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December 28th 2009 12:07 am

L+R buttons busted... fix or game suggestions?

Yeah, so my L+R bumpers stopped working a long time ago, and the DS has been mostly collecting dust. I'd like to revive it. If anyone knows a fix and can post a link, that would be great. Barring that, suggestions for awesome games that do not use the L+R buttons would be good. Thanks in advance for any advice.

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Holy crap! It worked! You guys are awesome. I guess after all those years of blowing into an NES, I should have thought to try that. :) Some traditions never die... LOL. The only bad thing about this is that I had traded in my Mario Kart because I thought I'd never be able to play it again without buying another system. Oh well, at least I'm back in action. gdgt rules!
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Again, I owe you big time for the recommendation. The blowing trick is continuing to work, but since I have to keep doing it, there must be some gnarly pocket lint floating around in there. I have the screw driver to take it apart and clean it, so that is on my to-do list. Thanks to you all, though, I am finally playing the DS remake of Final Fantasy IV and it is turning out to be one of my favorite RPGs. It is so much better than the original. :) Next in line... Chrono Trigger, which I never got to play on the SNES. Thanks!!!
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I've read a few guides over the past few years on how to fix this, and they mostly surround on cleaning the contacts as they can get quite dirty after constant use.


Or if you don't have a can of compressed air lying around, put your lips around the L or R button, form a perfect seal and blow air into it (just like we all used to do on game cartidges).
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Seriously... put your lips around the shoulder buttons and blow! I am NOT kidding, my right trigger has been dead (on and off) for over a year, but one good huff and it cleans the contacts out and gets it back up and running for days/weeks at a time before needing it again.
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