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» How To Repair a Sony Play Station Portable (PSP)

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No new product will ever pop out of the box, particularly one as long awaited as this one, without its fair share of problems, bugs and glitches. New reports are surfacing still, after this period of time that says PSP has defects or problems or one issue or another.
Among those reports of common problems are dead pixels on the screen, UMD drives which are broken and even some analog nubs that don’t work. Additionally are a few not worth mentioning. That the PSP will eject when you twist it, one hand going one way and one hand turning the other direction. The other says that the UMD will pop out when it is twisted.

My answer to that would be, why are you twisting it in that fashion in any case? Is there a point to SEEING if you can deliberately break it and then whining about the fact that it hasn’t the power to stand up to a grown persons muscle?
Another report says the the LCD screens are not air tight and will in fact get dust inside them.

In point of fact that is indeed true, and they do get dust in the cases, which can in fact be fixed quite easily without taking them to a repair center or sending it back for a lengthy wait while they are disassembled.

It can be fixed by removing it and wiping it clear of dust or other debris carefully.
To do that you will need to disassemble the unit.

To begin to disassemble it there will be a need to remove the seven screws from the case on the back of the psp.
Turn over the psp and remove the battery. You will see a ‘warranty void if removed’ sticker placed there.

Mental note, the warranty doesn’t cover dust in the screen, so if you want it out, you have little choice but to remove it yourself; and voiding warranties is what electronics freaks and computer geeks do. Buy yourself a Think Geek tee shirt that says “I void warranties” gather your Snap-on screwdrivers and get moving.

Always place the screws in a zip lock baggie or on a magnet to hold them while you are working. Otherwise when it comes time to put it back together guess what you’re going to be searching for.

You will see that there are three types of screws that need removal. When you’ve accomplished this the face plate will come off of the unit, if you pull up on it GENTLY.
When you have accomplished that, slide the small screwdriver under the lip that is located on the left aspect of the button bar and slide it up so that the bar is disconnected from the housing. Be very careful not to lose the contact (which is made of rubber) for the thumb.

Unplug the button bars flex cable next by lifting that tab up toward you and sliding that cable out. Be extremely careful as these are very weak in nature and will break easily if you twist and turn them.

This flex connector requires extra care, as if you force it into a certain position you would cause more problems than youi’ve fixed.

The left side of the LCD screen has a metal bracket that holds the LCD in place.

You will need to unhook that side of the LCD by sliding your flat head screwdriver between the LCD housing and the mounting bracket for the LCD.

Once you have accomplished this task, very slowly pop the tabs and the LCD screen will come out. Pull out the other side equally slowly so that you don’t damage it and then turn the LCD at a ninety degree angle so you can access that connector cable. Lifting the clamps on the connectors, you will see brown clips, which are the only aspect that will lift up.

Don’t wipe the LCD until you have something reasonable to wipe it with.. Before you even try it, try using canned air to see if you can dislodge any loose dirt or dust. The LCD screen is a very delicate aspect of the PSP and will in fact scratch incredibly easily.

The micro fiber rags aren’t really a good bet for dusting this off as it will leave as much lint as it takes away dust. Probably the best bet to clean it is one of the screen cleaning cloths that can be purchased for the screen of your lcd monitor, or failing that, a very soft paper towel such as those used for cleaning glasses.

Rather than wiping it, dust gently across it, so that whatever dust or debris is on the screen doesn’t scratch the actual screen.

To the pixel death issue, we truly have no good repair that can be effected at home by the user, however, there are multiple good repair services out there who seem to be making some inroads into fixing those things which are reported PSP issues.Web sites are springing up by the literal hundreds which are offering to repair the PSP for nominal prices such as thirty dollars to fix your UMD issues or a bit more to look into all three.

That being said, the UMD Door repair can be effected at home, however its not quite as easy as it might sound yet it can be done. (Bear in mind that if you do repair your own PSP you are probably effectively defaulting on the warranty.)

Open the system using the two screws holding the UMD door in place. You’re going to need a precision Phillips head, a flat head screwdriver and a umd door.

Take out the button bar by sliding a tip of the screwdriver under the left side of it and slide the screwdriver up til it is disconnected. Unplug the flex cable that leads to the button bars.

Take out the LCD or prop it up gently to prevent scratching it. Start by removing the pink star screws, and very gently pry the brace out toward you. When the tabs are loose from the pad, press the latch to open the umd door. Gently wiggle it free of the hole on the backside.

Again with the flathead screwdriver and VERY EASILY, pry the hinge to the side and out. If you force it you will probably break it so do be gentle with it.

Seat your UMD door Properly. Slide the left corner into place, and make sure that the metal housing is connected to the inner door. Press the clip on the right side in and make sure that everything is opening and closing properly before you reassemble your psp.

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