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  1. Nintendo 3DS Wi-Fi Board Replacement, Back Cover: шаг 1, изображение 1 из 1
    • Unscrew the four Phillips #00 screws along the top of the back cover.

    • The screws are held in place by locking washers, and will not come out of the back cover.

    • The comments section is full of unlucky souls who will tell you that the screws here through step 4 will strip incredibly easily. Press down fairly hard, and go slow.

    #00 screwdriver is too big... probably need a #000

    thomascroguennec - Ответить

    #00 will work - but you must press down firmly and sort of jerk the screw out a few degrees at a time. If you don't press firmly, the screws strip very easily. Using #000 will strip the screws more easily.

    Tai -

    I used a #0 without any issues and 0 stripped. I used the #0 for all screws internally and externally. The head was sharp and I applied adequate amounts of pressure when loosening the screw.

    Ben Kevan -

    The correct screwdriver should be a JIS, or you can get a screwdriver specific for the 3DS from other sites for less than $2

    Oscar - Ответить

    do you have to buy it

    deeznuts -

    Where would I buy a screwdriver specifically for the 3DS? Also would it work on the DS? I need to replace the battery for my DS.

    Caitlin Lumsden -

    I used Phillips #000 and it worked like a charm, i need to order a new SD board or do you guys think i should send it. What happened is that it got water damaged and everything works fine when i opened it everything looked fine no signs of water corrosion everything on the 3DS works exept it always give me a message saying the SD card is locked and i know for a fact it isnt locked i already tried using 3 different SD cards and none of them are lock protected and yes they are formatted as well. I need help

    Leo Torres - Ответить

    there's a switch on the SD card, switch it and it will be unlocked again. it happened to me once too.

    Bagel -

    david hodson you are incredible. literally all you need to do is heat the screen up and pry it off and you make them take apart the whole thing

    melody - Ответить

    You've done this?

    magykmaster -

    I have to ask the same question. If just the glass display is broken, and you're heating it up to remove the glass, is it really necessary to remove everything? Doesn't like like it is necessary

    Wade -

    I just did it your way and it went fine. didnt even have to remove the battery. This is incredible misstep on the authors part.

    patrick -

    only take out the screen for a motherboard removal? Are you using the wrong guide or was this guide used for two different repairs?

    Reed Deemer -

    I used a PH0x50, but it wasn't easy.

    John - Ответить

    This may be a dumb question but where do I buy the 3DS upper screen?

    John - Ответить

    eBay... Just do a search for the 3DS Upper screen. $9.49 & it comes with the tools.

    Gary Darnell -

    The LCD screen I ordered came with all the tools I needed except a pair of tweezers. All in all it was about $14.00 and a little bit of my time.

    Gary Darnell - Ответить

    Does anyone know where I can find the right bumper button for a 3ds? I can't find it on ebay must of damaged it playing smash bros.

    Steven Castro Parrilla - Ответить

    Really wish I had read the comments first... How about instead of the warning saying to press down hardly and go slow, you say to use the correct screwdriver size like others mentioned in the comments. I not only stripped multiple screws, even after putting a glove on for more pressure, I bent my screwdriver from pressing down so hard. Granted it's a cheap jeweler's kit screwdriver, but it still would've been nice to not have that problem and be informed of the right size in the first place.

    hockeymorgan35 - Ответить

    Got my tools one day after ordering, as I live a couple hours away from the supplier, Will post again when i try guide.

    nintendokakashi - Ответить

    I tried doing this with a #00 Philips but it just didn't turn

    Acrobatic Mars01 - Ответить

    Hello there, I need some assistance I have done a full housing replacement I have everything working except the 3d slider . The 3D option is always on can someone let me know which flex it is or what I am forgetting . Thanks guys !

    Noe Ibarra - Ответить

    The 3D light lets you know there is a 3D option available for the current game you’re playing. Usually, it is always on, except when you’re playing a game that doesn’t support 3D. Turning the 3D slider off does not turn off the 3D LED.

    Scott D -

    I've always been lucky with these four, and at the time it was my first disassembly so I didn't know what stripping a screw was!

    FarmYard Gaming - Ответить

    These screws don't strip easily, however, the screws at step 4 do.

    TheBlueInkling -

  2. Nintendo 3DS Wi-Fi Board Replacement: шаг 2, изображение 1 из 2 Nintendo 3DS Wi-Fi Board Replacement: шаг 2, изображение 2 из 2
    • Hold the device in one hand and turn it over.

    • Grab the top edge of the back cover with your opposite hand so that the cover does not fall back into place.

    • Flip the 3DS over again so that the back cover is facing up.

    • Pull the back cover up and away from the rest of the device to remove it.

    Rember to transfer the model number sticker to the new cover

    Caleb Mezenberg (Caleb) - Ответить

  3. Nintendo 3DS Wi-Fi Board Replacement, Battery: шаг 3, изображение 1 из 3 Nintendo 3DS Wi-Fi Board Replacement, Battery: шаг 3, изображение 2 из 3 Nintendo 3DS Wi-Fi Board Replacement, Battery: шаг 3, изображение 3 из 3
    • Insert a plastic opening tool into the notch in the lower case above the battery.

    • Pry the battery up with the plastic opening tool.

    • Grab the top edge of the battery and lift it out of the lower case.

  4. Nintendo 3DS Wi-Fi Board Replacement, Lower Case: шаг 4, изображение 1 из 1
    • Remove the nine 6.3 mm black Phillips screws from the lower case.

    • These screws will strip very easily unless you use the correct size bit. Apply pressure to the screws while turning to avoid stripping them.

    • Remove the 2.4 mm silver Phillips screw above the game cartridge slot.

    Had to give up at this point. Tried using the ifixit #00 phillips screwdriver to take out two screws and ended up stripping them.

    Demios - Ответить

    Stuck at the same spot, those screws are in there really tight.

    John Pasula - Ответить

    Ruined my screws because of incorrect head, thanks!

    3dsuser - Ответить

    I had so much trouble with these screws, I gave up. Unfortunately, I can't accept failure so tried again. I figured out if you turn it right before you loosen it worked. Maybe it was just me, but I turned it right then kept pressure as I turned to loosen. I was surprised I hadn't stripped any screws out.

    Nicole Bauer - Ответить

    Does anyone have any idea of how to remove these screws. I've pretty badly stripped the screws and I've gone to 20+ pages trying to figure this. I'm considering just prying the !@#$ thing.

    Vino - Ответить

    use a dremil and make it a flat head

    Ralph Prowant -

    ruined my screws here too...what the !@#$ nintendo?

    trying to survive a nuclear meltdown inside the !@#$ thing

    Hamza Jarkas - Ответить

    More like trying to subtly enforce planned obsolescence by not allowing you to make repairs to your device.

    Ullyssys -

    I used a #00 Philips 1/8" bit with no problem; however, the narrow diameter of the counter sunk hole can inhibit making secure contact with the screw head. You can be using the right bit (#00) but if the diameter of the bit shaft is too big you won't get proper contact.

    I found this to be an excellent guide. Thanks

    Dave W - Ответить

    If anyone can point me to a link to purchase the 9 screws, let me know. Contacted Nintendo and they said I'd have to send it in. Email me at xavierfflores@gmail.com

    Xavier Flores - Ответить

    Unscrewed the nine 6.3 mm screws using the J000 bit from the iFixit 54 bit driver kit without much effort & without stripping the screw heads. Just gotta really position the bit correctly on the screw to have a proper fitting & not strip the screw heads.

    STZ9 - Ответить

    The screws didn't strip but the philips screw driver did? @__@

    These are rough either way.

    John Zhou - Ответить

    I used a "Whia 273 - PH000x40" screwdriver and held it firmly pushing the palm of my hand on the yellow end of the screwdriver and rocked the screw slightly (counter clockwise and clockwise) until it started to move. Then, without letting up on the pressure I carefully backed it out. The screwdriver is excellent because it is hardened (unlike some cheapo's out there) and the very tip is blunt not sharp. If the tip is too sharp, the point will bottom out in the screw and the sides that do all the work, won't be able to fully contact the inside of the screw. This screwdriver fits so well that the screws actually stick to it once they are removed. If the screwdriver moves AT ALL when you initially try it in the screw, STOP and find a better one. Also, start with the screws in the center, somehow they seem a little easier until you get the feel for it.

    Paul -

    Push down hard and turn counter-clockwise, or push down and rotate 3DS counter-clockwise until screw is loose.

    Jonathan - Ответить

    Had the exact same problem, even tried the #000 screw driver too. Stripped the screws due to how tightly they are screwed in there and how easy they strip. I am now unsure what to do from here or if all I can do is give up.

    Sean Baldwin - Ответить

    I second the one who suggested the Whia 273 PH000x40 screwdriver. I had a terrible time unscrewing these screws, and almost stripped them using a cheaper #000 screwdriver. Also tried a 3/16" flathead and destroyed the screwdriver. I bought the Whia and glad I did. It fit perfectly and did not slip at all. DEFINITELY recommend purchasing this high-quality screwdriver. Cost about $10 but well worth it to avoid the hassle.

    pbrazis - Ответить

    The best way I found that works quite well, if you find a screwdriver or bit that is good enough: hold the screwdriver or bit with tons of pressure, and rotate the 3DS clockwise! It will come out in 5-6 rotations, you can do this step in about 10 minutes this way (put down a cloth first, don't scratch the front!)

    Gannon Trueman - Ответить

    I HAVE A WAY TO GET OUT THE STRIPED SCREW. Like you, I had screwed up and tried everything to get the screw out. Do NOT try the glue in that tiny hole, you will get the screw glued permanently in there. The rubber band doesn't work in that tight space either. As desperate as I was, I was trying anything from nail polish to cramming the screw driver in as hard as I possible could. Until I realized that I had a drill. Yes, with the smallest head, I drilled into the screw a little bit, messed with the part I was trying to get out, drilled a little more, messed around, and then finally on my last attempt, I had successfully drilled off the top of the screw rendering the part free. It doesn't matter which drill you use as long as you can fit the head into the hole. Then drill forward like you are trying to drill a hole through wood. Now the only problem is that the remainder of the screw will be stuck in its place. All you really have to do is get a set of pliers and twist that puppy out. And there you go!

    YuuChan - Ответить

    Most likely though, if you have all the other screws out and only have one striped screw, the part should just pop off and you wouldn't have to drill the entire head off the screw.

    YuuChan - Ответить

    Got a brand new #00 screw drive and it striped the first time used it. So now I'm using eyeglass repair kit screw driver and it lasts longer that the one I got of of eBay.

    Acrobatic Mars01 - Ответить

    And I tried all of those tactics that people have been giving and none of them are working.

    Acrobatic Mars01 - Ответить

    The wiha 273 PH #000×40 unsrews it easily! It has a magnet on it!

    Najee - Ответить

    I’m cant get these %#*@ screws out i want to die…

    FRØSTBIT3 - Ответить

    Oh god, someone help i can’t get them out.

    Mark LaPierre - Ответить

    omg everyone is struggling in here smh. I used my PH000 screwdriver made sure it went in aligned to the screws and applied pressure while turning counterclockwise. once it started the screw started lifting i stopped applying pressure and they lifted beautifully. saved damaging my screws with this technique. I also used the same screwdriver size to remove the orange screw where the game slot is. Yall are welcome lol

    Evelyn Avalos - Ответить


    I was stuck on this for an hour. If your screwdriver is very thin, you won't get the grip necessary if your screws are on tight. I thought my screws were stripped but I switched to a bigger screwdriver and it was effortless. Just MAKE SURE IT IS A 00 PHILLIPS HEAD.

    brendon - Ответить

  5. Nintendo 3DS Wi-Fi Board Replacement: шаг 5, изображение 1 из 3 Nintendo 3DS Wi-Fi Board Replacement: шаг 5, изображение 2 из 3 Nintendo 3DS Wi-Fi Board Replacement: шаг 5, изображение 3 из 3
    • Lift the bottom edge of the lower case off the rest of the 3DS.

    • There are still two ribbon cables connecting the mother board to the case, so be sure not to pull the lower case all the way off.

    • Use a plastic opening tool to pry the shoulder button ribbon cables off their sockets on the motherboard.

    • Remove the lower case from the device.

    When assembling, make sure that L ribbon is inside the case and R ribbon is not under the aluminium battery case. I got them both cut accidentally and had to replace :(

    Marek Jakóbiak - Ответить

    Man muss die Folienkabel für die Tasten nicht unbedingt abziehen wenn man einen Gegenstand dahinter stellt, an dem man den Deckel senkrecht anlehnen kann.

    Jean - Ответить

    Don't listen to the german guy. It's very easy to pop back

    Bruno N - Ответить

  6. Nintendo 3DS Wi-Fi Board Replacement, Wi-Fi Board: шаг 6, изображение 1 из 2 Nintendo 3DS Wi-Fi Board Replacement, Wi-Fi Board: шаг 6, изображение 2 из 2
    • Slide the flat end of a spudger under the corner of the Wi-Fi board, and lift it away from the motherboard.

    • The Wi-Fi antenna cable is still connected to the Wi-Fi board, so you cannot completely remove the Wi-Fi board yet.

  7. Nintendo 3DS Wi-Fi Board Replacement: шаг 7, изображение 1 из 2 Nintendo 3DS Wi-Fi Board Replacement: шаг 7, изображение 2 из 2
    • Lift the Wi-Fi board off the motherboard and rotate it so that the bottom side is facing up.

    • Use the flat end of a spudger to pry the Wi-Fi antenna cable connector off its socket on the Wi-Fi board.

    • Remove the Wi-Fi board from the 3DS.


To reassemble your device, follow these instructions in reverse order.

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I know someone who needs to have the wifi card removed from their DS for multiple reasons. If these steps are followed and the card is just removed will the 3DS still work to play games? They want to use it to play games only and do not want access to the internet.

brwnsrule - Ответить

Did this job, but the wireless is still not working. Any suggestions?

tech man - Ответить

Get a new wi-fi card. That is the only thing I have found to work.

afdflol82 -

will a 3ds xl wireless card fit within a 3ds? I am on Ebay looking to buy a replacement part but i can't find a proper replacement.

Daniel Garcia - Ответить

Hi David, i know this is an older guide, but you just saved me from buying a new 3DS. The wifi board had come lose in a drop, with your help i managed to reattach it and bring it back into working condition.

Thank you!

Michael Friis - Ответить

Hi David what if you drop your 2DS on the Floor

Lindseyreimer - Ответить

Does anyone know where to buy a replacement wireless card?

victoriagallant - Ответить

What if you broke the black cord that connects to the WiFi card? Can that be fixed also?

Drew Master345 - Ответить

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