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  1. #1 How To Install Custom Firmware On Your PSP -A Complete Guide 
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    This tutorial will explain how to install custom firmware on your PSP.

    Firstly, as of yet, you cannot do this with a PSP-3000.

    Also, throughout this guide you will see me use these terms. It helps if you know what they mean, but you'll do perfectly fine even if you don't.

    Brick - A brick (or bricked PSP) is a PSP that is rendered completly useless either through hardware or software. Basically, the PSP won't work.

    Initial Program Launcher (IPL) - The IPL is the part of the PSP's system software that is first run during the boot-up process, and is responsible for loading the rest of the system software. The IPL is stored in a separate part of flash memory to the rest of the system software, and special techniques are required to access it.

    Root - The Root is the first page you see when you double click your PSP or Memory Stick under "My Computer".

    You will need:


    1. - A hackable PSP-1000[Fat] or PSP-2000[Slim] that is fully charged.
    2. - A Pandora Battery
    3. - A Memory Stick Pro Duo [64MB - 4GB]


    Tutorial


    Step 1: Can you hack it?
    You need to find out if your PSP is hackable. All Fat PSP's are hackable using this method, so if you have a Fat, skip to Step 2.

    One indicator that your Slim is not hackable is if firmware version 4.01 was installed on it when you got it.

    If you are certain that your PSP is hackable, skip to Step 2. If you have a Slim and you aren't sure, follow these instructions:

    Step 1: Download this file:
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    You need to format your memory stick with the app called "mspformat" that is included.

    1. - Connect your PSP via USB.
    2. - Format it using the command "mspformat E", being "E" the letter of your PSP on your PC.
    3. - Program will ask you to confirm it, press Y.
    4. - Plug out your PSP. IMPORTANT: DO NOT format again the MS within the PSP until this test has finished.
    5. - Connect again the PSP via USB, and manually create PSP and PSP/GAME folders.

    Step 2: This must be done on a PSP with Custom Firmware. If you don't have it, ask someone else to do this step and give you the resultant files.

    Firstly, download these 2 files:

    This is the 3.90 update.
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    This is the 4.05 update.
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    1. - Copy the GETIPL folder to PSP/GAME. Put the 3.90 and 4.05 updates onto the Memory stick root with the following names: "390.PBP", "405.PBP".
    2. - Run the GETIPL app from your PSP with custom firmware, and it will create a couple of files on the Memory Stick root, called "ipl390.bin", "ipl405.bin".
    3. - Connect the PSP via USB, and use the "msinst" program that its included on the pack to install the 3.90 IPL on the Memory Stick.
    4. - You must do it this way: "msinst E E:\ipl390.bin", being "E" your PSP letter on your PC. Program will ask you to confirm it, press Y.

    Insert the MS with the 3.90IPL installed onto the PSP that you want to confirm if it's a TA-088v3 or not, and turn it on with a Pandora Battery plugged in. You'll have two possible results:

    - PSP turns off immediately after starting - Your PSP is NOT a 88v3.
    - PSP stays turned on with a green light forever - Your PSP is a 88v3, or you have done something wrong. The next step will confirm this.

    - Connect again the PSP via USB, and use again the msinst, but this time with the 405IPL. Remember, "msinst E E:\ipl405.bin", being E your PSP letter on your PC.

    Try to load it again with a Pandora battery. You have two possible results:

    - PSP turns off immediately. If PSP turns off immediately with this IPL and on the other test it had that green light forever, it is definately a 88v3.

    - PSP keeps with a green light forever. This CANT be on any PSP, being 88v3 or not. If this is the case, youve done something wrong.
    Step 2: Making a Magic Memory Stick:
    Now we're going to prepare the Memory Stick PRO Duo to install Custom Firmware.

    1) Download PSP Grader v008 here:
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    2) Plug your PSP into the PC via the USB cable ensuring that the Memory Stick Pro Duo is inserted into the PSP. Back up important data on your stick, as it will be formatted.

    3) Run PSP Grader. Once it has opened, select 'Download'. This will download the 5.00 update file needed for installing custom firmware. The download will take up to 5 minutes, depending on your connection.

    4) When it has finished downloading, under 'Target Memory Stick', select the drive letter of your PSP. Also, tick the box that says 'Format Memory Stick'.

    5) Select 'Create Pandora Stick', and let it do it's thing. This should take 3 or 4 minutes.

    You can now plug out the USB cable.
    You now have a magic memory stick!


    Step 3: Making A Pandora Battery:
    If you already have a Pandora Battery, then you can skip this step!

    I advise you buy a Pandora Battery to have as a spare. I own this one:
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    If you do not own a Pandora Battery, follow these instructions to make one:

    Requirements:

    1) Any PSP Fat with Custom Firmware OR
    2) A PSP Slim with custom firmware AND A TA-085v1 Motherboard. [If your PSP Slim came with 3.60 firmware then you most likely have a Ta-085v1 Slim PSP]
    3)'Hellcat's Pandora Installer v4b'
    Download:
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    Installing 'Hellcats Pandora Installer v4b':
    1. Unzip the downloaded file to your computer
    2. Connect your PSP to your computer and make a USB connection,
    3. Copy the "pan3xx" folder to your memory stick in the PSP > GAME folder.
    4. Close the USB Connection and disconnect the USB Cable.
    5. Turn off your PSP.

    Converting a 'Normal battery' to a 'Pandora Battery':
    1. Insert the Battery you want to convert into your PSP and turn your PSP on.
    2. Go to the Game menu, then run the "Pandora Installer for 3.xx+ -R4b-"
    3. Once the program starts, press "X" to go to the main menu.
    4. Scroll down to "Battery Options" and press "X"
    5. Scroll down to "Dump Battery Serial to File" and press "X"
    (this will backup the battery serial to your memory stick)
    6. Select "Make Battery Pandora" and press "X"
    7. The Battery serial in the top left should change to "0xffffffff"
    (If the battery serial doesn't change then your PSP can't write to the battery or the battery is not compatible)
    8. If the battery serial is "0xffffffff" then your Normal Battery is now a Pandora Battery.
    9. Scroll down to "Back to main menu" and press "X"
    10. Choose "Quit" and press "X" and the program will exit
    11. Turn off your PSP and remove the battery (which is now a Pandora battery)
    You now have a pandora battery!


    Step 4: Installing Custom Firmware On your PSP:
    Now for the final and most important step, actually installing the Custom Firmware onto your PSP. Don't worry, you've already done all of the hard work.

    1) Power off your PSP fully.
    2) Put the Magic Memory Stick in your PSP.
    3) Put the Pandora Battery in your PSP, and hold down the left shoulder button. Once the IPL has loaded on your PSP, press X. Your PSP will begin installing Custom Firmware. This should take around 3 or 4 minutes.
    4) When this process is finished, press X to shut down your PSP.
    NOTE: MAKE SURE YOU PRESS X TO SHUT DOWN YOUR PSP BEFORE YOU REMOVE THE PANDORA BATTERY OR MAGIC MEMORY STICK. YOU COULD BRICK YOUR PSP IF YOU DON'T DO THIS.
    5) Once your PSP has shut down, you can now remove the Pandora Battery, and put in your normal one. You can also now format the magic memory stick to get it back to normal.

    Congratulations, you now have a PSP with Custom Firmware!


    Note: Now that you've got custom firmware, you might want to turn that Pandora Battery back to a Normal Battery so you can use it properly. To do so, just follow these steps:

    Converting a 'Pandora Battery' to a 'Normal Battery':
    1. Insert the Pandora Battery into your PSP, your PSP will turn on automatically.
    2. Go to the Game menu, then run the "Pandora Installer for 3.xx+ -R4b-"
    3. Once the program starts, press "X" to go to the main menu.
    4. Scroll down to "Battery Options" and press "X"
    5. Scroll down to "Set Battery Serial from File" and press "X"
    6. Scroll down to "Back to Main menu" and press "X"
    7. Choose "Quit" and press "X" and the program will exit.
    8. Turn off your PSP and remove the battery (which is now a Normal Battery)
    Note 2: When you're booting up your Custom Firmware'd PSP for the first time, hold down the R Trigger. This will bring you to the 'M33 Recovery Menu'. To get the best experience from your PSP, do the following:

    1) Go to Configuration, then to 'UMD Mode'. Set this to M33 Driver or Sony NP9660 [I personally use this one, and have no problems]
    2) In Configuration, find 'Use M33 network update', and enable it. Now you can use the network update to update your custom firmware.
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    great tutorial mny thanks.
    only prob is, i dont kno any1 with a custom fw psp. is there any other way to get a hold of the files required in step 2?
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