Install Directions for Nintendo DS

Some notes regarding installation

The PulseVU 2 is recommended to use in the Nintendo DS because of its smaller PCB size than the 2X. If you need to make the PCB even smaller, you can carefully cut off the resistor and two pads on the right side of the chip, as they are only used for the Wii.

We have not determined how many LEDs the Nintendo DS can support, so install at your own risk. Adding LEDs will also decrease your battery time.

The installation of this device has been made as easy as possible by using only large pads on the motherboard. The installation of this device does require soldering and some soldering experience is recommended. Be very careful when routing your wires from the PulseVU to the install points to place them where they will not be pinched when closing your case back together. You are wiring directly to current supplied by the power supply and improper installation can permanently damage your console. Opening your console will also void your manufacturer's warranty. That being said, if you have soldering skills and are comfortable opening your Nintendo DS, this install should be quick and easy for you.


The main installation of the PulseVU 2 in the NDS consists of 6 wires soldered to the top of the motherboard. The PulseVU may also be stuck to the top of the motherboard with double-sided tape. Make sure to not block any holes with your wires and to isolate your PulseVU from the metal shielding and other electronics with electrician's tape.

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Adding LEDs

The PulseVU 2 can support up to 360mA of LEDs, which is about 18 LEDs. To connect them to the PulseVU, simply power them with the same point used for + (VDD3.3) or VDD5 and connect the cathode (negative) side of the LEDs to the VU pad of the PulseVU. Use the appropriate resistor(s) if necessary. A stock Nintendo DS does not have much, if any, good locations to put LEDs, so for best results with your PulseVU, we recommend using a clear third-party shell for your NDS. When placing your LEDs, be sure to not block any buttons or holes that would interfere with normal operation.

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