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The Nintendo 3DS XL 2015, marketed as the New Nintendo 3DS XL, was released October 11, 2014 in Japan and February 13, 2015 in North America.

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Where is the Wi-Fi board on the New Nintendo 3DS XL?

I've read many of the questions and answers on this site regarding the 3DS Black Screen of Death, and many people have reported reinserting/reseating or replacing the Wi-Fi board/chip as a solution to problem.

I've watched the tear down video several times but the woman in the video made no mention of a Wi-Fi board/card during the tear down.

The New 3DS obviously has Wi-Fi; where is the board/chip located?

As a bit of background, my girlfriend bought me this New Nintendo 3DS XL last year. The device worked well up until two days ago, Aug 11 2016. It's been really hot and humid here in New York this week. I was playing Majora's Mask 3D that morning well into the afternoon. When I got to the Gerudo Pirate fortress, the game froze. I held the power button to power it off, then tried powering it back on. That didn't work.

I then removed the SD card and battery, reinserted them and that worked. I went to the settings to change the date and time back to the proper date and time. After returning to the home menu, the screen remained black with the power light on; no backlight, no Wi-Fi light, the charging light still working when plugged.

I reinserted the SD card and battery a second time, ignored changing the time, and went to the Browser. The Browser worked, I attempted to go back to the home menu and the screen froze on the transition. Now reinserting the SD card and battery no longer helps; the screen remains black as detailed above.

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From what I can find. the Wi-Fi appears to be the component in the middle of the main board that disappears between step 12 and 13 in the guide.

Nintendo 3DS XL 2015 Motherboard Replacement

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Actually, that piece is the 3DS's SD card reader. But underneath the orange surrounding it, there is a black piece attached to the reader. Maybe that's the Wi-Fi card?

Edit: I've checked under said piece, and there are no identifying marks on it. I don't think that it's the Wi-Fi card.


The chip is an Atheros and should be marked as such.


Ah, thank you Mike. Looking a at the teardown again, it does say Atheros Wi-Fi SoC.

Do you believe that's something I can just take out and put back in with no tools? I don't know much about electronics, but is it some sort of plug like the L/R/ZL/ZR and Game Reader attachments to the board?


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