CFW For Dummies – PSP 2000 Check

Important note: I now recommend a much easier technique to install a CFW on your 2000, which does not involve checking for your motherboard model. If you reached this page from an other website, I recommend you go back to the page presenting the easy technique to install Pro CFW. However, if you intentionally came here to check if your PSP 2000 can install a permanent CFW, you’re on the right page

You reached this page because you want to install a Custom Firmware on your PSP2000, but you are not sure if your PSP 2000 has a hackable motherboard or not. If you have a different PSP model, please go back to the main page of this guide.

In summer 2008, Sony introduced a new type of Motherboards on their PSP2000 models, the Ta88v3. This new type of motherboard fixes some security issues on the PSP, and, as a PSP 2000 owner, this means that if you have the “doomed motherboard”,  Custom Firmwares cannot be installed on your machine (don’t worry, there are still very good solutions for you to run homebrew if you happen to have the “bad” motherboard).

The goal of this page is to help you identify if your motherboard is a TA88v3. If you have a Ta88v3, your PSP2000 is NOT hackable. If your psp2000 has another type of motherboard, you’re fine.

Do I have a Ta88v3?

There are several techniques to identify if your PSP is a TA88V3.

  • If your psp came out of the box with 4.01, or 4.05 firmware, it is unfortunately a ta88v3. Important: if your PSP currently has firmware 4.01, 4.05, or above, it DOES NOT mean that your motherboard is a ta88v3. What is important is what was installed on it when it shipped from the factory. If you don’t remember or if you got a refurbished PSP, try the technique below:
  • Check the barcode on the PSP slim box you have. If the letter on there (under the voltage info) is letter G or above, you have a TA-088v3

  • If you’re not confident yet if you have a TA88V3, the next step is much more complex but will give you 100% confidence. Note that it requires a Pandora battery, and I haven’t tested this technique personally:

First Step: You need to format your memory with the application called “mspformat” download.

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

Next step must be done on a PSP homebrew capable (with CFW). If you don’t have it, ask someone else to do this step and give you the resultant files.

– Copy the GETIPL folder to PSP/GAME. Get the 3.90 and 4.05 updates, and put them onto the MS root with the following names: “390.PBP”, “405.PBP”.
– Run the GETIPL app from your PSP homebrew capable, and it will create a couple of files on the MS root, called “ipl390.bin”, “ipl405.bin”.
– Connect the PSP via USB, and use the “msinst” program that its included on the pack to install the 3.90 IPL on the MS.
– 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 inmediatly after starting – Your PSP is NOT a 88v3.
– PSP keeps turned on with a green light forever – Your PSP is a 88v3, or you have done something wrong. Next step will confirm it.

– 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 will be 100% sure a 88v3.

– PSP keeps with a green light forever. This CANT be on any PSP, being 88v3 or not. If this is the case, you have done something wrong.


If your PSP has a Ta88v3, it is said to have a “non hackable” motherboard. But don’t worry, although this means you can’t install Custom Firmwares, there are still solutions very similar for you, called Homebrew Enablers, or Light Custom Firmwares, and most of the time you won’t see the difference compared to “hackable” motherboard owners. Go back to the root of the guide for the next steps 🙂

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