Flashback: 2005. Five years ago, some random person I never met bought this PSP. Then after using it for two years, he sells it to a shop. In 2007, I bought this PSP and have been using it ever since. However, now in 2010 it looks about ready to die.
The Analog Stick was removed about a week ago. It started to wander around on it's own, severely impacting my DJMAX gaming. The faceplate and the white buttons were bought off a friend for 50 cents, because my original black faceplate cracked heavily and the original black buttons were snapped clean off the sockets due to my two years of DJMAX Portable.
The back isn't good either: The UMD drive is just held closed by pieces of tape and sometimes falls open in game.
But on the morning of August 9, the parts I ordered from the internet came today! We have a new faceplate, some screen protectors, new buttons, new screws, new analog and new triggers. Time to set to work!
ONE HOUR AND 40 MINUTES LATER.
I have the PSP's components disassembled and repacked into the new backplate. However, in this picture, I took out Sony's original (flawed) design of using a rubbery contact to connect the analog stick. Over time, the rubbery contact loses connection, causing wandering Analog Stick problems. So I said "Screw it!" and took it all out!
In it's place is Kynar Wire. Kynar Wire is a brand of wire, it's solid-stranded (perfect for close quarters), very thin (30AWG) and very reliable. As you can see, I soldered the Analog Stick board directly to the motherboard, providing superior connection compared to Sony's original design.
(They fixed this Analog Connection in the 2000, 3000 and Go by the way. They used direct contact too.)
FIVE HOURS LATER
Installing the faceplate was a frustrating process. The faceplate was new, and since it was new it gripped the screws so tight, it calloused my thumbs on turning the screwdrivers with enough tourque. Then, my UMD drive won't work! I groaned, disassembled the darn thing, checked the UMD drive and closed it all up. Then my DPAD won't work! Disassemble, fixed. Then my X button stopped working. Ugh. Opened up, checked and as I was closing it up, disaster.
My screwdriver slipped and damaged the screw. I was forced to break out the power drill and I forced the damaged screw out. Infuriated, I decided to loosen up the tight faceplate holes by getting a proper sized drill bit, then drilling the faceplate so the screwholes were bigger. At last! The screws went in like my old faceplate. ^^
Now, the final pictures!
Isn't that wonderful? Looks like new... Looks so brand new. So brand new in fact that my parents thought I bought a new one. Even my friends raised their eyebrows and thought I had given up on the "Old Crappy Phatty" (as they call it). The UMD door sits like a glove. The screen protector does it's job. Heck, I can even compare the screen with my relative's 3000 which he bought a month ago.
Overall, I am so happy that I decided to take the plunge and do the revival. Even though it's hard to do, it made my PSP so much better. The new analog stick has the right kind of tension rather than the loose original analog. Since the UMD drive sits in place, it does not open suddenly anymore.
And it looks like a brand new launch 1000.
Nice job, most people like myself if they had a PSP in that kind of condition would probably just toss it and buy another one. It's good to see that you had the patience and smarts to fix it up yourself and it does look pretty new with the exception of the wrist band, it looks kinda old. How much did those parts cost you that you ordered off the internet?
That's the one i bought!