DSi XL Top LCD Screen Replacement Tutorial

This tutorial will show you how to open the top half of your DSi XL and replace the top lcd screen. To get to the top screen you have to completely disassemble your DSi XL so this tutorial will also be useful if you need to get to the motherboard or replace a cracked case.

You can purchase a new DSi XL Top LCD screen in the Zombie Store. .

Stuff you will need:

  • A few small screwdrivers (phillips #00, flat head)
  • Ziplock bags for screws and small parts
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dsi xl back screws Remove the battery and the other 9 screws shown in the picture.
dsi xl back cover cables Take the cover off the bottom half of the DSi Xl and disconnect the two cables shown from the motherboard. These connectors will likely pop off on their own as you remove the cover.
dsi xl motherboard screws Remove the 5 motherboard screws shown in the picture.
dsi xl power board screws connectors The power / d-pad board is next. Remove the 7 screws that hold the power board.
dsi xl power board cable clasp

Lift up the black clasp and remove the flat cable that connects the power board to the motherboard.

dsi xl power wire connector This is the connector that provides power from the power board/battery to the motherboard. Use a flathead screwdriver to lift the connector up and out.
dsi xl power wires disconnected

This is the power connector removed from its slot.

dsi xl wifi mic wire connectors Remove the wifi board and disconnect the mic and wifi antenna wires.
dsi xl camera cable Lift up the black clasp and disconnect the camera cable from it's slot in the corner of the DSi XL motherboard.
dsi xl top screen cable Lift the motherboard and the bottom lcd screen out of their slot and flip them over to expose the DSi XL top lcd screen connector.
dsi xl lights Remove the shoulder light assembly.
dsi xl top screen cover screws Remove the four screws next to the top lcd screen.
dsi xl top cover removal Slide the top half's cover forward a bit. You should then be able to lift the cover off.
dsi xl top cover disassembly You can now see the top screen and the other components. Remove the screw labeled #3 and lift the metal cover out of the way. This will allow you to remove the microphone and pry the front camera out of its slot. Then you can remove the wifi antenna labeled #1 and pop the speakers labeled #2 out of their slots.
dsi xl camera mic removal Here is a picture of the metal plate out of the way and the camera and microphone removed.
dsi xl case hinge Flip the DSi XL back over and use a screwdriver to push the hinge into the top half of the case.
dsi xl case hinge moved This is what you'll see when the hinge is pushed to the side.
dsi xl case separated Now that the hinge is out of the way you can separate the two halves of the case. The only things keeping them together are the camera and top screen cables.
dsi xl top cables The two cables can be removed by sliding them through the slot in the bottom half of the case.
dsi xl top cable removal Roll the camera and top screen cables into a tube and push them through the slot as you remove the top screen and the camera. You'll need to reuse your old speaker and the top screen cover. The cover is attached with some adhesive and should peel right off. Stick it on your new screen.
dsi xl speaker wire position The speaker wires are soldered to the screen. Remove them and solder them to the new screen. Reassembly is the reverse of removal.
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