DS Broken. Bent contact. Need help.
I love my DS very much. It's fat and it's red, but it's been my companion for quite some time now. Longer than its warranty period, even.
Last night I was having trouble getting games to read. I'd pop in a game, nada. Pop in a different game, it works. This was concerning me, especially because this is a DS, and getting "disc read errors" wasn't exactly something I had mentally prepared for.
Anyway, I grab my trusty flashlight and take a peek inside "Slot 1," and horror of horrors, one of the contact pins is bent out of position. I tried my best to capture this on camera:
The pic is a little fuzzy, but you can see the pin all bent out of shape. Apparently it can make intermittent contact sometimes, but it doesn't always contact and I'm worried that repeated game-jammings will cause it to break.
Here are possible causes for this hardware failure, as far as I can tell:
- A misbehaving game cartridge. Cooking Mama is officially on notice
- Leaving the DS in my bag without a game in it. maybe I did this?
Anyway, I tried to re-align the pin last night using a small screwdriver and a technique that can best be described as "poking at it," to no avail.
My next step is probably going to be purchasing a "nintendo screwdriver" and disassembling my DS.
From what I can tell via the information supertubeway, after I remove the back plate I will discover something like this:
Does anyone know whether that metal plate is at all removable or whether I will be able to manipulate the pins from the other side?
Anyone have any other suggestions of freeing my DS from it's silent prison?
oh, and here are some suggestions that I am not particularly interested in, by the way:
- Trying to get gamestop or someone to buy it in its current state
- buying a DS lite. not in the budget right now
- Paying someone more than a nominal charge to fix it
Thanks PA for your help. Once my nintendo screwdriver gets here I'll let you know how it goes.