So you spilled water on your DS Lite and fried the motherboard - sad day! But don't fret, just replace the motherboard and get back into the game!



  1. Nintendo DS Lite Motherboard Replacement, Battery: step 1, image 1 of 2 Nintendo DS Lite Motherboard Replacement, Battery: step 1, image 2 of 2
    • Unscrew the Phillips screw securing the battery cover to the lower case.

    • The screw remains captive to the battery cover.

    • Pry the battery cover upward with a spudger or fingernail, and lift out of the lower case.

    A Phillips #000 (PH000) seems to give a more secure fit (no slipping) than the stated Phillips #00.

    Ritchie - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

    I'm having a problem getting the screw to unscrew. I have the right Phillips ( it was included with all the stuff I got this) Any tips. it doesn't look like the screw is spinning but i haven't played my Nintendo DS Lite for 3 years.

    whittlegirls - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

    bonjour j’ai une petite question pour vous fais trés longtemps que j’ai pas utiliser mon nintendo ds lite et quand je le branche il allume 1 fois orange après il s’enteint même s’il est brancher ça veux tu dire qu’il faut que je change de batterie ? Merci

    Marie-Julie Richer - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

    Soit un changement de batterie, soit la carte-mère a peut-être un court-circuit :/

    Polaris -

  2. Nintendo DS Lite Motherboard Replacement: step 2, image 1 of 1
    • Wedge the edge of a spudger in between the side of the battery and the lower case housing and pry upward to dislodge the battery.

    • Remove the battery from the DS Lite.

  3. Nintendo DS Lite Motherboard Replacement, Lower Case: step 3, image 1 of 2 Nintendo DS Lite Motherboard Replacement, Lower Case: step 3, image 2 of 2
    • Use the tip of a spudger to pry both rubber feet off the DS Lite.

  4. Nintendo DS Lite Motherboard Replacement: step 4, image 1 of 1
    • Remove the following screws securing the lower case to the body of the DS Lite:

    • Two 4.3 mm gold Phillips screws

    • One 3.9 mm black Tri-Wing screw

    • One 3.3 mm silver Phillips screw

    • Three 5.5 mm silver Tri-Wing screws

    Not mentioned is to remove the jumper/connector below the word "SLOT-2". Case WILL NOT separate otherwise.

    Kayla - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

    In the separation step below, the third picture show the case with the jumper/connector removed.

    Kayla - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

    I cannot remove the tri-wing screws.

    Zach Smith - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

    Same to me. I tried opening the case by force. Broke several parts of the motherboard…

    Leon -

    I can't remove the final tri wing screw in the battery section and it looks like I grinded the screw out too much for any screwdriver to work.Is there anything I can do?

    Quintin Harbin - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

    From what I know, the only solution is to drill the screw out with a very small-headed drill :/

    Polaris -

  5. Nintendo DS Lite Motherboard Replacement: step 5, image 1 of 3 Nintendo DS Lite Motherboard Replacement: step 5, image 2 of 3 Nintendo DS Lite Motherboard Replacement: step 5, image 3 of 3
    • Remove the cover from the Game Pak slot before continuing.

    • Insert the edge of a spudger in between the lower and upper case near the top right corner of the DS Lite.

    • Carefully run the spudger along the right edge of the DS Lite, creating an opening in the process.

    • Continue running the spudger along the backside of the DS Lite until the majority of the lower case has been separated from the upper case.

    Don’t forget to remove the GBA cartridge placeholder before removing the backside

    Cees Jan de Boer - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

    You forgot to mention to remove the battery compartment Phillips screw.

    nathan lowe - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

  6. Nintendo DS Lite Motherboard Replacement: step 6, image 1 of 1
    • Lift the lower case away from the rest of the DS Lite.

    • Pull carefully. Some units are sealed with adhesive, and pulling too hard can damage the power switch.

    • When re-assembling, make sure that power switch and volume sliders are properly aligned with the switches on the motherboard.

    When you reassemble, make sure that you have the volume and power buttons in place, and make sure they are in the right position to line up with the switches on the motherboard. If they are not aligned, you risk snapping off the tiny switches on the motherboard (in which case, you are in for some soldering work).

    Eric - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

    I should have read the comments first - broke off the power switch because I didn't know about aligning it. No way I can do soldering, guess it's for the dustbin :-(

    Emma -

    Whoops, remembered the power button but forgot the volume slider.

    I'll do it later.

    analbonghits -

    There is no way that the fact you have to line up the volume and power switch toggles upon reassembly is not in this guide. I just carefully followed this guide to replace the shoulder buttons but ruined my DS lite because I didn’t read these (practically hidden comments due to the design of the website) comments and broke the power switch. Thankfully there are 150 million DS I can buy second hand but “repeat the steps backwards” wasn’t sufficient in this repair. And that’s what this website is for.

    Ryan -

  7. Nintendo DS Lite Motherboard Replacement, Trigger Buttons: step 7, image 1 of 2 Nintendo DS Lite Motherboard Replacement, Trigger Buttons: step 7, image 2 of 2
    • Lift both trigger buttons out of the DS Lite.

    • The trigger buttons are held in very loosely by small metal pegs and springs. Don't lose track of these pieces.

    • The second picture shows the correct configuration of the trigger assembly for reassembly purposes.

    Anything after step 7 is unnecessary if having to replace the left or right trigger button(s).

    Nate River - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

    The second picture does not show the correct configuration of the button spring. It should be flipped. Look at the trigger on the left of the larger image; that is the correct configuration.

    wrekone - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

  8. Nintendo DS Lite Motherboard Replacement, Wi-Fi Board: step 8, image 1 of 1
    • Use the flat edge of a spudger to pry the Wi-Fi antenna connector straight up from its socket on the Wi-Fi board.

    There is absolutely no need to follow steps 8-13 if like me, all you needed to do was access the face buttons for cleaning/replacement. Once you have unscrewed the motherboard from the front casing you can just flip it up, making sure you take the front screen with it. You will have full access to the buttons and all of their contacts. No need to remove the wifi board and microphone cable, etc. Also, replacing the ribbon cables for the screen is especially frustrating. Avoid taking them out at all costs, if you can.

    James McCarthy - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

    what is the "etc."?

    Rita Cao -

    For those replacing the bottom screen, you can just skip to step 13 and go from there. No need to remove the wifi board, antenna, etc.

    lowestseries - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

  9. Nintendo DS Lite Motherboard Replacement: step 9, image 1 of 1
    • Use the flat edge of a spudger to pry the Wi-Fi board connector straight up from its socket on the motherboard.

    the i was working on had a different wifi connector. i thought a had broken it but the thing underneath it was just to balance it on the motherboard.

    BigD29853 - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

    Do you have to put back in the WiFi board? As far as I know it does not require it to play games.

    Aiden Harlin - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

    With the Nintendo servers now off, and all the games are playable without WiFi. That being said, I don’t know what is used for local multiplayer.

    Polaris -

  10. Nintendo DS Lite Motherboard Replacement: step 10, image 1 of 1
    • Use the flat edge of a spudger to separate the right edge of the Wi-Fi board from the motherboard.

    • The Wi-Fi board is secured to the motherboard with a layer of adhesive.

    • Remove the Wi-Fi board from the DS Lite.

    I took it apart successfully and I replaced the screen but I've put it back together and it the green light turns on for about 2seconds quiet dim, brighter for about 1 and then it turns off... I then took the wifi board out, and it turned on! What have I done to it and why doesn't it work with it and only without?!

    Brianlewis - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

    Exact same symptoms for me : on boot up, green light would stay on for 1 second, then shut down. Without wifi, green light would stay on, but blank screens. In fact, it's because on boot up, DS will check if wifi is present, and stop if there is an error. Then, it checks for upper screen, and after that, for lower screen. If one of these is not responding, DS will turn off. I check my cables (upper screen) and DS started again with no problem.

    Alexandre - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

  11. Nintendo DS Lite Motherboard Replacement, Motherboard: step 11, image 1 of 1
    • Use the flat edge of a spudger to pry the microphone connector straight up from its socket on the motherboard.

  12. Nintendo DS Lite Motherboard Replacement: step 12, image 1 of 3 Nintendo DS Lite Motherboard Replacement: step 12, image 2 of 3 Nintendo DS Lite Motherboard Replacement: step 12, image 3 of 3
    • In the following steps you must pull the antenna cable between the DS Lite game cartridge reader and motherboard. Pull slowly and stop when you feel resistance to avoid damaging the cable or motherboard.

    • Position the antenna cable with its connector facing up and away from the motherboard using a spudger to hold it down lightly in the gap between chips on the motherboard.

    • Slowly and carefully pull the antenna cable until the cable connector is under the DS Lite game cartridge reader.

    • Continue pulling the cable until the cable connector comes out from under the game cartridge reader on the right side.

    • When reassembling and attempting to feed the antenna cable back under the game cartridge reader, the cable may kink or become difficult to feed through. If so, try feeding a piece of thread through first; then, tie the thread to one end of the cable connector and pull it through, guiding it past any obstructions.

    I can't for the life of me get this freaking antenna cable back when putting everything together, it keeps getting stuck under slot-1 ... how do you aid it through? I'm just pushing it through using the cable itself, but the connector gets stuck somewhere close to the other side and the cable pushing won't do anything but flex the cable.

    Peter Marquardt - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

    I had some .015" solder that I fed through the other side and wrapped around the antenna cable to help guide it when I was feeding it back through.

    Josh McBroom - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

    Fantastic guide, although you !@#$%^&* :P forgot to add that you need a Soldiering Kit at the LAST step, thanks..

    Nate River - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

    I did mine without have to soldier, but then again I was cannibalizing the upper screen from one DS to another.

    Christopher Till - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

    Tried to add this but unsure if it will stay but here is my advice for the cable feeding.

    When reassembling and attempting to feed the antenna cable back under the DS Lite game cartridge reader the cable will likely kink and be difficult to feed through.

    Therefore tie a piece of white cotton (or another visible colour) thread tightly around the cable, just below the connector. Then feed the cotton under the DS Lite game cartridge reader and through to the other side. Then gently guide the connector back through by pulling on the white thread and moving either up or down to clear obstacles.

    Joel Spencer - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

    Attach a thread to the antenna wire BEFORE removing the antenna. Pull the antenna throught with the thread attached. After you get the antenna out, cut the thread from the antenna but LEAVE THE THREAD threaded thru the cartridge slot. Tape it to the cartridge slot so it doesn't fall out while you're working on the DS. After repairing, re-tie the thread to the antenna and use the thread to pull the antenna back thru to where it belongs. PULL GENTLY!

    J S - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

    If u remove a bit material from the cover its actually possible to rout this cable over the game card slot.

    yKekS Yzz - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

    Cable went right back thru for me! LOL!

    Kayla - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

    What I do is run the antenna cable between my fingers to get it as straight as possible. Then I gently feed it under the cartridge slot slowly with the connector facing up. I stop at the slightest resistance and jiggle it back and forth to get it going again. Works every time.

    Deepak - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

    it was ez until i tried to put it back >:(

    RealUmbreon440 - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

  13. Nintendo DS Lite Motherboard Replacement: step 13, image 1 of 2 Nintendo DS Lite Motherboard Replacement: step 13, image 2 of 2
    • Use your fingernail or the edge of a spudger to carefully flip up the touchscreen ribbon cable retaining flap.

    • Make sure you are flipping up the retaining flap, not the socket itself.

    • Use the tip of a spudger to pull the touchscreen ribbon cable straight out of its socket.

    The little black ribbon clip broke off and now I can't put it back on. What do I do now???

    Peter Diaz - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

    Same Problem here :( touc dosnt work anymore

    Christian Zimmermann -

    There should be an added caution remark when removing the ribbon cable from the connector. If the black clip breaks, you're screwed. I have found the connector on another website for about $6. Then the issue is having the right tools to remove the broken connector and soldering on the new one.

    Ted - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

    How in the world do you get the ribbion cable back in there?

    brent buser - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

    I think this is the most difficult step! You need to be most cautious here!

    Karsza M - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

    This requires care to make sure the black clip does not break off. If it does, replacing that connector will be a microsoldering job likely to exceed the value of the board.

    It is also worth noting, that you can simply leave this connector as you found it and not remove the ribbon cable, and still complete this repair. Unless you intend to remove the lower LCD from the mainboard or if it is interfering with the microphone cable (white) routing, it will not be an issue.

    Leaving this connected will also help keep the lower LCD from flopping around when you remove the mainboard.

    Christian DeYong - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

    This is tricky! I used my finger nail to open it since I was scared to put too much strenght with a spudger. Be really careful when moving the retaining flap. Just open it 90°, no more or you’ll breack it!

    Putting back the ribbon of the (new) touch screen was the hardest part. The ribbon was bent to the side and my fingers too big to grab it withouth bumping on the mother board.

    I finally found that holding the mobo with my left hand, looking at the ribbon from behind and pushing it with my index was more convenient, although my index was bumping on the retaining flap, thus partially closing it. After many trials and sweat, I finally inserted it and closed the flap! But the ribbon detached from te slot! :’( I put it back easily this time (after reopening the flap of course). And closed the retaining flap, pushing a bit harder this time, making sure I could feel a “click” confirming the proper closing. Don’t put too much strenght on it though!

    The slot to insert it is so tiny! Use a magnifying glass if you can.

    Guilhem Gobet - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

    How do I reconnect the cable? Or should it be out?

    Aiden - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

    The microscopic flap came off in this step and I think you can’t ever put it back on, given you have no space to work with. This should really be explained better.

    Julien Vandermeersch - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

    Yeah the instructions should clearly say don't bend the flap back more than 90 degrees. I recommend closing it as soon as you remove the ribbon cable so that it doesn't get caught on something and break while you're working on the board.

    Deepak - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

    Has anyone had any luck replacing the retaining flap if it just falls out? Mines not broken, I just can't figure out how to get it back in.

    IslandGo - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

    This step permanently ruined my DS Lite. The pictures aren’t helpful at all.

    Leon - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

    You don’t need to remove this flap if you’re not removing the touchscreen (and even so, you can do it later). The touch and LCD screen can come out with the motherboard, so this cable doesn’t interfere with the disassembly.

    George Marques - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

    The cable won’t go back in, and got damaged whilst I attempted to put it in.

    Stevemmaahd - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

  14. Nintendo DS Lite Motherboard Replacement: step 14, image 1 of 1
    • Remove the two 3.4 mm Phillips screws securing the motherboard to the upper case.

  15. Nintendo DS Lite Motherboard Replacement: step 15, image 1 of 1
    • Open the display enough to use your finger to push the front edge of the motherboard up and away from the upper case.

    • Do not try to remove the motherboard, as it is still connected to the upper display via the upper LCD ribbon cable.

  16. Nintendo DS Lite Motherboard Replacement: step 16, image 1 of 2 Nintendo DS Lite Motherboard Replacement: step 16, image 2 of 2
    • Use your fingernail or the flat edge of a spudger to carefully flip up the upper LCD ribbon cable retaining flap.

    • Make sure you are flipping up the retaining flap, not the socket itself.

    • Pull the motherboard away from the DS Lite to separate the upper LCD ribbon cable from its socket on the motherboard.

    • Remove the motherboard from the DS Lite.

    • Now you may open the retaining flap for the lower LCD screen in the same way and separate the lower LCD screen from the motherboard.

    this part on putting it back together is a straight nightmare, anyone got some tips on doing this quickly? i'm just getting a flickering bottom screen which is supposed to be an upper display connection problem, not sure if i'm getting the ribbon cable in deep enough. or an up close view of it in there so i know im not forcing it

    Corbin dallas - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

    I don't think there's a quick way for this, but I can tell you that the piece at the end is supposed to fit in all the way, and stop when you get to the corners of the bottom of it. A better way to explain this: put it in until you no longer see the gold part of it, or until it reaches the orange part of it.

    SquidCake -

    After my first reassembly, the top screen was not working (bottom screen briefly flashind and DS turning off imediatly after swithcing on).

    I found out it is the top screen that is not connected correctly.

    You have to insert the ribbon until the part which is wider than the rest of the ribbon, almost bumps on the white connector.

    This was too difficult with just my (too big) fingers. I used the spudger to push the ribbon from behind and maintain it when closing the retaining flap. This is kinda tricky, but it worked!

    Guilhem Gobet - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

    Guilhem's point is crucial - the ribbon connectors wider wings must be only a miniscule fraction away from the connector, or you'll get the flash screen of death. This is well worth checking especially as the later stages of manipulating the ribbon through the silver ring (if doing a full shell replacement) can make you feel like you're damaging the ribbon cable. Also check to make sure the black clip is fully closed, otherwise even the smallest movement during reassembly will pull it back out.

    Casey - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

  17. Nintendo DS Lite Motherboard Replacement, Motherboard: step 17, image 1 of 1
    • Motherboard remains.

    When reassembling, be very careful with the location of the sound and power switches on the board - they must line up with the position of the external switches or you will very easily break the connectors and lose out on a motherboard.

    Sanjay Fisk - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0


To reassemble your device, follow these instructions in reverse order.


Matthew Newsom


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Hey I took my do lite apart to repair the mic but then I saw that it would be risky do I put it back to tether carefully and now when it turns in the bottom LCD screen flickers then shuts down after the two speakers make a tiny pop sound, I did plug the top LCD screen cable back in but now I'm sad cause it's my first ever do before my 3ds, please help

frodypup - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

Just checking but did you make sure to reinsert the tiny ribbon cable from step 13? might be something tiny you overlooked?

enekuda -

Is there any way to replace the socket for the touch screen? I bought a used DS lite with a non working screen and when I opened it I found out that the flap was broken

Juan Carlos Ramirez Chegue - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

Hi, I was trying this and everything works, but my left trigger button on the motherboard came off. I tried resoldering it and test it and it works… too well. As in it's constantly being pressed on, or it's registering constant button presses, even though it's not being pressed on. When I resoldered it, it only had 2 metal contact pins at the bottom. If I can get help for this as soon as possible, the repair will be complete.

Andres Guerrero Maldonado - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

The “microphone connector" is actually the digitizer ribbon, the microphone runs through the same cable as the top screen. Just a minor thing I wanted to point out.

[deleted] - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

Omg the thing with the thread to bring the cable under the card reader is GENIUS

Asher - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

how do i put it back together step 12 is ez untill i try to put the wier thru

RealUmbreon440 - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

Worried I fried my replacement board. Replaced just fine, but when I did a quick power check before I closed it up, the battery fell out and now it won’t turn on at all. The battery still turns on my old board even tho it’s separate from the chassis, but not with the new board.

Caleb Suttenfield - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0

Step 13 needs beter images. The ribon cable for the touch screen is secured in place by a black tiny flap. If you loose the flap the touch screen looses its capabilities to be such thing. by far the most dificult step in the guide.

aaron - crwdns2853112:0crwdne2853112:0



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