I got a PSone ("PS1 slim") for $5 off Facebook. Real dirty, didn't have any of the cables. So I take it apart, clean it real good. I take my universal power pack and my PS2 AV cables and plug it in. Everything goes fine for a while, the game boots up and I start playing it. Then the video looked like it was inverted, and the audio cuts out. The PSone crashes. I turn it back on and it freezes on the boot screen. I took it back apart and cleaned it out with alcohol. Still doesn't work. I'm thinking it could be the power pack?

What are the steps I can take to determine if this is something I can fix myself?

  • Do you mean"slim" as in the one Sony branded "PSone"? Might be a useful detail in terms of troubleshooting.
    – user12
    Feb 1, 2017 at 17:07
  • Yes, jdv, thats exactly what I mean.
    – Justin
    Feb 1, 2017 at 17:12

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I bet you have a dirty lens or faulty optical drive. Try cleaning the diode with a Q-Tip and a electronic lens cleaning solution. It's also possible that the entire drive is broken or dirty. Does the PS1 read any other discs like audio CDs? It might need an entire spindle hub or optical drive replacement.

Maybe some of the tips in this iFixit troubleshooting guide will help.

  • Would a optical drive from a fat ps1 be compatible with a slim?
    – Justin
    Feb 1, 2017 at 16:45
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    @Justin I'm not sure, but I would bet there are at least some technical differences between the optical drives between each PS1 version, even if they were subtle.
    – JAL
    Feb 1, 2017 at 18:55
  • Well I guess we will find out.
    – Justin
    Feb 1, 2017 at 19:43
  • I did switch out the optical drive, didn't help. Once I get some extra cash Ill order a new optical drive.
    – Justin
    Feb 10, 2017 at 17:45

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