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  1. #1 Tutorial: Custom Firmware installation step by step 
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    This tutorial will walk you through creating a Magic Memory Stick, downgrading your firmware and installing Custom Firmware.


    - Required Hardware -

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    Pandora Battery

    - Required Software -

    Magic Memory Stick Creator v2.0
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    Custom Firmware 5.50 GEN-A
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    Custom Firmware 5.50 GEN-A Build 4 Quick Update
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    Custom Firmware 5.50 GEN-B Update
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    ########## Step 1 - Downgrading
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    On the PSP navigate to Settings -> System Settings -> Format Memory Stick
    When prompted, answer Yes

    Connect the PSP to the computer
    On the PSP navigate to Settings -> Usb Connection
    The PSP will be assigned a drive letter on the computer - Make note of it

    Open the Magic Memory Stick Creator folder
    Execute BEGIN.bat
    Follow the prompts

    Once the above process has completed:
    Disconnect the PSP from your computer
    Remove the memory card from the PSP
    Remove the battery from the PSP

    Reinsert the memory card
    While holding down the L button insert the Pandora battery
    The PSP will boot up into service mode
    Press the X button

    When prompted, Press X to turn off the PSP
    While the PSP is off, take out the Pandora battery and reinsert the normal battery


    ####################
    ########## Step 2 - Custom Firmware
    ####################

    To complete the installation of the Custom Firmware your battery must be at least 78% full

    Connect the PSP to the computer
    On the PSP navigate to Settings -> Usb Connection

    Copy the "Update" folder from Custom Firmware 5.50 GEN-A to the "PSP\GAME" folder on the PSP

    On the PSP turn off USB Mode
    Navigate to Game -> Memory Stick
    Run the Custom Firmware installer application
    Wait for the installation to complete

    Connect the PSP to the computer
    On the PSP navigate to Settings -> Usb Connection

    Copy the "gen" folder from Custom Firmware 5.50 GEN-A Build 4 Quick Update to the "PSP\GAME" folder on the PSP
    On the PSP turn off USB Mode
    Navigate to Game -> Memory Stick
    Run the Custom Firmware GEN-A updater application
    Wait for the installation to complete

    Connect the PSP to the computer
    On the PSP navigate to Settings -> Usb Connection

    Copy the "5.50-genB-update" folder from Custom Firmware 5.50 GEN-B Update to the "PSP\GAME" folder on the PSP
    On the PSP turn off USB Mode
    Navigate to Game -> Memory Stick
    Run the Custom Firmware GEN-B updater application
    Wait for the installation to complete

    ####################
    ########## Step 3 - Final Setup
    ####################

    Connect the PSP to the computer
    On the PSP navigate to Settings -> Usb Connection

    On the Memory Stick create the following folders:

    ISO - ISO game backups are stored here
    PSP\MUSIC
    PSP\PICTURE
    seplugins - Custom Firmware plugins and apps are stored here
    PSP\VIDEO

    On the PSP turn off USB Mode
    Turn off the PSP

    While holding down the R button turn on the PSP
    Navigate to Configuration -> UMD Mode (currently: Normal -UMD required)
    Toggle this setting by pressing X and selecting NO UMD

    Navigate to Back

    Navigate to Advanced -> Advanced Configuration
    Disable "Plain modules in UMD.ISO"
    Disable "Execute BOOT.bin in UMD/ISO"

    Navigate to Back twice
    Navigate to Exit
    The PSP will reboot

    The PSP is now able to play ISO and CSO files.

    ######################

    Beware the Brick

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    09/06/2009
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    Incase you didn't notice, we have a farely noticeable button under the banner which says "GUIDES".
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    not a bad guide, but too much text organize a bit more also I know you can't post real links but incorporate them into the guide cause people won't be able to find your stuff




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  4. #4 hey 
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    Updated to include links. The first time I tried to post it didnt let me add links since I'm a new member. For some reason I can now.

    Be well.

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    My brother gave me his old psp 1000. It is currently running official firmware 3.51. I'm nervous about messing around with it. I have a pandora battery and a blank 4gb Pro Duo memory stick. Is this method the best way for me to play homebrew's and backups of my UMD's from the memory card?
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    use this http://www.pspmod.com/forums/psp-fir...sp-any-fw.html and in the future don't hijack threads, search then make a thread




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  7. #7 Hey 
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    Hey JONdotCON,

    the old PSP 1000 is def easier to hack.

    do you play the psp a lot? If you are willing to risk bricking it, and prepared for it to be, then it is worth trying to hack. If you are not willing to risk it dont try.

    I was willing to risk it, i havnt played my psp in a long time, and it was just sitting there. Now that its hacked i play it almost every day.

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