How to Clean a Sticky PSP Analog Stick

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How to Clean a Sticky PSP Analog Stick
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The Sony PSP is unique among handheld video game systems in that it is the first device of its kind to incorporate an analogue joystick directly into unit. This joystick allows for finer control and multiple levels of sensitivity when playing games. Unfortunately, the joystick may become sticky after regular use due to build-up of dust, grime and natural oils from your hands. To clean the analogue joystick, you'll need to disassemble the PSP, which voids the warranty. You should only attempt to clean the joystick yourself if your PSP is no longer under warranty.

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Things you need

  • Phillips screwdriver
  • Clean cloth

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  1. 1

    Turn your PSP over so the battery bay is facing up. Remove the battery bay panel and the battery.

  2. 2

    Remove the two black screws in the battery bay with the Phillips screwdriver. Remove two more black screws from the recessed holes on the back of the PSP.

  3. 3

    Remove the silver screw from the bottom edge of the PSP with the Phillips screwdriver.

  4. 4

    Flip the PSP back over so the screen is facing up. Pry the analogue joystick button off of the joystick with the tip of the Phillips screwdriver. Remove the PSP's faceplate by separating it from the rest of the PSP.

  5. 5

    Flip the faceplate over and locate the back of the joystick. Remove the two silver screws that hold the joystick in place, releasing the joystick assembly.

  6. 6

    Unclip the metal strip from the back of the joystick by unhooking the two latches from one side. Remove the joystick sensor chip.

  7. 7

    Clean the bottom of the joystick, wiping away any dust, grime and dirt with a clean cloth. Wipe the metal contacts on the joystick sensor chip. Wipe the up/down and right/left joystick slots. Blow into the joystick assembly to remove any dust or food particles that may have accumulated over time.

  8. 8

    Put the joystick sensor chip back on the bottom of the joystick, then fasten the metal clip back on by latching both sides.

  9. 9

    Place the joystick assembly back into the faceplate and fasten it into place with the two silver screws, tightening them with the Phillips screwdriver. Flip the faceplate over.

  10. 10

    Position the faceplate back onto the rest of the PSP and firmly press the analogue joystick button into place on top of the joystick. Flip the entire PSP back over.

  11. 11

    Replace the screws in the recessed holes and tighten them, then replace the two black screws in the battery bay. Replace the silver screw on the bottom edge of the PSP. Tighten the screws with Phillips screwdriver.

  12. 12

    Replace the battery in the battery bay, then replace the battery bay panel. Flip the PSP over one more time.

  13. 13

    Move the analogue joystick around to test if it is still sticky. Smooth action in all directions indicate that you have successfully cleaned the joystick, eliminating the problem.

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