The PlayStation Portable Slim (PSP) includes an analogue control stick for playing games that can duplicate the experience of control once found in arcades. Dirt can get inside of the PSP Slim and cause the analogue stick to “drift” on its own. You can fix the problem yourself, although this will void the Sony warranty. No special tools or software is needed and you will be able to resume playing games using your analogue stick within an hour.
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Things you need
- Soft cloth
- Phillips jeweller’s screwdriver
- Cotton swabs
- Distilled alcohol
- Compressed air
Put the soft cloth down on a table. Put the PSP Slim face down on the cloth with the battery compartment on the left side. Remove the battery compartment lid with your fingers and take out the battery.
Scratch off the warranty sticker inside of the battery compartment with the tip of the Phillips jeweller’s screwdriver. Remove the screw hidden under the warranty sticker with the screwdriver. Remove the three screws inside of the battery compartment.
Remove the screw from the middle bottom edge of the PSP Slim with the screwdriver. Remove the two screws surrounding the disc drive door lid at the top middle edge of the PSP with the screwdriver.
Turn the PSP Slim face up on the cloth. Lift off the faceplate with your hands.
Remove the two screws holding the analogue stick module at the lower left corner inside of the PSP Slim with the Phillips screwdriver. Remove the analogue stick module using your fingers and put it down on the cloth.
Blow off the PSP with compressed air.
Remove the plastic tab covering the contacts on the module with your fingernail. Put the plastic tab aside for later.
Moisten a cotton swab in the distilled alcohol. Wipe all of the contacts on the module with the cotton swab and allow them to dry.
Moisten another cotton swab in the distilled alcohol. Wipe the contacts inside of the PSP Slim where the analogue stick module was taken out of. Let the PSP Slim dry.
Reattach the plastic tab to the analogue stick module with your fingers.
Place the analogue stick module back into position inside of the PSP Slim. Reattach the two screws.
Reverse the disassembly process to put the PSP Slim back together. Put the battery back into the battery compartment. Put the battery compartment lid back onto the PSP Slim.
Tips and warnings
- Wear an anti-static strap to keep static electricity from damaging the internal components of the PSP when it is opened.
- Applying too much pressure to the analogue stick can cause the drifting problem to recur.
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