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UMD My Sony psp usually does not read old or used umd I allready cleaned everything inside the psp tons of times please help me I am super eager to play my games.

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That's an easy one, just install custom firmware from then you will be able to play all your games from the memory stick. Support Rich

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Psp wont read games

Try cleaning the 'UMD or the reader

Jan 09, 2010 | Sony PlayStation Portable (PSP) Console

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Hi .... i got a PSP 3000 . and the UMD stoped working and it dosn't read that i have a UMD inside . whats the problem and what do i do? please help.

1) That UMD isn't working..
2) Your UMD drive isn't working.

Either one, or both.

- If you try other UMDs... if they work, that means this UMD we're talking about here isn't working.
- If you try other UMDs... if they don't work, that means your UD drive is faulty.

If your PSP is still under warranty... then bring it back to SONY.
.. or exchange UMDs from where-ever you bought it from.
.. depends which scenario!


Nov 12, 2009 | Sony PlayStation Portable (PSP) Console

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Psp doesnt read the umd

you may hack your PSP in order to run ISO's (UMD copies on your memory stick), if you dont know how, search on the internet, or contact me by email.

Sep 27, 2009 | Sony PlayStation Portable (PSP) Console

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Psp always read from umd,making it hang

Hi! I incounter this problem as well even without UMD its still loading and even I disable auto-start UMD still same so I tried reflashing the software but still same problem so I discover the solution before you turn-on your PSP try to open your UMD cover you'll see it will load faster then close again the cover once you see the battery and clock icon... The problem that causing this is the switch inside the UMD possible its stock-up or spoiled already!

Jun 08, 2009 | Sony PlayStation Portable (PSP) Console

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Psp making funny buzz noise and not reading umd disks.

Try a different UMD, it might be scratched. If not, take a soft cloth, and clean the lens. Look on google to see where the lens are located.

Jan 14, 2009 | Sony PlayStation Portable (PSP) Console

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Umd drive keeps opening

sounds like an old psp, does it pop other games out?
if no, then it is a game problem, if yes, clean the lazers that read the umd.

Apr 04, 2008 | Sony PlayStation Portable (PSP) Console

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Psp having problem reading umd.

Hi Goodhelper,

Check the UMD for any kind of foriegn obstruction. You can use a pencil with an eraser to psin the UMD manually. Do this to check to be sure the UMD is not scrubbing or sticking inside its case. Try a different UMD to see if its the UMD or the UMD drive inside your PSP.

If you find it is the PSP. Services listed with Fixya can repair your PSP. Click on "REpair Directory" at the bottom of this screen. In the next screen, Click on "Video Game Consoles". Pick a good PSP repair service.

Nov 23, 2007 | Sony PlayStation Portable (PSP) Console

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Psp-lazer ain't reading the games

This link should help.

  • Make sure the UMD is properly inserted with the label facing the back of the PSP system. Try removing the UMD and reinserting it.
  • Try playing the UMD on a different PSP system. If the UMD plays, the original PSP system may be the problem. If the UMD does not play, the problem may be isolated to the UMD itself.
  • Try playing a different UMD on the PSP system. If another UMD plays, the original UMD may be the problem. If none of the UMD's play, the problem may be isolated to the PSP system.
  • Make sure the exposed UMD surface and plastic casing is not damaged[2]. Do not use if plastic casing is cracked, collapsed, or if foreign materials have entered inside the UMD enclosure.

Nov 10, 2007 | Sony PlayStation Portable (PSP) Console

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Where is the UMD?

UMD is Universal Media Disc, its a small disc are used for PSP.  press the "eject" button on the top to open the disc tray. Usually the problem its not from the UMD, but from the console.

The first check the version you are running on psp, >> Go to the PSP Menu and move across to the "Settings Menu". Scroll down, select to "System Settings" >> "System Information" and you should see version of your PSP. If the UMD has a high version than ur console, u need to update ur psp. 

plz visit my blog, for psp update guide.

Oct 28, 2007 | Sony PlayStation Portable (PSP) Console

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Hi Jleew,


You should check to see if another UMD will work first.  Also try them in another PSP.  If your sure your PSP is not reading Discs, then and only then, Clean the Laser lens carefully.  Using a strong flashlight and magnifying glass, look into the UMD drive with the UMD door open and look for debris like hair or lint, and also dirt and dust.  A black switch pokes up on the left inside the UMD drive.  Its a little black stick.  When you press down on this Black stick, your UMD disc motor should spin for  second or two.  The UMD laser lens should light up when your press this switch.  If any of this does not happen, you need to replace the UMD drive. If you need someone to do this which if you have never done it, you need some knowledge big time.

I can do this for you if you're in the USA for $55 including a New UMD drive, REturn Shipping, and 90 day warranty. Contact

Oct 23, 2007 | Sony PlayStation Portable (PSP) Console

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