Picture of Repairing a Nintendo DS Lite
This applies only to the Nintendo DS lite!
(See bottom for possible info on repairing an original DS.)

You may email me directly at my user name at gmail dot com--I would recommend this over using PMs.

NB: Read carefully: my text and the comments probably address all the issues you're likely to run into. Also, consider reading my original repair guide on the NDS (affectionately called the DS phat), as well as the comments on both Instructables.
Spend the extra time going over these instructions carefully: why jeopardize several hundreds of dollars in electronics with hasty skimming?

These instructions address how to:
-Replace the touch screen*
-Replace the bottom LCD screen*
-Replace the top LCD screen
-Replace the shell/hinges
Of a DS lite
(* denotes partial instructions: I didn't actually replace these, but I tell you how you'd go about doing so.)

Tools needed:
-Jeweler's screwdriver (Philip's head/cross-head as well as flat-head)
-Tri-wing screwdriver
-Pliers, if you are replacing the top screen and/or the shell
-Soldering iron, if you intend on replacing the top screen
-De-soldering wick or pump (useful if you're replacing the top screen, but not entirely necessary)
-A needle or hobby knife might be useful in prying off some of the rubber screw-covers
-Double sided tape might come in handy with replacing any of the screens.

You will be manipulating very small screws and delicate wires, and a soldering iron so make sure you are aware of what you're getting into. (i.e. If you have trouble plugging in the toaster in the morning, you may wish to reconsider this repair.)

Where to buy these components & tools:
-The top, bottom and touch screens will be cheapest on EBay. They will likely be shipped from Hong Kong, so it'll take two or three days longer, but it'll be a whole lot cheaper in the long run.
-Shell replacement kits are pretty common on EBay as well
**Note! If you want to swap the colors of your shell, be aware that the frame around the touch screen is part of the touch screen and will remain the same color, regardless of shell kit. (See photo.)
-Triwing screwdrivers themselves are not especially expensive, but you will probably have to look around in shops nearby, or scour EBay to find one that's reasonably priced--shipping charges are usually ridiculous. (Some sellers might include one in a shell replacement kit, so keep that in mind.)
Don't get too caught up in trying to purchase all these items from the same EBay retailer: buying all these items from the same retailer would have cost more, even considering the combined shipping discounts. Do some price comparison!

If you need help replacing the top screen on an original DS, refer to this set of instructions. If you are trying to repair the bottom LCD or touch screen on an original DS, those instructions won't help much, but I'm not too sure how much the DS lite instructions coincide with the original DS's.
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BrendaB92 months ago
BrendaB92 months ago
I need help bad I bought a DS lite it powers on with and without game but without it has strange language to set up date time b day and color, with it in its just blank screen can someone please help me.....
JacobP66 months ago

my friend sold me one for 3 bucks and the top screen is broken

JacobP66 months ago

My friend gave one to me and the top screen is always whit

gabe2023910 months ago

my screen keeps change ing its color it has lines of random colors and it is hard to see besides replacing the top screen or get it fixed what can I do

gabe2023910 months ago

my screen keeps change ing its color it has lines of random colors and it is hard to see besides replacing the top screen or get it fixed what can I do

hey, ive taken my ds lite apart to replace the hinge and case and now it wont turn on or react to being plugged in or at all. any ideas on how to fix this??
JohnTrahan2 years ago
TY so much! now my system comes on and STAYS on! AGAIN! Thanks! You are now a bro in my life!
promotions3 years ago
This is quite an interesting instructable. It is quite useful. You can also find some interesting guides to repair your Nintendo DS lite at Nintendo Repair Shop, they have a lot of information that will help you.

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cadegennaro5 years ago
My son decided to "wash"his DS Lite, because (his logic now) he brought it into the bathroom with him and he said it had germs on it. Anyway, long story short, he submerged it and I took out the battery, let it sit out for a couple of days and then put the battery back in it and charged it. It charged like it usually does and when I flick on the power switch, it flashes for a second and the top screen flickers for a micro second and then I hear a clicking sound and then it powers off. Is there any hope of replacing any parts on this DS? What might be damaged?
Hi, when you sau the top screen flashed, does the bottom screen not flash at all? if so then the bottom screen needs to be replaced.
I read in a forum, that usually means the screen that flickered has died, replace it and it should work fine. Dont quote me on this, i have a DS with the same problem, i'm currently waiting for my screen to come in and i'll know for sure then.
SjayS3 years ago
Hey i dont know if u can help but i'll try cause i've really searched the net with no luck. I was going to fix my ds lite game slot, since i had only one pin missing i took it from another slot and just soldered it. So now my ds can read games BUT in the process of fixing it i had to take apart the game slot and now when i put it back together the mechanism that clicks doesnt work. I have to drag the game out instead of the click.

Theres a small part inside resembling a staplers clip but i dont know if im putting it in the right spot inside the gameslot, above the plastoc part that is heald by the spring...

Anyway a long shot, most people just replace the whole game slot but im in kinda of a hurry and cant wait for a new part...

ttom23 years ago
i spilled milk on ma bros dsl and when he plugs in charger orange light comes on for 1 sec the turns of anyway to fix this

Try to clean the circuit board with distilled water, This happened to my sons ds as well.
khill144 years ago
My son's ds will only work if the lid is halfway open, if we continue to open the lid any further it automatically shuts down. Can somebody pls help me.
koohiisan4 years ago
This gave me the encouragement to try to replace my top screen again. Thanks! I blogged it on my site with photos too.

ivolpe4 years ago
i have a ds lite that haas a broken power buttion and won't charge. How do i fix it? If i can't, shouldi buy another one?
andomonir4 years ago
Just thought I'd say that I followed your tutorial and I successfully replaced a cracked NDSLite case.

Many thanks!
drogers34 years ago
I went and did nearly everything correct when I closed the ds lite the white cable got cut in two places. Anyone know if this is fixable? I convinced my brother I could replace his screen if he bought the parts and now this is the only problem so any help would be great.
ryzellon (author)  drogers34 years ago
There's only one white wire that I'm aware of, and that's the microphone wire (step 6, first photo). If that's what you've cut, you may be able to splice it back together, or purchase a replacement (googling "ds lite microphone wire" turned up some hits).

Good luck.
Night9104 years ago
Hey, I replaced my top screen. The first time, I had some columns of pixels out on the left side. So, I tried again, and the messed up pixels stayed, but this time, the entire screen was gray as well. So, I've tried like 3 more times, but still the same result (gray with columns of pixels out). Idk what happened, and I tried checking the ribbon cable, and I' pretty sure it's on right. Wht do you think's the problem?
rasta_bhoy4 years ago
hey, i have the same exact problem with my top screen. i think that the ribbon just messed itself up because sometimes it works fine like say in the morning, but gets messed up later in the evening. in the morning there is some fuzziness akin to that of an antenna tv, but then later in the evening my top screen would be like that one pictured above. is there any way to just replace or resolder the ribbon cable or am i really forced to buy a new lcd all together?
oh, i haven't dropped it in any way shape or form. i was just playing it one day and tried a new rom out, and at first i just thought that it was a faulty rom, and that some part of the programming or ripping, or whatever, messed the graphics up but i played mario after a few hours and it was the exact same thing. i use an r4 clone, not that i know that it is not significant but in case whoever might be reading it might go "huh, rom, ripping??" i typed it there anyways
James H4 years ago
I dropped my ds lite. Now the only thing holding the top screan on is a few orange wires, when I turn it on the top screan is fine then slowly goes darker, the mic doesnt work, the right directional button and L only work if you push them down really hard. every thing else works fine. What do I do to fix the top screen?
James H James H4 years ago
And I have never dropped it in water or anything like that. also 2 bits came off, tthe bit above the lights (yellow and green) and the little thing that is between that and the botom of the top half ( I think it's the hinge, maybe) AND IT STILL SOMEHOW WORKS!!!!!!!!
James H James H4 years ago
I just bumped my ds and now the top screan is completely white and nothing gets displayed. What is wrong with the top screen?
wat.4 years ago
What is the unhappy cry face at the top screen up there?
jwystup4 years ago
Tape on the buttons is a great idea!! When I replaced the touch screen, I wound up breaking the power switch. I had to buy a new one and replace the old one (not easy - desoldering the old one and soldering on a new one). But now it works! Thank you :)
chanman7895 years ago
Milk got spilled on my sister's DS Lite. I can barely see the screen on it. How do I fix it????
fishgish5095 years ago
part of my sisters touch screen won't work PLEASE REPLY!
hey take the square around the touch screen it is on the touch screen take it off then clean the part that the that square that laying on
Nvm her touchscreen got damaged when she was taking off a screen protecter
Leo1165 years ago
hi plz help me my top screen is blank then it shows the image when u turn it on then it freezes the top screen while the bottom screen plays fine
Leo116 Leo1165 years ago
plz help me
Leo1165 years ago
also my dsl top screen one day had green weird lines around the screen then one month later it turned blank
Leo116 Leo1165 years ago
plz help me
shadowz666 years ago
it only plays gba games(meaning, it shows 'Play GBA game' on the Menu and lets me play the GBA game.It says, say, 'Mariokart DS' on the menu, but when I select the ds game it shows a blank screen)
ur screen probably died or most likely the ribbon cord got damaged
fendad5 years ago
hi i have replace the bottom screen and touch screen on my sons ds following all the above instructions, when everything is reasembled the ds does not turn on at all now, and if i plug it into the charger the orange lite comes on for a split second then goes out. i have checked rechecked and then checked again all the connections and cables anyone got any ideas at all?
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