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Sony PSP repair news

PSP repairs, We saw our first PSP for repair back in June of 2006. PSP repairs had only just started coming in and although at a much slower rate than the DS Lite repairs we still had a fair few in the first few weeks of the launch of the PSP.

Most PSP's requiring a PSP repair are LCD problems. Becuase the LCD is quite large & very delivate PSP Screen Repair is very common. Symptoms that you may need a PSP scren repair are bleeding colours, fuzzy lines or no display at all. You will still need a PSP screen repair if your screen lights up as the backlight may still be working which sits behind the LCD screen.

Other PSP repair requirements were faulty UMD laser units and broken eject mechanisms, memory card reader problems and broken analogue sticks were also fairly common PSP repairs. The PSP was so popular as it offers a much more powerful system with Playstation equivalent graphics unlike the DS Lite.

'Homebrew' soon became apparent after the PSP's launch allowing users to install custom firmware such as that provided by a well known name to PSP homebrewers, Dark Alex. This customer firmware allowed users to play games directly from the memory card after downloading them from the internet.

Sony did try to resolve this with frequent software updates. The installation of homebrew was complicated and left many PSP's in need of a PSP repair. This was becuase the firmware would become corrupt & the user would have what was commonly called a 'brick'. We conducted many PSP Repairs using the Pandora battery, a battery that enters the service mode of the PSP and a 'magic memory stick' to reflash the console and finish the repair.

Sony then released the PSP Slim & Lite, a slimmer version of the original 'fat' PSP. The new Slim & Lite PSP repairs followed the same pattern as the original... cracked LCD screens, analogue sticks and faulty UMD laser units. The eject mechanism was changed to save space in the new version but the thin metal arms that replaced the old cage caused by being prone to bending and causing the door not to shut correctly.

Slim & Lite PSP repairs are still less common than the DS Lite as it does not have a touch screen or hinge to cause problems. Have Sony made a mistake though with the release of the PSP GO? This new console slides up, could this design be the downfall of Sony who have otherwise got the most robust handheld console on the market? Will we see an influx of PSP GO Repairs? Only time will tell.

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