Note regarding the new Raspberry Pi Zero 2 W:
The Zero 2 is compatible with my board, with the exception of the SD card slot. The pogo pins no longer line up, so the SD card must be inserted directly into the Pi Zero 2 W. The pogo pins are shifted far enough to where they won’t interfere with anything, so there is no need to de-solder them. Everything else works perfectly using the SD card image linked below in the software section. Be aware that there are now 2 different images. The original Pi Zero/Zero W requires the original image, and the Pi Zero 2 requires the Pi Zero 2 image. The Pi will not operate if you use the wrong image, but no damage will occur if you try the wrong image.
Here’s what you receive with your purchase:
PSPi Zero board
PSPi Headphone board
6-pin JST SH 1.0mm cable (with same-side pinout)
Raspberry Pi stacking header
To complete the build, you need the following:
4.3″ 800×480 LCD (available here) or 480×242 LCD from PSPi Version 4
Raspberry Pi Zero or Pi Zero W
Battery with JST PH 2.0mm connector (available here and here)
USB to miniUSB adapter (available here)
PSP Charger (can be the original PSP charger, PSP USB charging cable, or miniUSB cable)
A mostly-complete PSP
Mount the Raspberry Pi to the PSPi board, using the included three M2.5 screws
Insert the stacking header pins through the Raspberry Pi and into the female header
The pins from the stacking header should reach the bottom of the female header. Just make sure they don’t protrude through the board.
Solder the stacking header pins to the Raspberry Pi. Be careful when soldering, and make sure that solder and flux don’t drain down into the connector. If you are concerned that this may happen, then just solder a couple pins to lock things into place, then remove the Pi and stacking header from the PSPi board and solder the remaining pins.
Snip the excess from the stacking header pins using flush cutters
Remove the three screws, and remove the Raspberry Pi from the PSPi board.
Install the headphone board into the PSP shell
Use 3 of the silver PSP screws to mount the headphone board and the small plastic cover
Plug one end of the 6-pin JST SH cable into the Headphone board, and the other end into the PSPi board
Install the PSPi board into the PSP shell. Excess wire from the JST cable can be pushed into the cutout on the Headphone board.
Insert the PSP charging cable into the charging connector
Insert the 10-pin and 24-pin FPC cables into the FPC connectors.
Be careful when locking the connectors closed. Apply an even force across the entire clip.
Route the speaker wires under the PSPi board. When routing the left one, keep it in the recessed area on the left. My speakers were temporarily removed so I could wash the case, so I’m reinstalling them now.
Pull the speaker wires through and install them into the connectors.
Install the LCD bracket, making sure to position the D-pad in the notch of the bracket.
Install screws in all the screw holes. Keep them all slightly loose initially, so the board is able to align as the remaining screws are installed.
Before fully tightening the screws, verify that the gold joystick pads are centered in the hole on the LCD bracket. Use the white perimeter around the pads to check alignment. It should self-align, but there is some wiggle room for manual alignment if needed. Once it’s aligned, tighten all the screws. Also verify that the rubber conductive pad is installed.
It is also very important that you check the back of the pogo pins on the USB and microSD, and verify that they are not touching the LCD bracket.
If they are, you can either bend that section of the LCD bracket upward and away from the pogo pins, or you can add some Kapton tape between the LCD bracket and the pins.
Install the two LCD bracket screws in the battery compartment
Install the Pi Zero back into the PSPi board. Reinstall the three screws.
Install the LCD.
Be careful when locking the connector closed. Apply an even force across the entire clip.
Install the extra button bracket
Put a screw in the D-pad
If not already done, install the rubber contact pad and retainer for the right trigger
Install the left and right trigger buttons
Install the faceplate. Install the four black screws and one fine-pitch silver screw.
Install the battery
Install the microSD card
Install the cover
Option 1 – Installation Instructions Using Image
Extract the image and use imaging software (such as Win32DiskImager, Etcher, or Raspberry Pi Imager) to image your SD card
Option 2 – Manual Offline Installation Instructions
This is written for an offline installation. It assumes that you have a freshly imaged microSD card with RetroPie 4.7.1
Start by visiting the othermod Github at https://github.com/othermod/PSPi-Zero-Version-5
Download everything by clicking the “Code” button and hitting “Download ZIP”
Once you do that, extract the download using your favorite ZIP file extraction software. I use 7zip.
Open the extracted folder, then copy the PSPi folder and the file called config.txt to your microSD card.
Allow it to overwrite the files on the SD card.
Install your SD card into the microSD slot on the PSPi board
Attach a USB keyboard (using the miniUSB connector on the PSPi board) and power the system on by pushing the power switch upward for a moment.
Once the system boots, press F4 on the keyboard to exit to the command line.
Type the following command and press Enter to install everything:
sudo bash /boot/PSPi/setup.sh
It will install everything, then it will automatically reboot. The configuration is finished after the reboot, and the PSPi is ready to use.