DS Lite Top Screen Replacement Tutorial

This tutorial will show you how to disassemble the top half of your DS Lite and replace the top lcd screen. Some minor soldering is required.

You can purchase a new DS Lite Top LCD screen and in our store. If you don't want to risk opening your DS, please consider using our DS Lite Repair Service (click HERE for more info).

Stuff you will need:

  • A few small screwdrivers (phillips, flat head, triwing or Y head)
  • Needlenose pliers
  • Ziplock bags for screws and small parts
  • Soldering supplies.

Click on the pictures for a larger version.

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ds lite bottom cover removal You'll need to remove the cover from the bottom half of the DS Lite. This is covered in our DS Lite Bottom LCD Screen Replacement Tutorial.
ds lite LR buttons Remove the L and R buttons. Removing them is the easy part, but putting them back in seems to be a problem for a lot of folks. This picture shows how the button should look when reinstalled.
ds lr button spring This picture shows how the spring should be positioned to reinstall the button.
dsl motherboard screw Remove the screw circled in red.
dsl wifi mic wires

Unplug the black and white wires. Pull up on the metal part and they'll pop right off. Needlenose pliers help, but aren't necessary.

dsl top screen cable This is the top screen cable. Lift up the brown clasp on the connector and pull the cable out.
dsl top screen disconnected

The top screen cable disconnected.

dsl shell screws These two screws hold the two halves of the case together. Remove them.
dsl shell separation Slide the top screen cable through the slot on the shell and you push the bottom half of the shell to the right.
dsl top half screws Now that the top half is separated remove these four screws.
dsl top half opening Create a gap between the two halves of the top half of the shell by pushing the top cover.
dsl top half opening 2 Use your flat head screwdriver to pry to top cover off.
dsl top opened You can now see the LCD screen, speakers, wifi antenna, and mic.
dsl screen removal The screen is glued to the top screen cover. Use a flathead screwdriver to pry one side up and then pull it off completely.
dsl mic wire Remove the mic and pull the cable through the hole and out.
dsl wifi wire Do the same for the wifi antenna.
dsl top screen cable rolled Roll the top screen cable into a tube and slide it through the hole.
dsl speaker wire solder You'll need to desolder the speakers and resolder them to your new screen.
dsl top lcd cover If the screen came out with the cover still attached remove it now and place it back into the shell. It will be easier to install that way than trying to glue it to the new top screen.
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