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DS lite green light comes on, top screen flash,then switches off

Ds lite, was working fine before it dropped. Now, green light comes on momentarily (about 2 seconds), then green light increases in intensity for a further second, then the top screen flashes white for a split second (bottom screen does nothing - just blank), and the whole thing then switches off. I have changed the top screen, bottom screen/touch screen (both from other units and tested). I have checked fuse 1 and 2 with multimeter and both appear ok. When charger plugged in, orange light comes on, for a short while then goes off, presumably this indicates a fully charged battery. I have removed and reinserted all 3 ribbon cables (top screen, bottom screen and touch screen) at least 30 times. Nothing has made any difference!

Can anyone, anywhere, please, offer me some advice? If the desciption of the fault sounds like something that happened to you, and you fixed it - please let me know!

Thanks in advance!!

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  • david_joh472 Jun 27, 2009

    Hiya, thanks for replying, L2 is still inplace, and seems secure. Anything else you could suggest?




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The green light comes on... the screen flashes white for a split second... then it shuts off. I don't think it's the battery because the light flashes green

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Check L2 near the power switch on your DS mobo. That part usually get loosen or taken out when you drop your DS. And usually you can recover it when dismantling your DS.

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    That sounds like a mobo failure, maybe water damage alike, not to easy to repair but you can still check the bios to see if loosen, that is the small chip metal cased near the slot 2 where the wifi cable connects, without that none will work at all, so unplug it and plug in again to see if you are lucky.

    BTW: the bottom screen and the green led blink when the top screen is broken, but your DS have something weird, think about buying a DS for parts on ebay, you might need a working mobo.


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This is a surface-mount capacitors. L2 on the motherboard. this component sits right next to the power switch. It looks like a rectangle. This part easily falls off the board and will cause this to happen. You might be able to here it rattle around if you shake the system. not to hard, don't want to knock something else off. very easy to fix.

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I have exactly the same problem. In my case the bottom screen only flashes for a second before everything goes dead.
In the meantime I may have killed D7 (close to F2) which made the situation worse since when I power on now nothing happens at all.

Have you been able to fix it yet?

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