To work on the PSP, you need a #00 screwdriver , the #0 and #1 are a little too
large. The faceplates and joystick controller are real easy to replace.
(All Pictures and Illustrations are in the Spoilers)
1. First, open the PSP's battery cover. There are 6 screws on the back, and 1 on the bottom. Inside the battery cover, you
will have to remove the small decal.
2. Now that the case is open, you can get to the joystick control. It's held in by 2 screws. That's the
faceplate and all the buttons right there. The faceplate can now be changed and put back together. If
you want to continue, read on. The best way to do this is to try and remove as much as possible
while disconnecting as little as possible. The photo on the right shows how several cables can be
left connected when changing the shell.
3. Gently slide the button bar away from the little tabs in the case. Always use great care when prying
on a display screen. If you pry with a metal tool, you will almost certainly crack the screen and ruin
it. If you feel you must pry, use something plastic or wood and be gentle.
4. The photo on left shows the power switch board. In the bottom red circle is one of the clips that hold
the board in place, the other is right behind that cable. Circled in blue is the power switch itself.
Remove the screw to release the power jack circled in red on top. Remove screw circled in blue in
center photo, this will release the L key assembly. Photo on right shows right shoulder button, part
of the R Key assembly.
5. On this type of connector, you lift on the little tabs that are circled. Notice the backlight connector
on the left, try not to remove it because it is very difficult to put back in.
6. On this type of connector, you carefully lift the black part of the connector, usually a fingernail is all
7. Carefully disconnect the ribbon cable underneath the display. Now if you need, you can get to the
display and backlight by carefully separating the display frame.
8. Remove the screws on the display bracket and remove it. You may have to push the door release
button to get it loose. Remove the remaining screws and unplug the 2 drive cables. Remove the 4
screws circled in red to take the drive out.
9. Remove the speakers shown on left, the door spring shown in center and memory card board
retainer shown on right.
10. To remove the memory card door from the retainer, cut the little plastic "welds" with a small
pair of cutters.
11. When you put it back together, just make sure you add the parts shown on left first and you'll be
fine. Don't forget the IR sensor cover circled in red. The right shoulder button contact on the R key
cable and the IR sensor cover will need a little adhesive to hold it down. Put a little clear silicone
adhesive on the tip of your screwdriver and smear it on there. The silicone adhesive, shown on
right, is an absolute must for having around anyway. If you make a mistake, it can be peeled off, yet
it's strong enough to hold almost anything. Almost any store has it.
The PSP is a good easy repair, just use extra care with the cable connectors. It may appear
complicated looking at all the photos, but it's real straight forward. If you have some screws left
over, no big deal, it won't weigh too much. Just be patient and have fun with it.
If you have any questions, don't be afraid to ask.