Sony PSP : How to Replace a Broken/Damaged Screen

Published On June 21, 2016 | By Sean Harrison | Blogs, Guides

Ever wanted to fix one of your old consoles but all those guides out there are too complicated? Look no further!

Well first off, I need to apologise because I didn’t get a picture of what the screen looked like before I replaced it. What I can do is describe that it had water-ey looking blotches on the screen from what I can only assume is from keeping it in the same room as the place where my washing dries. Tip for you if you haven’t already realised, don’t keep retro electronics in the same room as anything wet, it will almost always end in upset (Heh, rhyming). That 10-year old hardware you own is already fragile as it is without making things worse!

What you will need:

  • Replacement PSP screen (I got mine off eBay, make sure you get the right mode. I have a 1000 series PSP and as such required a replacement 1000 series screen. Other series are 2000, 3000 and N1000 for the PSP GO)

  • A set of precision screwdrivers

  • A pair of tweezers (Not mandatory but definitely helps for precision)

  • Patience! You don’t want to rush these things or you risk tearing ribbon cables

Step 1: Remove the battery cover/battery and unscrew 5 screws

There are 4 black screws and one silver on the underside of the unit that need to come out, pretty straightforward. One of the screws underneath the battery is hidden by the warranty sticker. This will need to be peeled off (But realistically it doesn’t matter given they came out 10 years ago and Sony would probably ask “What’s a PSP?” if you got in touch with their customer service desk.

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Step 2 : Take off the front panel

Easy to do really, what I would suggest is turn the PSP face-down because once you take off the front panel, the D-Pad and face buttons can fall out, if you do it upside down, you won’t have buttons going everywhere!

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Step 3 : Removing the base panel

This is the part that determines whether the Start/Select/Brightness/Mute/Volume/Home buttons have been pressed or not. This step comes in two parts, removing the ribbon cable for the motherboard and then removing the panel itself. The image below shows a small black release clip that needs flipping upright. Once that is up, the ribbon cable can be removed without any difficulty. Be sure to do this carefully as ribbon cables are fragile. I would suggest using a pair of tweezers. At this point, you can also remove the shoulder buttons, they’re really easy to put back in and they just rattle around and will probably fall out if you’re moving the unit anyway. Remember to put them back in later, though!

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Step 4 : Releasing the screen I

Now that the base panel has been removed, the screen is open for removal. There are 4 pressure points, two on each side of the screen that will need releasing in order to remove the screen. If this is proving tricky, try prizing the gap between the screen and the metal housing slightly to make the pressure points release a lot easier. Once these have been released, DO NOT MOVE THE SCREEN STRAIGHT AWAY, READ STEP 5.

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Step 5 : Releasing the screen II

Now that the pressure points have been released, it isn’t just as straightforward as removing the screen because there are two ribbon cables underneath that attach to the motherboard. Tilt the top of the screen and you will see those cables underneath. Like with the base panel from Step 3, remember to flip the black release clips into the upright position and the ribbon cables should come out easily. The screen should now lift from the unit completely.

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Step 6 : Replace insulation sticker

On your old screen, there will be a black sticker covering some components on the ribbon cable, it is absolutely vital that you transfer this sticker onto your new screen. It acts as insulation and stops those components underneath from shorting themselves out. Better safe than sorry! If your new screen already has this sticker in place, ignore this step and move onto step 7.

If at this point you want to temporarily put the battery back in and test to see if the new screen works, do. As everything is being put back to together now, it’s worth saving time to see if your new screen is working correctly!

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Step 7 : Do steps 1-6 but in reverse

The hard part is done now, just do everything you have just done in steps 1-6 just in reverse.

  • Place the ribbon cables of the new screen into their respective connectors.

  • Close the black release clips on each of the ribbon cable connectors.

  • Put the new screen into its housing (Some pressure may be required to fit into all 4 of it’s pressure points. DO NOT APPLY PRESSURE DIRECTLY TO THE SCREEN!)

  • Put the shoulder buttons back in.

  • Put the base panel back on at the bottom of the screen

  • Attach the base panel ribbon cable and close the black release clip

  • Put the front panel back on

  • Screw the 5 screws back in place

  • Put the battery in and battery cover back on

Job done! Enjoy your new PSP screen!