20 July 2007

/resurrect PSP

A few weeks ago I sat down on a plane looking forward to returning home from vacation. I pulled out the PSP to watch a few episodes of The Office on the ride. Lo and behold, I'm greeted with a PSP owner's worst nightmare: a cracked screen.

I wasn't ready to write off the $200 that I paid for it though, and Google was more than willing to help me out. Amazon even listed some screens for sale for a very decent price. I ordered a new screen (with backlight, not because mine was bad but I'd rather pay $5 than having the hassle of trying to swap backlights without getting any dust in there) from The Gaming Shop on the 13th and it arrived today (7 days for North LA -> San Diego? That's sad.) I don't really recommend getting the screen from them because this is how it came:
Loose, in bubble wrap, not even in a cardboard box.

Like a kid on Christmas morning, it's time to work on my PSP! I used The Llama's excellent PSP screen replacement guide. I'll let the photos do the talking:
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Then, the moment of Truth:

Woot! The brand-new screen fires up beautifully with no dead pixels! Just a few more screws and we're done:

I managed to replace my PSP's screen for about $50 (and a fun 45 minutes or so) rather than buying a new one at $169. Looks like I'll be investing in a hard-shell case soon too!

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