I have had my psp for over a year and recently the analog stick and dpad have malfunctioned. After i turn on the system the analog stick will work fine for about 5 minutes. Then it will stop letting me move forward. Any other direction is fine, but not forward. Then I will switch to the dpad and it will work finr for another 5 minutes. Then it will not let me move at all. Then I have to turn off the system and wait another hour or so before it will work correctly again and then we repeat the process. It is very annoying. My dad suggested the system may be building up heat. we are going to see if this is the case by putting it in the fridge to see if it works longer. P.S. thanks for helping.
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This is usually the result of a loose screw on the back of the PSP behind the analog stick, or dust on the analog stick receiver itself. If it is an older PSP, you can try to open it up and clean the analog stick yourself (after tightening the two screws behind the analog stick, of course) but if your PSP is newer, I wouldn't recommend it, because any attempts to open the PSP will VOID YOUR WARRANTY (if you still have one).
BE CERTAIN YOUR PSP WARRANTY IS NO GOOD BEFORE YOU ATTEMPT TO TAKE IT APART YOURSELF AS YOU WILL VOID YOUR WARRANTY.
Open PSP 1000: http://www.ehow.com/how_6085376_open-psp-1000-repair.html
Open PSP 2000: http://www.ehow.com/how_6548290_open-2000-psp.html
Sounds to me like the analog contacts need cleaning. I would take it to a shop or a specialist... If you have the proper tools you can do this yourself but from personal experience these can be hard to get contacts lined up correctly after taking them apart.
Sticking on an analog stick is a very common thing on a PSP. If you have bought it within a year and haven't tampered with it, send it back to Sony. They will fix it free of charge. If it's outside of the 1 year warranty, you could always open the system and clean it out yourself. But I don't recommend this unless your warranty is up. Let me know if you need more information on doing it yourself.
Remove the back of the case, remembering there are screws under the battery. Remove the UMD drive, and then remove the Dpad-analog board, flip it around making sure you only touch the edges of the board and are on a tile floor to minimize static electricity. Use a good aresol solvent based electronics cleaner and hose it down. See if it works good then. If not, you may have to replace the analog jog switch.