Introduction

The PSP's buttons may become jammed or may not function properly. This guide will show how to access the buttons for repair, cleaning, or replacement.

Parts

No parts required.

Turn the PSP over so its back is facing you.
  • Turn the PSP over so its back is facing you.

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Locate the battery casing button on the rear-left side of the PSP. Press down the button and remove the battery cover.
  • Locate the battery casing button on the rear-left side of the PSP.

  • Press down the button and remove the battery cover.

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Using your finger, remove the battery upwards from the system as shown. Using your finger, remove the battery upwards from the system as shown.
  • Using your finger, remove the battery upwards from the system as shown.

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Remove the four screws shown with a Phillips #00 screwdriver. You will have to peel back the guarantee sticker to access the screw on the lower left.
  • Remove the four screws shown with a Phillips #00 screwdriver.

  • You will have to peel back the guarantee sticker to access the screw on the lower left.

Much luck to you if you have a tiny, metal screwdriver like I did, the screws might be stuck in there and may require some force.

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Remove the screw from the bottom side of the PSP. Keep it separated from the rest of the screws.
  • Remove the screw from the bottom side of the PSP. Keep it separated from the rest of the screws.

  • Remove screws from back righthand side within the holes.

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Gently separate the outer plastic casing from the rest of the system as shown. Gently separate the outer plastic casing from the rest of the system as shown.
  • Gently separate the outer plastic casing from the rest of the system as shown.

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If the Arrow Buttons are not functioning properly, flip over the outer casing and locate the inside of the buttons, as shown Carefully remove the black rubber backing off of the buttons. Clean the inside of the rubber  and the outside of the buttons with a cloth.
  • If the Arrow Buttons are not functioning properly, flip over the outer casing and locate the inside of the buttons, as shown

  • Carefully remove the black rubber backing off of the buttons.

  • Clean the inside of the rubber and the outside of the buttons with a cloth.

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If needed, replace the old buttons with a new set (which can be purchased from Sony or other electronics stores). Carefully re-insert the buttons. This should not require excess force, as the buttons should fit if they are arranged correctly.
  • If needed, replace the old buttons with a new set (which can be purchased from Sony or other electronics stores).

  • Carefully re-insert the buttons. This should not require excess force, as the buttons should fit if they are arranged correctly.

  • Gently re-apply the back rubber to the back of the buttons.

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If function buttons (x, square, circle, triangle) need to be replaced, find the corresponding black rubber backing on the inside of the casing. Carefully remove the back rubber to expose the rear side of the buttons as shown. (This can be done using your hands.)
  • If function buttons (x, square, circle, triangle) need to be replaced, find the corresponding black rubber backing on the inside of the casing.

  • Carefully remove the back rubber to expose the rear side of the buttons as shown. (This can be done using your hands.)

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Next, carefully clean the receiving end of the buttons on the motherboard (shown on picture) with a cloth. If the buttons are clearly damaged, then they need to be replaced.
  • Next, carefully clean the receiving end of the buttons on the motherboard (shown on picture) with a cloth.

  • If the buttons are clearly damaged, then they need to be replaced.

  • Add the new ones in the form, with the correct button order. (The correct button order has the Triangle on the top, Square on the right, Circle on the left, and X on the bottom).

  • Be very careful! The buttons only go in one way. If you have trouble fitting them in, rotate them in their given spots until they fit in easily. Do NOT force them. Forcing the buttons in may cause damage.

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Once buttons are correctly replaced, the back rubbers are fit back onto the buttons, refer back to Replacing the Housing to reattach the casing.
  • Once buttons are correctly replaced, the back rubbers are fit back onto the buttons, refer back to Replacing the Housing to reattach the casing.

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Conclusion

To reassemble your device, follow these instructions in reverse order.

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It's a helpful guide,thx

Zero Knight - Reply

Great guide. I highly Recomend this to anyone that needs to replace their PSP buttons

unashamed45 - Reply

Otimo guia recomendo.

richardmosman - Reply

use magnetised screwdriver i had a normal one and it was a pain in the ass to put those tiny little bastards back

Nagy Dániel - Reply

Thank you this was a great guide

BLAISE of BASH - Reply

I have a similar problem with my psp 3000. The X button does not work when it is pressed. I removed the casing, checked if there was dirt on the rubber padding and on the motherboard where the buttons sit and there is no dirt. What should I do now. I realy love my psp, but without the X button working I can not use it. Is this problem fixable?

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