The ARK Guide: Tutorials, Tricks, Tips and More

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  1. Albo says:

    followed everything correctly for the plugins and still nothing
    this is really confusing cant get cwcheat or anyother plugin..
    can anyone tell me does FileZilla rename the txt file to plugins 2.txt?? could this be the problem lol

    • RicSnp says:

      Man, i didn’t use filezilla, pspfiler or ftp. I just created a txt file named PLUGINS.TXT, opened it and added the following lines since I only use 2 plugins atm:


      placed that .txt file in the ARK exploited savedata and send it on my vita via CMA.
      Although some of the tutorials guys made shew that they apparently stopped using seplugins, I still have my plugins installed to that same seplugins folder just as I had with TN’s(No changes made). All i replaced was the .txt file named GAME.TXT which worked with TN’s exploit, with PLUGINS.TXT… and it works.

  2. d1ru says:

    im not understanding the directions for extracting homebrews in ark. you make another foldet called “savedata”? placrd where? with thein the same directory as the uno savedata? (im assuming not INside, but BEside) and without paths, just a zipped file with the eboot?

    • Jd8531 says:

      No, take another game save and use its folder to put your Zips in. Then transfer that gamesave to the Vita. Then find that folder in ARK and extract the ZIP.

      • ken says:

        What if we don’t have another PSP savedata folder? Is it possible to use a fake savedata folder? Or do we have to get another legit PSP game on the vita to make a savedata folder transferrable thru CMA?

  3. Gluegun says:

    ps vita skips commercial files, like all co LLC,
    they try to make one thing, Money and how they make
    it is like makeing a video for your self to get paid,
    and the promise is not very big, so users must
    understand this, the file must be a type, not MIMEING types,
    or cph8 digital, or one file, pic.img, something nobody
    relly uses, for files like .zip would not work because
    there is a .zip program…. get it? .ZIP is not a program
    for the psp, but still works because k_return; command
    was implemented, (get inputs command), but for ark,
    there relly is no installer, TN has a .ZIP read, ark was
    build few months a go, still very buggy at some points…….

  4. Gluegun says:

    what i ment to say, Hive-cm8 not cph8, been bezzzy…..

  5. Icebear says:

    having trouble with this for some reason i can’t install my homebrew like the SNES and Genesis emulators when i had the TN-C i just threw the ZIPS into the UNO folder and it found them but when i use this ARK program it wont detect anything at all they are named right and everything because they worked just fine in TN-C where do i put the zip folders at so it can detect them?

  6. DICEMEN4 says:

    Nice ark pro v anyone knows how to create psp games homebrew what tools would I need and the programming languge c ?? 🙂

  7. nima says:

    hi everyone
    plz help me.
    i dont know how convert .bin file to .iso and make a eboot. ?

  8. McLoven says:

    I love ARK, no problem. I’ve used both methods for copying ISO’s, but I’m not so sure that FTP is “extremely faster” as stated by Jd8531 or is it just me?
    Please correct me if I’m wrong.

  9. phoenixshade says:

    look im aussie n i wasnt able to get the game uno i was wondering if some 1 would be willing to email me the game back up files so i can load it to my vita? so i can try to work out if i can load the uno game that way as i cant down load it in ps store 🙁 if you can email me the files do so at

  10. phoenixshade says:

    i wasnt askin for some 1 account info for ps store i was wondering about it that all n ty for info so ne idea as to ne new possible games that might be n idea to get?

  11. whiteassassin97 says:

    WHY ” to compete with Total_Noob’s”????? wouldnt it be better if these guys work together!! DAMN IT. anyway, nice ark.

  12. Jakesiesvita says:

    Excellent how to guide. Thanx

    I have installed ark on my vita and no issues thus far. Really awesome. Thanx to the team for the great work.

    Personally i think is good if there is compention.

    But both firmwares are awesome

  13. BrokyPR says:

    can i see umd.iso movies on cef?

    • Jd8531 says:

      I am actually not sure about that, that’s a good question. I think you can if its not an interactive one, you’ll need to copy it and move it to the Video folder in ARK.

  14. IgnusArmagadan says:

    Are there any places to download themes for ARK? The main thing that’s keeping me from going to ARK is how plain it is. Yeah, it’s got better compatibility, but everything I use on TN-C runs just fine. If I can get it looking better than a black screen with white text, I’ll go ahead and install it.

    • Jd8531 says:

      Yep if you go to the tip under how to install ARK I explain how to make your own and where to get some 🙂

      • IgnusArmagadan says:

        Ah, thank you! I somehow overlooked that last block of text :p

      • IgnusArmagadan says:

        One more question, though with my luck, might be explained in the article as well. I assume that if you wish to, going back to TNMenu is as easy as just copying the save for TNMenu over the ARK save and loading up Uno. Is that true or is there some kind of process you have to go through for that?

        • RicSnp says:

          If i wanted to revert to TN I would just change the two last letters/ numbers at the end of the savedata. I have both TN and ARK installed, I just changed the last 2 numbers on the savedata exploit folder i don’t want to use so i don’t get mixed up.. and this can be achieved using pspfiler

  15. IgnusArmagadan says:

    I wish my icon wasn’t always an angry one, lol.

  16. Jd8531 says:

    Sadly TN menu isn’t compatible with ARK for now.

  17. mja2288 says:

    “It is highly recommended that you back up UNO on your computer in case of any errors or issues later on.”
    How do you back up UNO onto a computer?

    • Jd8531 says:

      Connect your Vita to your PC, use content manager and then go to Vita to PC>PSP > and then click on UNO and hit copy.

      • mja2288 says:

        Thanks I wasnt aware you could back up the game itself. I just thought you could only save the game saves to the computer.

  18. Asch901 says:

    This is so hard to do…… keeps on saying corrupt file. Hence I can’t copy.

    Ok..I gotta ask. Please give me specific step by step on how to copy ISO/CSO onto this new ARK.

    Zip store games into what folder? Is it per game or the whole game which is inside the folder?

    I did everything, but still it says here corrupt file on my CMA. Even the copying cso/iso via uno save folder and try to manually look for the game via recovery method, but I can’t find the cso/iso even. (im x using the FTP way of copying btw)

    • Jd8531 says:

      Are you sure you read it step by step? Double check, it must be a simple mistake you’re making. Only zip your ISO/CSO. No folders with store compression and all caps. Then put it in another save games folder and copy that save to the vita.

      • IgnusArmagadanI says:

        What about with Vita FTP? It still has to be zipped? None of my games are coming up anymore, so does that mean I have to delete them all off and then put them back zipped? If so, that’s a lot of hassle for no compatibility boost for my needs, lol.

      • IgnusArmagadanI says:

        Just tried zipping Crystal Defenders and putting it back on there since it’s a pretty small game. Nope, doesn’t come up. ARK seems to be LESS compatible for me somehow =\

        • bibo says:

          I was having the same problem. I figured it out… When they say all caps, they mean EVERYTHING.
 does not show up

          http://FTP.ZIP does show up

          try that and see if it helps

          • IgnusArmagadan says:

            They already are since they were there from TN-C which I had to go by the same rules as ARK is going by. Everything IS in caps. All my emulators and homebrew apps work (like Vita FTP and SNES9X). I have 4 ISO’s and 1 CSO, all in ISO folder, 8 characters long, ALL CAPS and they jst don’t show up, not even as corrupted data, as if they don’t exist.

  19. IgnusArmagadanI says:

    Oh well, looks like it’s back to the old exploit I go…

  20. clorbag says:

    just a question, finally got my iso to transfer to the save data folder and can find it in ark, i hit install and it says installing, how long should this take? its been like 10 min. its phantasy star portable 2

  21. Squall says:

    Is it possible to get the copy of UNO you need from the Internet? I.e. not through psn? Ive not updated my vita firmware ever so I’m on 1.8, just need the exploited UNO game.

    Is there a guide anywhere on using a FTP programme to put stuff to and from your vita? My content manager wont let me do anything without asking me to update the firmware?

  22. clorbag says:

    i heard there is a way to share games, i so ill share my copy of uno, and thanks jd i finally got my iso to run just had to wait like 30 min for the game to install from ark.

  23. Rafael says:

    Boa tarde, como eu sou novo aqui e li varios post inclusive este, não tem como baixar o UNO em algum site, pq consegui fazer todos os procedimentos mas nao tenho o game, quando descobri este post já não havia o UNO na PSN!!!

  24. SlayDK says:

    hi im new at this,but what do u mean about saving into another savedata in step #4?how come we cant use the UNO savedata for this?

    • wololo says:

      the risk with using the UNO savedata is that you could mess up with the exploit, which would end up locking you out of ARK. I believe it would work, it just adds risk if you mess up when creating the files.

  25. Alex says:

    When will you have another ARK CEF (Customer Emulator Firmware) because I just miss the Uno download, so I had to update to 2.05. Thanks & all I got to say is that you guys are brilliant! I’m a big fan of custom firmware like i own a psp with custom firmware. I knew it was gonna get hack & sooner or later theirs gonna be a point where the psvita it’s gonna be fully hacked with more things added!

  26. go1den3ye says:

    UNO is back on EU PSN. just saying if you haven’t updated to 2.05 yet and missed it the last time.