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    this guide is outdated use psp hacking thread COMPLETE! instead

    This guide is contained within the one thread and has all you need for hacking your PSP via the various methods available

    --To start--

    You will be thinking now, well I've got a PSP, and I want to use its full potential by hacking it. That's fair enough, as there are a lot of things you can do with a hacked PSP over a not-hacked PSP:
    - Play full PSP game backups, known as ISOs
    - Run homebrew (user made applications)
    - Play old PS1 games
    - Run emulators for old systems such as the NES, SNES, GBA, N64 and more
    - Change your PSP's theme

    The first thing you need to ask yourself is what type of PSP to do you have?

    --The PSPs--

    - A PSP 1000 (aka PSP Fat)
    - A PSP 2000 (aka PSP Slim)
    - A PSP 3000 (aka PSP Brite)
    - A PSP Go

    - All PSP 1000s are currently hackable.
    - Most Slims (PSP 2000s) are fully hackable, except the newest ones with firmware 4.01 loaded or above. To see if you have a Slim with the "unhackable" TA-088v3 motherboard inside, check this thread. If you do have an "unhackable" PSP, you can load a temporary application called CFW Enabler and run your homebrew and ISOs from there (see below)
    - PSP Brites (PSP 3000s) aren't fully hackable, but CFW Enabler can be loaded on those with 5.03 firmware and below to run your homebrew and ISOs (see below)
    - PSP Gos currently cannot play ISOs, but can play some homebrew through the Half-Byte Loader

    --The Basics--

    Next, you need to understand the basics of hacking a PSP. When people say they have "hacked" their PSPs it means that they have modified the firmware (the operating system the PSPs use) on it to a certain firmware called "Custom Firmware" or CFW for short.

    CFW is modified Sony-made firmware so that you can run homebrew (user made programs) and copies of UMD games stored on your Memory Stick as ISOs, as well as old games via emulators.

    The current Official Firmware is 6.30
    The current Custom Firmware is 5.50 GEN-D3

    Custom firmware retains all the features of Sony firmware and adds more (such as the capabilities I have already stated). There are two types of Custom Firmware floating around at the moment: one is called M33 by Dark_Alex of Team M33, and one is called GEN by the GEN team. GEN firmware is current and is updated frequently, M33 hasn't been updated for a long time and doesn't support current games. This guide shows you how to load GEN firmware.

    There are loads of ways to get Custom firmware. Check what PSP and firmware you have on your PSP, then choose one of the options below:

    PSP 1000

    Firmware: 1.00, 1.50
    Upgrade straight to Custom Firmware

    Firmware: 1.51, 1.52, 2.00, 2.01, 2.50, 2.60, 2.70, 2.71, 2.80
    Downgrading 2.80 and Below

    Firmware: 2.81, 2.82, 3.00, 3.01, 3.02, 3.03
    Downgrading 3.03 and Below

    Firmware: 3.10, 3.11, 3.30, 3.40, 3.50
    Downgrading 3.50 and Below

    Firmware: 5.03 and below
    Installing 5.50 GEN-D3 using ChickHEN - Recommended

    Firmware: All - Requires another, already hacked, PSP
    Making a Pandora's Battery: The Softmod Method
    -- Using your Pandora's Battery

    Firmware: All
    Making a Pandora's Battery: The Hardmod Method
    -- Making the Battery
    -- Making the Magic Memory Stick
    -- Using your Pandora's Battery


    PSP 2000 Hackable (not TA-088v3)

    Firmware: 5.03 and below
    Installing 5.50 GEN-D3 using ChickHEN - Recommended

    Firmware: All - Requires another, already hacked, PSP
    Making a Pandora's Battery: The Softmod Method
    -- Using your Pandora's Battery

    Firmware: All
    Making a Pandora's Battery: The Hardmod Method
    -- Making the Battery
    -- Making the Magic Memory Stick
    -- Using your Pandora's Battery


    PSP 2000 "Unhackable" (TA-088v3 and above)

    Firmware: 5.03 and below
    Using Custom Firmware Enabler on your "Unhackable" PSP

    Firmware: 5.03 and below
    Running 5.03 GEN-C on your "Unhackable" PSP - Recommended


    PSP 3000

    Firmware: 5.03 and below
    Using Custom Firmware Enabler on your "Unhackable" PSP

    Firmware: 5.03 and below
    Running 5.03 GEN-C on your "Unhackable" PSP - Recommended




    Notes:
    - For the Pandora's Battery: A Fat battery will work in a Slim, but the Slim battery will not work in a Fat

    For Further Reading:
    - M33 Firmwares for Noobs
    - Quick Guide For New Users
    - Pandora Battery FAQ
    - How to hardmod a battery
    - How to Post for Help

    Thanks to: BCman, Demonchild, richluk, Stallone, RainMotorsports, kazebt, Calo

    Last edited by dm646; 04-26-2013 at 11:45 PM. Reason: updating

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    Upgrade straight to Custom Firmware

    Notes:
    This method cannot be used if you have official firmware 1.51 and above. Custom firmwares will work though
    You can use this guide to update your existing M33 firmware to the latest firmware. Just start at step 4
    It is a good idea to backup then format your Memory Stick on the PSP before you begin

    Works on firmware: 1.00, 1.50 | All CFW

    Also Needed:
    - Memory Stick (preferably larger than 32MB)
    - A PSP battery that is charged more than 76%

    Instructions:

    1) Start here if you have firmware 1.50 or CFW lower than 4.00 M33
    - Download the 5.00 M33 Recovery Package -- HERE
    - Open the .rar
    - Copy 500.PBP to the root of your Memory Stick
    - If your PSP is running 1.50 official firmware, open the FW1.50 folder and copy both folders (%_SCE_rflash and _SCE_rflash) to /PSP/GAME
    - If your PSP is running CFW instead, copy the RECOVERY folder to /PSP/GAME
    - Disconnect your PSP

    2)
    - Once finished, go (on your PSP) to Game > Memory Stick.
    - Run Hellcat's Recovery Flasher
    - Choose "I AGREE, now take me to the program!"
    - Scroll down to Install CFW (of version selected above) and press X
    - Choose "reset (format) settings as well"

    3)
    - Wait as 5.00 M33-6 is installed on your PSP
    - When it is finished, press any button to reboot the PSP
    - Enter your settings again

    4) Start here if you have firmware above 4.00 M33
    - Download 5.50 GEN-D3 -- HERE
    - Extract the .rar file somewhere
    - Copy the UPDATE folder from the .rar to your PSP under /PSP/GAME/
    - Copy 550.PBP to the root of your memory stick
    - Disconnect your PSP

    5)
    - On your PSP, go to Game > Memory Stick
    - Run the 5.50 GEN-D3 updater
    - Follow the on screen instructions

    You should now have 5.50 GEN-D3 Custom Firmware installed on your PSP. Go exploring and find some homebrew to put on it
    Last edited by Scorpus; 10-16-2010 at 05:49 PM.

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    Pandora's Battery: The Softmod Method

    Works on firmware: 1.00, 1.50 | Any CFW

    Also needed:
    - A PSP battery to become a Pandora's battery. The battery will become unusable (you can change it back, but it is not guaranteed to work)
    - Memory Stick larger than 64MB

    Instructions:

    Download this file (quite large, but contains all you need) -- HERE

    1) This might require you to repartition your MS if using a fresh formatted one. If it does, you will have to follow the guide at the end of this one that will use Hellcat's Pandora Installer to format your Memory Stick

    2) Extract Despertar Cementerio, and move the 'DC7' folder to X:/PSP/GAME (where X: is your PSPs drive letter)

    3) Extract the 4.01 update (inside the Update 401 folder). Place it on the root of your Memory Stick


    4) Disable USB Mode. If you use a CTF/PTF, go to Settings > Theme Settings > Theme > Original. Turn it off or the installer wont load for you.

    5) Launch Despertar Cementerio from Game > Memory Stick.


    6) Once it loads, you will have to press X to begin installation.

    7) Everything shall go fine. You will see a Sony like updater before you but its way more wicked and you have plugins enabled

    8a) If you are using TimeMachine you will be prompted to press a button at the end of install so you can launch DCv6. Any button that doesn't boot any other firmware is good. (I use D-pad up). Hold whatever button you want to until the installer reads it and carries on with installation.

    8b) If the install stops at 99%, writing the DC ipl loader, you will have to close the installer and reformat/repartition your stick, and re-do the installation. (Guide is at the end)

    9) You now have a Magic Memory Stick. Continue to learn how to make a Pandora's Battery.

    10) Go into the Hellcat folder and move the 'pan3xx' folder to X:/PSP/GAME.

    11) Go into the Update 150 folder and copy the UPDATE.PBP to the root of your Memory Stick. This is necessary. If you don't do this step, Hellcat's Installer will fail to work for you..


    12) Launch the installer, and go to 'Battery Options', and then go to 'Dump battery serial to file'. Afterwards, go to 'Make Battery Pandora'. Once done, exit, and you will have a working Magic Stick and a Pandora Battery.



    Reformatting Memory Stick:

    0) Skip steps 1 and 2 if you have already loaded the Pandora Installer

    1) Go into the Hellcat folder and move the 'pan3xx' folder to X:/PSP/GAME.

    2) Go into the Update 150 folder and copy the UPDATE.PBP to the root of your Memory Stick. This is necessary. If you don't do this step, Hellcat's Installer will fail to work for you..


    3) Launch the installer. When it loads, go down to 'Memstick and MS-IPL options''


    4) Then go to Repartition and format MemStick (DESTRUCTIVE!)


    5) Acknowledge the warning if any, and repartition the MS. When done, shutdown and reboot. You are now ready to try and install DCv7 again
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    Pandora's Battery: The Hardmod Method

    Requirements:

    - A PSP battery to become a Pandora's battery. Will not work normally afterwards, so a spare is recommended
    - Memory Stick larger than 64MB
    - Some sort of wedge that isn't metal to get the battery open (like a guitar pick)
    - Some sort of knife to cut a very small wire
    - Soldering iron
    - Tape or glue

    Instructions:


    BUYING A BATTERY - Recommended

    Understandably you may not want to bother with making a Pandora's battery (below) If so, then you can purchase a Pandora's Battery from DealExtreme for US$6.32 and it should ship pretty much anywhere in the world.
    Check it out -- HERE

    If you have bought a battery, continue to Making the Magic Memory Stick

    If you don't want to spend any cash (understandably), look below on how to make a battery.

    MAKING A BATTERY

    The battery that is guaranteed to work for the Pandora process is the standard Sony battery. The fat batteries look like this (the Slim ones are similar), and I recommend using one over cheaper alternatives.




    1) The first thing you'll need to do is open up the battery. You can do this with something sharp that can wedge around the outside, such as a guitar pick. Do not use something metal or it might short out the insides



    2a) Next, you need to locate a certain chip. The chip has the model number S93C56 printed on it, or IC04 printed next to the chip on the board. We are going to need to desolder pin 5 and lift it off of the board. You can find the chip in it's standard position below, and the pin you need to desolder is highlighted



    2b) Slim batteries also have this chip, but it is located in a different position, and the method to lift pin 5 is different.



    3) If you are not confident in your soldering skills, have a less than steady hand or have a larger-than-optimal sized tip, please desolder the cell pack from the battery first. If you make contact between pins 5 and 6 then you will short ground to +3.6VDC! Not good! When desoldering the cell, only keep the iron on long enough to melt the solder. If you can, use a higher wattage iron so that the tip will be hotter, but you won't transfer as much heat to the cell pack. Remember that heat + Li-Ion battery = large explosion, so if this is your first solder job maybe you should try something easier first

    4a) Now is actually desoldering the pin. There are a few ways you could do this, but I think my method is the best because its less likely to damage components near by. Use an Xacto knife with a sharp tip and try to put it underneath the pin. Get somebody to hold a soldering iron (WITH A VERY FINE CONICAL TIP!) on the pin. When the solder melts you can pop the pin up with the knife. Be sure not to hold the iron on the board too long to avoid the lithium battery from getting too hot and exploding.

    4b) In the picture above of the Slim battery you will notice two circles. You could follow the method above if you like and cut the pin in the red circle, but there is an easier method. Just cut the trace in the blue circle with a knife and it will have the same effect.

    5) Finally, you'll need to close up the battery case. You can use glue or tape to do this. If you desoldered the cell pack it is recommended that you resolder it.

    6) You now have a working Pandora's battery. Continue to Making the Magic Memory Stick for the next step of the Pandora process

    How does the Pandora's battery work?

    The pin that we just lifted was actually the ground pin of the EEPROM. Removing this pin effectively shuts off the EEPROM. When the microcontroller inside the battery tries to read the EEPROM, it will think the EEPROM contains all 1s (in binary). This is because of the pull-up resistors on the data lines. So the microcontroller returns a serial number of 0xFFFFFFFF to the PSP, which then goes into service mode.

    Note: The Pandora's battery will no longer function as a normal battery, and you will need to either plug in your AC charger or buy/find a new battery for playing games after the hack is complete.
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    Making the Magic Memory Stick

    To make the Magic Memory Stick we will be using Rain's Ultra Lite MMS Maker. To use this program your PSP doesn't have to be running Custom firmware

    1) Download Rain's Ultra Lite MMS Maker and the 5.00 Official Eboot (thanks RainMotorsports) -- HERE

    2) Extract both items

    3) Connect your PSP to the computer then run RainUltraLiteMMS.exe


    4) In the Rain's Simple MMS Maker window, tick the "Format Memory Stick" box, then click Make MMS

    5) You should now be prompted to find the 5.00 Official Eboot. It should be in the same directory as RainUltraLiteMMS.exe

    6) Wait as it installs


    7) When done, some text saying "Make MMS is Finished" should appear above the progress bars. You now have a Magic Memory Stick
    Last edited by Scorpus; 08-23-2010 at 06:50 AM.

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    Using your Pandora's battery

    So you now have a Pandora's battery and Magic Memory Stick. Here is what to do now to load M33 firmware

    1) Insert Memory Stick into PSP

    2) Insert battery into PSP

    3) Despertar Cementerio will auto load. If it doesn't, shutdown your PSP then try booting it up holding the L trigger

    4) You now have some options on a cool looking menu



    5) If you are wanting to Install 5.00 M33 press the related option; if you are wanting to install official for whatever reason, choose that option

    5a) If you are wanting to perform NAND operations, choose that, although that is not recommended for beginners (it's best to leave it alone)

    5b) If you are wanting to view your hardware info such as what motherboard you have, choose that option

    5c) If you are wanting to test M33 before you install it, choose test M33

    5d) If you are having second thoughts about changing to Custom Firmware, choose the Shutdown option

    6) If you have chosen to install a firmware, a loading bar should appear. When the loading bar gets to 100%, the PSP will auto shutdown


    7) When your PSP has shutdown, you may now remove the Pandora's Battery and Memory Stick and insert your normal ones, or if you used your normal battery as the Pandora's Battery you can plug in the AC charger and use your PSP that way

    8) Updating to the latest firmware (5.50 GEN-D3)
    - Download 5.50 GEN-D3 -- HERE
    - Extract the .rar file somewhere
    - Copy the UPDATE folder from the .rar to your PSP under /PSP/GAME/
    - Copy 550.PBP to the root of your memory stick
    - Disconnect your PSP

    9)
    - On your PSP, go to Game > Memory Stick
    - Run the 5.50 GEN-D3 updater
    - Follow the on screen instructions
    - When your PSP reboots, enjoy the latest Custom Firmware

    NOTE: If your PSP shuts down during your installation (or you remove the battery or something), your PSP will be bricked. Don't worry, just take out the battery and put it in again and DC will load and you can try to install Custom Firmware again. If your PSP is bricked, you can also use the battery to unbrick it.
    Last edited by Scorpus; 02-06-2010 at 10:41 PM.

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    nice job!
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    nice guide +rep

    this should be stickied
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    Thanks Scorpus, Great guide, Repped! BTW, you mentioned that you can tell if a PSP in unhackable by looking at box(?). I read you guide several times but I can't see the part that can tell me if a PSP inside the box is unhackable or not? Can you tell me please?

    Also, seems like most of the PSPs on store now probably have the new Mobo and firmware, so are we SOL'd? or will there be a hack for TA-088 Mobo in the future?

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    Scorpus until i get 1.0 updated add a note in there for vista users to right click and run as admin.

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