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.
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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.
admin5 years ago
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JohnV131 month ago
Thank you so much, this fixed my DS like have this prob for like 2 years already.
Dumbot106 months ago

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!

LostUser3 years ago
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.
Motts3 years ago
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.
fgribbon3 years ago
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!
Dragonfly74 years ago
Xase P4 years ago
Bloody freakin genius! I have above normal level IQ, and i didn't even think about this!
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.
globogym4 years ago
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??
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)  globogym4 years ago
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.
seabananers5 years ago
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)  seabananers4 years ago
that is almost exacltly what i have been saying. i never said to take it apart.
abdul_305 years ago
 It duz'nt work 4 me?????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????
jaxxster1 (author)  abdul_304 years ago
did you have a complete seas around the key?
Henk5065 years ago
Thank you so much!!!
jaxxster1 (author)  Henk5065 years ago
your welcom
technoguy945 years ago
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)  technoguy945 years ago
hey if you want your ds completely fixed, take it to a repair shop!
eitechsvc5 years ago
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.
Denmur5 years ago
Thanx!!! I just saved two DSs with your nifty instructable!!!
you, my friend, are a life saver!