Ok,I have put together a little guide to opening up the PSP for those of you who are too scared to open your psp, or not sure exactly how to. I haven't seen a guide to this on QJ so I figured I'd just make one. :)
*I HAVE DONE THIS WITH NO PROBLEM AND I AM NOT HELD RESPONSIBLE IF YOU DAMAGE YOUR PSP IN ANY WAY*
Ok first lets start with what you need
- A Playstation Portable (For obvious reasons)
- A small tip flat head screwdriver. (For getting in those tight spots.)
- Phillips #000 screwdriver (If you use another type of screwdriver, it may slip and strip a screw.)
Now, lets get started
Lets start off with that oh so beautiful PSP:
Step 1: Start off by taking out your battery cover, battery and memory stick just in case.
Step 2: Ok, now for the screws. Start by taking the warranty sticker off. (This obviously "does" void your warranty) With patience and skill its possible to take this sticker off without damage. Then take your #000 screwdriver and begin removing the 2 silver screws on the right side of the psp inside the battery compartment. Then take off the 2 black screws on the left side in the battery compartment as well. Proceed by removing the silver screw on the bottom of your psp near the sticker code. finally, remove the two black screws on the back side of your psp on the right. (I've marked all 7 screw locations below. You only have two remove the two silver screws on the right in the battery compartment if your planning on removing the metal housing)
Then with a gentle pull of the faceplate it will separate from the psp.
Step 3: This is where it get a little tricky, we'll be removing the LCD screen now but first move the button bar from the bottom of the LCD screen. Just place flathead where the arrow is and push forward.
Now on the bottom-left, top-left, bottom-right, and top-right you will see a rectangle hole sort of with a clip through it coming from the LCD screen. Once you remove the clips from any of the 3 corners, the last corner will be loose. (This is what holds in the LCD screen)
You put the flathead in between the two metal holders on the bottom-left where the clip is and gently move flat head in and push it up. Do the same for the top-left and the left side of the LCD screen should lift up easily. Then do the same for right side of the LCD screen and the LCD screen will prob out. You simply flip it over revealing its two connections.
Step 4: Now that you see the two connections, you also see the brown clasp that holds the connections together. First flip the skinny clasp off which flips from top up. Now go to the wider brown clasp. Take your flat head and put under the clasp in the middle and flip upwards and the clasp will pop up.(This one flips from the bottom up instead, it also might be a bit harder)
(The two clasp are circled)
Now your LCD screen will be free. (This is helpful for replacing LCD screen or getting to the screws underneath the lcd screen)
You can now clearly see the metal holder and you can clearly see each and every screw
Now you can do things such as remove that screw on the top-right. This helps the umd door close better. (A little trick I found for making the umd slot shut better !)
You can also replace your UMD door or slot by removing the screws underneath the LCD screen.(I will make a part 2 to this guide for replacing UMD door in the mere future) You can remove dust from the lcd screen as well.
This is as far as i went because the rest is pretty self explanatory and consists of removing screws but if anybody would like me to do anything past this, I'll be more then glad to. Well, I hope you found this thread useful and enjoyed it.
Btw, if you put your psp together and found that the analog stick is not working correctly then you must tighten the bottom left screw on the psp under your analog stick.
Extra: Incase your clasp to you're lcd breaks off, here is a mini tutorial on how to fix that up. (This personally happen to me with the skinny clasp because you need to lift up the psp when putting it back in.) so here's what you do.
get a piece of tape and a folded piece of paper about the size of half your nail. Then turn your psp on and keep putting the skinny cable on where it suppose to be and keep moving it around until you see the lcd light go on. Then you hold it there and place the paper at the tip of the cable where its connecting at and put tape over it. Now the folded paper will work as the as the clasp/cable. The clasp/cable pushed it down and held it in place. Now when you put the lcd screen on, since the paper is budging out a little, the lcd will press down on it and it will work!
Extra: Don't open your psp too much. The screw connections can get loose and you will need a new faceplate or longer screws at the hardware store. If not, your analog stick will become very loose.