How do you fix a DS game card that won't play on your DS?

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#1 Posted by GspotDeluxer (1662 posts) -

My cousin has Mario Kart DS and when it is inserted into the DS it does not play. The DS doesn't recognize that it is inserted.

It says, " No game card inserted "

Does anyboby have any suggestions of what i should do?

Any one have similiar problems?

#2 Posted by meimnobody (5565 posts) -
You sure it is a legit card? Breathe onto it otherwise. Make sure the DS is fully charged.
#3 Posted by thisguy51 (5319 posts) -
maybe your cousin spilled something on/in it or its just plain busted.
#4 Posted by jacob33301 (766 posts) -

My cousin has Mario Kart DS and when it is inserted into the DS it does not play. The DS doesn't recognize that it is inserted.

It says, " No game card inserted "

Does anyboby have any suggestions of what i should do?

Any one have similiar problems?

GspotDeluxer


i have the same problem.. it takes like 7 tries to get it to work.. and i didnt spill anything on it..
#5 Posted by GspotDeluxer (1662 posts) -

Well he says nothing happened to it. I have tried putting it in other DS's and still nothing. Blow/Breath thing, i did that.

Still no working.

#6 Posted by GspotDeluxer (1662 posts) -
anyone else got any suggestions.
#7 Posted by Dark_Eagle80 (3517 posts) -
Call Nintendo if you recently purchased it new. If you recently purchased it used return it to the the store where you purchased it at.
#8 Posted by rgsniper1 (9341 posts) -

I'm going out on a limb and saying maybe try cleaning the contacts with a small eraser. Most of the time the problem you are describing is because the contacts in the DS have worn down from use, but in this case it is most definatly the game at which point maybe it just needs to be cleaned (ie how people get pc memory to work when it's not making good contact), an eraser.

Haven't tried this myself as this is first time I've heard of the problem with a ds game, but it just might work.

#9 Posted by Glock_13 (93 posts) -
that sometime happens to me
#10 Posted by GspotDeluxer (1662 posts) -
Interesting i think it might be from clicking it in and out of the DS after like a year or so. I might tell him to do the eraser thing, thanks rgsniper1.
#11 Posted by meimnobody (5565 posts) -
Don't use an eraser. Does no one remember the cheap way of cleaning NES/SNES carts by using a wet q-tip with a certain substance rubbing alchol or was it hydrogen perioxide?
#12 Posted by roywood1 (996 posts) -

I have the same problem with my trauma center and whenever that happens i pull out the game, shake the cartidge lightly (key word) blow a little bit into the ds slot, turn on the ds (without the game) turn it back off, push in the game and turn it back on and it usually works. However, I think of that as more of a ritual rather than a real way of fixing it (kinda like how i turn on the NES with my old copy of joust its hilarious but it always works)

#13 Posted by especensor (3180 posts) -
i've got the same problem! it just won't fix though. first it started small hwere a quick re-insert would fix it. but now it takes 50 tries or more to get it working. if at all. i gave up after that.
#14 Posted by dannieman91 (1 posts) -
same thing with my pokemon platinum game
#15 Posted by flowersjf (2856 posts) -
Probably try the q-tip alcohol solution.
#16 Posted by korino55 (587 posts) -
It might be occurring because the game has been taken out or the system turned off while the game was running. Just a suggestion.
#17 Posted by jorler333 (891 posts) -

Am I the only one getting NES flashbacks?

#18 Posted by Coolyfett (5079 posts) -

Don't use an eraser. Does no one remember the cheap way of cleaning NES/SNES carts by using a wet q-tip with a certain substance rubbing alchol or was it hydrogen perioxide? meimnobody

It was alcohol....PSP owners do not have this problem lol.......

#19 Posted by Burning-Sludge (4068 posts) -

Get new card?

#20 Posted by meiaman (3300 posts) -
2 years post, i guess the guy must have solved his problem by now. :P
#21 Posted by krusher1919 (1 posts) -
omg same problem its gay i havent played it for months its bean in a dresser drawer were nothing could spill on it i mean ive tried cleaning the cip part with a q-tip well if u or anyone can help plz do
#22 Posted by dan_plus_o (2240 posts) -
NO!! Not the eraser thing... OMG whats with people thinking an eraser is going to clean electrical contacts. If anything it will damage them further. Best method to clean electrical contacts is with rubbing alcohol. Use a lint free cloth or a q-tip. Wait a good 5-10 minutes to let the alcohol evaporate before sticking it in your DS.
#23 Posted by Graboola (249 posts) -

Why has this thread been resurrected a second time? lol

#24 Posted by Hydrassas (2 posts) -

Why has this thread been resurrected a second time? lol

Graboola
Because it's still an issue, i bought pokemon platinum off of ebay the other day and it's doing this. When someone says an alcohol based solution would methylated spirits fit under this category? i don't want to screw up the game card seeing as i spent $40 on it.
#25 Posted by kaitthefearless (1 posts) -
Ok so I just got a new game for my Ds and when I tried to play it, it didn't start up. I looked inside the game slot and I saw this blue stuff crusted onto the reading thing. I was wondering if I could use the rubbing alcohol with the q-tip on the inside, or would that just mess up the DS even more?
#26 Posted by Jimmisullivan15 (1 posts) -
I have a ds game that won't save what should I do? I've tried to save it about 20 times and every time it says "Save Failed." Please reply if you know what is wrong and how I could fix it please. The game is Pokemon Mystery Dungeon Explorers of Sky
#27 Posted by thecayden (1 posts) -
I Don't Know What I Did But I Was Using An Action Replay And After That Night The Game Will Turn On To The Title Screen And Everything BUT When I Get To The Gameplay It Will Go Black And Play The Title Screen Music.........Anyone Please Help I REALLY Love This Game Lots Lots And Lots
#28 Posted by hydralisk86 (8494 posts) -
[QUOTE="Graboola"]

Why has this thread been resurrected a second time? lol

Hydrassas
Because it's still an issue, i bought pokemon platinum off of ebay the other day and it's doing this. When someone says an alcohol based solution would methylated spirits fit under this category? i don't want to screw up the game card seeing as i spent $40 on it.

It could be that the copy you bought was a knockoff.
#29 Posted by narutofano1 (1 posts) -
i do my ds wont play any ds games it makes me mad they work in my brothers ds im jealous help me
#30 Posted by Tujiaxing (126 posts) -

Where did you buy the game card? If the card has problem, i think you should get a replacement or refund!

#31 Posted by DSREPAIRCASE (5 posts) -
The same company that made the UMD Replacement cases, Multimedia Recovery, has a solution for this out now. It's a DS Replacement Game Case. You can take apart your old game clean the contacts off and re-case it in a cool new case! Here's a link on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Nintendo-DS-Replacement-Video-Cases-Repair/dp/B0048G3HTS/ref=sr_1_16?ie=UTF8&qid=1289325097&sr=8-16 . You should see it on the website and eBay soon as well. www.umdcase.com
#32 Posted by Adam_the_Nerd (4403 posts) -

Don't breathe or blow! You'll get microparticles of your saliva on it! Suck on it or blow compressed air into the cartridge instead! Really. I'm serious. After, turn on your DS, run pictochat or something for a bit. Shut it off. Pop the cartridge in slowly and apply slow, steady pressure until it clicks. Make sure it is FLUSH with the slot. Rub your finger back and forth a couple of times to make sure it is flush and nicely in there. Turn it on.

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