Introduction: How to Fix a Psp Camera

this is for those people who's psp camera won't connect correctly. I hacked my camera to fix this. I had to push down on the side that didn't connect with a screw, so I added another screw on that side.

DISCLAIMER: I DO NOT CLAIM RESPONSIBILITY IF YOUR CAMERA IS DAMAGED OR BROKEN IN THE PROCESS. THIS IS A HIT OR MISS PROJECT. DON'T TRY THIS IF YOUR CAMERA DOESN'T CONNECT EVEN WHEN YOU HOLD DOWN THE SIDE.


UPDATE: I actually, since making this, have broken, then re-bought a new camera. the camera had the same problem, so I looked at the motherboard and, sure enough, a solder connection had come undone. I resoldered it, and the camera works fine now. try that before doing this and probably adding to the problem.

Step 1: Gather Materials

you will need only a few things for this:

a drill
a dremel (you could use this as your drill)
a bolt that fits your psp (these are hard to find, I got mine from a packet of spare parts for my drill)
a small screwdriver (I actually used a nail for a screwdriver, because the screws are so small)

sorry I don't have a real picture, I forgot to take one.

Step 2: Open Case and Dremel Support

first, unscrew the two tiny screws on either side of the usb connector. then, the case will come apart. then, take out the components. be VERY careful. once you have them out, you will notice that the camera component has a little support bracket on one side. you need to dremel a little half circle there as shown in the picture, because it's right where the bolt needs to go.

Step 3: Dremel Peg Flush

now, get your casing (the part with the screw on one side and the peg on the other). you need to dremel the little peg down to make it flush with the rest of the casing.

Step 4: Drill Hole Through the Peg

now, using the place where you dremeled the peg as a guide, drill a hole as big as your bolt through the casing. you have to drill through both sides of the casing (upper and lower).

Step 5: Put It Back Together

make sure you've cleaned out the drill site very well, and then put your entire camera back together.

Step 6: Trim and Insert Bolt

now, this turned out to be the most time consuming part, mostly because there is only a 2 or 3 millimeter window to cut your bolt to for it to be the right length. I cut it a bit, tried it, cut it a bit, tried it, etc. until it worked. I also had to cut a little piece out of the head so it could get past the microphone.

Step 7: Tighten Bolt

now, tighten your bolt until your psp connects properly. don't tighten it too much, or you could crack your casing.

you're finished! now take pictures.

Comments

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%5Bcorosive%5D made it!(author)2010-08-16

is the camera on the psp already, or is it just some other camera? (sorry I'm kinda a noob)

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codongolev made it!(author)2010-08-18

It's a camera that attaches via usb. it costs about fifty dollars to buy one. I actually need to update this, I only made a workaround, not a fix....

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DevinF made it!(author)2014-12-24

I understand this is an old comment but damn. :O that cost back then for a 480p camera. I got mine for like 4.99 without all the fees.

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pancho+del+rancho made it!(author)2009-07-25

couldnt u get the ps2 camera and convert in to a 5 port

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codongolev made it!(author)2009-10-02

how would you convert it to a 5 port?

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pancho+del+rancho made it!(author)2009-10-02

cut the wire and put the psp usb cable input fot it

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pancho+del+rancho made it!(author)2009-10-02

its just a thought never tried it

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codongolev made it!(author)2009-10-03

wait.. I misunderstood what you meant. the psp camera has a few extra prongs that are needed. I think they tell the psp that it's a legit camera. oh well.

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N1CK4ND0 made it!(author)2009-06-26

Great job posting an instructable after asking a question on how to fix it! Great effort!

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funnyfoo0 made it!(author)2009-03-12

wow good instructable if my psp camera brakes I know were to look

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codongolev made it!(author)2009-03-14

yeah. I think it happened because I had my camera on my psp 24/7, even in my pocket.

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