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My oldest daughter, Ari, tripped and fell while carrying her Nintendo DS-Lite. This is something she saved for for a long time. A broken top screen led to tears. Because we all know that I'm way too soft when it comes to such things, I told her I'd see if it was something I could fix.
Enter the Internet.
Within seconds I'd found multiple sites with instructions for replacing the top screen of a Nintendo DS-Lite including a full write up at Instructables. The instructions even recommended getting the replacement screen at eBay. They said it would be much cheaper, but come from Hong Kong so it would take several days.
As predicted, the replacement screen -- as well as the special screwdriver required (yeah, I already have a full set of security bits, but I'm told there are many of you out there who don't own your own set already) -- were purchased for $9.95 + shipping. They'll be here soon.
Pre-Internet: $200 device thrown away as broken.
Post-Internet: $200 device saved with an hour of work and a $10 part.
The geeks may not inherit the earth, but they're going to make it a better place.
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I have a similar story:
On vacation in TN in Feb. this year, the right hinge on youngest son's DSLite
cracked badly. Although we never witnessed any abuse and he assured us that it
'just broke', we were leaning toward the feeling that it might have been
damaged by misuse.
I, likewise, said I'd check and see what we could do about it. 10 minutes of
searching yielded a number of sites that indicated a flaw in the DSlite and
that Nintendo was repairing them for free (not even shipping).
Co one call to the internet-provided 800 number got me a prepaid fedex shipping
label, a fixed DSlite and a very happy child.