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[GUIDE] The MfM Guide to the Playstation Portable

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The MfM Guide to the Playstation Portable


If you have any queries concerning this guide or are looking for help with hacking the PSP or with interpreting this guide, please look here.

[PRE]
  1. An Introduction to the PSP PSP Specifications and Info
  2. Frequently Asked Questions FAQ
  3. Firmwares Installation and FAQ
  4. TimeMachine Installation and FAQ
  5. Pandoras Battery Installation and FAQ
  6. Opening the PSP Classic In-Depth Guide (PSP-1000)
  7. Recommended Homebrew Some of the best homebrew must-haves
  8. Installing homebrew/plugins A short guide on installing homebrew on all PSP models
  9. Kernel Explanation What kernel is best for you and why...
  10. Running Backed-Up Games Compression Guide Included
  11. Running PSX Games On Your PSP In-Depth Guide
  12. 5.03 HEN Installation and FAQ
  13. Custom Firmware Enablers Installation and FAQ
[/PRE]

Hello, welcome to The Ultimate PSP Guide. If you are new to the PSP homebrew scene, here is where you will want to start off. We will guide you through most - if not all - of the basics and as much advanced knowledge as we believe necessary for you to step out of the world of the newbies and into the realm of the knowing. If you are not familiar with the workings of the PSP, don't fret, we will cover every aspect of the PSP's hardware and software, how to hack it and how to make the best use of your console. If ever you don't understand something feel free to create your own thread in the forum asking for help and you can be safe in knowing that we have a great community that is willing to help you out, whatever the problem.



All credits for this guide go to the M for Mature forums and its members!
An extra thanks goes to Bubbletune and KezraPlanes.

SOURCES: wikipedia.org, forums.qj.net (and its members), about.com, gametrailers.com, playstation.com, sceners.org, dark-alex.org, mformature.net

Please ignore any shoddy parts of this guide, they will be fixed/completed soon!
 

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An Introduction to the PSP​

Thanks KezraPlanes

The PSP, as I am sure you are already aware, comes in various versions. The PSP-1000, PSP-2000, and the PSP-3000 models. Each model offers new features, the changes between each model will be looked at later. Despite it's name, the PSP acts as a media player, rather than a portable console. Out of the box it has the ability to play music files, video files, and view images that are present on the Memory Stick Pro Duo. However, these features are format restricted, meaning that not all different types of video, music and image files are supported by the PSP depending on the format of the file (this can be determined by the file extension, for example). Of course, among the said features it can play UMD games and downloaded content from the PSN Store.

PSP Model Specifications
  • PSP Phat/Classic (PSP-1000)
    • Dimensions: Approx. 170 mm (L) x 74 mm (W) x 23 mm (D)
    • Weight: Approx. 260 g (including battery)
    • CPU: PSP CPU (System clock frequency 1~333MHz)
    • Main Memory: 32MB
    • Embedded DRAM: 4MB
    • Display: 4.3 inch, 16:9 widescreen TFT LCD, 480 x 272 pixel (16.77 million colors), Max. 200 cd/m2 (with brightness control)
    • Speakers: Built-in stereo speakers
    • Main Input/Output: IEEE 802.11b (Wi-Fi), USB 2.0 (Target), Memory Stick* PRO Duo, IrDA, IR Remote (SIRCS)
    • Disc Drive: UMD Drive (Playback only)
    • Profile: PSP Game, UMD Audio, UMD Video
    • Main Connectors: DC OUT 5V, Terminals for charging built-in battery, Headphone/Microphone/Control connector
    • Keys/Switches: Directional buttons (Up/Down/Right/Left)Analog pad, Enter keys (Triangle, Circle, Cross, Square), Left, Right keys START, SELECT, HOME, POWER On/Hold/Off switch, Brightness control, Sound Mode, Volume +/-, Wireless LAN On/Off switch, UMD Eject
    • Power: Built-in lithium-ion battery, AC adaptor
    • Access Control: Region Code, Parental Control
    • Accessories: Stand, Headphone with remote commander, Headphone with remote commander and microphone, External battery pack, Case, Strap
    • UMD Specifications:
      • Dimensions: Approx. 65 mm (W) x 64 mm (D) x 4.2 mm (H)
      • Weight: Approx. 10g
      • Disc Diameter: 60 mm
      • Maximum Capacity: 1.8GB (Single-sided, dual layer)
      • Laser wavelength: 660nm (Red laser)
      • Encryption: AES 128bit
      • Profile: PSP Game (full function), UMD Audio (codec ATRAC3plus*, PCM, (MPEG4 AVC)), UMD Video (codec MPEG4 AVC, ATRAC3plus*, Caption PNG)
  • PSP Slim & Lite (PSP-2000)
    • Size and Weight
      • Approximately 6.7 in (W) x 2.9 in (H) x .9 in (D)
      • Approximately 280g / .62 lbs (including battery)
    • In the Box
      • AC adaptor
      • Battery pack
    • Input and Output
      • IEEE 802.11b (Wi-Fi)
      • USB 2.0 (mini-B)
      • Memory Stick Duo
    • Video Codec
      • UMD: H.264/MPEG-4 AVC Main Profile
      • Memory Stick: MPEG-4 SP, AAC
    • Music Codec
      • UMD: linear PCM,ATRAC3 Plus*
      • Memory Stick: ATRAC3plus*, MP3 (MPEG 1/2) Layer3)
    • Display
      • 4.3 inch, 16:9 Wide screen TFT LCD
      • 480 x 272 pixel, 16.77 million colors
      • Maximum luminance 180/130/80cd/m2 *
      • Maximum luminance 200/180/130/80cd/m2 **
    • Access Control
      • Region, Parental Control
    • Disc Drive
      • UMD Drive (read only)
    • Profile
      • PSP Game
      • UMD Audio
      • UMD Video
    • CPU Clock Frequency: 333MHz
  • Power and Battery
    • DC IN 5V connector
    • Lithium-ion Battery
  • Audio
    • Built-in stereo speakers
    • Headset connector
  • Memory
    • 64MB main memory
    • 4MB embeded DRAM
  • Wireless
    • IEEE 802.11b
    • Infrastructure mode
    • Ad hoc mode
  • Security
    • Encryption 128bit AES (Copyright protection technology) MagicGate
  • Key / Switches
    • Directional buttons (Up/Down/Right/Left)
    • Analog Stick
    • Enter keys (Triangle, Circle, Cross, Square)
    • Left, Right shoulder buttons x 1
    • START button, SELECT button, HOME button x 1
    • POWER/HOLD switch x 1
    • Display button, Sound button
    • Volume +/- buttons x 1
    • Wireless LAN switch (ON/OFF) x 1
    • OPEN latch (UMD) x 1
  • PSP-3000
    • External dimensions
      • Approx. 169.4 x 18.6 x 71.4 mm
    • Weight
      • Approx. 189g / 6.7 oz (including battery pack)
    • CPU
      • PSP CPU (System clock frequency 1-333MHz)
    • Main memory: 64MB
    • Display
      • 4.3 inches (16:9) full-transparent type
      • TFT drive, 480 x 272 pixel
      • Approximately 16,770,000 colors displayed
    • Sound: Built-in stereo speakers
    • Main input/ output
      • Wireless LAN (IEEE 802.11b)(Wi-Fi)
      • High Speed USB (USB2.0) (mini-B)
      • Memory Stick PRO Duo(TM)
      • Analog Video Out
      • Microphone
    • Main connectors
      • DC IN 5V connector
      • DC OUT connector
      • Video out/headset connector
      • USB connector
      • Memory Stick Duo(TM) slot
    • Key/ Switches
      • Directional buttons (up/down/right/left),
      • Analog stick,
      • Action buttons (triangle, circle, cross, square),
      • L/R buttons
      • START button, SELECT button, PS button
      • POWER/HOLD switch, WLAN switch
      • Display button, sound button, volume (+/-) buttons
    • Power sources
      • Lithium-Ion rechargeable battery pack
      • AC adaptor
      • USB power supply
    • Internal disc drive: Read-only UMD(TM) drive
    • Supported profile:pSP(R) (PlayStation(R) Portable) Game and UMD(TM) Video
    • Access control: Region code, parental control
    • Wireless communications Infrastructure mode: Ad hoc mode (connects up to 16 consoles)
    • Supplied accessories
      • AC adaptor
      • Battery pack (1200mAh)
    • Supported codec (in Memory Stick)
      • Video
        • Memory Stick Video Format
        • MPEG-4 Simple Profile (AAC LC)
        • H.264/MPEG-4 AVC Main Profile (AAC LC)
        • MP4 File Format
        • MPEG-4 Simple Profile (AAC LC)
        • H.264/MPEG-4 AVC Main Profile- CABAC only -(AAC LC) / Baseline Profile (AAC LC)
        • AVI
        • Motion JPEG (Linear PCM or u-Lau)
      • Music
        • Memory Stick Audio Format
        • ATRAC3(TM)
        • ATRAC3plus(TM)
        • MP3
        • MP3(MPEG-1/2 Audio Layer3)
        • MP4(MPEG-4 AAC)
        • WAVE(Linear PCM)
        • WMA(Windows Media(R) Audio 9 Standard only)
      • Photo
        • JPEG (DCF2.0/Exif2.21compliant)
        • TIFF
        • BMP
        • GIF
        • PNG
  • Product Name: PSP (PlayStationPortable) go
  • External dimensions: Approx. 128 x 16.5 x 69 mm (width x height x depth) (excludes largest projection)
  • Weight: Approx. 158g / 5.6 oz (including internal battery)
  • CPU: PSP CPU (System clock frequency 1-333 MHz, Main memory 64MB)
  • Display: 3.8 inches (16:9) full-transparent type, TFT drive, 480 x 272 pixel, Approx. 16,770,000 colors displayed
  • Sound: Built-in stereo speakers, Built-in microphone
  • Main input/output:
    • Wireless LAN (IEEE 802.11b) (Wi-Fi)
    • Bluetooth(R)2.0 (EDR)
    • High Speed USB (USB2.0)
    • Memory Stick Micro(M2)
    • Analog Video Out
    • Microphone
  • Main connectors:
    • Multi use connector
    • (DC IN / OUT, USB, Video Output / Input, Sound Input / Output)
    • Headset / Microphone connector
    • Memory Stick Micro(TM)(M2(TM)) slot
  • Key / Switches:
    • Directional buttons (up/down/right/left), analog stick,
    • Action buttons (triangle, circle, cross, square),
    • L/R buttons
    • START button, SELECT button, PS button
    • POWER/HOLD switch, WLAN switch
    • display button, sound button, volume (+ / -) buttons
  • Power sources:
    • Lithium-Ion rechargeable internal battery pack
    • AC adaptor
    • USB power supply
  • Internal memory: 16GB (Flash Memory)
  • Supported Profile: PSP Game
  • Access Control: Region code, parental control
  • Wireless
    • Wireless LAN (IEEE 802.11b) (Wi-Fi)
    • (Infrastructure mode / Ad hoc mode (connect up to 16 consoles))
    • Bluetooth2.0 (EDR)

The PSP also has a built in web browser, although not compatible with the newest version of flash, supporting only a B-type connection (opposed to G and N-types) and being incredibly slow, it can be useful when sitting in a free Wi-Fi area - maybe to check your emails, etc. All file formats that are supported by the PSP can be found in the above spoiler. Occasionally Sony will release a new firmware (See 'Firmwares'). However, the formats currently supported should cater to your needs just fine. There are many converters for video files, music files and image files out there, just search using your preferred search engine.

Each model of the PSP uses different methods to become hacked. Both the PSP-1000 and -2000 models can be hacked. Unfortunately however, the PSP-3000 model cannot be hacked; but an exploit is in the pipeline and is being investigated into.
 

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Frequently Asked Questions​

Thanks KezraPlanes

I want to run backed-up games, what do I do?
Installing a custom firmware will allow you to run backed-up games. Once you have installed your custom firmware simply drag and drop your ISO/CSO files into "X:/ISO/" and run from the Game > Memory Stick menu.
"X:/" being the letter assigned to your PSP by your computer (which can be seen under My Computer on a computer running Windows).

I want to run homebrew games/applications on my PSP, what do I do?
Again, you will need a PSP on a Custom Firmware. However, certain firmwares can also use something called a HEN (Homebrew ENabler), although I don't recommend them as they tend to have bad compatibility with homebrew.

My homebrew won't run on my custom firmware, what's wrong?
It depends on the error you are given when booted back into the XMB. However, it is most likely that you have not installed the 1.50 kernel add-on (this is probably the problem if you are trying to run an older homebrew game/application). For more information on the 1.50 kernel, check out the '1.50 Kernel Add-On Section'.

What Custom Firmware is best for me if all I want to do is run homebrew/backed-up games?
The latest Custom Firmware is usually what I recommend, as they come with the latest and most up-tp-date features. Stick with the latest release and you can't go too far wrong.

What is a plugin for a Custom Firmware and how do I use them?
  • There are three types of plugins: Game plugins (used in-game), VSH plugin (used in the XMB/Main Menu), POPS plugin (used in PS1 emulation). Firstly, you need to determine which of these your plugin is. To do so, check the readme supplied with the plugin.
  • Secondly, place the plugin in 'X:/seplugins/' and then create a text file called 'game150.txt' (for game plugins that are to be used in 1.50 games/homebrew), game.txt (any game plugin that doesn't use the 1.50 kernel), 'pops.txt' (any plugin that is to be used in PS1 emulation), 'vsh.txt' (any plugin that is to be used in the XMB/Main Menu).
  • Once you have created the correct text file, in it type "ms0:/seplugins/file.prx 1" ('1' is only needed in 5.00M33 or higher, otherwise leave it out. Use '0' if you want the plugin to start disabled).
    • Replace 'file.prx' with the name of your plugin. For example, if you are installing a plugin that is named 'boot.prx', replace 'file.prx' with 'boot.prx'.
  • Next boot into Recovery Mode by holding R on cold boot of the PSP. Go to the plugins section and then enable your selected plugin.

What is a Pandora's Battery?
Check the 'Pandora's Battery' section of this guide to find out more information on how it works and what it does.

What is an IPL?
The IPL, or Initial Program Load, is a hardware function embedded into the hardware on the PSP to tell the system to load when the user pushes the power button. The PSP is not the only device to use an IPL, many other devices also use one.

What is the Pre-IPL?
Pre-IPL is the first piece of code executed when you boot-up the PSP, which checks for a certain signature in the IPL and if that same signature fails to be there (which is what happens with Custom Firmwares) the PSP will not boot at all. On previous motherboards there was a flaw that allowed you to forge such a signature, which was used to make Pandora and Custom Firmwares work. These flaws has been fixed in PSP Motherboards TA-088v3 and TA-090v2 (labeled as the "cursed" motherboards).
 

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Firmwares - Installation and FAQ​
Thanks dark-alex.org

A firmware is, in most respects, simply the PSP's operating system. However, firmwares do not run in the same way as Windows or Mac OS X, for example. The firmware is what you are running when you are on your PSP, when playing a game, music, videos or viewing images. The firmware enables you to do all you can with your PSP, without it you would get nowhere. When a PSP does not have a firmware installed, or if the firmware files have been damaged, your PSP is called a 'brick'. This term is used to describe the state in which your PSP cannot successfully load the system files and boot into the firmware.

The firmware consists of hundreds of files, all working together to give you what is esentially the operating of your PSP. The files are stored in what is called the PSP's NAND chip. The NAND is limited to 32MB of space on the PSP-1000, but 64MB in PSP-2000 and PSP-3000. Access to these files is restricted in what we call 'user-mode' (which is what you are using when your PSP is not hacked). However, 'kernel-mode' gives full access to the firmware files. It is more than likely that any exploit you use to run unsigned code on your PSP was discovered through first gaining access to user-mode and then investigating further to discover another, more complicated exploit, that allows access to the PSP system files - or its kernel.

[PRE]1.50 [Official] - Download
1.50 POC [Custom] - Download
1.51 [Official] - Download
1.52 [Official] - Download
2.00 [Official] - Download
2.01 [Official] - Download
2.50 [Official] - Download
2.60 [Official] - Download
2.70 [Official] - Download
2.71 [Official] - Download
2.71SE [Custom] - Download: Rev.A - B - B' - B'' - C
2.80 [Official] - Download
2.81 [Official] - Download
2.82 [Official] - Download
3.00 [Official] - Download
3.01 [Official] - Download
3.02 [Official] - Download
3.02OE [Custom] - Download: Rev.A - B
3.03 [Official] - Download
3.03OE [Custom] - Download: Rev.A - A' - B - C
3.10 [Official] - Download
3.10OE [Custom] - Download: Rev.A - A'
3.11 [Official] - Download
3.30 [Official] - Download
3.40 [Official] - Download
3.40OE [Custom] - Download: Rev.A
3.50 [Official] - Download
3.51 [Official] - Download
3.51M33 [Custom] - Download: Release, -2 Update, -3 Update, -4 Update
-5 Update, -6 Update, -7 Update
3.52 [Official] - Download
3.52M33 [Custom] - Download: Release, -2 Update, -3 Update, -4 Update
3.60 [Official] - No Download - Never released as public update, only found
on first PSP Slims. PSAR file illegal to share.
3.60M33 [Custom] - Download
3.70 [Official] - Download
3.71 [Official] - Download
3.71M33 [Custom] - Download: Release, -2 Update, -3 Update, -4 Update
3.72 [Official] - Download
3.73 [Official] - Download
3.80 [Official] - Download
3.80M33 [Custom] - Download: Release, -2 Update, -3 Update, -4 Update
-5 Update
3.90 [Official] - Download
3.90M33 [Custom] - Download: Release, -2 Update, -3 Update
3.93 [Official] - Download
3.95 [Official] - Download
4.00 [Official] - Download
4.01 [Official] - Download
4.01M33 [Custom] - Download: Release, -2 Update
4.05 [Official] - Download
5.00 [Official] - Download
5.00M33 [Custom] - Download: Release, -2 Update, -3 Update, -4 Update
-5 Update, -6 Update
5.01 [Official] - Download
5.02 [Official] - Download
5.03 [Official] - Download
5.50 [Official] - Download[/PRE]

[FIELDSET=Official Firmware Installation]The installation procedure of an official Sony firmware is as simple as can be. To install an official Sony update, do the following:

  1. Firstly, choose the firmware you would like to install from the list above. You cannot install a firmware below that of your current.
    • If when downloaded the file is a compressed RAR or ZIP file, uncompress it using a program such as WinZip or WinRar.
    • If when extracted (or after being downloaded) the file is called something other than ‘EBOOT.PBP’, rename it to ‘EBOOT.PBP’ making sure not to give it a double extension (ie ‘EBOOT.PBP.PBP’).
  2. Place the EBOOT.PBP in the following directory on your PSPs memory stick: “X:/GAME/UPDATE/”. ‘X:/’ being the allocated letter for your PSP by your computer.
  3. Now all that is left is to run the update from your PSP. Do so by going to Game > Memory Stick and then selecting the firmware update. Make sure you either have your battery charged to a suitable level (50% is recommended at least) or have it plugged in to the mains via your AC adapter. I recommend that you have met both of these suggested requirements before beginning the upgrade.

If you are wanting to install a custom firmware, check the "Custom Firmware Installation" section.[/FIELDSET]

[FIELDSET=Custom Firmware Installation]There are a few methods in which you can install a custom firmware. Here is a list:

  • If you are a running an official firmware you can use a Pandora's Battery. However, to create a Pandora's battery you must have a PSP that is already running a custom firmware.
  • If you are on a custom firmware already you can install the latest custom firmware from either the Update icon on your PSP's main menu (NOTE: Only custom firmwares produced by Dark_AleX have this functionality) or you can update to the latest custom firmware via a similar method to the 'Official Firmware Installation' section. All you need to do is replace the official EBOOT.PBP with a custom firmware EBOOT.PBP.

Choose the desired custom firmware from the list in 'Firmwares'. Now proceed to do the following:

  1. If when downloaded the file is a compressed RAR or ZIP file, uncompress it using a program such as WinZip or WinRar.
    • If when extracted (or after being downloaded) the file is called something other than ‘EBOOT.PBP’, rename it to ‘EBOOT.PBP’ making sure not to give it a double extension (ie ‘EBOOT.PBP.PBP’).
  2. Place the EBOOT.PBP in the following directory on your PSPs memory stick: “X:/GAME/UPDATE/”. ‘X:/’ being the allocated letter for your PSP by your computer.
  3. Now all that is left is to run the update from your PSP. Do so by going to Game > Memory Stick and then selecting the firmware update. Make sure you either have your battery charged to a suitable level (50% is recommended at least) or have it plugged in to the mains via your AC adapter.
[/FIELDSET]
 

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TimeMachine - Installation and FAQ​

TimeMachine is an application and modification of the PSP's IPL. The primary use of TimeMachine is to emulate older official firmwares or older custom firmwares. It is used typically to load homebrew that has problems with running under the latest custom firmware. For example, a 1.50 kernel application that does not run under 4.01M33 - the latest M33 custom firmware - could be ran under TimeMachine, while emulating the 1.50 official firmware.

Firstly, TimeMachine acts as the PSP's IPL and checks for button presses during boot up. Secondly, depending on the buttons you assigned to each firmware the PSP will boot into the corresponding firmware when that button is held during the boot process - this includes booting off the NAND chip via pressing nothing, or the user chosen button press. You should make sure that something is booting automatically when no buttons are pressed as otherwise the PSP will act like a brick when nothing is held during boot.

If you know what DevHook is, you will be familiar with the loading of emulated firmware files. However, to a newbie it can seem quite daunting. An installation guide can be found below, and also a FAQ for those looking to see if their question has been asked previously. I will be adding to the FAQ frequently and whenever a question pops up on the forum that has been unanswered in the FAQ.

[FIELDSET=What will I need?]
  • A PSP Classic on 2.71 SE-A or higher.
    • An installation guide for 3.90M33 can be found here.
    OR
  • A PSP Slim on 3.60 M33 or higher.
    • An installation guide for 3.90M33 can be found here.
  • A USB Cable.
  • Pandora's Battery.
    • An installation guide for creating a Pandora's battery can be found here.
      Only follow part 1, part 2 is used later in this guide.
  • TimeMachine v0.1 Files: here.
  • Firmware file(s): Only download the firmwares which are stated in each guide section.
[/FIELDSET]

[FIELDSET="Limits and Functions"]Currently only the following firmwares are supported for loading by TimeMachine:

Classic PSP: 1.50 and 3.40 OE.
Slim PSP: Modified 1.50 (with 3.40 & 3.60 modules for Slim support) and 3.60 M33
Dark_AleX also notes that other custom firmwares will be added in the future.

In order to use it, it doesn't matter what firmware you have. However, in order to boot from the internal NAND (with a Pandora battery), you need at least 3.90 M33-2 on the Slim, it doesn't matter what firmware you have on the Classic PSP.
[/FIELDSET]

[FIELDSET=Installing TimeMachine]Downloads: TimeMachine
Installing TimeMachine is pretty easy, make sure you have a Pandora's Battery ready. A Pandora's memory stick isn't necessary but recommended as it will allow you to install a custom firmware already present on the memory stick (use the partial installation guide linked in the next section, as you won't need to format that way). There is no need to format your memory stick.
  1. Extract the TimeMachine file you downloaded above to your desktop.
  2. Enable USB on your PSP and browse to X:/PSP/
  3. Create a folder named GAME*. Replace * with your firmware (e.g. 3.71 M33 would be GAME371). If on 3.90M33 you must name the folder GAME380 (due to a small bug).
  4. Copy the 'TIMEMACHINE' folder (from your desktop) into 'X:/PSP/GAME*'.
  5. Toggle off USB, and browse to the Game > Memory stick on your PSP.
  6. Launch the TimeMachine Installer.
  7. Choose 'Install iplloader on PSP MS boot sector'
  8. After it finishes, it'll return to the menu. Now start to prepare your memory stick with TimeMachine things, like firmwares.
[/FIELDSET]

[FIELDSET=Convert Pandora IPL into TimeMachine Format]Guide: Installing Partial DC4
This will allow you to use the default Pandora options like installing a firmware from TimeMachine, if you already had DC1-4 or Team C+D's Pandora, simply follow these steps. Otherwise, follow part 2 of the above guide, it's a partial one that doesn't require formatting (because you are using the TimeMachine IPL).
  1. Load the TimeMachine Installer via GAME > Memory Stick.
  2. Make sure you have msipl.bin in the root of your memory stick. If you do not have this file you will need to create it using the Pandora installer (guide above).
  3. Select the option 'Convert Pandora/DC1-DC4 ipl into TM format' from the menu.
  4. Continue to another option or exit.
[/FIELDSET]

[FIELDSET="Classic PSP only"][FIELDSET=Installing 1.50 to the memory stick]Downloads: 1.50 EBOOT
This will allow you to run 1.50 from the memory stick.
  1. Download the 1.50 EBOOT.PBP and rename it to '150.PBP'.
  2. Place the newly renamed 150.PBP in root of memory stick.
  3. Run the TimeMachine Installer and select the option which is 'Install 1.50 (PHAT)'.
  4. Continue to another option or exit.
[/FIELDSET]
[FIELDSET=Installing 3.40 OE to the memory stick]Downloads: 1.50 EBOOT, 3.40 EBOOT
This will allow you to run 3.40 OE from the memory stick.
  1. Download the 1.50 EBOOT.PBP and rename to '150.PBP'.
  2. Place the newly renamed 150.PBP in root of memory stick.
  3. Download the 3.40 EBOOT.PBP and rename to '340.PBP'.
  4. Place the newly renamed 340.PBP in root of memory stick.
  5. Run the TimeMachine Installer and select the option which is 'Install 3.40 OE (PHAT)'.
  6. Continue to another option or exit.
[/FIELDSET][/FIELDSET]

[FIELDSET=Slim PSP Only][FIELDSET=Installing 1.50 with 3.40 HW modules to the memory stick]Downloads: 1.50 EBOOT, 3.40 EBOOT
This will allow you to run 1.50 on the Slim.
  1. Download both 1.50 EBOOT.PBP and 3.40 EBOOT.PBP from above.
  2. Rename them from 1.50 EBOOT.PBP -> 150.PBP and 3.40 EBOOT.PBP -> 340.PBP.
  3. Place both of the newly renamed eboot's in the root of your memory stick.
  4. You will need the 3.60 PSAR file which can only be obtained by the following method:
    1. Run the program 360DUMPER that is found in the TimeMachine Files on a psp running 3.60 M33.
    2. The PSAR can be checked against these MD5 and Size checks to make sure it is useable:
      • Size: 18189502 bytes.
      • MD5: EAA13343C70D9B0337C75B295 474C69A
  5. Once done, place the 360.PSAR in the root of your memory stick.
  6. Run the TimeMachine Installer and select the option which is 'Installing 1.50 with 3.40 HW modules (PHAT & SLIM)'.
[/FIELDSET]
[FIELDSET=Install 3.60M33 to the memory stick]This will allow you to run 3.60 M33 from the memory stick.
  1. First you must dump the 360.PSAR from a PSP Slim running 3.60M33:
    1. Run the program 360DUMPER that is found in the TimeMachine Files on a psp running 3.60 M33.
    2. The PSAR can be checked against these MD5 and Size checks to make sure it is useable:
      • Size: 18189502 bytes.
      • MD5: EAA13343C70D9B0337C75B295 474C69A
  2. Once done, place the 360.PSAR in the root of your memory stick.
  3. Run the TimeMachine Installer and select the option which is 'Install 3.60M33 (SLIM)'.
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[FIELDSET=Using TimeMachine]Last but not least, how do you use it?
  1. Pull in the TimeMachine memory stick and Pandora battery (in that order).
  2. Whilst putting in the battery (or turning it on if you had it in already), press one of the following buttons:
    • Cross: 1.50
    • Circle: 1.50 modified for Slim support
    • Triangle: 3.40 OE
    • Square: 3.60 M33
    • UP Button: Pandora/DC1-4
    • Anything else: Will boot from internal NAND chip (requires 3.90 M33-2 or higher on the Slim)
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I bricked, what can I do?
It's close to impossible to brick with this, try starting your PSP with the AC adapter and then turn your battery back to normal.

Flash USB from custom firmwares doesn't work, how can I solve that?
The TimeMachine core replaces the flashing functions, and there is no point in using those as the firmware is on the memory stick and you can simply modify it on there.

I have Jas0nuk's ELF menu installed, will it still work?
Yes, pressing the up button will launch the ELF menu, instead of the main DDC menu.

Can I do this with a Slim battery?
Yes, Hellcat said it wouldn't work as a precaution, but it has been tested by several people and turns out to work perfectly fine.

What is the root of my memory stick?
It's the logical drive you find under 'My Computer', where all the folders like 'PSP' are.
 

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Pandora's Battery - Installation and FAQ​

A Pandora's Battery is a modification of the PSPs battery. It unlocks a mode called 'Service Mode' that allows direct access to the NAND with read and write access, effectively allowing anything to be installed onto it. This mode was unlocked for the scene by Team D+C as a way to unbrick (fix) broken PSPs. Problems that can be fixed through a Pandora's Battery are wide, but here is a list of the most common uses for a Pandora's Battery:
  • Re-flashing a PSP that is bricked
  • Dumping the NAND
  • Restoring the IDStorage of the PSP
  • Installing a custom firmware onto a PSP that cannot use homebrew to install one
  • Testing a M33 custom firmware (through DDC)

[FIELDSET="Introduction"]In this guide we will explain the installation of Desperater del Cementerio v7. This will allow you to install 4.01 M33-2 directly on any PSP, providing that you have a homebrew-enabled PSP to make it on in the first place.
It will allow numerous things, installing both the 4.01 offical firmware and 4.01 M33, unbricking any PSP, testing 4.01 M33 directly from the memory stick, requesting information about the PSP's hardware, rebuilding your IDStorage from scratch, executing a physical format, and many more things.
If you've already got TimeMachine installed, it will integrate seemlessly, if you don't and want it, we suggest installing it before installing DDCv7, if you want to add TimeMachine to DDCv7 later, look at the TimeMachine guide.

WARNING: A Pandora's battery will NOT work on PSP's with the TA-088v3 motherboards. However, trying will not harm your PSP in any way.[/FIELDSET]

[FIELDSET="What will I need?"][/FIELDSET]

[FIELDSET="Converting the battery"]
  1. Extract the Pandora Installer Revision 4 you downloaded to your dekstop.
  2. Enter the extracted folder and copy 'pan3xx' to X:/PSP/GAME on your memory stick.
  3. Launch it via GAME > Memory stick.
  4. If a message appears saying you have a TA-085v2 or higher motherboard, you can't convert your battery.
    • In this case, either try a different PSP, or order a pre-made Datel Tool battery.
  5. Choose either the option 'OK' or 'Do not show this again' at the credits screen.
  6. Scroll down to 'Battery options' and choose 'Make battery Pandora'.
  7. When done, exit the application.
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[FIELDSET="Installing DDCv7"]
  1. If the file X:/TM/config.txt doesn't exist, create one and leave it blank.
  2. It's recommended that you get rid of DDCv5 and DDCv6 first by removing the X:/TM/DDCv5 and X:/TM/DDCv6 folder.
  3. If you have any PTF themes enabled, disable them to prevent issues.
  4. Extract the downloaded 'despertar6.rar' to your dekstop.
  5. Copy the 'DC7' folder to 'X:/PSP/GAME/'.
  6. Copy the downloaded 401.PBP to the root of your memory stick.
  7. Launch the installer from GAME > Memory stick.
  8. Press cross to start the installation.
  9. Choose what button you want to use to boot into DDCv7 later.
  10. If the installer shows an error at 99%, you'll have to reformat your memory stick.
    • Backup all data on your memory stick, it will get lost when formatting.
    • Launch the Hellcat tool from the last section via GAME > Memory Stick.
    • Scroll down to the 'Memstick and MS-IPL options' and choose 'Repartition and format MemStick'.
    • Press L+R+X to confirm the re-formatting of the memory stick (all data will be lost).
    • Restore your backup and repeat the DDCv7 installation steps.
  11. Sit back and wait for the installation to finish.
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  • Turn off your PSP fully.
  • Start your PSP whilst holding the button you chose during installation.
  • Choose one of the options.
    • Install 4.01 M33

      • This will install the latest 4.01 M33 custom firmware to your PSP.
    • Install 4.01 OFW

      • This will install the official 4.01 Sony firmware to your PSP, keep in mind that you won't be able to run homebrew or benefit any of the custom firmware features.
    • NAND Operations
      • Dump NAND will make a physical dump of your PSP's NAND chip, restoring it later will bring it back to the exact same state as it was when the dump was made.
      • Restore NAND will restore a NAND dump. Restoring another person's NAND dump on your own PSP will result in an incorrect IDStorage, although it's repairable using DDCv7, it's always better to keep an original dump from your own PSP.
      • Format Lflash will remove and recreate the flash0, flash1, flash2 and flash3 partitions, this will help when you have trouble installing any more due to incorrect partitioning.
      • IDStorage tools need to be handled with care, do not use them unless you have problems with your IDStorage, please make a post regarding the issues you are having and let the experienced members of these forums decide whether you should regenerate your IDStorage. Doing so for no reason just increases the risks of obtaining bad blocks in the IDStorage section.
    • Hardware Info
      • This will display several details about the hardware of your PSP, such as your motherboard, model and several hardware versions.
    • Test M33
      • This will boot you into 4.01 M33 entirely from the memory stick, even if no firmware is installed on your PSP's NAND.
What is DDC and what does it mean?
DDC stands for Despertar del Cementrio and it is a variant of the Pandora software used to exploit the vulnerability in service mode. DDC provides an easy-to-use and simple GUI that can do all of the above operations.

Why do I need a Pandora's Battery to install a Custom Firmware?
If you are on a PSP that cannot be updated to a Custom Firmware through methods other than using a Pandora's Battery, it is because it is the most effective and safe way to install a custom firmware on a PSP.

Why won't a Pandora's Battery work on my PSP-3000 PSP?
Sony revised their hardware preventing the Pandora's Battery from working on the PSP-3000. Unfortunately no method has yet been found to install a custom firmware on a PSP-3000, though exploits are in the works.

What PSP's can I use the Pandora's battery on then?
Any PSP that is a PSP-1000/-2000 model can use a Pandora's Battery.

What does dumping the NAND do?
Dumping your NAND allows you to backup your firmware, so if something bad happens when installing another firmware or your PSP becomes bricked, you can re-flash your backed-up NAND file to restore the PSP back to its old configuration.

What use does restoring my PSPs IDStorage have?
In most cases, unless your PSP is bricked through a corrupt IDStorage, it will have no affect on your PSP. It is not recommended to restore/create a new IDStorage unless all other methods of fixing your PSP have been exhausted.

How do I create a Pandora's Battery if I don't have an already hacked PSP?
Unfortunately you cannot create a Pandora's Battery without a PSP that is already hacked, but you can buy readily made Pandora's Batteries from Datel. You will have to create the 'magic memory stick' through other methods instead of using another PSP too (you can download applications for the PC that will create them for you).
 

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Opening the PSP Classic​

[FIELDSET=What Do I need?]
  • A small tip flat head screwdriver
  • Phillips #000 screwdriver
  • Patience and some time
[/FIELDSET]

[FIELDSET=Step 1]Start off by removing your battery cover, battery and memory stick.

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[FIELDSET=Step 2]Once you have done the above step, remove the warranty sticker (this DOES void your warranty) Now, using your #000 screwdriver begin to remove the two silver screws on the right side of the PSP, inside the battery compartment. Then remove the two black screws on the left side of the battery compartmentl. Proceed by removing the silver screw on the bottom of your PSP near the sticker code. Finally, remove the two black screws on the back side of your PSP, on the right. (All 7 screw locations are marked below. You only have to remove the two silver screws on the right in the battery compartment if your planning on removing the metal housing)



Then with a gentle pull of the faceplate it will separate from the PSP.

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[FIELDSET=Step 3]To remove the LCD screen just place a flathead where the arrow on the image is, and push forward.



On the bottom-left, top-left, bottom-right, and top-right you will see a rectangle hole with a clip through it coming from the LCD screen. Once you remove the clips from any of the 3 corners, the last corner will be loose. (This is what holds in the LCD screen)





Put the flathead between the two metal holders on the bottom-left where the clip is and gently move the flathead in and push up. Do the same for the top-left and the left side of the LCD screen should lift up easily. Then do the same for right side of the LCD screen and the LCD screen will pop out. You simply flip it over revealing its two connections.
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[FIELDSET=Step 4]Now that you see the two connections, you also see the brown clasp that holds the connections together. First flip the skinny clasp off which flips from top up. Now go to the wider brown clasp. Take your flat head and put under the clasp in the middle and flip upwards and the clasp will pop up.(This one flips from the bottom up instead, it also might be a bit harder)

(The two clasp are circled)


Now your LCD screen will be free. (This is helpful for replacing LCD screen or getting to the screws underneath the lcd screen)
You can now clearly see the metal holder and you can clearly see each and every screw
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[FIELDSET=Extra Information]Once you have finished opening your PSP you can do things such as:

  • Remove the screw on the top-right. This helps the UMD door close better.
  • You can also replace your UMD door/slot by removing the screws underneath the LCD screen.
  • You can remove dust from the LCD screen as well.

If when you put your PSP back together you find that the analog stick is not working correctly then you must tighten the bottom left screw on the PSP under your analog stick.

In case your clasp to you're LCD breaks off, here is a mini tutorial on how to fix that up. (This personally happen to me with the skinny clasp because you need to lift up the PSP when putting it back in) So here's what you do:

Get a piece of tape and a folded piece of paper about the size of half your nail. Then turn your PSP on and keep putting the skinny cable on where it suppose to be and keep moving it around until you see the LCD light go on. Then you hold it there and place the paper at the tip of the cable where its connecting at and put tape over it. Now the folded paper will work as the as the clasp/cable. The clasp/cable pushed it down and held it in place. Now when you put the LCD screen on, since the paper is budging out a little, the lcd will press down on it and it will work!​
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Recommended Homebrew​
Thanks to Slasher!​

  • Games Categories Revised
    Allows you to categorise your homebrew into different folders. The plugin will then show different memory stick icons on your PSPs XMB for each category, or a menu when you select the Game > Memory Stick icon, depending on which option you prefer. No longer do you need to scroll through huge lists of homebrew!​
  • eLoader
    eLoader allows you to run 1.50 kernel homebrew games or applications that may not run on the PSP Slim through a friendly user interface. Loads just like any other homebrew.​
  • PatchSFO
    if you find that some homebrew appears as corrupt, try patching it using this nifty little utility.​
  • LuaPlayer
    Luaplayer allows you to play Lua games/applications, of which there are many. You cannot run Lua games without this homebrew application unless the Lua game or application is built to run on its own, in which case Luaplayer is not needed.​
  • RemoteJoy
    RemoteJoy lets you view your PSP screen on your computer through an easy-to-install plugin. Good for playing emulators on the big screen while using the PSP as a remote control/joystick.​
  • Fusa
    "Allows you to play games on ANY TV over ANY cable. (composite, component, svideo, d-terminal) All kinds of cables are supported! Besides that, it allows you to play on full screen area!"​
  • Recovery Flasher
  • PSPWrite
    A handy text editor for the PSP that allows you to manipulate text files on-the-go!​
  • BookR
    Allows you to read various text formats on your PSP.​
  • Bermuda CS 9
    A fun Paint-like program that allows you to play around on a blank canvas with various tools.​
  • Academic Aid
    Helps solve mathematical equations in Algebra I, Algebra II, Calculus, Trigonometry, Physics I, and Physics AP.​
  • iRShell
    iRShell is an incredibly versatile PSP shell that has hundreds of functions not available in the Sony XMB. To find out more, visit irshell.org.​
  • PSPFiler
    PSPFiler is a useful file browsing utility that allows you to copy, paste, rename etc. files that are on your PSPs memory stick. It also allows access to your PSPs flash files.​
  • PSPTube
    PSPTube lets you view YouTube videos, among various other video websites videos on your PSP.​
  • PSPIRC
  • LightMP3
    An alternative to the PSPs built-in music player. Easy to use, and better than Sony's music player, LightMP3 allows you to play various audio file formats on your PSP.​
 

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How To Install Homebrew​

Installing homebrew on a custom firmware is relatively simple. Here is a quick guide which will tell you all you need to know:

[FIELDSET=Installing Homebrew]
  • First download whatever homebrew application you wish to use.
  • If the downloaded homebrew file is a RAR or ZIP, extract it using either WinZIP or WinRAR.
  • Copy the enclosed folder into the following directory on your PSPs memory stick: "X:/PSP/GAME/".
  • If you know which kernel the homebrew application or game uses, change the kernel that your PSP uses in the Recovery Menu. Most recent homebrew will use the 5.XX/4.XX kernel.
    • Turn your PSP off completely.
    • Turn your PSP on whilst holding the R button.
    • Go to the following location: Configuration
    • Change the option under "Game folder homebrew" to match the homebrews kernel.
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Of course, you cannot use homebrew on a PSP running an official firmware unless there is a HEN release for it. In which case, to run homebrew on a HEN firmware do as above. Same goes for 1.50! :)
 

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Kernel Explanation​

Once you have installed your custom firmware, I am sure you will be looking to install homebrew onto your PSP. However, before you start downloading and installing all your homebrew files, you might want to read up on what a kernel is and which you should use and for what occasion.

The kernel of a PSP is its low-level architecture that is used for loading files associated with the firmware, which would be any file that runs on your PSP. The kernel of a PSP is incredibly important and MUST be present, as without it, like the firmware itself, you would get nowhere. However, the kernel has been modified over time in various firmware releases to cater to the needs of the PSPs new features. For example, firmware 3.00 introduced the 3.XX kernel, whereas firmware 4.00 introduced the 4.XX kernel.

There are a number of different kernels, but it is probable that you will only encounter a couple of them. The most common kernels, and the firmwares they are used in, are:
[PRE]Kernel Firmware kernel is associated with
1.50 1.50 (and most custom firmwares)
2.00 2.00
3.00 3.00
4.00 4.00
5.00 5.00
---- ----
2.50 2.00
5.03 5.00[/PRE]​

As you can see, there is a recurring pattern. Although for every firmware that is of the X.00 variety I have stated that they share the exact same kernel, this is not true for those firmwares which are, for example, like 'X.01'. I have added a couple of examples above to show you how which kernel firmwares with the version number, for example, 'X.01' use.

If you would like to read up on kernels, what they are and how they work etc then take a look at the Wiki article of 'Kernel (Computer Science)'. This article is not aimed at the PSPs kernel, but at kernels in general.

To know which kernel to use and for which homebrew, you will need to know what homebrew uses what kernel! I suggest to try loading all homebrew using the latest kernel first and if that doesn't work then try it with the 1.50 kernel. :)
 

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Running Backed-up Games On Your PSP
This guide will help you to run backed-up games on your PSP console using the M33 firmwares

[FIELDSET=How To Run A Backed-Up Game][FIELDSET=What Will I Need?]
  • A PSP running a custom firmware (preferably M33)
  • An ISO/CSO file to test
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This is a very simple process, however sometimes problems will occur where the game will not run. If you do encounter any problems like the said, then take a look at the advice below the guide.

Anyway, here we go:
  1. Connect your PSP to your PC using a USB cable.
    • You can use a card reader for this as well.
  2. Enable USB Mode in the XMB
  3. If the folder 'ISO' is not already present in the root (X:/) of your memory stick, create it.
  4. Drag and drop your chosen backed-up game into the ISO folder.
  5. Once it has finished copying over, exit USB mode (or insert the memory stick into the PSP) and in your XMB do the following to run your game:
    • Go to 'GAME > Memory Stick' and start your ISO/CSO game by pressing CROSS (it will look like a normal UMD game would in the XMB).
  6. Follow the above procedure for adding any other backed-up games you may have.
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[FIELDSET=Compressing an ISO][FIELDSET=What Will I Need?]
  • A PSP running a custom firmware (preferably M33)
  • An ISO/CSO file to convert
  • The ISO Compressor - Here
[/FIELDSET]

Compressing an ISO is easy. When done your ISO will be a CSO. Do the same with a CSO as you would with an ISO to run it on your PSP.

  1. Extract the RAR file to your desktop
  2. Run the exe file named 'PSP ISO Compressor 1.4.exe'
  3. Follow the onscreen instructions to install the application
  4. Run the application from Start Menu > All Programs > 'PSP ISO Compressor'
  5. Now do the following:
    1. Browse for your ISO file under 'Input File'
    2. Choose the save location and name of the CSO under 'Output File'
    3. Tick the option 'Browse to output folder after compression'
    4. Choose your preferred compression level (I recommend 9*)
    5. Leave 'Use NC' unticked
    6. Make sure that on the left the option 'Compress ISO -> CSO' is selected
    7. Start the compression by selecting the 'Compress' button
  6. Once done, you will be automatically taken to your newly created CSO
  7. Copy the CSO to your ISO directory on your PSP
  8. Done!

The compression percentage differs depending on the size of the original ISO and the game itself.

*Remember that when you are compressing an ISO, the loading times will be affected. However, the amount the loading will be effected depends entirely on the compression level chosen. If you aren't willing to wait a little longer to play your games after compression, choose compression level 2-5 instead of 9.[/FIELDSET]

[FIELDSET=Troubleshooting]My ISO/CSO game is not running, it gives an error when I attempt to start it.
Do the following:
  • Turn your PSP off fully.
  • Turn your PSP on while holding the R button to enter Recovery Mode.
  • Go to 'Configuration'.
  • Change the option 'UMD Mode' to 'Sony NP9660 -NO UMD-' by pressing CROSS while the option is selected until it reaches the said option.
If it still doesn't work after the above, go to Recovery Mode by following the above instructions and do the following:
  • Turn your PSP off fully.
  • Turn your PSP on while holding the R button to enter Recovery Mode.
  • Go to 'Advanced > Advanced Configuration'.
  • Play around with the two options, enabling one and then trying to load the game, etc.

I have tried the above, but the game still returns an error when I try to load it, what can I do?
Your ISO/CSO may be corrupt, try backing it up again. If you know for sure it isn't corrupt, then try using 'M33 Driver -NO UMD-' as your UMD Mode, it may be that 'SONY NP9660 -NO UMD-' isn't working.

I compressed my ISO, but it hardly changed in size?
Some ISO files have already been compressed either by the developer or, if you downloaded it, then by the person who uploaded it. Remember, a CSO is already compressed, so you cannot compress it even more by converting it back to an ISO, etc.[/FIELDSET]
 

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Running PSX Games On Your PSP
Thanks Adiuvo!

[Fieldset=Introduction]One of the favorite features of the PSP is the ability for it to run PSX (Playstation One) games. But, Sony's support for this on the Europe and USA PSN store has been lackluster at best. So, the homebrew community has stepped up and created a few applications that allow you to create your own from ISO files or physical disks. This guide will explain how to do that in an easy to read (hopefully) fashion.[/fieldset]
[FIELDSET="Files Needed"]RS-GUI- Needed to convert the ISO files. Will allow you to convert multi disk PSX games as well.
WINRAR- Needed to extract RS-GUI.
USB Cable- Needed to transfer files.
PSP- System guide is written for. Any model will do, but it must be on firmware 5.01M33 for the best results.
ISO File- Needed for converting. A physical disk must be converted to such before converting. Separate instructions for that are included below.[/FIELDSET]
[FIELDSET="Converting ISO Files"]
  • Once you download RS-GUI, and the ISO file(s) of your choice, extract RS-GUI using WINRAR. Run the file called 'RS-GUI PopStationMD' to bring up the main application menu.
  • From there, use the 'Select First CD,' 'Select Second CD', etc. dialogs to choose the respective ISO files. After that, choose the game title and code from the list under 'Choose,' or input it manually if you already know it. Alter the compression values if you wish, where one is the least compression but best preformance, and nine is the opposite. Usually however, nine will provide good preformance regardless. At this point, you can create the needed PBP file using the 'MAKE' button.
  • You can also add custom icons for the game, using the 'Extras' menu.
    • ICON0 is the small icon you see when browsing the game section of your PSP, and has to be 144x80 in resolution. PIC0 is the information section you usually see in retail games, and has to be 310x180 in resolution. PIC1 is the main background image, and has to be 480x272 in resolution. BOOT is the image you see when the game starts, ICON1 is the video that plays when the game is hovered over, and SND0 is the music that plays. Just use the 'Browse' button to add these items to your EBOOT.
  • After the PBP file is made, browse to the directory you set as output. The default is in the 'data' directory in the folder where 'RS-GUI PopStationMD' is. From there, you will need to create another folder, with it's name being the same as the game's you converted. Move the PBP file into that folder, and connect your PSP using the USB cable. Drop the whole folder you created into the PSP/GAME folder on your PSP. Disconnect your PSP, and browse to the GAME section in the XMB (main menu of the PSP). Your game will now be under there, and start it like any other.
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[FIELDSET="Credits"]Adiuvo- Created the Guide
Red_Squirrel- The RS-GUI Converting Program
Dark-Alex- The POPS System
Sony- The PSP[/FIELDSET]
 

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5.03 HEN (ChickHEN) - Installation and FAQ


The symbol HEN stands for Homebrew ENabler. After the TiFF exploit on firmware 5.00+ were discovered by MaTiAz and others, a homebrew developer named Davee decided to release a working HEN for all PSP models and motherboards, solving the great issue of no homebrew on PSP Motherboards model TA-090v2 and TA-088v3.

The HEN consists of loading a simple file [h.bin] through the means of the code-filled image "slim.tiff" or "phat.tiff" [depending on your PSP Model]. Considering the exploit is very unstable it may take a few tries to get it to work [I will address that issue further down]. After the successful booting of h.bin, your PSP will reboot into HEN mode.

[fieldset="Installation of HEN on Phat [1k] PSP"]
1. Get the HEN from Davee's Website HERE or any other trustworthy PSP Website [Exophase or MfM];
2. Extract the contents of the downloaded file using WinRAR or WinZip and copy the file .tiff file inside of the "PHAT" folder to ms0:\PSP\PHOTO\ChickHEN;
3. Then I would advise you to use the images in the following pack to help the HEN boot faster using the following method.
3.1. Start by copying 3 image files of your choice and try booting HEN by directing your PSP XMB to the ChickHEN folder in PHOTO. Try at least 5 times.
3.2. If it does not work after the 5th time, add another picture and try another 5 times. Keep going until HEN finally boots up. This is the method that works best with me.​
4. After seeing your PSP go haywire, it should boot up in HEN mode so go and enjoy your homebrew.
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[fieldset="Installation of HEN on Slim or Brite [2k and 3k] PSP"]
1. Get the HEN from Davee's Website HERE or any other trustworthy PSP Website [Exophase or MfM];
2. Extract the contents of the downloaded file using WinRAR or WinZip and copy the file .tiff file inside of the "SLIM" folder to ms0:\PSP\PHOTO\ChickHEN;
3. Then I would advise you to use the images in the following pack to help the HEN boot faster using the following method.
3.1. Start by copying 3 image files of your choice and try booting HEN by directing your PSP XMB to the ChickHEN folder in PHOTO. Try at least 5 times.
3.2. If it does not work after the 5th time, add another picture and try another 5 times. Keep going until HEN finally boots up. This is the method that works best with me.​
4. After seeing your PSP go haywire, it should boot up in HEN mode so go and enjoy your homebrew.
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Custom Firmware Enablers [GEN-A and CFWe] - Installation and FAQ


Albeit controversial and released against the wishes of coder Davee, two Custom Firmware Enablers have been released to enable backups on PSP 2k models with a TA-088v3 motherboard and 3k models with TA-090v2 models.

The first is CFWe by Becus25 and Xenogears and was released at the dax.org forums. The second is GEN-A which was release by GENyUS over at PSPGEN. I've decided to stick with CFWe because it's much simpler and does the job pretty well, should anyone want to add the installation process for GEN-A, PM Moose with it.

[FIELDSET="Installation for CFWe"]
1. Get the latest version of CFWe from HERE;
2. Extract the contents of the downloaded file using WinRAR or WinZip;
3. Copy the PSP folder to ms0:\ (also known as the root of your memory stick);
4. Boot up HEN (if you haven't already done it);
5. Direct your XMB to GAME and open up the memory stick icon, and the CFWe icon should appear;
6. Choose the option to Flash the files into your PSP and your PSP shall reboot;
7. Enjoy your CFWe'd PSP.
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