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PeanutFan14_
 
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Alicee
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5/17 5:00pm
Sometimes my DS games don't work on my 2DS but work other times. They work if I hold them down it is kind of like they don't always slot in properly. The games always work completely fine on my DSi. Does anyone know what how to fix this?
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PennyGwin
 
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I don't know of a fix, but I just wanted to let you know that you're not alone in this happening on 3DS-family hardware. I have a New 3DS that has had this issue on and off since day one, and as it got older it got worse and now has the same problems with 3DS cartridges as well.
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col3janes
 
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Travis
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5/26 6:26pm
Hey there! I usually have this problem with some of my old games too! I have a quick and safe fix for that! and you probably have what you need to get the job done!

The connectors on your cartridge are what helps the game to be read in the system and sometimes they get super dirty over time! The best way to clean it is to use Rubbing Alcohol For DS games i usually use a toothpick and a paper towel to clean the connectors. You pour some on a paper town and use the tooth pick and wrap it around to get between the plastic on the connectors. asnd clean them off. it's a bit tedious but it should get the job done for you! This method works on a lot of cartridge games.


I hope this works out for you!
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Courtney
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I have a new 3DS XL, and when a DS game does not show up, I remove it and blow into the slot, always works after that. Not sure if that'll help or not, but I feel it's worth mentioning.
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Came here to say rubbing alcohol lol! A toothpick and some paper towel can definitely get the job done, but a cotton swab can work too! Just as long as you can get the rubbing alcohol onto the contacts to get them clean!

"...when a DS game does not show up, I remove it and blow into the slot, always works after that."
Now, while this does usually do the trick, be careful about blowing onto your game cartridges/cartridge slot! While it can do the same thing that rubbing alcohol would (that is, removing any dust/dirt/debris that would be causing your system to not be able to read the contacts), this can be dangerous for your system/game over time. Basically, blowing into a cart or slot can cause moisture from inside of your mouth to get on your game and system, and doing this repeatedly can cause the moisture to build up on the contacts, causing them to rust or deteriorate. So even though this is a classic way of getting your cartridge-based games to work, its not recommended!
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