSi XL by replacing the upper case.

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    • Remove the two Phillips screws securing the battery cover to the back of the handheld console.

    • Lift the battery cover off the back of the DSi XL.

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    • Lift the battery from the DSi XL.

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    • Remove the four rubber screw covers on the lower case by prying them up with a push pin.

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    • Remove the following seven Phillips screws that secure the lower case to the rest of the DSi XL:

    • Four silver 5.3 mm screws

    • Two black 5.3 mm screws

    • One black 2.5 mm screw

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    • Turn the DSi XL over, and open the display.

    • Insert a spudger between the upper and lower case at the bottom left corner of the DSi.

    • Slide the spudger along the bottom edge of the upper case to release the latches securing the upper case to the lower case.

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    • Close the display and turn the DSi XL over.

    • Lift the lower case from the front edge.

    • Rotate the lower case away from the DSi.

    • The lower case cannot be completely removed yet, since it is still connected to the motherboard.

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    • Using a spudger, pry the SD card/right shoulder button connector off its socket.

    • Pry the volume button/left shoulder button connector off its socket on the motherboard with a spudger.

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    • Use a spudger to pry the microphone cable off the motherboard.

    • Pry from underneath the cable.

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    • Using the flat end of a spudger, flip up the retaining flap on the camera ribbon ZIF connector.

    • Use the pointed end of a spudger to pull the camera ribbon from the ZIF connector.

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    • Using the flat end of a spudger, flip up the retaining flap on the touchscreen cable ZIF connector.

    • With the pointed end of the spudger, pull the touchscreen cable from its connector on the motherboard.

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    • Using the flat end of a spudger, flip up the retaining flap on the backlight cable ZIF connector.

    • With the pointed end of the spudger, pull the backlight cable from its connector on the motherboard.

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    • Using the flat end of a spudger, flip up the retaining flap on the lower display data cable ZIF connector.

    • With the pointed end of the spudger, pull the lower display data cable from its connector on the motherboard.

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    • Using the flat end of a spudger, flip up the retaining flap on the ZIF connector for the D-Pad/power button cable.

    • With the pointed end of the spudger, pull the D-Pad/power button cable from its connector on the motherboard.

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    • Using the flat end of the spudger, pry the battery cable up off its socket on the motherboard.

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    • Remove the screws securing the motherboard to the upper case:

    • A single 2.5 mm silver Phillips screw

    • Four 3.7 mm black Phillips screws

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    • Deroute the microphone and antenna cables through the slot in the motherboard.

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    • Rotate the motherboard off the lower case.

    • The motherboard cannot be completely removed yet. It is still attached by the upper LCD's display data ribbon cable.

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    • Using the flat end of a spudger, flip up the retaining flap on the upper display data cable ZIF connector.

    • With the pointed end of the spudger, pull the upper display data cable from its connector on the underside of the motherboard.

    • The motherboard is now free from the upper case.

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    • With the console still upside-down, open the DSi XL slightly.

    • Push the lower display away from the upper case.

    • Remove the lower display from the DSi XL.

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    • Turn the DSi XL over and open the display.

    • When re-assembling the device, be sure to re-install the ABXY and Start/Select buttons, as they are likely to fall out once the handheld console is turned over.

    • Use a pushpin to remove the four plastic screw covers on the front bezel.

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    • Remove the four 3.5 mm silver Phillips screws securing the rear bezel to the front bezel.

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    • Using two hands, gently slide the rear bezel upwards.

    • The rear bezel will move only about 2 mm.

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    • Insert a spudger into the gap between the front and rear bezel.

    • Rotate the spudger away from the DSi XL, prying the two bezels apart.

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    • In the same manner as described above, continue prying along the top edge of the front and rear bezels.

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    • Separate the rear bezel from the front bezel.

    • Do not attempt to completely remove the rear bezel yet. It is still attached to the front bezel by the rear-facing camera.

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    • Using the flat end of a spudger, pry the rear camera off the rear bezel.

    • Remove the rear bezel.

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    • Remove the Phillips screw holding the metal securing bracket in place.

    • Lift the metal bracket off the camera.

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    • Use the tip of a spudger to lift the microphone from its seat on the front display bezel.

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    • De-route the microphone cable.

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    • Pull the microphone cable through the right hinge connecting the front bezel and upper case.

    • Use the pointed end of a spudger to guide the connector at the end of the microphone cable through the hinge.

    • To replace the microphone, use a pair of tweezers to guide the connector through the hinge.

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    • Lift the Wi-Fi antenna off the front display bezel.

    • De-route the Wi-Fi antenna cable from its grooves at the bottom of the front display bezel.

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    • Pull the Wi-Fi antenna cable through the right hinge connecting the front bezel and upper case.

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    • Lift both of the speakers from their seats on the front display bezel.

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    • De-route the speaker wires that run above the upper display screen.

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    • Remove the upper display assembly.

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    • Remove the seven 2.5 mm silver screws securing the power board to the upper case.

    • Lift the power board off the upper case.

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    • Open the case slightly.

    • Push the directional pad up through the upper case and remove it from the upper case.

    • Push the power button up through the upper case, and remove it from the upper case.

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    • Remove the LED diffuser and black retaining bracket by turning the upper case upside-down and letting both pieces fall into your hand.

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    • The front bezel is held in place by the clutch hinge on the left side of the DSi Xl=L.

    • Using the tip of the spudger, push the clutch hinge to the left.

    • You will hear a "click" when the clutch has been completely displaced. Some force will be required.

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    • Lift the front bezel off of the upper case, tilting the left side of the front bezel away from the upper case first.

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    • Remove the hollow hinge pin from the right side of the DSi XL.

    • The upper case remains.

Conclusion

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

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