Fitting a replacement UMD drive in a PSP 2003

On my retro-month journey, as I mentioned previously, I found a drawer with a broken PSP 1000, a working PSP 1003 and a couple of games.

I purchased a new PSU for the PSP 1003 device and a new higher capacity battery, when they arrived, I juiced them up and the PSP 1003 fire up and worked a treat.  I even managed to get it connected to the WiFi (albeit to the "guest network" as it needs to have security turned off).
I downloaded the latest firmware, rebooted and it works great.

Then, whilst wandering through town over the weekend, I noticed a couple of PSP 2003 devices in one of those cash convertor shop windows.  Whilst the missus was in the "knitting shop", I popped in asked to have a look.  Naturally, it had no PSU and no UMDs to test it.  For £15 I thought I'd take a gamble.... it looked to be in relatively good condition, no damage anywhere and the screen and buttons all felt pretty non-abused.

I got home, plugged in the PSU and charged up the battery.  It booted up, things were looking good.  I put a UMD in....it didn't make any whirring noises (as it should) and then reported it couldn't read the disc.  I tried a few more.  Then the reality sunk in.  The UMD drive was broken.

Well, that was part of the gamble I was taking.

Again, I took to a well know online auction site and I managed to find a replacement UMD drive for the PSP 2003 for a whole £7.50 inc. P&P.  really?!? well, [Buy It Now] was pressed at lighting speed.

After working away for a few days, I came home to find the box with the new UMD drive ready for me to fit.

Then the interesting journey of stripping down the PSP 2003 device to fit the new UMD drive began.  In all honesty, it took less than an hour to do the swap over and I wasn't giving it my full attention, so it could possibly have been done quicker.

First up was to get the "small" screwdrivers out....very small one's! remove the casing, there is a tricky screw underneath the battery and a warranty sticker.  As this looked immaculate, I concluded that this PSP 2003 had NEVER been opened before.  The slightly tricky part was to unclip those connectors for the LCD screen and the UMD drive - they all had different ways of undoing, but they made sense:

The new UMD drive is over on the left and the removed button bar and LCD is put nicely out of the way.  Time to unclip the UMD cables:

That small black cable and the big orange one are the UMD ones, unclip and let them hang loose:

It was slightly "fun" getting the UMD door off, but I got there eventually without breaking anything!

4 incredibly tight screws later and the old broken UMD drive is out:
and it was a straight reverse operation to put the new UMD drive back in.
Once finished with the rear side, it was a case of flipping it over and refitting those fiddly cables back in for the button bar and the LCD:

Time to screw it all back together and boot it up.  Blimey, it looks to still be working!

..and as I had put a UMD in the drive, it auto-booted into the game:

a quick press of the [Home] button and it shows the running into for the WipeOut game.

I put a different UMD in and that booted up nicely too, no juddering, just pure smoothness:

That cycled through the games that were on the UMD:

Time to wrap up the old drive and stick it in the "man drawer" just incase we need to salvage some bits from it in the future (really?.....really?.....well, the worm drive mechanism "might" come in useful for something robotic in the future, who knows?....)


and there we have it.  A fully operational PSP 2003 device, along with a PSP 1003 device - you can see that the 2003 is slightly slimmer/lighter, but it just helps to have 2 devices.  A small collection of games has started to be accumulated as I have found that these technology/game exchange/cash convertor places sell the PSP games for anything from £1 to £8 each, which is great!

anyway, enough of all this retro-ness, time to go and do something modern....

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