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This Nintendo DS Lite was released in 2006 as the successor to the Nintendo DS. Getting inside this device is simple, making for easy fixes.

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DS dropped in a sink of water, is it Dead?

My son dropped his DS in a sink full of water. Of course it no longer works at all. No power up, no life what so ever. We've since replaced it with another DS, but we still have the carcus of the original water soaked DS, and if it can be fixed, I would like to try.

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Whether or not it can be fixed is ultimately unknown, but you can try. Here is the link to the device page:


You can use the guides to take the DS apart to 1: get it dried out 2: check for and repair any damage caused by the water.

There will likely be oxidation on connections, and basically anything metal inside. You will want to clean this with >90% isopropyl alcohol and cotton swabs. The oxidation will usually be a white or green powder. Blow off what you can with canned air, then swab the rest. Be sure to use at least 90% alcohol, any lower percentage is diluted with water, and that would defeat the purpose.

Good luck!

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I really bring it with me in the shower and I saw it charged and I havent use it for a long time and I am trying to open it up but I can't find anything that will fit the bolt


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not to be redundant, but this is how i did my first DS repair. A buddy from work brought it in just to see if i could do something with it. I cleaned it as stated above and it worked just fine again. Water damage is tricky (Coke damage much worse) but alcohol is the answer.

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Fantastic..we've lots of nintendo questions at the moment, so if you'd like to help out answering them?? :-)


yes, I think i'll become more involved here though DS systems are my newest project Ive done enough of a variety of repairs to at least be of some help :)


Always good to have a specialist join....welcome to ifixit...;-)


+ I look forward to learning from you, welcome


What do I do if it has been out of use for years since it happened?


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Instead of takeing a part ,you get a bag of rice. Put the device in the bag of rice and bury it in rice but not cooked rice and wait 48 hrs.

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@hopefullmanx83 absolutely not. Rice does not do anything. It is the equivalent of doing nothing. ifixit has long adapted the philosophy that this myth about rice as a tool must disappear. Read more about that on here


I dropped my New Nintendo 3ds in the water and now only the blue light turns on for like 5 seconds then turns off again what can I do to fix it or should I just get rid of it? Can someone help me please


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