The PSX Restoration Project #PSXRestorationGen

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Well, in this article I will describe you something that I personally do like a second hobby in my free time over the past two years. It combines several activities that most people can do from home easily. It is about restoring/fixing consoles and more specifically in this article of the PS1.

As you already know from your experience and probably as an owner of a PlayStation / PS1 or otherwise called PSX by the “old school”, the console is simply immortal, both as a gaming console and as hardware because of its excellent durability.

Before I start with the various stages of restoring a PS1, I will mention some of the advantages related to why somebody may start doing this.

The advantages are the following:

1) Nowadays you can find the console at a very low price.
2) You may want to remember your childhood, to experiment on it and do various mods, or even want one to complete the tetralogy of PlayStation (PS1, PS2, PS3, PS4).
3) Also, the differences between the models are relatively small, so finding parts is very easy compared to other consoles.
4) Various repairs can be done quickly and easily.
5) Finally, the so-called “mod-chipping”! It is misunderstood by many people who don’t really know the benefits of a modchip. A modchip mainly can provide many new features to the console, most of them are features of a debug console like Net Yaroze. More specifically, it enables the console the capability to run indie games that once were given for free along with magazines, Homebrews, emulators, several small programs, even your own code. Some of you that are familiar with programming languages ​​can easily build your own game and see it running to a beloved console.

The console restoration stages:

In this example: A console in bad shape that boots up normally but appears to be unable to run any kind of game. Note that we don’t know if there is any modchip installed in yet.

1) We start by disassembling the console.


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2) Cleaning the console: What you will have to use depends on the condition of the console. Some basic needs are alcohol, soap and a sponge. Start by cleaning the upper part of the shell, inside and outside like you do with the dishes 😛

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3) Identification of the problem (in this case: Faulty installation of a modchip, probably an attempt by the previous owner to save the console). In other cases the cause may be a detached wire or old and corroded weldings due to temperature or humidity.


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4) The repair, (in this case: Re-installation of the modchip, new wires and solder.) In other cases which this is impossible you can simply remove the chip.


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5) Cleaning of the bottom and assembling of hardware.



6) Synchronizing the lazer and testing with different types of CDs.


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7) The result: You successfully saved a retro console and participated with your own way to recycling!




The restoration of the controller:

1) Repairing the rubber pads: In case you do not have any spare parts, parts of another pad (ex: TV Remote) may work as long as the black contacts have the same size with the original.



2) Cleaning of the circuit board: with cotton and alcohol.

3) Cleaning the controller’s shell/housing: inside and outside of the plastic.




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And maybe one day you realize that you have so many PS1 consoles and think that this hobby has to stop! xD



Share now your own PlayStation restoration project on Twitter and Facebook with the hashtag #PSXRestorationGen  

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