This instuctable is for people who
1 have a ds
2 cant use R or L

the reason the keys dont work is because there is dust in there.

Step 1: Firstu Need to Locate the R And/or L Button

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they are on the top stupid!

Step 2: Next

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put your lips around the key


Step 3: Last

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blow or suck air out/in the ds

Step 4: Finally

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test it out if the keys still dont work try again.


admin (author)2009-08-07

Hey, this is a great instructable and is very informative. Just one thing is missing... pictures! It really helps a lot when trying to follow directions so you should consider taking some photographs. Once you do that and leave me a message when you have so that we can publish your work. Thanks! Thanks for the cool instructable and we hope to publish this soon!

the r (author)2017-11-05

This broke my ds... I think some moisture got into the clock and fried it (the clock was the first thing to break) and then the broken parts cascaded throuought the rest of the ds.

the r (author)the r2017-11-06

After leaving the DS off overnight, it works again. Sorry for doubting you! The bumpers work now too!

JohnV13 (author)2015-06-21

Thank you so much, this fixed my DS like have this prob for like 2 years already.

Dumbot10 (author)2015-01-02

This sounds a bit mad. But, I've repaired DS units and they can be quite fiddley, so, I gave this a try, and, it worked! I'm glad I tried this before ordering microswitches and stripping a DS!

LostUser (author)2012-02-11

Thanks a bunch for this tip. I had previously use a cleaner (Triclorotrifluroethane or some similar electrical cleaner) to clean out my son's buttons on his DS. It worked for a short time. He tried this and it seems to work so far --- we'll have to see in the long run.
Simple is always best.

Motts (author)2012-02-03

Ha! I spent quite some time disassembling the ds to diagnose the problem. I can't believe it was this easy to fix. Thanks dude.

fgribbon (author)2011-12-08

Of course! Tech maintenance rule #1: CHECK THE PHYSICAL! You're a life saver dude. Now I don't have to replace my DS :D Thanks!

Dragonfly7 (author)2011-07-24


Xase P (author)2011-06-29

Bloody freakin genius! I have above normal level IQ, and i didn't even think about this!

theawesomedude92 (author)2011-04-25

thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you. my DS lite has a none working L button and a barely working R button. BTW, thank you.

globogym (author)2010-11-25

does anyone know how to fix a ds that started to shut off randomly when i held down "b" or "y" for too long then it just stopped turning on completely? Is there any hope for it??

videogamemaster (author)globogym2011-04-01

I'm assuming you have a DS Lite? Well, I think one of two things could be happening here:
1. You could be accidentally pushing the "POWER" switch up and not realizing it until it is too late.
2. Something could be mixed up inside your system. I would try taking a dry toothbrush, without toothpaste, and working it under the "POWER" switch as well as the "Y" and "B" buttons. You might work something loose and fix the problem.

Sorry for replying so late. You probably threw the DS out by now, or had it repaired, but I wanted to at least try anyway.

jaxxster1 (author)globogym2010-12-14

take it to a repair shop? or you could try to replace the battery. the circuits might be messed up.
sorry but i am not much help with the batteries.

seabananers (author)2010-05-09

actually you can do this easy with out taking it apart you put your mouth up to the button and blow with your lips almost closed

jaxxster1 (author)seabananers2010-12-14

that is almost exacltly what i have been saying. i never said to take it apart.

abdul_30 (author)2010-01-31

 It duz'nt work 4 me?????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????

jaxxster1 (author)abdul_302010-12-14

did you have a complete seas around the key?

legomaster50 (author)2010-12-11

This is not spam I have a ds lite and a dsi and the buttons didnt work for forever and thanks to him i can play games and do flipnotes so HA HA HA HA HA HA HA on you:) XD -LegoMaster50

jaxxster1 (author)legomaster502010-12-14

hahaha right back at u. it was the author who wrote spam. (me)

Henk506 (author)2010-07-13

Thank you so much!!!

jaxxster1 (author)Henk5062010-07-15

your welcom

technoguy94 (author)2010-05-29

This is a stupid fix, it only works for about a minute, then quits.

Is anyone else having trouble with the DSi's triggers? I had mine repaired twice, then got a replacement from Nintendo, and they're trying to quit again.

jaxxster1 (author)technoguy942010-07-15

hey if you want your ds completely fixed, take it to a repair shop!

eitechsvc (author)2010-02-21

Worked for me on the second try.  What is really going on is that the moisture from your breath collects on the contacts and if you work the switch wihe its moist  it breaks up the oxidation.  The alternative is to open it up and spray out the switch with "Plastic Safe" contact cleaner.

eitechsvc (author)eitechsvc2010-02-21

Denmur (author)2010-01-17

Thanx!!! I just saved two DSs with your nifty instructable!!!

djshortstuff (author)2009-11-19

you, my friend, are a life saver!

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