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Modding a PSP?

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8y, 9m agoPosted 8 years, 9 months ago
Anyone know where I can find some basic info on hacking a PSP Slim?

I modded the firmware on a PSP Phat using DevHook about a year ago but I can't remember sod all about it and a lot has changed since then.

Just looking for somewhere to start, some clear guidelines on what hardware and software I need (DevHook required a UMD Game disk and a memory card)

thanks
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8y, 9m agoPosted 8 years, 9 months ago
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#2
will take a look.
many thanks :)
rep left.
#3
if you are near the midlands you can borrow my pandoras battery it will mod it in about 5 minutes
#4
I'm in Manchester.
reading into it all, seems more complex than it used to be lol.

I don't know if you need it permanently, but if you're willing to loan it to me via post I will pay all shipping and return it next day
#5
arcsbite
I'm in Manchester.
reading into it all, seems more complex than it used to be lol.

I don't know if you need it permanently, but if you're willing to loan it to me via post I will pay all shipping and return it next day


Sorry cant risk losing pandoras battery
but found a site selling them for £30
it is a very usefull tool to have

very easy to use but not easy to make
took me a good few hours so looking at the price here worth every penny you could always re sell once you have done what you needed to do
#6
thanks, but I think I'll just build one out of the included sony battery and use a back up battery as my main.
I didn't want to get bogged down in the research but £30 for a mod is a bit of a fools game, If I can make £60 out of unlocking an iPhone I'm sure I can work out a PB.

P.S. let me know if you change your mind, I have 100% positive feedback here and over at ebay so I'm good for the return.
#7
arcsbite
thanks, but I think I'll just build one out of the included sony battery and use a back up battery as my main.
I didn't want to get bogged down in the research but £30 for a mod is a bit of a fools game, If I can make £60 out of unlocking an iPhone I'm sure I can work out a PB.

P.S. let me know if you change your mind, I have 100% positive feedback here and over at ebay so I'm good for the return.


to make a pandoras battery you will need a modded psp phat from there you will ba able to create a magic memory stick
#8
imortal
to make a pandoras battery you will need a modded psp phat from there you will ba able to create a magic memory stick


I'll borrow my brother in laws, he's got my old 1.50 Phat
1 Like #9
here is a quick guide good luck pm if you get stuck

In order to obtain one you will need the following:


A Fat PSP with a Custom Firmware such as OE, M33 or WC, or a fat PSP with the 1.5 original kernel. You can borrow your friend's, girlfriend's etc if yours is not homebrew capable yet.
A spare PSP Battery. Not all makes will work (Read the Compatibility Section bellow). Using a spare is best, as it will not be possible to boot the PSP in its normal state with the modified battery, although there is a "trick" if you only have one battery (Explained further down).
A spare Memory Stick Pro Duo of less than 4GB. 64MB should be enough for all the required applications.
Pandora's Battery software by the Team C+D
Official SONY v1.50 Firmware Update EBOOT:

Download it from QJ-Net [ZIP Format]
Download it from PSP-Hacks.Com [ZIP Format]
IMPORTANT: This guide will assume that you are running a Windows XP Operative System in your PC. It´s well know Windows Vista may give a "open error (read)" error message when using mspformat.exe, if that happens to you, install and use Windows XP instead or try a Live Linux Distro (Knoppix, kUbuntu, ...) and try following the Unix instructions . For Unix and Mac users there are some alternative instructions for the command line available (Just make sure you really know what you´re doing).[/li][/list]



Compatibility
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A) Memory Stick:


They MUST be PRO Duo. As long as it's PRO Duo it should work. Memory Stick Duo will NOT work.
They MUST be able to hold all the required files (At least 64MB, though it's recommended more). Also, they should be no bigger than 4GB.

B) Battery:


Compatible:
- Sony PSP-100, 1800mAh, 3.6v - Normally bundled with PSPs.
- Sony PSP-280, 2200mAh, 3.6v.
- Datel Go Max GM100, Reusable Battery Pack. USes 3xAAA batteries. The serial resets itself to zeroes once the bateries are removed.
- Datel X2, 3600maH
- Datel MAX Power, 1800maH, 3.6v (Two models, Black [Model No LB1000] and Silver)

Not compatible
- Sony PSP Slim Battery, 1200mAH, 3.6v, PSP-S110
- MEGA Lithium, 2600 mAh, 3.6v
- Sony (Fake) PSP-280, 2200mAh, 3.6v
- Unknown brand TYP-107, 3600mAh, 3.6v (Gold Letters)
- Unknown brand PSP-360, 3600mAh, 3.6v (Silver Letters)


Visit the following link for a Visual Guide.



MS-DOS Prompt Window
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You may need some DOS knowledge, since some of the tools required for the process come under the way of DOS executable. For a quick introduction on basic DOS commands, check this TUTORIAL.



Uncompressing the software
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Download Pandora´s Battery Software from the above link. Unzip the "pandora.zip" file with the help of your favourite compatible uncompressor (i.e. WinRAR, WinZIP) into your local hard drive. For the guide we are going to create first a folder called PANDORA, in the root of our Hard Drive C:\ and then we are going to uncompress the contents in it. Once done, you should have the following folder structure:

C:\PANDORA\battery\pandora_battery
C:\PANDORA\battery\pandora_battery%
C:\PANDORA\installer\pbfirm_install
C:\PANDORA\installer\pbfirm_install%
C:\PANDORA\msinst
C:\PANDORA\mspformat

If your Hard Drive is D:\, make sure you do the approrpiate changes (swapping C:\ for D:\ from this point).



Creating the Magic Memory Stick and the Jigkick Battery
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1.- Insert the Memory Stick in the PSP.

2.- Format the Memory Stick via the Menu of your PSP within Settings.

3.- Connect the PSP to your PC through the USB Cable and enable the USB Mode in the PSP Settings.

4.- Open an MS-DOS Prompt window. To do that, click on the "Start" menu (at the lower left of your Windows screen) and select "Run...". Then type "cmd" (no quotation marks) into the box and click "OK"

5.- Type "cd C:\PANDORA\mspformat" (no quotation marks) and press Enter.

6.- Type "mspformat " (no quotation marks, and swap for the letter assigned to your PSP drive, i.e. mspformat F) and press Enter.

7.- It will asks you to press Y to continue. Do it.
- After a few seconds you should see the following message "Drive succesfully formatted, and partition moved", indicating everything´s gone OK. Go to the next step.
- If you see the message "Pseudo format is not necessary" instead, it´s still OK. Go to the next step.
- If you see the following error message "open error (read)" you are likely to be using Windows Vista. Mspformat.exe will NOT work in Vista, so you should find a Windows XP or MacOS or Unix (Linux) computer instead.

8.- Once finished, disable the USB Mode safely and remove the Memory Stick.

9.- Insert the Memory Stick again, and enable the USB connection of the PSP.

10.- Manually create the /PSP/GAME folders on the root if the Memory Stick (Also, if you are in CFW, create PSP/GAME150 as well).

11.- Copy the folders pandora_battery, pandora_battery%, pbfirm_install and pbfirm_install% and its contents (Remember we uncompressed everything into C:\PANDORA already?) to the folder PSP/GAME in your Memory Stick (If you are on CWF you should copy them into PSP/GAME150 instead).

12.- Download the 1.50 Official SONY Update File from any of the download links above. Unzip the 1.50 update to a temporary folder. Rename the unzipped 1.50 EBOOT.PBP file to UPDATE.PBP. Then copy it into the root of your Memory Stick.

13.- Disable the USB Mode safely.

14.- Go to the GAME Menu of your PSP, select the Memory Stick and press X, then select "Pandora's Battery Firm. Installer" and press X. This application will create the firmware files on the root of the Memory Stick, as well as another one called msipl.bin.

15.- Enable the USB connection of the PSP.

16.- Browse to your Memory Stick Contents and copy the file msipl.bin from the root of your Memory Stick into the folder C:\PANDORA\msinst\ of your Hard Drive

17.- Go to the MS-DOS Prompt window we opened in the beginning or open a new one if you got rid of it.

18.- Type "cd C:\PANDORA\msinst" (no quotation marks) and press Enter.

19.- Type "msinst
msipl.bin" (no quotation marks, and again swap for the letter assigned to your PSP drive, i.e. msinst F msipl.bin) and press Enter

20.- It will asks you to press Y to continue. Do it.

21.- Once finished, disable the USB Mode safely.

22.- Go to the GAME Menu of your PSP, select the Memory Stick and press X, then select "Pandora's Battery Creator" and press X. This program will let you convert the regular battery into the Jigkick Battery. Once loaded the program will show some information on screen:

Current Serial: It tells you the current serial of your Battery EEPROM.

Options:

X Button: Convert the regular battery into Jigkick Battery (aka Pandora´s Battery)
Square Button: Revert the Jickick Battery into a regular one.
O button: Converts the battery into a regular battery that auto-power on the PSP when inserted.
Triangle button: Back up the serial of your battery EEPROM (eeprom.bin), to recover it at a later stage to its original condition.
L+R Buttons: Flash the serial backed up previously from the eeprom.bin in the root of the Memory Stick.
HOME button: Exits
- Since every Serial is specific for every battery, before you proceed to convert your battery to Pandora´s we recommend you to back up your serial first by pressing the Triangle button. It will be backed up into the file eeprom.bin in the root of your Memory Stick and the program will exit to the XMB. Keep that eeprom.bin file in a secure place in case you would like to convert your Pandora´s battery back to a normal one in the future. Finally you can run Battery Creator again, but this time you can press X and your battery will (hopefully) be converted to a Jigkick Battery.

23.- Congratulation, you are now in posession of a "Magic Memory Stick" and a "JigKick Battery".


Usage
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Just grab any bricked PSP-100* or a working PSP-100* running any firmware.
Remove the regular battery and memory stick if applicable.
Insert the Magic Memory Stick into the PSP
Remove power cord and insert the JigKick Battery into the PSP.
The PSP will boot up automatically showing a Menu on screen.
Follow the on screen information and options:

X Button: To downgrade using the ms0:/UPDATE.PBP file.
O button: To backup NAND to ms0:/nand-dump.bin
Square button: To restore NAND from mso:/nand-dump.bin. Another two options here:

L+R+Start+Select to restore NAND with IDStorage Keys: Use this option ONLY if the nand-dump-bin file coms from your own PSP. Otherwise you will mess your IDStorage and the UMD Drive, Wifi, etc will stop working.
X to restore NAND without the IDStorage Keys: This is the safe option if you are installing a nand-dump.bin file coming from a different PSP. Also valid if you just do not want to rewrite your own IDStorage keys.
- The restore NAND option won´t work straightaway and will give you a "Cannot Open File" error. Read the toubleshooting section for a simple workaround.
#10
Many thanks.
rep left.

I shall crack on later this evening.
1 Like #11
If you get stuck give me a shout, I tend to not be doing much of an evening so could walk you though making a PB on MSN if you need it,

Mike..

**Although not right now, I am off to watch Bleach :P**
#12
MikeBeaver
If you get stuck give me a shout, I tend to not be doing much of an evening so could walk you though making a PB on MSN if you need it,

Mike..

**Although not right now, I am off to watch Bleach :P**


Thanks.
Looks like I won't be doing it tonight (my Bro'in'law isn't home)

I'll PM you if I get stuck, which I probably will lol.
rep added and thanks again :)
#13
ok.
I built the Magic Memory Card and The JigKick battery.
I ran it on the Phat PSP and it worked....well it went throught the motions, but the PSP was already on 1.50 so it stayed there.

I put both in my slim and the power light comes on and the screen stays black, not sure what's going on, anyone know?
#14
arcsbite
ok.
I built the Magic Memory Card and The JigKick battery.
I ran it on the Phat PSP and it worked....well it went throught the motions, but the PSP was already on 1.50 so it stayed there.

I put both in my slim and the power light comes on and the screen stays black, not sure what's going on, anyone know?


put the memory stick in put the on / off switch to hold
hold the L1 button put the battery in wait until you see the memory card light flicker then let go. now put the hold switch off now load you can load the custom firmware v3
#15
why go the old hard route when you can go for the noob-friendly easy route - google "upms project" and go to the official site. Their steps are so easy it can be done in less than 15 minutes (after downloading all the bits an pieces of course). But I guess you have made the battery and jigstick already so just have a look if all fails :).
#16
if you are still stuck, pm me and i will help you mate on MSN

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