Restoring the original PlayStation (PS1) - Vintage Console restoration & repair

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  • Published on:  Saturday, October 12, 2019
  • I wanted to restore a PlayStation 1 for my next console restoration / repair. I got this forgotten Playstation from person who told me it started having issues and then it was stored in a shed collecting dirt and dust, but hopefully not rust.

    This time I didn't dare to test it before cleaning the worst dirt off because ti could cause it to short of maybe scratch my games as they are spinning in the drive. however I was full of hope as from what I understood and the owner remembered this could be a simple fix. After everything was apart I was happy that there was no bad corrosion, however the way the mod chip was installed made my cry inside. The RF shield looked like the chip was installed by the Hulk himself. Nothing was soldered underneath it so there was literally no reason to bend it. And there was always the option of removing the RF shield which took probably 2 minutes. I bet this person keeps their phone in same pocket with their keys... Enough complaining.. I washed all the "waterproof" parts with soapy water and parts that don't like water I cleaned with compressed air and when necessary with alcohol.

    After cleaning everything up I put everything back together and tested if the playstation still worked. I did, kind of. The games were not loading and if they were they got stuck to loading windows etc. At this point I was pretty sure the issues was with the disc drive. The question was can I repair it or do I need a new one. This is a common issue with PS1. The sled on the drive that reads the disc runs out of oil and gets stuck causing issues. Sometimes the sled also wear the tracks down ruining the drive so that it needs replacing. Another way to test for drive issues is to use the playstation upside down, If it works it's definitely a disc drive issue.

    I also wanted to remove the mod chip. I can always reinstall it. But for the purposes of the video (restoration) it makes sense to remove it. I also wanted to fix the damaged RF shield as much as possible I got it pretty good bu hammering it on flat piece of metal. Something like this can never be completely fixed because bending the metal will stretch it making it impossible to get the part 100% flat but I got pretty close so I'm very happy. After all it will be hidden inside the case.

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    Some of my other tools:
    Basic rotary tool:
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    Chuck norris' toothbrush:
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  • Shugoki LP

    Shugoki LP

     2 hours ago

    Nice work



     10 hours ago

    Wouldn't be surprised if you put most of the dirt and dust on the unit yourself, just to be able to make this "restoration video".

  • Kevin James

    Kevin James

     15 hours ago +1

    I do not comment nor ask for upvotes but everyone make sure Odd knows that someone is taking his videos claiming them as their own, as remarketing them as asmr videos.
    This is the link to the channel @UCucxpJ2blvneeUGW_TqrNug
    So far the channel has accrued 1.7k subs. All the while the comment section is split between people praising "his" videos and other saying they are stolen. The youtube channel owner has claimed the videos in his comments.

  • joe smoe

    joe smoe

     18 hours ago

    Just dip all the parts in isopropyl alcohol a few times...blow dry.....

  • TechDriverUpdate 28

    TechDriverUpdate 28

     18 hours ago

    its pretty obvious this guy adds the patina to all of these projects himself, they literally have the exact same dirt and pattern every time.

  • MrCoolside91


     22 hours ago +2

    Although be advised, someone else has uploaded your video as theirs also. Can provide direct link if you need it.

  • You are breathing

    You are breathing


    Ah, back when consoles were easy to disassemble.

  • D4nn1Prid3202



    My ps1 is made in 96 and it’s clean got it used I got my ps2 brand new in 2001 and still use it till this day no problem even though it seen some abuse but still works and ps3 got it almost 10 years and still use it for Netflix and ya take care of your stuff

  • Terror Tales

    Terror Tales


    removes modchip... are you crazy

  • Tricky Sumit

    Tricky Sumit

     2 days ago +3

    If u r seeing this comment

    Then ur eyes are too strong

  • Reel Reels and More

    Reel Reels and More

     2 days ago

    This looks fake because most owners of vintage video game consoles don’t get them as dirty as the painted on material or in the disk housing either

  • bayu mahendra

    bayu mahendra

     2 days ago

    Didnt know psx had wireless controler ver

  • paul Z

    paul Z

     2 days ago

    Your videos are very therapeutic

  • Raúl


     3 days ago

    I get the impression he's been intentionally soiled and mistreated. So fake.

  • _stupidgamer_


     3 days ago

    Oh boy ps1! I haven't see it for years my bros used to play ps1 it's was fun to play by the way good video keep it up

  • misha batang blogger

    misha batang blogger

     3 days ago




     3 days ago

    Still got mine

  • Gianmarco


     3 days ago

    I feel like the rockstar logo was important

  • La Pointe

    La Pointe

     3 days ago


  • Cool Guy

    Cool Guy

     3 days ago

    The previous owner probably stored it in his trash can