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Nintendo DSi Upper LCD/Speakers Replacement

Replace the upper LCD and speakers on your Nintendo DSi.

This guide will walk you through replacing the upper LCD on your DSi.

Passo 1 Upper LCD/Speakers  ¶ 

Use a pushpin to remove the four plastic screw covers (highlighted in red) on the front bezel. Use a pushpin to remove the four plastic screw covers (highlighted in red) on the front bezel.

Passo 1 Upper LCD/Speakers  ¶ 

  • Use a pushpin to remove the four plastic screw covers (highlighted in red) on the front bezel.

Passo 2  ¶ 

Remove the four Phillips screws securing the rear bezel to the front bezel.

Passo 2  ¶ 

  • Remove the four Phillips screws securing the rear bezel to the front bezel.

Passo 3  ¶ 

Using two hands, gently slide the rear bezel upwards. The rear bezel will move only about 2 mm. Slightly close the case of the DSi and lift the rear bezel straight up out of the DSi.

Passo 3  ¶ 

  • Using two hands, gently slide the rear bezel upwards.

  • The rear bezel will move only about 2 mm.

  • Slightly close the case of the DSi and lift the rear bezel straight up out of the DSi.

Passo 4  ¶ 

Continue de-routing the microphone and Wi-Fi antenna cables through the opening located on the bottom DSi's framework. Continue de-routing the microphone and Wi-Fi antenna cables through the opening located on the bottom DSi's framework.

Passo 4  ¶ 

  • Continue de-routing the microphone and Wi-Fi antenna cables through the opening located on the bottom DSi's framework.

Passo 5  ¶ 

Remove the five Phillips screws securing the power board to the DSi's framework. Lift and remove the power board from the DSi.

Passo 5  ¶ 

  • Remove the five Phillips screws securing the power board to the DSi's framework.

  • Lift and remove the power board from the DSi.

Passo 6  ¶ 

Push the metal hinge pin inward on the D-pad side of the front lower panel with the tip of a spudger. The pin should move about 3 mm and stop. It is not necessary to try to completely remove the pin.

Passo 6  ¶ 

  • Push the metal hinge pin inward on the D-pad side of the front lower panel with the tip of a spudger.

  • The pin should move about 3 mm and stop. It is not necessary to try to completely remove the pin.

Passo 7  ¶ 

Slightly detach the lower and upper halves of the DSi. Do not completely separate both halves yet. There are several ribbon cables that remain threaded through both panels. De-route the upper LCD and dual camera ribbon cables through the slit near the ABXY side of the front lower panel.

Passo 7  ¶ 

  • Slightly detach the lower and upper halves of the DSi.

  • Do not completely separate both halves yet. There are several ribbon cables that remain threaded through both panels.

  • De-route the upper LCD and dual camera ribbon cables through the slit near the ABXY side of the front lower panel.

  • Separate the lower and upper halves from each other.

Passo 8  ¶ 

Using your fingers, grasp the microphone cable and de-route it through the hinge.

Passo 8  ¶ 

  • Using your fingers, grasp the microphone cable and de-route it through the hinge.

  • The microphone will likely pop out of its housing, so it is probably easier to completely remove it at this point.

  • De-route the Wi-Fi cable through the hinge.

Passo 9  ¶ 

Tightly coil the display and dual camera ribbon cables enough to push them through the steel hinge tube. Remove the steel hinge tube.

Passo 9  ¶ 

  • Tightly coil the display and dual camera ribbon cables enough to push them through the steel hinge tube.

  • Remove the steel hinge tube.

  • Carefully push both coiled ribbon cables through the tube molded into the front upper panel.

Passo 10  ¶ 

Pry the front-facing camera straight up out of its housing in the front bezel.

Passo 10  ¶ 

  • Pry the front-facing camera straight up out of its housing in the front bezel.

Passo 11  ¶ 

Lift the rear-facing camera out of its housing in the front bezel. Remove the dual camera cable assembly from the DSi.

Passo 11  ¶ 

  • Lift the rear-facing camera out of its housing in the front bezel.

  • Remove the dual camera cable assembly from the DSi.

Passo 12  ¶ 

De-route the Wi-Fi antenna cable from its channel in the front bezel. Lift the Wi-Fi antenna board straight up and remove it from the DSi.

Passo 12  ¶ 

  • De-route the Wi-Fi antenna cable from its channel in the front bezel.

  • Lift the Wi-Fi antenna board straight up and remove it from the DSi.

Passo 13  ¶ 

Use the flat end of a spudger to pry the right speaker straight up and out of its housing in the front upper panel. Lift the right speaker and set it on top of the upper LCD.

Passo 13  ¶ 

  • Use the flat end of a spudger to pry the right speaker straight up and out of its housing in the front upper panel.

  • Lift the right speaker and set it on top of the upper LCD.

Passo 14  ¶ 

In the same manner as previously described, remove the left speaker. De-route the left speaker cables from underneath the upper LCD.

Passo 14  ¶ 

  • In the same manner as previously described, remove the left speaker.

  • De-route the left speaker cables from underneath the upper LCD.

  • Lay the left speaker on top of the upper LCD.

Passo 15  ¶ 

Cautiously wedge the flat end of spudger underneath the upper LCD. Loosen the adhesive by running the spudger along the perimeter of the upper LCD.

Passo 15  ¶ 

  • Cautiously wedge the flat end of spudger underneath the upper LCD.

  • Loosen the adhesive by running the spudger along the perimeter of the upper LCD.

  • Lift the upper LCD by its upper right corner and remove it from the front upper panel.

Passo 16  ¶ 

Desolder the speakers from the upper LCD by heating up the solder joints with a soldering iron and simultaneously using a pair of tweezers to pull the speaker wires away from the logic board.

Passo 16  ¶ 

  • Desolder the speakers from the upper LCD by heating up the solder joints with a soldering iron and simultaneously using a pair of tweezers to pull the speaker wires away from the logic board.

  • If you have never soldered before, we have a guide that makes it easy.