PSP Laser Replacement and PSP Disassembly Tutorial

This tutorial will focus on replacing the PSP laser assembly, but it can also be used to replace almost any other part of the PSP. To get to the laser assembly you first have to remove the motherboard, wireless board, lcd screen and housing, dpad, power switch board, umd door, etc. Make sure you have a few ziplock bags for screws and small parts.

You can purchase a replacement PSP laser assembly in the Zombie Store.

Symptoms of a broken PSP laser:

  • PSP wont play new disks
  • Games and movies freeze or skip
  • Slow loading

Stuff you will need:

  • Sony PSP with a bad laser
  • A few small screwdrivers (phillips #000, flat head)
  • Needlenose pliers
  • Ziplock bags for screws and small parts
  • Patience... this is not an easy job
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  First you have to remove the PSP faceplate and the lcd screen assembly. If you dont know how to remove them take a look at the PSP screen replacement tutorial
PSP LCD Housing Screws Remove the screws in this picture. The red triangles are behind the battery. Try to keep the screws for each step of the tutorial separate. Doing this will save you a lot of time when youre putting your PSP back together.
PSP LCD Housing Removed Use a flat head screwdriver to pry the lcd housing out of the PSP. When the tabs are out open the UMD door. You should now be able to get the lcd housing out of the PSP.
PSP motherboard screws

Take a look at the large version of this picture. If you're replacing the motherboard, use your pliers to remove the cable that is circled in red. If you're not replacing the motherboard leave it alone for now.

Disconnect all the other cables circled in the picture and remove the screw.

PSP dPad removal Lift the clasp that holds the cable for the d-pad and remove it.
PSP button / power switch board removal

Remove the green circuit board (see picture).

If you're not replacing the motherboard, remove the screw circled in green and remove the yellow power socket. Leave it attached to the motherboard.

Take the wireless antenna (gold thingy) that the long wire is soldered to and move them both out of the way.

Remove the motherboard.

PSP motherboard removed Excellent! Put the motherboard in a ziplock bag and move on to the next step.
PSP motherboard support Remove the two screws.
PSP motherboard support screws Remove a few more screws.
PSP motherboard support removed Remove the motherboard support.
PSP plastic part removed Remove the black plastic part.
PSP wifi and memory stick board Remove the memory stick reader circuit board.
PSP umd door removal

To remove the UMD door cover you have to use your flathead screwdriver to pry the hinge out and to the right. If you use too much force you will break the hinge!

PSP laser assembly screws Remove the four screws.
PSP laser assembly removed Remove the UMD assembly.
PSP laser assembly door removal Use your flathead screwdriver to pry the door off the umd drive assembly.
PSP laser assembly removed Youre 50% done! Installation is the reverse of removal.
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