Installing Pro CFW on a PSP 3000 (PSP Brite)

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Important note: the following guide is valid on all regional variations of the PSP 300x: PSP 3000, PSP 3001, PSP 3002, etc… up to PSP 3009.

Installing a Custom Firmware on your PSP 3000 has never been so easy. In this page I’m describing the easiest possible way for you to install the most reliable Custom Firmware on your PSP: Pro CFW.

Installing Pro CFW on your PSP3000 is simple, free, and is not much risky than installing a Firmware update on your device. It does not require any advanced hack technique or hardware modification. There’s basically 3 easy steps (you were expecting more? Sorry to disappoint):

1. Download the necessary files

2. Update your PSP To firmware 6.60

Skip this step if you already have Firmware 6.60 installed on your PSP.

In order to install Pro CFW on your PSP, you will need to first update your PSP to the 6.60 Sony firmware (which, at the time of this writing, is the latest firmware released by Sony), if that’s not already the case. There are versions of Pro CFW that will run on older firmwares, but updating to 6.60 will guarantee the best compatibility for your official games.

To install the 6.60 Firmware, just unzip the archive on your PSP’s memory stick, in the “PSP/GAME” folder (you should end up with an “UPDATE” folder in the PSP/GAME folder, if you do things correctly), then run the update from your PSP menu.

Trouble upgrading? Ask for help on our forums

3. Install Pro CFW

The Pro CFW archive provides several subfolders in the “PSP/GAME” folder. Two of them are interesting for us: the FastRecovery and the PROUPDATE folders. Those two need to be extracted to the PSP/GAME folder on your memory stick.

Assuming you extracted the files correctly, you will see a few new applications in your PSP’s Game menu. The one you will want to run in order to install Pro CFW is “Pro Update”. Just run it.

That’s it. You can erase the “ProUpdate” folder from your PSP, but keep the “FastRecovery” one.


That’s it, I said 3 steps 🙂 Welcome to the world of Custom Firmwares. There’s no additional step required to install the Pro CFW. However, every time you reboot your console, you will have to reactivate ProCFW, which is done by running the Fast Recovery tool from your PSP’s Game menu, and takes literally 5 seconds.

5. Power user

In this section you will find additional tricks/steps if you want to improve or customize your experience with a Custom Firmware on your PSP 3000

Some people think that it is a burden to reactivate the CFW every time they reboot their console. It is important to note that this is needed only if you reboot the console, not if you put it into sleep mode. Most people use the sleep mode 90% of the time without ever realizing it. Trust me, I’ve used several PSPs for years now, running the Fast Recovery tool is not a problem in your daily usage. That being said, it is possible on most models of PSP 3000 to downgrade to Firmware 6.20, and install a permanent CFW on this firmware. Honestly I don’t recommend this, but if you’re interested, go and check on our forums.

557 Responses

  1. Reid

    Hello !!
    My psp 3000 version is 5.50 OFW
    Can i use this to install cfw on my psp?
    Btw thanks for this guide

  2. Bernard

    Hi! I could have sworn I’ve been to this site before but after checking through some of the post I realized it’s new to me.
    Anyways, I’m definitely glad I found it and I’ll be bookmarking and checking back frequently!

  3. Jordy

    If there anyone have corupt data please try this first

    1 download your game
    2 put it on your memory card
    3 remove your memory card
    4 try it out on your divice

  4. nash

    hi i have psp3004 version 6.60 pro-c2 …some of my games are good but other appears “corrupted data” or ” error 80020148?” is it possible that my psp can only read few games? can anyone help me fix this?

    • squids

      Try putting games back onto the card after formatting. if its the same games then you might have corrupted files, but if they’re different games each time then you most likely have a back card. I’m using a micro sd through an adapter and that was my problem. got a new micor sd card and everything worked perfectly

  5. Brian's

    My psp 3001 bright has cfw pro-c2 on it and it won’t. Let me use Prometheus to run ISO/cso games I’ve tried everything keeps showing corrupt or nothing at all

  6. S.Wainwright

    can i use this custom firmware if i have PSP official firmware 6.61 Do i have to downgrade or leave it like it is and just follow the steps above

  7. PJ.scer

    Hi guyz.. can you help me?
    I have psp3004 with 6.60 pro-c version
    but everything I put on the folders ISO and PSP/GAME won’t recognize..
    what was the problem? can you help me?

  8. killboy

    i have a psp 3000 went through the steps and the flasher says it dosent support this model

  9. Theodore Jones

    i have a huge problem i used cfw on my psp the first gen kind and it is stuck in recovery mode every time i boot it up and it will not allow me to select anything it just stays at the bottom or if i do move it, it will return to the bottom but i still cannot select an option is ther a fix or something i am missing i would really like to get back to playing my games on it.

  10. bok miracudo

    my psp 3000 games wont appear even after installing cf pro,. system software 6.61 pro-c, can someone help me? thanks in advnce

  11. Dan

    Hey I have psp 3002 did I need a Pandora battery

  12. Jim

    Hey dude thank you very much
    I updated and installed cfw and works fine,i can even play games that i couldnt with 6.35 cfw and i thought that it was a problem with the games

  13. Eveline

    Hi guys,

    I try to put CFW on my PSP, but it has firmware 6.61. And I cant go to 6.60… Or at least I don’t know how… Can anyone help me? 🙁 Or is there any other way I can put CFW on 6.61? Thanks in advance!

  14. P

    On the download section of this page: it says 6.60 PRO-C fix 3 (6.60 PRO-C2 has a bug that prevents PSN PSX games from being played at all!). Is this actually the case? Should I install the fix? Do I need to replace the old FastRecovery folder as well?

  15. Henry

    Hi. Can someone tell me if this works on a PSP 2000 please? It has firmware 6.60 installed. Thanks!

  16. Ben

    Does anyone knows how to fix the audio Issue with playing ISOs on the TV?? Ive got the image, but no audio on PSP-3001, only when connected to TV with Pro cfw running.

  17. Liam

    Hello there. I have a problem with my CFW. I put the CFW on the right directory on my SD card but the PROUPDATE app doesn’t appear, neither does the FastRecovery. When it DOES appear, I try to run the PROUPDATE but I get a “this game could not be started (80020148)” error message. I don’t know how to put my PSP 3003 (03g) into recovery mode even after following the turn on and hold R button method. My memory card also sometimes becomes unreadable and I have to reformat it to get it working again, then put the CFW on it again. I personally thing the issue lies with the Memory Card but i can’t rule it out as I don’t have another one around. I may pick one up soon though, but just wanted some advice at this moment just in case that isn’t the issue. Does anyone have any ideas on how to fix this? Thank you

  18. nana

    hi i need help. i tried the two cfw but has not been working its said that the program dose not work on this psp its a 3000 white 6.39. im still having trouble someone please help me.

  19. Raf

    Hi guys, need help on this.. I do have a PSP 3000 with a OFW 5.03 (i know its pretty old) but wanted to play some games on it like MHF3 however thought that it might be the old FW but im not able to go to step 3 because the Update is not showing! I’ve put the Eboot.pbp file on the PSP/GAME folder and it shows nothing. 🙁

  20. Raf

    Hi guys, need help on this.. I do have a PSP 3000 with a OFW 5.03 (i know its pretty old) but wanted to play some games on it like MHF3 however thought that it might be the old FW but im not able to go to step 3 because the Update is not showing! I’ve put the Eboot.pbp file on the PSP/GAME folder and it shows nothing. :(((

    • Read it again.

      from step 2:
      you should end up with an “UPDATE" folder in the PSP/GAME folder, if you do things correctly

  21. OOF

    When i run the pro update it says its doesnt support my FW

  22. Voyagerz

    Followed Every step. got the cfw copied to psp/game folder….running “Pro Update” but now it goes black and says “Sorry, this program doesn’t support your FW (0x06060110)

  23. > If that explanation doesn’t work for you, just know that it’s the same thing as saying "4560 divided by 10 is Wow, this is an amazing way to explain I just kind of took it for granted that a right shift divides by

  24. OOOOF

    What does it mean if games always run at 1 fps on my pup with CFW pro C 6.61

  25. mine boi 666

    psp 3004 did everything right, but when i launch cipl flasher it says “this installer does not support this model”

  26. Levi

    my psp3001 did everything and works fine…until, I play 1 game crash, when I turn on, the Green light (power) is on, but there isn’t any backlight on my screen and no memory card detection light (the left upper orange one), then the green light just turn off,

  27. Aung Ko Phyo

    Bro…i flash cfw 6.61 and my psp start nothing at all…my game…please gave me solution … me

  28. Josh

    Why don’t you recommend using a permanent CFW?

  29. Tiago Pinheiro

    Hey there i was so gratefull to find this site but, links are not working for the downloads

  30. ZeroSbr

    What a simple, user friendly guide. It amazes me that hackers can break down the PSP security this well but they can’t seem to do something similar with the 3DS even after 8 years.

    By the way, wololo, if you’re reading this comment you might want to update this PSP CFW guide. Namely, 6.61 has been out for literal years and also you ought to mention Davee’s Infinity hack for those who want to deal with a dirtier process to get permanent CFW on their 3k and Go models.

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