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replace the on off switch on a nintendo ds lite..? Answered

just replaced the touch screen on my daughters ds lite.. all seemed well until whilst trying to put the case back on i broke off the tag on the switch.. can someone advise me on how easy it is to replace the switch..
fat fingers..


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mayday295 (author)2010-06-01

I did the same thing, I know I can solder it back on without too much problems, but I can't seem to get the broken one off first!! I was trying to float the solder and desolder it all at once, but that didn't work-- I ended up removing one of the transistors or something, (which I was able to fix). I also tried removing all of the solder joints with copper braid but cant seem to get the solder underneath all the parts. Anyone have any suggestions!?!

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Hiyadudez (author)2009-11-11
Hmm... the same thing happened to me.. my dad replaced the switch.

My dad wrote this:

First you have to open the case. For this you will need a tri-wing screwdriver (widely available on Ebay). There are many instruction sites on the web to assist you here. Take the battery out first.

Make sure you have an anti static wrist band though, or you may short out the motherboard and then the whole process would be wasted !

Be careful when opening the base as the tow shoulder buttons will spring up and you may lose the small springs.

Once open, you will see the switch on the edge of the motherboard. The switch will requrie to be de-soldered from the motherboard (again not for the faint hearted). Again you risk shorting the board if you are the clumsy type. The new swich itself is easily obtainable from Ebay for around £5 ($10).

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what kind of solder should i use and should i desolder the old stuff off first?

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ecknight6754 (author)2009-11-11

i did the same thing on a ds lite i replaced the case on as long as you can solder its very simple to replace. just remove the board and removed old switch and solder down new switch and reassemble.  but this time be extra careful not to sheer of the tab

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