PSP Custom Firmware for dummies

You got a new PSP, you want to run homebrews and backups, but you’re lost with all the terms CFW, HEN, M33, Pro CFW… or you’re simply looking for a quick and easy guide to get the best solution for your PSP? Well, you’ve come to the right place. This guide is an all-in-one guide to installing the appropriate Custom Firmware on your console, just follow my lead.




Let’s start with the basics, What’s your PSP model?

  1. I have a PSP 1000 (Phat)
  2. I have a PSP 2000 (Slim)
  3. I have a PSP 3000 (Brite)
  4. I have a PSP Go
  5. I have a PSP E1000 (PSP Street, Europe only)
  1. pspfreak’s avatar

    hey guys i have a PSVita some one please help me. im not a noob at this, i have fully hacked psp 1000 completely with Pandora bat and magic memory sick, running remote joy, all homebrews, theme packs, and umd dumper. i have no idea where to start with Exploiting the PSVita, i know there are no hacks for it but i do know you can get homebrews on it and i have see the ones that are compatible. can any1 help me plz!?!?! thankyou so much .

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      1. Tanner Youmans’s avatar

        Thank you.

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  2. Mr.Flake’s avatar

    Hey,

    A Looong time ago i did the Pandora trick to get to 4.01 m33-2.

    Now, I’ve pulled the dust off my PSP-1003 and would love to get it up-to-date, but forgive me I’m a little rusty after a few years!

    Can I use install this over 4.01 m33-2 straight off the bat? or should i do something else first?

    Also – is this pretty much the best method for custom firmware these days? I feel like a n00b again…

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    1. wololo’s avatar

      Yes, it should work, and yes, that is the best cfw nowadays.

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      1. Mr.Flake’s avatar

        thank you kindly good sir.

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  3. Stefano Rickeets’s avatar

    Thank you very much! I never knew hacking my PSP 3001 was this easy and without the risk of bricking. Thanks again! :-)

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  4. IH8S0NY’s avatar

    There should be one for ME CFW

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  5. Genesis’s avatar

    P.S.G.C.

    Runs pro b 10 CFW with XMBcontrol and vsh

    Build in memory in N1004 makes it possable to run remotejoy & pspdisp without plugin changes

    minnimum loadtime cuse of 14gb ef0 build in memory/ also got 8gb micro sd2 memory

    Pro b 10 need no external eboot loader like iso tool or prometheus,
    Makes Eboot shell on boot-up / WORKS FOR BOTH ISO & CSO FILES and with catagorise prx

    On upload pro b 10 has been set to auto run XMBControl

    Catagorise prx (VSH) & Catagorise prx (POPS) installed and set to hide uncatagorised folders & ISO FILES

    N1004 comes with a build in WIDE Color depth option, (is activated)

    CAT FOLDERS ACTIVATED
    _EF0 (RPG – ACTION – STRATEGY – FIGHTING – DRIVING) / PRO B 10 IS UNCATAGORISED LOCATED ON EF0 & MS0 root
    _MS0 (PSX – MINIS – SNES – GAMEBOY ADVANCED – CFW & XMB – APPLICATIONS – DISPLAY)

    HBL CFW INSTALLED AND ACCESSABLE FOR MS0/ DOES ONLY EBOOT – INSTALLED IN XMB & CFW FOLDER IF NEEDED

    REMOTE PRX IS AUTOMATICLY ACTIVATED ON CFW PBO B 10 BOOT UP (REMOTEJOYLITE.EXE FILES IS PRELOADED ON MS0)

    LIGHT EXPAND PRX IS SET AND PRELOADED ON PRO B 10 START UP / 4 STEPS SWITCH

    cXMB PRX GAMEBOOT IS PRELOADED FROM MS0 ON PRO B 10 BOOT-UP

    VSH MENU PRX INSTALLED / ACCESS FROM XMB BY PRESSING SELECT BUTTON

    USBVERSION.TXT/VERSION.TXT/USBVERSIONFAKE.TXT PRX ACTIVATED ON PRO B 10 BOOT-UP

    TOTALNOOBS TN HEN E RESENTLY HAS SOME SORT OF MALFUNCKTION AND IS NOT IN USE (I´LL GET BACK TO THIS LATER)

    UPDATE 6.20 CFW PRO B 10 HAS SHOWN NO SIGNS OF LACKING BEHAVIOR WHATSOEVER ON BUILD IN M33 DRIVER..

    DIGITAL COMICS WORKS LIKE A CHARM

    SENSME SEEMS WORKING / UNCERTENED & NOT FULLY TESTED

    PSN LOGIN & STORE WORKS LIKE A CHARM

    PRO SETTINGS EXTRA MENU APPLAYED IN XMB SYSTEM MENU

    BLUETOOTH DEVICE DOSENT SEEM WORKING WHILE USING REMOTEJOY PLUGINS. IT WORKS IN PSPDISP BUT ONLY IN WLAN

    RECOVERY MENU IS ACCESSABLE FROM VSH MENU IN XMB AND PRO SETTINGS IN XMB SYSTEM MENU

    SWAP X/O ACTIVATED AND LOCKED TO 6.20 XMB

    PAUSE GAME HAS MALFUNCTION ON EF0 YET WORKING FINE ON MS0 (GUESS ITS SOME PLUGIN FAILURE, NOT FULLY TESTED)

    DUE TO PLUGINS USB ACTIVATION MUST BE TOGGLED FROM XMB VHS/ WORKS WELL

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    1. Genesis’s avatar

      SensMe Fully tested & works like a charm

      Hud Prx has been activated (Not quite sure but think this plugin may cause some sort of plugin disturbance)

      Still haven´t tested nor figured out the cause of TN HEN E´s
      malfunction Yet as for now i won´t do anymore examination of this problem since it would seem like a step back compared to PRO B 10 6.20 CFW

      Any suggestions or recommendations for which Homebrew and Prx plugins i should be testing next??

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      1. toBsucht’s avatar

        Hi Genesis nice that you share your test result here. (This may get a kind of lost here)maybe better go to http://wololo.net/talk and you should find some topics with working homebrew lists.. btw a few of the brews you called are even working without hen / cfw since they are signed for ofw^^

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        1. Genesis’s avatar

          Thanks for the fine tip will do. ;)

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  6. smdelfin’s avatar

    I have PSP3000 running on 5.03Gen.
    Isn’t that enough?
    Should I still mess with my current version?
    Should I still upgrade to 6.60 (then to ProCFW)?
    What are the benefits?

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    1. PSPcfwDUDE’s avatar

      You choose what you want to do . 5.03 GEN is outdated though , and probably doesnt play the newest games . Updating to 6.60 and then to ProCFW will GUARANTEE the best compatibility in both old and new PSP Games .

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  7. fake wololo’s avatar

    Wololo if you’re reading this, then your wife wants something from you RIGHT NOW!

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    1. toBsucht’s avatar

      :D ❥ milk 4 wololo 2.0

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  8. hanibal’s avatar

    I have a psp e1004 and iam really new at this.can u please tell me how to play games on it via memory card…….ive heard that its unhackeble or so.

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  9. hanibal bartha’s avatar

    i have psp e1004 and iam really nw at this.can u please tell me how to play games on this via memory card…………….ive heard that its unhackable or so

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    1. toBsucht’s avatar

      search how to make/use game backups. Iso tool is a nice one.

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  10. Musasa’s avatar

    Cn anyone help me , i want to know what to do to play games on my psp e1004 via memory card because am tired of travelling with umd’s plz help

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    1. parthwrte’s avatar

      hey man its easy … first install 6.60 firmware and then install cfw on it….. i also have e1004. so once u download the files of cfw just extract the three folders namely cipl flasher (not needed , can even delete) , proupdate,fast recovery into memory card -psp folder-game. close the usb mode and go to games … there will be 2 or3 icons (depending upon if u added cipl flasher)…. open pro update….it will not recognise the model but u can install it by the onscreen directions…..fast recovery is for when u totally shut down ur device and open it again to se that cfw is deactivated….so just open it

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  11. tankerkiller’s avatar

    OK so i would like to know if i can perma hack my psp3000 brite if i downgrade i have found a downgrading tool do you think you can help

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    1. toBsucht’s avatar

      Get pspeverest or pspident to check what´s the lowest ofw you can use! You can run a perma patch all psp but no Cipl with 3000!

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  12. ZiK’s avatar

    Hey, I’ve been out of the PSP scene in such a loooooooooong time now. And apparently the psp community has increases and more hacks has been fix and stable.
    So I left the scene right about the time TN-E and Pro where the only CFW around. Total_noob left the scene and so did I.

    but now i want to be ” Up-to-Date” but before i make any hasty decisions as to upgrade the firmware. I would like to know what are the benefits with staying on (6.20 TN-E)/(6.20 Pro-B) and proceeding to the latest stable CFW

    I really want answers to people that would like to downgrade to and early FW and why?
    [any information would help me out righ t now, The more the better :) ]

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  13. ZiK’s avatar

    I forgot to mention Im running it on My PSP-Go…

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  14. Maruf 786’s avatar

    Ca any 1 help me? i hav a psp 3000 (Carnival colours-Vibrant Blue)….i run 6.20 cfw…..when i upgrade to 6.60 and try to install cfw pro-c it cant be permanent patch…..Sadly i hav to again downgraded to 6.20……can any one tell me how to solve this problem….i really wanted to try the 6.60 fw…..

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  15. crookedmouth’s avatar

    I just wanted to report that when I upgraded to 6.60 OFW. MAME4All began freezing after I select the game rom. I also ran into a few freezes when using some of zx81′s ports. Random freezes I can live with but mame still did not work. I tried a bunch of different versions of mame to no avail. After I downgraded back to 6.20 OFW it now works as it did.

    I don’t think I will bother with 6.35 or 6.39 until I absolutely have to.

    I have a 3000 and just wanted to report this in case others are thinking of going to 6.60. I should of followed one of my rules. If it ain’t broke don’t fix it.

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    1. toBsucht’s avatar

      i also use 6.20 and a 3000. If you use another ofw ver. you have use another exploit each of them is a bit different that´s a resaon why 6.60 don´t work as well as lower fw-hen.
      Some stuff just work with 6.39 fw example leda.prx
      6.60 fw is possible with all psp and pro-cfw has a pretty good HomeBrew support..
      I use sometimes tn-hen to run some HB s which aren´t working with pro. 6.60 has naturel sony-game support and if you are more advanced you will note that a downgrade to the lowest installed ofw @ your device is possible!-)

      did you try 6.60hbl mame4all i believe there is one

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      1. crookedmouth’s avatar

        I admit I didn’t know about that version of MAME4all. Perhaps I will try it again since now I am not afraid of downgrading anyway. There is still the matter of more crashes in some of zx81′s ported emulators but perhaps that was coincidence. Thanks for the reply.

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  16. BIG SEK’s avatar

    works great

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  17. Squarepusher’s avatar

    Guess there’s actually going to be a practical purpose to a RetroArch Vita port. Keep up the good work and we’ll meet there soon.

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  18. Xavier’s avatar

    Hey! PSP Street is available in India now. Update it please. It’s no longer (Europe Only)

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  19. Taka’s avatar

    Hi. I am sorry, I am using PRO-C 6.39, just updated yesterday. My screen is black and sometimes there are some green and red blocks flashing on the screen.
    Anyway, should I upgrade to PRO-C 6.60 instead?

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    1. toBsucht’s avatar

      Try hold power for ~10sec.! Do you use plugins for example theme. What have you updated pro-hen or fw^^ Becareful or you maybe brick your device.

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  20. Branden’s avatar

    This blog was… how do you say it? Relevant!! Finally I have
    found something that helped me. Thanks!

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  21. Velda’s avatar

    Touche. Solid arguments. Keep up the great work.

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  22. Andisimo’s avatar

    i got a psp 2000 running CFW 5.50 Prometheus-4 …. i want to update it more to the latest…can someone give me a list of CFW after that so i can update in order

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  23. David’s avatar

    Hi. I got a PSP1000 a couple of months after launch, which has sadly been in a drawer for nearly all of the last five years. I wondered about using CFW about three years ago, but decided to leave it. Anyway, I dusted it off, bought a few cheap games and then found this site. It seemed easy enough to use CFW now, even for someone as clueless as me, and I’ve just done it. So far, so good.

    My question is, can I use it to play PS1 game Xenogears? I have read so much about the game but am in UK, where Xenogears wasn’t released on PS1. I would pay for it but can’t find it in the PSN store. Without breaching any of this site’s rules, could someone please advise me if I can play it using CFW 6.60, and how I would go about it. Many thanks.

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  24. David’s avatar

    … I’m sorted now. If anyone else is new to this and has the same question then Google, as ever, is your friend.
    I used the search terms PSX PSP EBOOT XENOGEARS.
    This took me to a source in the required format (EBOOT.PBP).
    This file, in its own folder, goes into the \PSP\GAME\ folder …so in this case it would be \PSP\GAME\XENOGEARS\EBOOT.PBP.
    I chose to use an ‘undub’ version of the game, with the original Japanese voices and English subtitles – delighted with that, as it’s my preference when watching anime.
    I’ll be having a look at other PS1 games which are rare or not released in the UK, such as Tomba, Einhander and Symphony of the Night.
    Happy days, and thanks to everyone connected with the CFW and this site.

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  25. bill’s avatar

    hi i am running vf coldbird 6.31pro on psp 2000 and has suited me well so have not need to upgrade but now am looking to update as some iso arent working what is the best option cfw for me any help would be greatly appreciated. thanks

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    1. toBsucht’s avatar

      6.31 hen aren´t supported anymore downgrade to 6.20 or update to at least to 6.35.
      After that more plugins should work etc. 6.60 is the best for games~ ;)

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  26. Noah’s avatar

    Does this work on the PSP 2001? I tried the “2000″ link and did everything right, but it didn’t work. Maybe I did mess it up. Please help. Thanks!

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    1. toBsucht’s avatar

      Yes it´s possible with your psp too.

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  27. HelpAreWelcome’s avatar

    Need help, why does the psp restart when you turn it off instead of sleeping?

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  28. Sainath’s avatar

    I hav sony PSP E1004 2A,
    pls hlp me to unlok or hack i.
    I m nw user to it.

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  38. TobeyDemon’s avatar

    my psp 3001 never looked or was better even with all my signed games. lcfw pro b10 for ofw 6.60 is so boss. few crashes. love it. love plugins.

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  39. nura’s avatar

    what’s the diff b/n b-10 and C? can C run all what you can run on b-10? im a bit skeptical on switching to pro C :/

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    1. toBsucht’s avatar

      sure all your stuff should work even better. ..search changelog of pro cfw.. C offers free online game server.

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  40. kingblack’s avatar

    win of psp

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  41. hi re’s avatar

    how do u know if yr PSP has custom firmwares

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  42. google’s avatar

    does it take so long when ur installing a cfw

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  43. hassan’s avatar

    i cant know my psp tipe

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  44. hassan’s avatar

    i dont know wahts model is it

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    1. toBsucht’s avatar

      Most importend is to know if it´s a PSPgo are not.
      Or look what datacode it under the battery. No battery ..then use psp Go files ;)

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  45. Akshay’s avatar

    I have psp street and I want to play memory card games how can I plz any 1 tell

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  46. Akamaru’s avatar

    I upgraded to this a while ago, but the icons for my psp ISO games appear twice in the game menu. Is there a fix for this?

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    1. toBsucht’s avatar

      Look into PSP/GAME i´m sure you got some files twice (shortcuts). You maybe can delete them with isotool or a homebrew sorter.

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      1. Akamaru’s avatar

        No that’s not the problem. You put iso and cso games in the ISO folder, not the GAME folder and I know for certain that I don’t put it in there twice. Also only one of the icons in the game menu works when I boot a game. The other one just crashes my psp.

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  47. toBsucht’s avatar

    Have a look into PSP/GAME floder^^

    Delete from xmb isn´t possible? Choose not working icon (shortcut) press triangle and select delete.
    You can select hide corupt files.

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  48. andrikos’s avatar

    hhhhhhh guys how can we play to psp ?

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  49. andrikos’s avatar

    pokemon ???

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  50. orion’s avatar

    PSP won’t update from 6.20 to 6.60 ever since I used Chronoswitch Downgrader to downgrade to 6.20?
    So I figured it would be neat to hack my 2 PSP 3000s so I used Chronoswitch Downgrader to downgrade from 6.60 to 6.20 after that I installed the PRO B10 hack to the PSP then I installed the permanent boot loader patch for PRO B10 then I decided I wanted to take it off and so on my first PSP I first uninstalled the permanent patch then I uninstalled the PRO B10 and it worked perfectly and I was able to update my firmware back to 6.60 but on the second PSP I uninstalled the PRO B10 hack first instead of uninstalling the permanent patch first like I did on the other PSP and ever since then I’ve tried downloading the 6.60 firmware from the internet then downloading it to my PSP and booting it from the game section and that didnt work I got this The update cannot be started. The data is corrupted. (IDXFFFFFFFF) SO after that I tried using the built it System Update Feature and i tried Update via Internet and I got connected to the internet but then I got Connection to the server could not be established. (20000006) So if someone could please give me a solution to how to get back to 6.60 that would be GREAT! Because I sold this on eBay and need to get it shipped out soon! Thanks!

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