Introduction: How to Cure a Floppy Hinge on a DS Lite

In this instructableI will show you how to repair a crack that is making your DS hinge floppy and unsafe for it. All you need is super glue, time, and screwdrivers to get the top open. (Or the bottom too, if you don't want to risk hurting the ribbon cable like I did)

Step 1: Tools and Materials

For this project, you will need a couple of tools and materials to repair your DS.
1: Super glue. I got mine from the dollar store for just $1! It dried clear and you cant even tell its there. Beware though, most super glue bonds skin on contact
2: A small philips screwdriver. You need this to take apart the top of the DS (The one that looks like a +)
3: A Nintendo tri-wing screwdriver. (Optional) If you want to take the bottom apart, you will need one. Get one here: http://www.dealextreme.com/details.dx/sku.1887 Note you will have to wait for 2-3 weeks for it.
4: An X-acto knife or pin. So you can take off the rubber pads to get to the screws
5: A cotton swab (better known as the q-tip). So you can wipe off any excess glue
6: A DS Lite with a cracked hinge. The small crack is the only reason your ds isn't clicking

Step 2: Take It Apart: the Bottom

Now It's time to take apart the DS. If you aren't going to take apart the bottom, skip this step.

To take the bottom apart, you are going to need a X-acto knife or pin, a Nintendo screwdriver, and a philips screwdriver. (The one that looks like a +)

Start by taking off the rubber pads and the battery cover on the bottom of the DS.
Remove the battery cover and the battery. Stick the pads to the outside of the cover so you don't lose them.
Locate all of the philips screws (+) and remove them. DON'T LOSE THEM! There are 2 under the battery cover and 2 under the pads.
Locate all of the 3-wing screws and remove them too. DONT LOSE THESE EITHER. There are 2 on the bottom, 1 by the DS card slot, and 1 inside the battery compartment.
Remove the back cover, exposing the electonics that are the DS. Do your best not to damage anything.
Find the white and the black wires that connect close to the DS card slot on the motherboard. Carefully disconnect these and unthread the black wire from under the DS card slot. (carefully!)
Lift up the motherboard and flip it over. Carefully disconnect the orange ribbon cable that comes from the top. You can now move the motherboard aside. Unscrew the 2 philips screws by the hinge. You can now fully remove the top from the bottom. Carefully slide the ribbon cable through the slit in the plastic faceplate. Pull the white and black wires through the hinge hole. The top part is now entirely disconnected from the bottom.

Step 3: Take It Apart: the Top

To take apart the top you need:
- An X-acto knife or pin
- A small philips (+) screwdriver

To take apart the top, you need to remove the 4 rubber pads on the corners. Remove these either with a pin or an X-acto knife. Poke either of them under the edge of the pad and lift it up. Stick the pads somewhere so you dont lose them.
Next, remove the 4 philips (+) screws.
Slide the top half ay from the hinge area until you can pull it off of the rest.

Step 4: Apply the Glue

For this stepyou will need:
- Super glue or your glue of choice
- A cotton swab

To apply the glue, pull the crack apart and put some glue in the crack. Try not to get any on your fingers, or you will be washing them for about 1/2 an hour trying to get the glue off. Press the crack together for about 30 seconds (Or put a clamp on it and leave it for a while) let the glue set for about 15-30 minutes. Super glue generally takes about 5 minutes at most. Wait a while before handling it though.

Step 5: Reassemble the DS

Now put your DS back together in the reverse order that you took it apart. (In other words, do everything you just did backwards)

Now your DS has been cured of FHS! (floppy hinge syndrome)

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