Nintendo DSi XL Wi-Fi Antenna Replacement

 

Step 1 Battery

 

Lift the battery cover off the back of the DSi XL.

Remove the two Phillips screws securing the battery cover to the back of the handheld console.

Lift the battery cover off the back of the DSi XL.

 

Step 2

Lift the battery from the DSi XL.

 

Step 3 Lower Case

Remove the four rubber screw covers on the lower case by prying them up with a push pin.

 

Step 4

 

Four silver 5.3 mm screws

Remove the following seven Phillips screws that secure the lower case to the rest of the DSi XL:

Four silver 5.3 mm screws

Two black 5.3 mm screws

One black 2.5 mm screw

 

Step 5

 

Insert a spudger between the upper and lower case at the bottom left corner of the DSi.

Turn the DSi XL over, and open the display.

Insert a spudger between the upper and lower case at the bottom left corner of the DSi.

Slide the spudger along the bottom edge of the upper case to release the latches securing the upper case to the lower case.

 

Step 6

 

Lift the lower case from the front edge.

Close the display and turn the DSi XL over.

Lift the lower case from the front edge.

Rotate the lower case away from the DSi.

The lower case cannot be completely removed yet, since it is still connected to the motherboard.

 

Step 7

 

Pry the volume button/left shoulder button connector off its socket on the motherboard with a spudger.

Using a spudger, pry the SD card/right shoulder button connector off its socket.

Pry the volume button/left shoulder button connector off its socket on the motherboard with a spudger.

 

Step 8 Motherboard

 

Pry from underneath the cable.

Use a spudger to pry the microphone cable off the motherboard.

Pry from underneath the cable.

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Step 9

 

Use the pointed end of a spudger to pull the camera ribbon from the ZIF connector.

Using the flat end of a spudger, flip up the retaining flap on the camera ribbon ZIF connector.

Use the pointed end of a spudger to pull the camera ribbon from the ZIF connector.

 

Step 10

 

With the pointed end of the spudger, pull the touchscreen cable from its connector on the motherboard.

Using the flat end of a spudger, flip up the retaining flap on the touchscreen cable ZIF connector.

With the pointed end of the spudger, pull the touchscreen cable from its connector on the motherboard.

 

Step 11

 

With the pointed end of the spudger, pull the backlight cable from its connector on the motherboard.

Using the flat end of a spudger, flip up the retaining flap on the backlight cable ZIF connector.

With the pointed end of the spudger, pull the backlight cable from its connector on the motherboard.

 

Step 12

 

With the pointed end of the spudger, pull the lower display data cable from its connector on the motherboard.

Using the flat end of a spudger, flip up the retaining flap on the lower display data cable ZIF connector.

With the pointed end of the spudger, pull the lower display data cable from its connector on the motherboard.

 

Step 13

 

With the pointed end of the spudger, pull the D-Pad/power button cable from its connector on the motherboard.

Using the flat end of a spudger, flip up the retaining flap on the ZIF connector for the D-Pad/power button cable.

With the pointed end of the spudger, pull the D-Pad/power button cable from its connector on the motherboard.

 

Step 14

Using the flat end of the spudger, pry the battery cable up off its socket on the motherboard.

 

Step 15

 

A single 2.5 mm silver Phillips screw

Remove the screws securing the motherboard to the upper case:

A single 2.5 mm silver Phillips screw

Four 3.7 mm black Phillips screws

 

Step 16

Deroute the microphone and antenna cables through the slot in the motherboard.

 

Step 17

 

The motherboard cannot be completely removed yet. It is still attached by the upper LCD's display data ribbon cable.

Rotate the motherboard off the lower case.

The motherboard cannot be completely removed yet. It is still attached by the upper LCD's display data ribbon cable.

 

Step 18

 

With the pointed end of the spudger, pull the upper display data cable from its connector on the underside of the motherboard.

Using the flat end of a spudger, flip up the retaining flap on the upper display data cable ZIF connector.

With the pointed end of the spudger, pull the upper display data cable from its connector on the underside of the motherboard.

The motherboard is now free from the upper case.


Step 19 Lower Display Assembly

 

Push the lower display away from the upper case.

With the console still upside-down, open the DSi XL slightly.

Push the lower display away from the upper case.

Remove the lower display from the DSi XL.

 

Step 20 Rear Bezel

 

When re-assembling the device, be sure to re-install the ABXY and Start/Select buttons, as they are likely to fall out once the handheld console is turned over.

Turn the DSi XL over and open the display.

When re-assembling the device, be sure to re-install the ABXY and Start/Select buttons, as they are likely to fall out once the handheld console is turned over.

Use a pushpin to remove the four plastic screw covers on the front bezel.

 

Step 21

Remove the four 3.5 mm silver Phillips screws securing the rear bezel to the front bezel.

 

Step 22

 

The rear bezel will move only about 2 mm.

Using two hands, gently slide the rear bezel upwards.

The rear bezel will move only about 2 mm.

 

Step 23

 

Rotate the spudger away from the DSi XL, prying the two bezels apart.

Insert a spudger into the gap between the front and rear bezel.

Rotate the spudger away from the DSi XL, prying the two bezels apart.

 

Step 24


 

In the same manner as described above, continue prying along the top edge of the front and rear bezels.

 

Step 25

 

 

Do not attempt to completely remove the rear bezel yet. It is still attached to the front bezel by the rear-facing camera.

Separate the rear bezel from the front bezel.

Do not attempt to completely remove the rear bezel yet. It is still attached to the front bezel by the rear-facing camera.

 

Step 26

 

Remove the rear bezel.

Using the flat end of a spudger, pry the rear camera off the rear bezel.

Remove the rear bezel.

 

Step 27 Wi-Fi Antenna

 

Lift the metal bracket off the camera.

Remove the Phillips screw holding the metal securing bracket in place.

Lift the metal bracket off the camera.

 

Step 28

 

De-route the Wi-Fi antenna cable from its grooves at the bottom of the front display bezel.

Lift the Wi-Fi antenna off the front display bezel.

De-route the Wi-Fi antenna cable from its grooves at the bottom of the front display bezel.

 

Step 29

 

Use the pointed end of a spudger to guide the connector at the end of the Wi-Fi antenna cable through the hinge.

Pull the Wi-Fi antenna cable through the right hinge connecting the front bezel and upper case.

Use the pointed end of a spudger to guide the connector at the end of the Wi-Fi antenna cable through the hinge.

To replace the antenna, use a pair of tweezers to guide the connector through the hinge.

 

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Brett Hartt
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