thank very much for your reply.
yes i read about some buttons malfunctioning...but i couldn't remember if they were the two buttons you mentioned.
on mine i can hardly see the metal under the right button of the d-pad, but under the square button it very noticebla.
at first for some reason i guess i was sooooo excited in getting the psp that i did not bother "inspecting" it detail by detail...but then later i did that and i freaked out after seeing that metal part. i thought i did something and i broke it...
but you mentioned something...that the metal part under the square button covers half of the button (under)...mine is half then a half...
anyhow...i hope i will be fine
i love my psp
thanks a bunch