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PSP Slim Graphics/Screen Problem

Recently, I've been experiencing quite a serious graphical problem with my PSP.

When it first started, the screen would occasionally display corrupted (ghosted/scrambled) graphics during use, which would be fixed by switching it off and on again and would only happen intermittently. Recently, it's stopped showing anything on screen at start up, while the backlight, sound, etc. still work.

If I take off the case and shake it about a bit, I can usually get it to work for a while, but exerting any pressure on the front of the unit (including screwing the faceplate down securely) usually causes the on-screen image to freeze and fade to black again, while the sound of gameplay continues as normal. I've tried removing the wire connecting the LCD screen to the motherboard and fitting them back in securely, but it makes absulutely no difference, the problem continues as before.

I'm cosidering just buying a new LCD screen, but my worry is that the damage is not to the screen itself, but to some part of the PSPs motherboard or graphics chip (seeing as it still occasionally shows uncorrupted graphics, given some abuse) and I will have wasted my money.

I'd really, really appreciate it if anyone has any suggestions, or has experienced this problem in the past.

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  • jbardi Sep 18, 2008

    A little more clarification on my issue.  The screen will intermittently come on as blurry.  Like all the text and graphics are doubled, but off by a few pixels.  Doing a sleep and turning it back on usually fixes it.  But I can not operate my PSP for more than like 10 seconds to a minute (varying) until the screen freezes and fades to black from right to left.  This usually occurs by pressing any of the buttons on the front panel.  If I am reading the news in the browser for instance and it is just sitting there, it is fine, then the second I hit a button, fades to black.  Again, I have already replaced the LCD with a brand new OEM one thinking that was the problem, but it still persists with the new LCD screen, so it is not the screen itself.

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I have the same problem, so I bought a brand new OEM LCD screen and replaced it, but the problem persists.  So I know it is not the LCD screen itself.  Any suggestions?

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I haven't had that problem, but it really does sound like a problem with the LCD screen. If everything else is working correctly, it really should just be the the LCD.

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