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How can I fix my DSi?

Okay, I have a DSi since 2010 (I don't remember when I bought it, so this could be false. Look, it's old. OK?) And it's been working fine untill one day. I turned it on, and the power light (blue in this case) turned on for a milisecond and then turned off. I tried it multiple times but nope. Plugging in the charger makes the charging light blink non-stop. So I tried opening up the DSi (I opended it up mutliple times before so the warranty is voided already. I also did it correctly the other times so opening it isn't the problem here) to find out what is wrong but I found nothing wrong in it! Sure, the ribbon cable connecting to the SD card is broken but it's been like that for years if I remember correctly. Battery was looking allright, took it out with a voltmeter, wasn't dead (Also, I doubt it static electricity because it wouldn't do ANYTHING). So, I closed it up and opended up the charger. Strangely enough, a piece of the charger's motherboard was cut off! Like someone took a bite! But how could I be using that charger for all this time and it was working. I won't use it again, defenitely. So I went to a store to try out the store's charger, it gets weirder. I plugged it in and the charging light flickered like before BUT, for only a couple of seconds. Anyway, I went home and couldn't figure it out what it is. Only thing I imagine is the charge port (the port where you put the cable to charge it, duh). I'm sorry if you cannot see the pictures very clear but my camera doesn't focus very well, and I'm not a profesional photographer to set the focus etc. So I'm writing now. Please help!

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joseph19984 months ago

same problem bro so the problem is battery?

mpilchfamily

Chances are there is an issue with the battery or with the charging circuits for the battery inside the unit. You can try getting a new battery and see if that helps. Other than that there isn't much else you can do. Other than the battery there are no serviceable parts in the unit so you'll have to replace it.
MrJason005 (author)  mpilchfamily1 year ago
What about the charge port? Also, what does the light that flashes for a few seconds mean?
When a charge light flashes like that it dedicates a problem with charging. In this case is suspect there is a problem with the battery. When you measured the battery with a meter what was the voltage and what voltage should the battery be at? If it's showing a volt or 2 below what it should be then it probably isn't able to provide enough power to run the system. Even if it has voltage it doesn't mean the battery isn't dead.
MrJason005 (author)  mpilchfamily1 year ago
Okay yes I have to use my DSi for a few months.
I think your best option for figuring out what the problem, would be to buy a new battery. If it still doesn't work you know it's something internal and you probably won't be able to do anything about it.
MrJason005 (author)  mpilchfamily1 year ago
Along with the battery, could the fuse be blown? I can replace the D-Pad easily.