Pandora (unbricker/downgrader) for the TA88v3 runs in the wild

An unbricker battery compatible with the ta88v3 has been released recently, and scene dev Yoti uploaded a video demonstrating the tool. Read along…

Nowadays running a custom firmware on a PSP is not complex, no downgrading is required as both pro cfw and TN Hen run on the latest firmware, and people who want to install another CFW such as M33 just need to use the necessary tools.

But people who have joined the scene a bit earlier know that the biggest hack for the PSP was the pandora battery, where hackers discovered (with lots of work and a bit of luck) that the battery in the PSP was used not only to power the device, but also to enter service mode, so that Sony repair centers could quickly fix a broken flash or install a new firmware on a PSP. Coupled with a “magic” memory stick, this allowed hackers to create a very cheap downgrade/unbrick mechanism, and basically with a special battery and a special memory stick you could easily unbrick your psp, or install a custom firmware on it. I still have one of those, and it is the most convenient technique for installing a CFW on PSPs that support it. It is also extremely safe, because even if you mess up your flash, you have ways to rewrite it entirely, so there is no risk of brick, unlike recent CFW installation systems.

Sony quickly reacted and their new PSP models were not compatible with this Pandora battery anymore. The first model of motherboards to include a security against the Pandora battery was the Ta88v3, the doomed psp2000 model. This model was still compatible with the battery and could enter service mode, but the magic memory stick didn’t work anymore, so it was basically made useless. Further models (the psp3000) even added more security, rendering the battery itself useless.

Hackers Boryan and ErikPshat have found a technique to use a magic memory stick on a ta88v3, which is a big deal for those of us who are stuck with a bricked psp 2000

The technique is described in this thread, and the result is shown in this video, made by dev Yoti (who has provided several updates for PSARDumper PSPIdent in the past) and showing the jigkick installing firmware 5.02 on a 6.38 ta88v3 (correction, the psp in the video is a ta85v2, but Yoti guarantees that the results are the same on a ta88v3)

Although this is an impressive breakthrough, I’m going to ask people to not share any links on this, as this unfortunately relies on leaked data/hardware belonging to Sony, and is therefore clearly illegal. Feel free to discuss, but links to infringing material will be removed.

  1. f.torres’s avatar

    yes finally.

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  2. f.torres’s avatar

    but one question does it unbrick psp 3000 TA88v3

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  3. Javier’s avatar

    will this one day work on Psp 3000?
    does this mean we have finally found a way to
    unbrick newer version of PSP would be seeing
    some Unbricker Program for the psp 3000 in the near
    future?

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  4. f.torres’s avatar

    @Javier I think i can answer that question for you yes we will see a pandora battery for psp 3000 in the future maybe a month or two.

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  5. Mr.Jx’s avatar

    does not work in 3000 because in this model the pandora battery will not start, only thing is that the magic memory stick works in 2000

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  6. naor’s avatar

    gostaria de saber qual é o programa e onde posso conseguir
    tenho um psp 2000 como peso de papel e gostaria de saber se essa bateria e esse cartao vao reviver o falecido

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    1. Tikiko’s avatar

      tinhas de ter muita experiência com soldar e isso assim,a nao ser ke comprasses um cartao de memória sem monolith para funcionar com o unbrick

      mas sim este truque funciona nessa psp 2000 e em todas as 2000 e 1000

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  7. Fade’s avatar

    I hope this works for 3000

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  8. Shinny’s avatar

    well actualy.. i think its a bit pointles these days cuz of the PRO and TN rulers… but hey its a great discovery… i never used that kind of stuff.. hope neever will…anyways im happy that someone is stll developing hacks for psp.. yay long live PSP =)

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    1. Dallox’s avatar

      It’s not pointless. It unbricks you’r PSP. It isn’t a CFW/LCFW

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  9. Shinny’s avatar

    btw hes russian and thats my neighbors… looks like russia is more interest in psp than the PSV and 3DS…

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  10. yellow’s avatar

    @shinny thats not the point here its not about hacking the psp meaning cfw way this means that its now possible to unbrick a psp that was useless as a brick so this not about pro hen or tn hen this is about hardware hack that can fix a psp this is even better than a cfw i am just hopping they find away for psp 3k now and well all will be good.

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    1. Shinny’s avatar

      i cannot agree whit ya.. yes its some sprt of hardware hack… and yes it amazing…

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  11. Dallox’s avatar

    Sad that it was made with software/hardware from Sony, Otherwise it would be really awesome.

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  12. Menyo’s avatar

    I just wondered why the video was updated in April 22..

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    1. wololo’s avatar

      I think it wasn’t made public before, it’s probably been a long ongoing project

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      1. Yoti’s avatar

        You are right.

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        1. Shinny’s avatar

          здаров земляк =) отлинойе откритйе=) извини я ползуюс транслит

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  13. Llywelyn’s avatar

    @Naor:
    Sim esse metodo vai permitir reviver o seu psp.
    Portanto, o Wololo escreveu que você não pode baixar o software porqué é copyrightado pela SONY. Você pode, porém, digitar “pspx.ru ta-88v3 jigkick”, você vai achar o soft rapidinho.
    O pb é que tem que dessoldar um componente do memory stick, usar um reprogramador, soldar o componente de volta… muito dificil ;)
    Meu conselho é esperar até eles decriptarem os .prx.enc e fazer um método 100% software !

    @Wololo:
    What about DATEL’s PSP 3000 pandora battery ? They were able to put a PSP-3000 into service mode…

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    1. RaFa’s avatar

      The datel’s battery was fake…

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    2. wololo’s avatar

      My understanding is that Datel managed to get into service mode, but were expecting the scene to come up with the Memory stick…which never happened since the blue lite tool was never sold on the market (Datel was apparently sued by Sony)

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      1. Llywelyn’s avatar

        Well this Russian hack could apply to PSP-3000 if someone discovers how to put PSP-3000 into service mode…
        Datel has shown that it is possible: now up to the scene to find how !

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  14. Yoti’s avatar

    >>Yoti (who has provided several updates for PSARDumper in the past)
    PSPident

    >>jigkick installing firmware 5.02 on a 6.38 ta88v3
    Sorry, but it 085v2 as i remember. I don’t have an 088v3 when i made this video. But on 088v3 ALL SAME =)
    And THIS stick already unbricked/downgraded three 088v3 in past.

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    1. wololo’s avatar

      Apologies, I corrected the mistakes

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  15. Yoti’s avatar

    May be I made new video with some proofs in a week, if I get 088v3 one.

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    1. Yoti’s avatar

      I will install 5.50 gen on 088v3 and unbrick it back =)

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  16. Ricardo’s avatar

    et le PRO-C vira quand?!

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  17. enchee’s avatar

    It’s no doubt. It’s all working.

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  18. TheKrack’s avatar

    i want unbrick my ta-088v3 now!

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  19. Bricked’s avatar

    Me too…

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  20. WilliamBMX’s avatar

    AWWWYEE!!!My brick 3K PSP waiting for this!!!Finalmente valeu a pena esperar por um unbricker pro PSP 3000!!!Tomara que não demore mais!!!Congratulations for all!!!

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    1. Yoti’s avatar

      >>ta-088v3
      not psp3k

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      1. WilliamBMX’s avatar

        why not!?!? — : (

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        1. Yoti’s avatar

          ’cause you need special jigbattery. How to get it? Steal from SONY’s service center, he-he)))

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  21. enchee’s avatar

    As far as I know, first of all, it will need to find somewhere a fake memory stick with this mark on the back side MSX-M2GN AL406L1L. It’s from China. Legal cards are useless.

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    1. Aceofspace’s avatar

      Wow, we really are in the future. People will start buying fake Memory Stciks now!! -_-

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  22. Dallox’s avatar

    I heard the files were leaked on a other forum..

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  23. iSWORD’s avatar

    Wait a sec! I gotta feeling… That tonight is gonna be a good night.. That tonight is gonna be a good night.. That tonight is gonna be a good good night.. WOOOOOHOOOOOOOOO!!

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  24. BlkHalo’s avatar

    o.o Nice job…

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  25. npt’s avatar

    Wow, knew someone would leak an official 88v3 stick sometime, but still pretty interesting none the less. I will be even happier if we see someone from the scene get it to work without the leaked files, as, obviously using a copy of a leaked official sony MMS is not nearly as cool as if it was figured out without said sony files.

    Still, props to the devs that did this. I will give more props to the person who manages to release something that does the same but does not have the stolen sony mms dump files… : )

    Regards & Cheers,

    npt

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    1. Yoti’s avatar

      It’s not an “88v3 stick” it’s a slim (2k/3k) jigstick with 5.02 ofw (TA-085..TA-092).

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  26. dddd’s avatar

    selling mms in some website?

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  27. wosings’s avatar

    I hope this is true

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  28. Mud’s avatar

    Nice work!

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  29. akela’s avatar

    pspx.ru/forum/showthread.php?t=92433

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  30. macky’s avatar

    if it really true and even if this is for PSP 200X TA-088V3. have they published the files,tools and tuturial for this?

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  31. chealsea’s avatar

    you could sell ..pandora batt and jigstick

    im on the first list ..gonna order them if available

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  32. ChuCiulla’s avatar

    If/when this “jigstick with 5.02 ofw” becomes available to the general public, can someone post the store link where we can find it. I’m so excited about this. Thank you Yoti!!

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  33. raztabob12’s avatar

    good news to bricked ta-088v3 users like me…

    thanks guys…

    are these available in “Repair Package” that is “already made” for sale?

    and any approximate how much would it cost?…

    coz my psp’s been dead for quite some time now…

    thanks once again…

    kudos to the geniuses behind it all… cheers!

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  34. alecx’s avatar

    Hi)
    It’s cool
    I now hacked PSP 2000 TA-088v3

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  35. trololol’s avatar

    It’s times like this that make me feel that no one actually attempted to hack this kind of motherboard and/or psp 3000 and just felt since its newer it can’t be hacked lol.

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  36. kkk’s avatar

    whether it is possible to fix semi-brick in 3004 with a soft console 6.60 Help

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  37. thisisjustadream’s avatar

    fuck sony for being so selfish ,.,. psp is going down anyways so no need to search for a unbricker for a ta088v3 because sony’s never gonna allow it,,just throw ur bricked ta088v3 in the trash and remember never buy a ta088v3psp.,it is just a waste of money.,.,

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  38. Jawwad’s avatar

    woohoo! thanks yoti!

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