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Nintendo 3DS Upper Display Front Panel Replacement

Nintendo 3DS front panel replacement.

Remove the upper display front panel to replace it or to access the components inside the upper display assembly.

Étape 1 Upper Display Front Panel  ¶ 

Before continuing with disassembly, use a pair of tweezers to remove the clear plastic diffuser for the wireless notification LED. The small piece is likely to fall out on its own, and may be difficult to find if it lands on the floor.

Étape 1 Upper Display Front Panel  ¶ 

  • Before continuing with disassembly, use a pair of tweezers to remove the clear plastic diffuser for the wireless notification LED. The small piece is likely to fall out on its own, and may be difficult to find if it lands on the floor.

Étape 2  ¶ 

De-route the Wi-Fi antenna cable from the bottom of the upper case. This step is not necessary if you are only replacing the front panel; however, the replacement of the upper screen, speakers, cameras, and Wi-Fi antenna require it.

Étape 2  ¶ 

  • De-route the Wi-Fi antenna cable from the bottom of the upper case.

  • This step is not necessary if you are only replacing the front panel; however, the replacement of the upper screen, speakers, cameras, and Wi-Fi antenna require it.

Étape 3  ¶ 

Heat the edges of the upper display front panel with a hair dryer or heat gun to soften the adhesive holding it to the display bezel. Begin prying the edges of the front panel off with a plastic opening tool.

Étape 3  ¶ 

  • Heat the edges of the upper display front panel with a hair dryer or heat gun to soften the adhesive holding it to the display bezel.

  • Begin prying the edges of the front panel off with a plastic opening tool.

  • If it is difficult to pry the front panel off, reheat the area you are working on with the heat gun, and then return to prying. Applying excessive force could crack the front panel.

Étape 4  ¶ 

Continue prying the remaining sides of the front panel by sliding the plastic opening tool down each edge. Too little heat will result in excessive bending/breaking of the front panel, and too much will melt and destroy the LCD underneath. Take your time.

Étape 4  ¶ 

  • Continue prying the remaining sides of the front panel by sliding the plastic opening tool down each edge.

  • Too little heat will result in excessive bending/breaking of the front panel, and too much will melt and destroy the LCD underneath. Take your time.

Étape 5  ¶ 

With all of the sides free, lift the upper display front panel off the display bezel. With all of the sides free, lift the upper display front panel off the display bezel.

Étape 5  ¶ 

  • With all of the sides free, lift the upper display front panel off the display bezel.