How to Fix a Broken PSP Headphone Connection

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The PlayStation Portable (PSP) has a headphone connection for listening to audio through headphones. The constant insertion and removal of the headphones plug can cause the headphone connector inside of the PSP to come loose and no longer work. You can fix a broken PSP headphone connection by reattaching the connector inside the PSP. The procedure is straightforward and will save you the expense and time lost in having to take the PSP to a service center. Opening the PSP yourself voids the Sony warranty. An authorized service center will refuse any kind of repair work on it, even if it has nothing to do with fixing the broken headphone connection.

Things You'll Need

  • Soft cloth
  • Phillips jeweler's screwdriver
  • Tweezers
  • Place a soft cloth on a table. Place the PSP face down on the soft cloth with the memory card slot facing to the right. Remove the memory card from the memory card slot.

  • Remove the battery compartment lid from the left side of the PSP with your fingers. Pull the PSP battery out of the battery compartment with your fingers.

  • Scratch off the sticker inside of the battery compartment with the tip of the Phillips jeweler’s screwdriver. Remove the screw that was hidden underneath the sticker with the Phillips jeweler’s screwdriver. Remove the three other screws inside of the battery compartment with the Phillips jeweler’s screwdriver.

  • Remove the screw from the bottom middle edge of the PSP with the Phillips jeweler’s screwdriver. Remove the two screws from the right side of the PSP next to the memory card slot with the Phillips jeweler’s screwdriver.

  • Turn the PSP over so that the disc drive door is facing away from you. Pull the faceplate off the PSP with your fingers.

  • Grab hold of the left end of the black metal bracket that is at the bottom edge of the PSP with the tweezers. Lift up on the tweezers to raise the left end of the black metal bracket. Repeat this procedure on the right end of the black metal bracket.

  • Grab hold of the right end of the black metal bracket with your fingers. Pull the black metal bracket out of the PSP, taking care not to disconnect the cable coming from it that is attached to the PSP’s circuit board.

  • Place the black metal bracket on the top of the LCD screen. Locate the loose connection plug of the headphone’s connector that is in the lower right edge of the PSP previously covered by the right end of the black metal bracket. Grab hold of the connection plug with the tweezers.

  • Orient the connection plug so that it lines up with the pins on the connector on the circuit board at the lower right edge of the PSP. Push the connection plug into the connector on the circuit board.

  • Place the black metal bracket back into its original position inside the bottom edge of the PSP. Place the faceplate back onto the PSP. Turn the PSP over.

  • Reattach the screws. Place the battery back into the battery compartment. Place the battery compartment lid back onto the left side of the PSP. Insert the memory card back into the memory card slot.

Tips & Warnings

  • You can use a magnifier to help you see the headphone connector more easily.
  • Do not damage the power connector, which is directly to the right side of the headphone connector.

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