EvilDragon mentioned this in one of his recent videos.
I had ordered several types of DS hinges and finally got around to trying them over the weekend.
The result is by using an OEM Original Nintendo DS Axel Hinge the Pandora’s lid will ‘lock’ open at 162° versus the normal 180°. Like a DS with the new hinge you can still push the lid all the way open if you desire.
This is the position my Pandora now 'locks' in when open.
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EDIT2: The dealextreme “Screen Shaft Hinge for NDS” also works the same way
NOTE: The OEM DS hinge looks like the picture below. It has shiny metal and flat ends not stepped. The ball bearing locks into a corner and not into a groove in the middle.
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The original DS hinge comes in two parts, a long and short axel; I used the longer one in the Pandora.
The NDSi /XL/LL hinge will NOT work (without modification) as it is of a slightly different design.
The DS Lite hinge is the same as the longer of DS Phat hinges. I tested one and it works.
WARNING: Changing the hinge in the Pandora requires taking most of the entire unit apart. You have to figure out how to get the lid open and if you are unfamiliar with how the Pandora is assembled YOU LIKELY WILL BREAK SOMETHING trying this. I previously ordered several spare parts from the nice ladies at openPandora sales, including several LCD cable sets. I ended up killing the LCD cable in the process and had to replace it. It was definitely worth it to me, but I advise that you order some spare LCD cables first if you plan on attempting this mod.
Edited by dgame, 30 August 2011 - 02:43 PM.