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.

511 Responses

  1. Reid says:

    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 says:

    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 says:

    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 says:

    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?

  5. Brian's says:

    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 says:

    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 says:

    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 says:

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

  9. Theodore Jones says:

    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.

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