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How To Fix Many DS Lite Problems (Mostly Fuse Issues)

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Guide Provided By: Gaming Generations
Estimated Time: 15-30 minutes
Experience Level: Intermediate
Items Needed: Fine tipped Phillips screwdriver, Triwing screwdriver, 15-30 watt soldering iron, multimeter (optional), pointed object (pick, small knife etc.) pliers (optional) 500 mA fuse (optional).
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This tutorial generally fixes the "flickering on then off" charge light issue & also the "no charge light comes on after system is plugged in" issue on DS Lite consoles. We recommend replacing the fuse(s) below. Please note if you plan on bridging the connection and do not plan on replacing the fuse(s) you are doing so at your own risk. If you do not use a fuse and something happens like it did the first time around to make the fuse blow out, the entire motherboard will be shot.

IMPORTANT NOTE: If when turning on the system the top screen flashes white for a split second and then the system turns off it is most likely a bad top screen and not a fuse.

1) Take apart the DS down to the motherboard. The section we will be working on is inside of the red below. If you need help taking apart your DS VIEW OUR GUIDE. We will be working with the F1 & F2 fuses. Typically when there is a short in the system one of these fuses will go down and the system will not be able to charge and/or power up correctly.

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2) The F1 fuse is located below. Typically this fuse is still in working condition. If your DS Lite does not charge after plugging in the AC or car adapter, the F1 fuse is normally the problem. You can test the fuse to see if it is still good w/ a multimeter. Carefully remove the fuse with your soldering iron. I recommend replacing it w/ a 500 mA fuse.

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3) The F2 fuse is located below. It's easy to figure out if this fuse is bad. Simply plug in the power cord, the light will turn orange for a second and then instantly turn off as if it is not being charged anymore. Note that if the top screen flashes white quick and then the system turns off it is most likely a bad top screen. Again test this fuse w/ a multimeter to see if it is still good. If not then replace the fuse. This fuse is a bit more difficult to get to than the F1 fuse.

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4) Below is a picture of an F1 fuse that has been replaced.

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5) Below is a picture of an F2 fuse that has been replaced.

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6) If you want to bridge the solder connections, below shows how it should look on the F1 fuse. Again we have never heard of any problems after doing this, but do this method at your own risk.

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7) The F2 point is also bridged below.

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7) If you are still having issues with the system not wanting to charge, it may be the charge transform as shown in the picture below. We do not sell these pieces unfortunately, but check out the below update for a work around.

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UPDATE: You can easily get around having to buy a new charge transform by simply connecting the points as shown below w/ tiny wire or by bridging them together.

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8) If your DS Lite does not want to turn on still, it may be the L2 inductor. Below is a picture of the piece. Sometimes this piece can actually fall off. If you hear a rattle inside of your DS it may be the L2 inductor that has come loose. Try to carefully open your DS as you do not want to lose this piece. You can solder on a new L2 inductor or if yours did bust off and you actually find it you can solder the old one back on. Like the charge transform we do not sell the L2 inductors.

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Hopefully your DS is now in working condition again!


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