How to Install Homebrew on TN-V11
You got your shiny, new TN-V11 installed, you are ready to go, but hey, you just noticed you can’t run homebrews. Welcome aboard.
Vita firmware 3.50 restricts write access to /PSP/GAME folder and this messes with TN-V11 for installing/running homebrew as TN-V11 tries to install them to /PSP/GAME folder and fails miserably. Even though things are more simple for 3.3x firmwares, you might still be having problems for installing homebrew. Here are some ways to run your homebrew on TN-V11 both on 3.50 and 3.3x firmwares. Keep in mind that these are not fool-proof, step-by-step tutorials. I am just giving you directions, you need to have some general knowledge. If not, you can always use /talk forums to seek the information you need. Also, even though i tried to confirm what i write as much as i can, there might still be errors. If one method doesn’t work for you, try another one. WARNING: Be sure you have a backup of your exploit game on your PC before applying any of the methods below.
INSTALL ZIP Method: (Doesn’t work on 3.50)To prepare INSTALL.ZIP, first create a PSP folder, in it create a GAME folder, in it create a folder named with your homebrew name in CAPS, in it put the EBOOT.PBP of the homebrew you want. Then compress the PSP folder as zip with store compression option and name the compressed file as INSTALL.ZIP. You have to copy the INSTALL.ZIP to the TN-V11’s own savedata folder, not to the game savadata folder. In our example it is TNV_54321 folder. So the INSTALL.ZIP should be in TNV_54321 folder in QCMA‘s savedata folder. Also use QCMA to transfer your stuff, not CMA (Open CMA). Here are some ready made INSTALL.ZIP files from SMOKE. Go to PSVita, TNV, Apps section. Needed INSTALL.ZIP file is within the RAR files. Original thread for these ready homebrews at /talk is here
Convert Homebrew to ISO method:
Alternatively you can convert your homebrews to ISO and use them that way. For this, use EBOOT2ISO to convert your EBOOT.PBP to iso file structure. After that, start UMDGEN, drag and drop the directory eboot2iso just created (PSP_GAME directory) and choose File> save as>uncompressed .ISO to create your ISO file. You can then transfer your ISO either via FTP to /ISO folder or name it as GAME.ISO and put it in TNV_54321 savedata folder and transfer via QCMA. Also here are some pre-made ISO files if you need. I can’t guarantee they will work though. The method to create ISO files i described above works well. If you want some screenshots, here is an Italian guide. Pictures are demonstrative enough. Thanks @OrionGamesonic for that.
You can also use VHBL for your homebrews. This way you shouldn’t have problems saving your emu’s configs, adding roms etc. Get the zip from here. Transfer the VHBL.ISO (put it in TNV_54321 folder) and VHBL01234 savedata folder (do not put it in TNV_54321 folder, put it into the folder where all your other PSP savedata files are, similar to how you put TNV_54321 folder while you setup TN-V11) to your Vita via QCMA (or FTP if you are confident enough.) Install the VHBL.ISO from within TN-V11 if you transferred it via the QCMA. VHBL uses ms0:/PSP/VHBL/ folder for homebrew access unless stated otherwise in HBLCONF.TXT. You can transfer your homebrew to that folder via FTP or via INSTALL.ZIP method. Put the INSTALL.ZIP into the VHBL save directory, or any other save directory for transferring. You can then browse to that directory in VHBL and install it from there. The VHBL was posted by qwikrazor87 in this thread, i just repackaged it and got rid of the patapon 2 save to avoid confusion.
Homebrew Loader Method:
Sometime ago, qwikrazor87 posted a homebrew loader mainly for creating homebrew bubbles. It can run any homebrew from a given path. As we have restricted access to PSP/GAME folder, we can use this homebrew loader for running our homebrews from another folder. Go to here for the homebrew loader. Modify the PATH.TXT so that it points your homebrew. Avoid using PSP/GAME folder, a good example might be this “ms0:/PSP/VHBL/VITAFTP/FBOOT.PBP” You can then save the ISO via UMDGEN. You don’t have to sign the ISO as we are going to use TN-V11 to boot it. Transfer your new ISO to your Vita, FTP your homebrew to the path you entered in the PATH.TXT (or install it via another method if you can) and boot the newly transferred homebrew loader ISO from within TN-V11. Thanks qwikrazor87 for the method and Indispensable1108 for the confirmation that it works on TN-V11 3.50.
Recovery Mod Option:
If you absolutely cannot use any of the methods above, this will let you run one homebrew. It can also be used to boot VitaFTP or PSP Filer to setup your stuff. Download the homebrew EBOOT.PBP you want, rename it to RECOVERY.PBP and put it in the save folder of TN-V11 (TNV_54321), transfer it to your Vita. After you boot TN-V11, press select, go to Recovery Menu and choose run program at /TNV_54321/RECOVERY.PBP. Keep in mind that this isn’t a real solution, it is just a temporary way to setup your stuff for using other methods and find a good way to install your homebrew.
Hope that solves your problems.
You might have some unexpected errors. I try to test my stuff, but as i am on 3.18, this mainly consists info from what i gathered at original /talk thread linked here.