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PostSubject: Guide how to open up your PSP   Tue Aug 04, 2009 11:45 pm

First lets change the faceplate.
1. Remove any UMD and MS in the PSP
2.Remove the outer screws that are circled. Not the ones on the right side of the battery placement.
(If your wanting to get at the MoBo or LCD then remove them all)

Since your replacing the faceplate only, only remove the screws on the
outside border. not the two on the right side of the battery.
* The bottom silver screw (located on the bottom part, opposite the top part, which has the USB port)
* The top left black screw (underneath the battery)
* The bottom left black screw (underneath the battery and the left side of the warantee sticker)
* The top right screw (located on the back side of the psp in a hole on the outer casing)
* The bottom right screw (located on the back side of the psp in a hole on the outer casing)

Ok, now gently pull off the faceplate and place it aside.


Now get your replacement faceplate, and put the buttons like they were
when you remove the OEM faceplate. You can use the OEM with the new
faceplate if you did not get any with the faceplate.

Then just reverse what you did to put the PSP back toghether.
Also, when you have the LCD screen in the open, it will get dusty. use
a Lint-Free Cloth to wipe it clean before putting it all back toghether.

I read that there is a little bugger of a screw that makes every PSP
UMD drive close kinda crooked or not straight. Here is the screw that
you can remove to fix this.

This is a good working mod if your UMD tray is bothering you.

Wanna replace the LCD screen?
Still haveing the faceplate off, nudge around the LCD screen to pry it
up. Having done this is will become loose and movable, but still
connected via cable.

There a brown cables, flip up the clasps with a small screw driver or
tooth pick, the wide one will be a little difficult. I find starting at
one end flip up the clasp and slide towards the other end.
Having remove those the screen is free.
Now there is a peice of metal holding the screen which needs to be removed.
Pry the four tabs holding the screen.
A gentle pull will remove the screen now.
There is a small notch in the lower right of the white plastic case
holding the LCD wafer, this is where you start leveraging out the
And just pull.
Get the new screen, remove protective film on the back
Line the screen up top first, its important to get it all the way forward and then the PSP just lays in there.
Now remove the other protective layer.

Now re-attach the cables, start with the wide one first, it slides in
there quite a ways so make sure it is in good. Then snap down the clip.
Now the little one, this one is usually the hardest, note that there
are two tabs that stick out close to the end. I find pushing on those
tabs with a small screw driver helps guide it in nicely. If the screen
is laid forward the small connector cannot reach so tip up the screen
when installing the little one.

The screen wil just layback down in the PSP, snap down the sides.
And it should be up and running. Replace the faceplate to make it look normal.

1.b How to fix those annoying stuck L/R buttons

What you will need-

- A small screw driver
- A small nail file preferably (any size would do just fine)

Ok so if your having this annoying problem this is how it should look, it's not very common but i have seen it a few times
. Luckily enough its easy to fix.

So now that youve confirmed you have this problem open her up again
just like described by Ipirate and remove the R button , it is very
simple and should remove whithout much pressure

This is a photo of the psp opened exposing the stuck button

This is a photo of the stuck button being removed

Before you start doing this step, check what part of the plastic that
actually get stuck and then just use a nail file to remove some of the
plastic, put it back, test again if it still get stuck. If it does then
file down some more, Note: be careful not to remove to much or you will
end up with a lose button instead.

place it all back and screw her up , Now your ready to get some serious gaming done

1.c How to replace the analog stick

What you will need-

- a #00 or a #000 philips screw driver

Replacing the Analog Stick Assembly is one of the easiest repairs on the PSP. Here's how you do it.

Step 1. There are 6 screws holding the faceplate to the PSP console.
Remove all 6 of these screws. You will need a #00 or #000 Precision
Philips screwdriver.

Step 2. There are two tiny screws holding the Analog Stick Assembly to
the PSP faceplate. Remove these 2 screws and the assembly lifts right
off. Pop in the new assembly, replace all the screws and you're set!

1.d How to replace the umd door

What you will need-

- a small #000 phillips screwdriver
- a small flat head screwdriver
- a UMD door
Remove the button bar by inserting your small screw driver tip under
the lip and sliding it up until the button bar becomes loose like so..
Now gently life the button bars cable, by lifting it upwards and
sliding it free. Or you can keep it connected but you must be 100%
carefull that you do not damage or tear the flex cable which is a
OK so now were going remove the lcd screen to allow us to get at the
bracket, this is a more harder part as it is very fragile look above at
the guide for a more detailed instruction on how to do this.

NOTE: If you are installing a new door and do not need to remove your
old door you can either remove LCD and store in safe place or unscrew
the 2 screws and carefully work around the LCD. If you are removing the
UMD door you must remove the LCD(although i reccomend removing it at
all times to do things carefully).

Ok so lets remove the lcd brace ,Start by removing the following screws
in the photo below , note that the pink stars unscrew from behind the
battery back
Right now gently wedge the bracket outwards between your dpad and the housing of your flat head driver
Now that the tabs are free from the Dpad, You can press the latch to
open the UMD door. This allows the UMD Latch to move through the hole
on the backside of the case. Now you just wiggle her free
Again take your flathead and gently wedge to the side and out like the
pic below . NOTE: Too much pressure will break the hinge so beware
Eventually we got her loose Woo hoo!
Now to fit your UMD door correctly!

Start by sliding the left corner in first(looking from the back)
Make sure that your UMD Metal housing is properly connected to the
inner UMD door. Also make sure the spring is in its slide grove.
Press the other clip (right side) in and test to make sure your UMD
door is opening correctly.Now lets finish up by inserting the lcd back
to original status (have a look above for more info) and then screw her
back up .Once again back to your original psp with working umd door

1.e i Making the LED circuit

A Parallel circuit for LED's is a circuit which incorperates a number
of LED's together in which the same drop is shared between all LED's on
the chain. What this means to you is that each LED that you attach will
use the exact same voltage as theWe are going to learn how to setup a
simple circuit for our project. The circuit is completed in this case
by whats called a Parallel the other ones. Which results in all LED's
giving off the same amount of light. Here is a textbook example of a
typical Parallel LED Circuit provided by Metku.

So now that we have the basic structure of a LED circuit down we need
to apply this to our PSP Trigger LED Mod. I measure out the lenth of
wire I will need for my project so I have it handy (especially if I am
planning to do more then one modification that day.) As you can see
from the image on the left we have the wire soldered to the positive
conductor, then to the resistor (hidden in the electrical tape) and
finally bridging the LED's in parallel and coming back via the negitive
wire (not attached yet in the image). Similar to the picture in above
and to the right, you can trace the wires to see they make the exact
same style of circuit.
Heres a sneek peek into how the resistor was hooked up. I have taking
the resistor and bent one of the legs back up against the side of it
(typical if you have modified Xbox Controller Ports to add leds. Then
you are able to solder a short length of wire onto the end (for the
positive connection) and wrap the resistor up. You will be able to then
solder the positive wire to the respective contact point and procede
with wiring up your LED harness.
In order to get a really good connection make sure that the items you
are trying to bond stay in a fixed location for a few seconds after the
solder connection is made. Also remember that too much or too little
solder can both cause problems. The better your can get the connections
the better, however you may need to open up your PSP again to adjust
the wires if the circuit isn't working correctly for your LED

Now that you have your LED's wired up, it would be a wise idea to test
them prior to inserting them into the triggers (or the other location
we will get to in a minute). Make sure all the wires are looking good,
and nothings touching, then pop your battery back into the PSP. Flip
the switch to the on position and if you did everything correctly you
will be rewarded with some nice bright light coming from your SMT
LED's. If your LED's don't turn on, double check to make sure the wires
are correct and that you didn't accidently hook up the LED backwards
(which happens to the best of us).

If you did not drill your triggers now that you have mastered making a
circuit you need to check the spot where the LED is installed. When not
drilling the LED will be installed in a tiny cavity behind the trigger.
In the small picture on the bottom you can see how the wire is bent
keeping a low profile to retain responciveness. When you install the
led make sure that it is as far back as possible and you can use a bit
of hot glue to keep it in place. Once both LED's are installed put your
triggers back in and if you want toss your faceplate on (without LED
screen etc to see how they look and modify as necessary. Once you are
satisfied, reassemble your PSP and enjoy!

This image has been resized. Click this bar to view the full image. The original image is sized 640x568.

However, If you are putting the LED's in your Triggers then you will
need to take the leds and insert them into the holes that you drilled
previously and then use the hot glue gun to seal them in. Once sealed
inside this will keep them from moving around a bit and aid your solder
connections. Then you can simply insert the Triggers back in their
normal position and if you want to double check (not a bad idea) toss
in your battery and flip on and off your PSP again to make sure they
are still working and the buttons motion is not hindered by the wire or
glue. If everything looks good you can seal up your PSP and enjoy the
new modification thanks to your fine handywork.
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