If you see one of these * , please read the note at the bottom, most of them are very important*
Internal flash refers to the NAND/LFlash, where the firmware is stored. This is not the same as the RAM.
Hackable refers to the ability to unbrick and/or install custom firmware using Pandora/Despertar del Cementerio
If a link will not open normally, right-click and select “Open Hyperlink”
Original Firmware = OFW, Custom Firmware = CFW
HEN = Homebrew ENabler – temporary CFW that goes away with a full shutdown and restart, used with an exploit that has kernel access to allow most (if not all) homebrew to run, can sometimes enable other CFW features
Most apps talked about have a download link on the “Downloads” page
It doesn’t matter if you have a PSP-3004 or a PSP-3001, it’s still a PSP-3000 in relation to what model it is. The only difference between a PSP-3001 and a PSP-3004 is where it was sold, so in other words the last 1 or 2 numbers designates region. Here is a list of all the different model numbers and the region they belong to:
Kernel-mode is much like administrator rights on a PC. It has more access over the computer than a normal user would have.
A "Kernel" is actually the interface between software and hardware. The kernel tells the hardware what to do, and it receives data from the software/firmware.
With a Kernel-mode exploit you can access program functions that are normally only available to Sony-signed code, or Sony technicians. The kernel-mode would have more access to functions that would allow the control of the Hardware and firmware.
User-mode is simply the normal mode that a software (a game) would be able to access. In a way, it only allows access to what a game or a typical user has access to.
Basically, a kernel-mode exploit would allow access to hardware and firmware functions, while the user-mode exploits would deny access to those things.
Kernel-mode exploits are harder to find in-game than in-XMB
Both a user-mode and a kernel-mode exploit are needed to make a HEN.
Lately, the PSP-3000 has started a search for exploits that allow unsigned code to be run on Official firmware, this is a list of known user mode exploits for the PSP-3000/ TA-088v3:
Format: Exploit Name – firmware supported: info
Gripshift Exploit –1.52-5.02: This exploit uses the UMD game Gripshift to launch homebrew using a hacked savegame, the homebrew this exploit launches must be coded specifically for this exploit, this exploit was patched in 5.03
“ Easter Eggsploit” (Also known as the “Laughing Man TIFF Exploit”) – 5.00-5.05: This exploit was found by MaTiAz, it uses a bug in the way Sony implemented libtiff to run unsigned code. A HEN (named ChickHEN) was created for 5.03 by Davee, who found the kernel exploit needed for a HEN. Using the ChickHEN, PSP Slims with the TA-088v3 Motherboard and the PSP-3000 are able to use most homebrew. Using a homebrew called CFW Enabler, the TA-088v3 and the PSP-3000 can run 5.03 M33/MHU on top of the HEN*. This exploit was patched in 5.50
MOHH Exploit – 3.03-5.55: This exploit uses the UMD game Metal of Honor: Heroes to launch homebrew using a hacked savegame, the exploit happens when you kill yourself in an adhoc multiplayer mode. Currently, the homebrew this exploit launches must be coded specifically for this exploit, but an eLoader is currently being coded for it, this exploit was patched in 6.00
*This does not mean you can now install CFW on an unhackable motherboard, it just makes the HEN more CFW-like, DO NOT TRY TO INSTALL CFW ON TA-088v3 OR PSP-3000, YOU WILL GET A BRICK!!!
Before Pandora existed, installing CFW involved downgrading to 1.50 thru exploits then upgrading to CFW, exploits can still be used to install CFW with the help of Hellcat’s Recovery Flasher * , this is a list of all user mode exploits that have the ability to downgrade/install CFW (a kernel mode exploit is needed for HEN):
Format: Exploit Name (Game Used) [Type] – firmware supported: info
TIFF Exploit [eLoader] – 2.00: Used a bug in libtiff to run unsigned code, this exploit was patched in 2.01
GTA:LCS Exploit (GTA:LCS) [eLoader] – 2.00 to 2.60: Used a modified savegame to run unsigned code, can be used to downgrade in 2.50, 2.60, save slots 1-7 were patched to prevent this exploit in 2.70
TIFF Exploit [eLoader/HEN] – 2.01 to 2.80: Used a bug in libtiff to run unsigned code, can be used to downgrade in 2.01, 2.71, 2.80, this exploit was patched in 2.81
“ Goofy” Exploit (GTA:LCS) [HEN] – 2.00 to 3.03: Used a modified savegame to run unsigned code, this exploit is different than the one for firmwares 2.00 to 2.60 as it uses save slot 8 instead of slots1-7, Sony patched slots 1-7 but not slot 8, can be used to downgrade in 3.03, this exploit was completely patched in 3.10
Illuminati Exploit (Lumines) [HEN] – 1.50 to 3.50: Used a modified savegame to run unsigned code, can be used to downgrade in 3.11,3.50, this exploit was patched in 3.51
Easter Eggsploit [HEN] – 5.00 to 5.05: Also called the “Laughing Man Exploit”, uses a bug in the way Sony implemented libtiff to run unsigned code, can be used to install CFW on 5.03 * , this exploit was patched in 5.50
* Do not try this on a PSP-2000 with the TA-088v3 motherboard or on a PSP-3000, you will end up with an unrecoverable brick!! You have been warned!
There are three types of official Sony batteries for the Phat, Slim, and Brite: 1200 mAh (PSP-S110), 1800 mAh (PSP-110), and 2200 mAh (PSP-280)
Phat compatible: 1800 mAh, 2200mAh
Slim compatible: 1200 mAh, 1800 mAh*, 2200 mAh*
Brite compatible: 1200 mAh, 1800 mAh*, 2200 mAh*
Only certain PSPs have the ability to create Jigkick (also known as Pandora) batteries, if you get a PSP that doesn’t have this ability, you will have to ask someone to make one for you, hardmod one, or buy a pre-made one
All PSP Phat’s can make Pandora Batteries
The only Slims that are capable of making Pandoras are ones with a TA-085v1 motherboard, these Slims were found in early Daxter Entertainment Packs and are silver
Later versions of the Daxter pack PSP have TA-085v2 motherboards and are also silver, all PSP Slims with a TA-085v2 motherboard and up cannot create Pandora batteries
Newer 1200 mAh batteries cannot be changed into jigkick/Pandora batteries at all
The PSP-3000 can not create Pandora batteries
OSPBT 0.52 is a good program to make Softmodded Pandora Batteries
*The Slim and Brite require a special battery cover to use these batteries
So you found the PSP you wanted and it’s unhackable, now what do you do to get homebrew on it?
If you have firmware 5.03 or below, your best bet is to upgrade to 5.03 and use ChickHEN, if you really want CFW, there is a homebrew called CFW Enabler that makes HEN act like CFW*. You still have to run it every time you hard reset your PSP, though.
If you have firmware above 5.03, then there currently isn’t a way to run homebrew on your PSP, if you have firmware 5.55 or below, your best bet is to wait for the MOHH eLoader, if you have a firmware above 5.55, you’ll have to wait for a new exploit.
Step by Step tutorial – Installing ChickHEN + CFWEnabler:
*This does not mean you can now install CFW on an unhackable motherboard, it just makes the HEN more CFW-like, DO NOT TRY TO INSTALL CFW ON TA-088v3 OR PSP-3000, YOU WILL GET A BRICK!!!
It is possible to take a PS1 ISO file that was ripped from a disc you own and convert it into an EBOOT.PBP file so you can play it on a CFW-Enabled PSP, it is NOT possible to convert a PSP ISO/CSO into an EBOOT.PBP
“ Why can’t I convert a PSP ISO into an EBOOT?” This is a common question that gets asked all the time, why can you convert PSX ISOs to eboots, and not PSP ISOs to eboots?
The simple answer is, PSP ISOs are encrypted, PSX ones are not. So how can I convert PSX ISOs to eboots?
There are tons of guides available, as well as easy-to-use tools that make converting PS1 games a snap
The best tools out there* are PSX2PSP for Windows and iPoPS for Mac
Here are a few guides to get you started:
Tutorial: Quickly Convert PSX to EBOOT (Uses AutoPopstation 4)
Note: If you are having problems opening the links, right-click them and select “Open Hyperlink”
OFW Changelogs Part 1 Version Date Released Download Changelog 1.00 12/12/2004 N/A Original release No content authorization system. Japanese only. 1.50 03/24/2005 Here Support for content authorization Support for new video codecs Support for multiple languages 1.51 05/18/2005 Here Security update to patch KXploit exploit 1.52 06/15/2005 Here Revisions to strengthen security have been added Support for UMD music 2.00 09/01/2005 Here Internet browser added under [network] 4:3 Screen Mode has been added under [video] (for video saved on Memory Stick Duo™ media). Go To feature has been added (for UMD™VIDEO and UMD™MUSIC). A-B Repeat feature has been added under [music] (for UMD™VIDEO, UMD™MUSIC and video saved on Memory Stick) Audio options have been added (for video saved on Memory Stick Duo™ media). MP4 (AVC) has been added as a playable file format under [video] (for video saved on Memory Stick Duo™) The combination of SonicStage™ version 3.2 supports Attrac3 plus files WAV have been added as playable files under [video] Wallpaper feature has been added. Image transfer feature has been added. TIFF, GIF, PNG and BMP have been added as viewable file formats under [picture] Korean has been added as a system language in [System Settings]. [Character Set] has been added in [System Settings]. [Theme Settings] has been added. [Internet Browser Start Control] has been added as a security mode in [Security Settings]. WPA-PSK (TKIP) has been added as a security mode in [Network Settings]. Web address shortcut feature has been added as an input mode for the on-screen keyboard. 2.01 10/03/2005 Here Security update to patch TIFF exploit
OFW Changelogs Part 2 Version Date Released Download Changelog 2.50 10/13/2005 Here [LocationFree™ Player] added. [Auto-Select] and [Unicode (UTF-8)] added to the browser. Settings for [Text Size] and [Display Mode] and the history is saved. Copyright-protected video can now be played. [Set via Internet] has been added to [Date and Time] in [Date & Time Settings]. [WPA-PSK (AES)] has been added as a security method under [Network Settings]. Korean input mode has been added to the on-screen keyboard. 2.60 11/29/2005 Here Support for Audio RSS feeds under [network/RSS] 2.70 04/25/2006 Here Support for Adobe Flash player 2.71 05/30/2006 Here Support to download Demos from the Web Browser 2.80 07/27/2006 Here Support for Video RSS feeds. Update for LocationFree Player to support AVC video codec. Secret patching of sceKernelLoadExec bug, but opening sceRegOpenRegistry exploit. 2.81 09/07/2006 Here Support for memory sticks with a capacity of greater than 4GB. Security update to fix libtiff exploit. 2.82 10/26/2006 Here Revisions to strengthen security have been added. 3.00 11/21/2006 Here PlayStation 3 Remote Play. Classic PSone games. Added a music visualizer. 3.01 11/22/2006 Here Support for PlayStation Network titles expanded. 3.02 12/06/2006 Here Support for PlayStation Network titles expanded 3.03 12/20/2006 Here Support for PlayStation Network titles expanded. Support for taking photos and videos using the camera.
OFW Changelogs Part 3 Version Date Released Download Changelog 3.10 01/30/2007 Here Dynamic normalizer. Conserve memory option. "PlayStation®Spot" menu under "Network". [Japanese version only] Secret patching of sceRegOpenRegistry and GTA exploit. 3.11 02/08/2007 Here Reset option for PlayStation Network titles. "Portable TV™" menu under "Network". [Japanese version only] 3.30 03/28/2007 Here Support for thumbnail images within RSS channel and in video folder. MPEG-4/H.264 support for 720×480, 352×480, and 480×272 (native resolution). "Wireless Hotspot" added 3.40 04/20/2007 Here Support for PlayStation Network titles expanded. "Certificate Utility" option erased. Saved data from PlayStation format software can be used on both PSP and PS3 systems. 3.50 05/31/2007 Here Allows Remote Play to be used via an internet connection. "RSS Channel Guide" has been added as a feature under "RSS Channel". CPU speed limit removed, allowing CPU to run at 333MHz rather than 266MHz. 3.51 06/29/2007 Here 2007 Illuminati exploit has been patched 3.52 07/24/2007 Here Support for PlayStation Network titles expanded. 3.60 09/10/2007 N/A TV output added Support for the 1-Seg Tuner [Japanese version only] UMD cache support USB Charge option Additional color themes for XMB 3.70 09/11/2007 Here Custom themes Support has been added for assigning buttons in [Remote Play] A scene search feature has been added under [Video] Sequential playback is now supported under [Video] Simultaneous playback of content under [Music] and [Photo] is now supported PlayStation Spot icon added under [Network] for regions other than Japan Video bitrate limit raised to 2Mbps from 768kbps
OFW Changelogs Part 4 Version Date Released Download Changelog 3.71 09/13/2007 Here Revisions to strengthen security have been added. Support for PlayStation Network titles expanded. A correction has been made to the settings for some regions 3.72 10/30/2007 Here Support for PlayStation Network titles expanded. Remote Start now available under Remote Play. Remote Start requires a Playstation 3 system 3.73 11/29/2007 Here Improved system stability by fixing problems where the UMD drive would occasionally suspend 3.80 12/17/2007 Here Streaming internet radio player Added new music visualization effect Video scene search RSS now supports OPML and pictures PlayStation Spot now available at BB Mobile Point (Japanese version only) Added ability to play PlayStation games from disc or hard drive via Remote Play PSP Slim only features: One-segment broadcasting recordings (Japanese version only) 3.90 01/29/2008 Here Support for PlayStation Network titles has been expanded. Download icon for Go!Messenger has been added under [Network] (European version only) 3.93 03/18/2008 Here Support for PlayStation Network titles has been expanded. 20 new Internet Radio players has been added. 3.95 04/08/2008 Here Support for PlayStation Network titles has been expanded While playing PSone games on your PSP, you can now customize how the buttons are assigned by going to [Controller Settings] > [Assign Buttons] and select [Custom]. You can now quit Remote Play and choose to turn off your PS3 or leave it on after quitting. This is useful if you are performing a download and want to quit Remote Play, but still want your download to continue on the PS3. Select [Quit and Turn Off the PS3 System] or [Quit Without Turning Off the PS3 System] from [Quit Remote Play] when you press the HOME button on the PSP system. 3.96 06/04/2008 UMD Only Adds support for Playstation Network Titles. Fixes some bug issues. This update is required to use Hot Shot Golf 2, for PSP. Allows game to be played.
OFW Changelogs Part 5 Version Date Released Download Changelog 4.00 06/18/2008 Here Google Search has been added as an icon under "Network". Pressing up or down while viewing videos slows down and speeds up videos Added Subtitle support for UMD Movies under Video 4.01 06/25/2008 Here Display of search results under Internet Search has been improved for certain languages. Playback of video content under Video has been improved for certain file types 4.05 07/13/2008 Here Added new visualization effect under [Music]. Added support for viewing rentals and purchased videos downloaded from the Playstation Store (temporarily US version only) PSP Slim only features: Up to 8 programs may now be scheduled for record using the One-segment TV Tuner (Japanese version only) You may now set up a whole series of programs to record using the One-segment TV Tuner (Japanese version only) You may now record TV using the One-segment TV Tuner without having to also watch it (Japanese version only) 4.20 10/14/2008 N/A [USB Auto-Connect] feature in [System Settings] under [Settings] PSP 3000 only features: [Flicker Reduction] under the [Connected Display] menu in [Settings] [Noise Reduction] under the [Connected Display] menu in [Settings] [Color Space] under the [System Settings] menu in [Settings] 4.21 10/14/2008 N/A Patched a bug in libtiff. 5.00 10/15/2008 Here [PlayStation Network] has been added as a category on the XMB [PlayStation Store] has been added under [PlayStation Network] menu [Account Management] has been added under [PlayStation Network] menu Sleep Timer Function for [Music] [USB Auto-Connect] Feature added for PSP-1000 and PSP-2000 A new full-screen keyboard; press [Select] when the On-Screen Keyboard is displayed. A new optional redesigned XMB Background A new video format is supported (MPEG-4 AVC (H.264) Video Main Profile (AVC CABAC) in 640 x 480 pixels) [Title Display] feature under [Settings] [Backlight Auto-Adjust] has been added as an option under [Power Save Settings] Screen capture has been added as a feature within games and the internet browser (this is up to the game developer or the web site developer to support though). PSP Slim and PSP 3000 only features: Full screen and/or interlaced TV-out option for PSX games
OFW Changelogs Part 6 Version Date Released Download Changelog 5.01 10/22/2008 Here Fixed a bug where PSP owners using 8GB or 16GB Memory Stick PRO Duos get a message saying there is insufficient memory space on their Memory Sticks while downloading stuff from the PlayStation Store even when there is enough space. 5.02 11/20/2008 Here System software stability during use of some features, including PlayStation(R)Store, has been improved. PSP Slim only features: One-segment channel list updated, now Niigata Prefecture - Shiga Prefecture and Takada - Koka local channels can be received properly. (Japanese version only) 5.03 01/20/2009 Here System software stability during use of some features, including PlayStation(R)Store, has been improved. Patches Gripshift exploit. 5.05 02/19/2009 UMD Only Compatibility update for Idolm@ster SP and a few other games. 5.50 04/21/2009 Here [Information Board] has been added Memory Stick improvements Sub-folder support has been added for music, videos, and photos Space required to download a file from PlayStation Store to your Memory Stick has been reduced significantly. [Internet Search] for games directly from the XMB has been added Trend Micro trial has been added for the Web Browser. Trend Micro Web Security Trend Micro Kids’ Safety Exploit via libTIFF bug patched 5.51 06/11/2009 Here System software stability during use of some features has been improved. Patches kernel exploit used in ChickHEN 5.55 07/06/2009 UMD Only Compatibility update for certain UMD games. For a list of those games, see Official Firmware 5.55 on the PSP Wiki 6.00 09/10/2009 Here Games can now be grouped and displayed in folders based on their expire date under [Game]. Under [Settings], [Network Update] has been changed to [System Update]. Under [System Update], you can now choose how to update the system software. The number of colors that can be selected under [Settings] > [Theme Settings] has been increased. Revisions to strengthen security have been added. Screen mode "Custom" has been added in pops with PSOne Classics for perfect zooming.
OFW Changelogs Part 7 Version Date Released Download Changelog 6.10 09/30/2009 Here SensMe channels (music application for PSP, within Media Go for PC) Media Go Enhancements and updated to v1.2 with a new look and so on. Tethering for PSPGo, so you can use it as a BT Mobile device, as a modem to connect the PSP to internet. 6.20 11/19/2009 Here The importing of playlists from the Media Go application is now supported under [Video]. The importing of playlists from the PlayStation 3 system or the Media Go application is now supported under [Photo]. The [TV] category has been integrated into the new [Extras] category in the XMB (XrossMediaBar) menu. Compatible Models: PSP-2000, PSP-2005, PSP-3000, PSP-3005, PSP-N1000, PSP-N1005
For earlier changelogs, see this page on my website.
4.7 – Fixed Changelog, Edited “Exploits and How To Find Them”, Edited “PSP Go! Pros”, Resized some text to fit better
5.0 – Edited “User And Kernel Mode”, Added multiple “OFW Changelogs” pages, Added “Table Of Contents” page, Added “CFW Version Information” page
5.1 – “PowerPoint Change Log” format changed, Changed alignment of dates on the “Title” page
5.2 – Added note to “PowerPoint Change Log”, Added 6.20 to “OFW Changelogs”
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