How to repair your PSP’s LCD Screen

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Don't trash your broken psp

Recently, I finally ponied up the funds to get myself a new PSP. To be specific, I bought this thing for the ability to customize it with firmware and all the cool little addons that are coming out every day. If you know where to look for them, you can score video camera attachments, gps dongles, and there are even rumors of a keyboard coming out soon. You’ll be able to video conference with Skype and then turn around and write and email in a flash. And the GPS? Don’t even get me started on how freaking cool that is.

Only I ran into a problem just after buying this thing. I managed to get the one PSP that is unhackable. No dice. No go. The processor/motherboard combo built into it does not accept the first few lines of code using a TOOL battery for custom firmware installation, so I was stuck with a PSP that I couldn’t play around with. Now, don’t get me wrong, I can still play my games and watch movies on it. But I’m a fiddler. Meaning I like to fiddle around with things and see how far I can take my curiosity. So why did I buy this thing?


PSP with a broken LCD screen… but it’s hackable, so it’s worth saving!

So I started asking around and found someone who had a broken PSP Phat. The original 1000 model. The screen isn’t so much widescreen, the speakers are on the bottom instead of on the front, and the WiFi switch is on the side rather than the bottom, but other than that, there’s nothing really amazingly different about them. Except for the size of the grips. That’s what makes them a phat (rather than fat. Wouldn’t want to make consumers think there’s something wrong with it. Call it Pretty, Hot And Tempting instead.)

So this PSP original has a broken LCD, a missing battery, and the thumb pad is gone from the analog joystick. Also, no memory stick. So I got it for mere pennies compared to buying a new one or a fully functional one on eBay. Hell, even the broken ones on eBay are still over $50.00, so I feel like a winner. So I hit up eBay and found an LCD supplier who sold me a new screen for $25 with free shipping. I also ordered a 6-pack of the joystick thumbpads (the fewest I could find) for $1.99, a new PSP battery, and an 8GB Pro Duo for $21.00. I also came across a seller in Hong Kong who had the clear vinyl screen protectors for $1.99 as well. Dope.

Taking apart and repairing your PSP is really easy, so don’t be intimidated. After you see how easy you’ll think twice before sending it off to Sony for a month, or to some sleazy repair tech who only wants to charge you 60 bucks for a repair that takes 20 minutes, tops.

So let’s get down to business…

42 Comments

  1. Sheldon

    November 12, 2013 at 9:38 pm

    I sat down on my couch and my knee hit my PSP 3000 and my screen broke, i dont see any cracks but the LCD screen shows cracks when i turn it on, anyone know what can be the problem and how i can fix it? i need help ASAP

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  3. Retard

    July 15, 2012 at 1:18 am

    i kinda…got mad at a game and…yea was it a good idea to bite my psp because now my screen is broken

    • Don Haynes

      August 4, 2012 at 6:01 pm

      This could be the dumbest way to break your PSP ever.

  4. Ryen (Genesis rhapsodo

    June 4, 2012 at 4:11 pm

    ok so i dropped my psp charger on my psp screen idk what type it is got it new christmas but anyways the screen is jacked up its got huge crack on te lcd the outer 1 is perfect wat the hell happend??

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  6. Cavin Dionel Batinga

    September 22, 2011 at 4:38 am

    Okay, let me try this… but first i gotta save 25 $? for my lcd… T.T holy smokes i miss it even though its broken for just a day

  7. omar

    July 17, 2011 at 11:09 am

    hay my psp screen is all black and has some color patterns on the left side of the screen but i can still hear sounds got any solutions????? Tnks

  8. TehBlackGamer

    June 20, 2011 at 11:46 am

    Hello. I seem to have something stuck in the bottom right screw housing on the outer covering. Have you encountered this before, and if so, do you know how to remove it?

  9. sangam

    June 20, 2011 at 11:45 am

    i had also a broken lcd psp1000but i had made it in 4000nrs so what is the price of one lcd

  10. Hacker

    June 20, 2011 at 11:45 am

    I was HUGE into the PSP scene. I had a Website with over 300 isos on it for free, After the release of the new Final Fantasy game, I wanted to pick it up again. Only to find my PSP LCD is displaying Random Colors, and patterns. making me believe one of the wires may it pinched. I opened it and found NOTHING wrong. if you have a clue what it may be, drop me a line.

  11. Don Haynes

    June 20, 2011 at 11:45 am

    TehBlackGamer, Do you mean an object is stuck in the screw well? If that's the case, I would suggest a small pair of tweezers or a needle to pry it out. A mounted magnifying glass is always helpful. If that doesn't work, I guess you are stuck asking a friend for their eyesight and nimble fingers.

  12. bro man

    June 20, 2011 at 11:45 am

    my psp screen cracked bad yo. i got mad and threw my xbox 360 controller and it hit my psp screen, i was pissed.

  13. Finn

    June 20, 2011 at 11:45 am

    I left mine in my bookbag and when I took it out it looks exactly like the picture. I still found out how to get to my music, though. Can the people at GameStop fix it for me?

  14. Henry

    June 20, 2011 at 11:44 am

    how can you fix it with out going to a store and paying for it if you want to do it at home by yourself?

  15. masum

    June 20, 2011 at 11:44 am

    my psp got hit by my usb when i was swinging it and my psp has a little crack any soultions???????

  16. jon

    June 20, 2011 at 11:44 am

    where can i buy the lcd screen and how much does it cost?

  17. John

    June 20, 2011 at 11:44 am

    I recently replaced my psp's lcd following these steps, and everything works fine except for one thing. If I put my psp on standby for a while, when i turn it back on the screen is black (sounds indicate that everything else is working fine). I can make the screen work if i quickly put it on standby and turn it back on again. Do you have any clues as to why this would happen?

  18. Jeakin

    June 20, 2011 at 11:44 am

    My psp screen has problems,(i.e. repeated lines, white lines, mirrored objects) but it was never been dropped! Before it experienced the worst case – (upside-down screen), the game I was playing crashed and stopped, the psp then restarted with upside-down display. Can this be a virus?

    • nathaniel

      January 28, 2012 at 2:16 pm

      i dindnt drop mine i cant see half of the screan

  19. tyler hill

    June 20, 2011 at 11:43 am

    this was really healpful. made me alot happier that i didnt hav to buy a new psp. hell yeah

  20. zay

    June 20, 2011 at 11:43 am

    dude you should of just bouqht a whole new psp. bcuz u just spent more money repairinq it. dumb asz.

  21. pspfan9000

    June 20, 2011 at 11:43 am

    i cracked my screen so i went & bought a brand new psp then i found the page & hit my head because i felt so dumb for bying a brand new psp when i could have just fixed it(i'm soooooooooo dumb).

  22. jessa may salceda

    June 20, 2011 at 11:43 am

    the LCD of my psp was broken, i don't know where should i go to repair this because it is really broken and you cannot see any item inside the psp…..my psp's lcd was broken inside the psp screen….

  23. Bharat

    June 20, 2011 at 11:42 am

    hey man tell me how much one psp lcd screen will cost….???
    how can i replace it…???
    pls send info to my email…

  24. Snowy

    June 20, 2011 at 11:42 am

    Hey, my screen is broken too, where do I get a new one? And what's on your thumb on the last picture?

  25. Brandon

    June 20, 2011 at 11:42 am

    ya my whole screen is broke the psp(GOW COO(red))wont evan show the things it shuld!! how much??

  26. OcMurf

    June 20, 2011 at 11:42 am

    you can get LCD screens with backlight from amazon.co.uk and probably from .com too if when u broke your LCd your faceplate broke too they sell them too ive just bought both these for my psp-1001 still managed to install 5.00-m33 on it with a half screen

  27. bob

    June 20, 2011 at 11:42 am

    your psp is funny cause its old!!!!!

  28. MIZZLE NIZZLE

    June 20, 2011 at 11:41 am

    DUDE I pUT IT ON THE DESK BEHIND MY BED ONE NIGHT, WOKE UP EARLY CUZ WE had to go On a lonG tRiP, ANd WHEn I TurnEd It oN, IT Was CraCKed Up

  29. SupaAznSaiyan

    June 20, 2011 at 11:41 am

    I wish i could do this….ill ask my cousin or my brother to help. And im okay with sending this to sony so should i do that or no? just incase i cant get me an LCD screen

  30. kazza

    June 20, 2011 at 11:41 am

    Thanku for easy instructions. bought screen off ebay then did what u said and now have psp back. My son is very happy.

  31. Chris

    June 20, 2011 at 11:41 am

    i dont know what the f*** happend to mine when i left it overnight at a friends. all i know is my screen is dead.

  32. Don Haynes

    June 20, 2011 at 11:41 am

    Umm, Logan. I think you are pretty much screwed bud.

  33. logan

    June 20, 2011 at 11:40 am

    lol my psp got ran over by a car!

  34. blab40_

    June 20, 2011 at 11:40 am

    are you retarded? warranties don't run out on lifetime warranties? you must have had paintchips covered in thinner for breakfast. how did you make it this far in life? PSP don't have lifetime warranties.

  35. Don Haynes

    June 20, 2011 at 11:40 am

    You, sir, Alan, can kiss my ass.

  36. Alan

    June 20, 2011 at 11:40 am

    Believe me… if Don was able to do it then ANYONE can!

  37. thisisdumb

    June 20, 2011 at 11:39 am

    who gives a damn abot taking apert your psp? thats what your warranty if for and you can take it to soemone who can fix it for you. warranties don't run out on lifetime warranties.

    • shutthehellup

      July 13, 2011 at 12:17 pm

      dude thats why he fixed it himself.. so he DOSENT have to pay a trillion dollars just to get his screen fixed… lifetime warrenties or not its easier to fix it by hand

    • so_are_you

      February 20, 2012 at 4:06 am

      Dunno what you've been smoking, but PSPs have NEVER come with lifetime warranties – nor any kind of game system, software, or accessories that I know of. On top of that, no worrying about the PSP coming back in pieces (as a member of the package handler workforce, believe me when I say that there is no lost love towards small boxes). Plus, he saved a ton of money by doing it himself.

      OH! Best of all: he bought it second-hand OFF A FRIEND, so warranty or no, he wouldn't have had one to work with, as they only apply to the one that originally bought it. Nevermind that, given it was an original Series 1000 PSP, it was probably well past it's 90-day warranty or whatever it came with, thereby rendering your argument completely null and void. :D

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