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If your PlayStation is no longer registering controller input or recognizing memory cards, it may be time to replace the controller ports on the console. This guide will take you through the process of replacing this component, which includes the controller ports and the memory card slots in one assembly.

Note: This repair is demonstrated on a SCPH-1001 model. The process may differ slightly if you have a later model.

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  1. PlayStation Controller Ports Replacement, Open the Console: step 1, image 1 of 1
    • Before you begin, make sure the console is turned off and unplugged.

    • Turn the console upside down and remove the five 15.8 mm-long Phillips #1 screws.

    The SCPH-9001 model does not have the Parallel Port panel to remove.

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  2. PlayStation Controller Ports Replacement: step 2, image 1 of 2 PlayStation Controller Ports Replacement: step 2, image 2 of 2
    • While holding the top and bottom halves of the console together, flip the console back over. Lift the top cover straight up to remove it.

  3. PlayStation Controller Ports Replacement, Remove the Controller Ports: step 3, image 1 of 1
    • Remove five Phillips #1 screws securing the metal shield to the controller ports:

    • Two 14 mm screws

    • Three 8 mm screws

  4. PlayStation Controller Ports Replacement: step 4, image 1 of 2 PlayStation Controller Ports Replacement: step 4, image 2 of 2
    • Lift the metal shield straight up to remove it.

  5. PlayStation Controller Ports Replacement: step 5, image 1 of 2 PlayStation Controller Ports Replacement: step 5, image 2 of 2
    • Pull the controller port's ribbon cable straight up and out of its socket on the motherboard to disconnect it.

  6. PlayStation Controller Ports Replacement: step 6, image 1 of 2 PlayStation Controller Ports Replacement: step 6, image 2 of 2
    • Lift the controller ports straight up and out of the bottom case.

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Compare your new replacement part to the original part—you may need to transfer remaining components or remove adhesive backings from the new part before installing.

To reassemble your device, follow the above steps in reverse order.

Take your e-waste to an R2 or e-Stewards certified recycler.

Repair didn’t go as planned? Check out our Answers community for troubleshooting help.

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I try replacing the controller and still wouldn't play memory cards.

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I changed the controller port but the psx still doesn't recognize any controller. Both controller port and ribbon cable work perfect in other console. I wonder which components on the mother board are related with the controller ports so I can check them with a tester.

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I replaced the PS605 fuse and now the controllers work again! Thanks to this video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HdULot5F...

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I'm having a weird issue, it will read in second do

Port but not the first. Changed controller port and still having the same issue

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The problem on mine is where I can’t use memory card slot 1 but Slot 2 works and is what I use but I would like to used slot 1 and have more than just a single memory card for playing games on it.

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