NDS Lite: If possible, avoid repairing the top screen by yourself

April 5, 2010 at 1:19 am | Posted in Repair work | 2 Comments

The top screen of my Nintendo DS Lite was suddenly broken. I was not sure exactly what happen. Something might have fallen on top of the screen and cracked the top screen.

I decided to replace the screen by myself since it is pretty cheap to buy from China or Ebay. At that time, I didn’t know yet how hard the dissambly process would be.

Once the part arrived, I went to Youtube for any tips.  Thanks Supermodchips!

I took me almost 2 hours to replace it. Whoa…. It was quite difficult to just replacing the top screen.
I cannot understand why we have to disassembly the whole thing. Why not just the top assembly? It was a bad design for repair work.

Nintendo would probably pay quite a lot of money for the production line. There are a lot of things that are hard to assemble which cost the production time and throughput, for example:

  • The top LCD ribbon cable has to be round folded to fit into the plastic;
  • The speakers need to be soldered to the ribbon cable of the top LCD assembly;
  • It was actually quite difficult to connect the top LCD ribbon cable to the socket on the PCB. As you can see in my video below, my first two attempts failed. I then asked my wife for her hand;
  • The black wifi cable! Whoa… It must be put through the small hole underneath the game socket. I tried hundred times to get it through.

The production team in the company that I work for would complain a lot if they are asked to assemble NDSL.
Many times, we have to revise the design of our products just to make the production easier and faster in our company.
I wonder if anyone in Nintendo production line ever whinged.

So, what is the total cost? I estimated it would cost me about $75 for the part and my 2 hours time. I would not be surprise if someone charging more than $100  just to replace the top screen.

Next time, if the top screen breaks again, I would rather buy new one.
My advice: If possible, avoid repairing the top screen by yourself.

Hope you enjoy the video.


Rubik Puzzles

March 28, 2010 at 1:21 pm | Posted in Rubik Puzzle | 1 Comment

I love Rubik puzzles.
I have solved the 3x3x3, 3x3x1, 4x4x4 and the Pyramix.

This is me attempting to solve Rubik puzzles.
First 4x4x4, then the Pyramix, then 3x3x1.

Warning: No Electronics content.

Also, Watch out for my little girl.

Tilt Snake Game using MSP430FG4619LCD

October 17, 2008 at 9:23 pm | Posted in MSP430, My Projects | 3 Comments
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Utilize the accelerometer to control the snake.

Sorry, the apple might be too small on the video.

Tilt photo using MSP430FG4619LCD

September 6, 2008 at 3:40 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

This time, one photo is stored in the serial flash and displayed on the Nokia LCD.
Display is adjusted according to the orientation.

Photo Slideshow using MSP430FG4619LCD

July 25, 2008 at 8:22 pm | Posted in MSP430, My Projects | 3 Comments
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Photos are stored in SD card and displayed on the Nokia LCD periodically.

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