PSP colors inverted.

Discussion in 'PSP - Console, Accessories and Hardware' started by toxicityj, Dec 21, 2012.

  1. toxicityj

    toxicityj Newbie

    Dec 19, 2012
    United States
    Waynesboro, Pennsylvania
    I purchased, on the cheap, a PSP from a friend of mine. He shipped it to me in a less than favorable manner. So I suspect something got banged up, but anyway..

    I got the PSP and the battery was drained. I forgot the thing didn't come with a charger so I grabbed a charger that fit and output the 5V the PSP required (according to the sticker by the charger port anyway). Success! the thing began charging and after a while I began to play around with the home screen a bit. Changing my theme color, setting my name, adding my network, etc. Then I started to play a game (FF7: CC) the game loaded up fine so I exited back to the menu and continued fiddling with that. At some point I realized the screen colors looked completely wrong. Inverted, even. Here's what I'm looking at.

    Here's what I've tried:
    • Restarting PSP
    • Removing battery, restoring it, then turning on PSP
    • Playing without the charger
    • Doing a factoy reset via PSP menu
    • Wiping memory card via PSP menu
    • Updating firmware to 3.8 from 3.73 (I'd heard reflashing firmware could fix this problem)
    Here's what I know about the PSP:
    • It's a PSP-1000 (says 1001, but I've only seen references to PSP-1000, 3000, etc.)
    • Firmware version 3.8
    • No custom firmware installed
    • 32MB mem card
    My guess is either it got knocked around during shipping and the ribon cabble connecting the screen to the mobo got knocked out of place or it almost did and me fiddling with it so much knocked it way out of place. Or my unofficial charger did something to it. But I find that unlikely because it was working fine for the first 15 mins or so while charging with it.

    Tomorrow I'm going to be visiting my parents and that's where all of my smaller tools are at so I'm going to try to take this thing apart and check any loose cables. I had loose ribbon cable problems with my DSlite before so I'm hoping it's that because it's an easy/free fix.
  2. Rydian

    Rydian Resident Furvert™

    Feb 4, 2010
    United States
    Cave Entrance, Watching Cyan Write Letters
    Definitely seems like a hardware issue to me, since you're on an old OFW and the updates do appear to wipe flash0, and there's no setting in flash1 that would affect this as far as I know.
  3. toxicityj

    toxicityj Newbie

    Dec 19, 2012
    United States
    Waynesboro, Pennsylvania
    Okay I got around to taking the thing apart and the ribbon cable was connected properly, so I don't know what the issue is. There's no visible damage to the screen itself. Do you all think it's worth dropping $20 on a replacement on the chance that the screen went bad? I actually bought the PSP off my friend for that amount, lol.
  4. xist


    Jul 14, 2008
    It looks posterized....

    If updating/flashing a new firmware doesn't alter it then you might want to think about just getting another 1000 depending on the state of the rest of the console. $20 should go a fair way into buying another 1000.
  5. Foxi4

    Foxi4 On the hunt...

    pip Reporter
    Sep 13, 2009
    Gaming Grotto
    Wow... err...

    I'm guessing here, but I think the ribbon got damaged - clearly it transfers "some" colours, but not all of them... Perhaps swapping the ribbon for a new one would fix it, if not, swapping the whole screen for a spare. That said, it'd probably exceed the costs of getting a new unit altogether. My advice? Get a new one and keep this one for spare parts or just get a 2000/3000/Go. ;)
  6. Janthran

    Janthran Solarian

    Sep 17, 2011
    United States
    The Pacific Northwet
    I know this is really annoying for you, but it's kinda funny that this can happen.