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    In this guide I will show you how to create a pandora battery and magic memory stick which will enable you to downgrade / unbrick ur psp. :::::UNDER CONSTRUCTION::::: IGNORE THE LAST EDIT!!!! PART OF IT IS COMPLETE. ONLY 10% DONE!!!

    EDIT: All downloads updated, partition mover tutorial updated, includes readme.txt for more help, and random bug fixes, Hope you guys enjoy the update!!!!

    EDIT#2: Error Fixing added (finally) hope you guys enjoy it ^_^

    EDIT#3: Windows Vista Drivers now inlcluded 0^_^0 enjoy all you Windows Vista users! like always feel free to hit me up with any questions.

    EDIT#4: just edited again, added a download and a tutorial for people who want to upgrade to 3.71M33-3

    EDIT#5: Ok i decided to completely redesign my tutorial because it seems that a lot of people arent getting it. and also to go more in depth with the information and downloads.

    EDIT#6: Ok, im finally back and as promised, heres a new tutorial edit lol. Here are the changes: (Download links updated, pictures added, 2 videos added, how to bypass ressurection.elf, Q/A updated, DA Time machine added, 3.90 M33-2 added, small sector error covered, problems/errors updated) overall, you can see this is a major update. I hope you enjoy this update. My Inbox has been flooded with messages about this and requests and im gonna do them all now so yeah, if you guys have anymore problems/requests just hit me up with a pm and i will add it to this post.
    Enjoy this updat. It should of been done a while ago but oh well, im lazy.

    We will still start off with Q/A (Questions/Answers)

    Q)What is Pandora's Battery?
    A)Pandora's Battery is a utility that utilizes your memory stick and battery to hack your psp.

    Q)There are already a lot of tutorials for this.....what makes yours any different?
    A)On most of the tutorials it tells you that you require a psp that has 1.50 or a custom firmware. My tutorial doesnt require the use of a second psp! Just some spare time and a little skill.

    Q)Is Pandora's Battery illegal?
    A)Pandora's Battery is in no way illegal because it doesnt use any copy written material (rather it be from Sony or a 3rd party application)

    Q)What is "Hardmodding"?
    A)Hardmodding is a way or modifying something through hardware. (example: modifying a battery)

    Q)Why did you update this post?
    A)As listed above, i always receive mail because people don't understand some of the processes. So hopefully this newer version will sum things up and make it clearer.

    Q)I Cant afford a new battery what can i do?
    A)Read the "DA Time Machine section"

    Q)Where have you been?
    A)Around the world lol. I moved.....

    Q)Whats with the pictures and videos?
    A)Sorry if the quality isnt that good. If anyone feels they can do better, do so and i will add them and give them their props lol.

    Well, with that out of the way, lets get started!!!!

    We will now discuss how the tutorial is going to be organized (because organizations is a key factor in many great posts lol)
    1)Questions and Answers
    2)Materials Required
    3)Process #1: Creating the Magic Memory Stick
    4)Process #2: Creating the Magic Memory Stick with a bricked psp
    5)Process #3: Moving the partitions
    6)Process #4: Hardmodding the battery
    7)Testing your battery
    8)Running the files
    9)Tips and Tricks
    10)Final Questions
    11)Information Links
    12)Download Links
    13)For Nerds ONLY (how this works)
    14)Upgrading Custom Firmware
    15)Error Fixing
    16)Windows Vista
    17)DA Time Machine (This covers how to bypass the ressurection.elf and how to use it)

    Now that we understand that, we can now continue with the guide. So first up is "Materials"
    (NOTE: The materials will be organized by 1)Name and then by 2)Amount needed)

    A psp (1)
    A psp battery (2)
    A memory stick pro duo with 512MB or more, NO LESS (1)
    A mini USB or Memory Card Reader (1)
    A computer with an internet connection (1)
    A knife/exacto knife (1)
    A needle, safety pin, tooth pick, etc (1)
    Winrar (see Download Section)

    Now i assume that these are common household material (if not you can buy them all at a walmart for about $50 or less)

    Process #1: Creating the Magic Memory Stick
    (NOTE: this is for working psp's. so if your psp is bricked, you dont have to do this one. just go to the next one)
    1)Turn on the psp and go into USB mode
    2)Download Winrar (see download section) if you havent already
    3)When your computer detects the psp, go to "My Computer"
    4)Right-click on your psp's drive and select "Format"
    5)Format the memory stick
    6)Next download the "universal unbricker" (which is in the download section)
    7)Place all the files inside of it onto your psp's drive. These files should include:
    ==three folders called "PSP", "kd", and "registry"
    ==three eboots called "150.pbp", "340.pbp", and "371.pbp"
    ==one bin file called "msipl.bin"

    once done with that, move to "Process #3: Moving the Partitions"

    Process #2: Creating the Magic Memory Stick with a bricked psp:
    In order to do this, we are going to need a Memory card Reader/Writer.
    1)Plug your Memory Stick in via Card Reader
    2)Follow the above tutorial from step 2-7

    Process #3: Moving the Partitions:
    (NOTE: Keep your memory stick in through USB or card reader)
    1)Download the partition mover
    2)Extract the folder "msinst" to your hard drive (C:\)
    3)Go to "My Computer" and find your PSP drive letter (Removable Disk ?)
    4)Go to "Start"
    5)Go to "Run"
    6)Type in "cmd" and press OK

    from here, there should be a black and silverish white screen. If so, your all good and are ready to continue.

    7)Type this in: "cd C:\msinst"
    8)Next, type in "msinst ? msipl.bin" (remember No quotes) (also, replace ? with your removable disk letter)(also, use a capital letter to represent your drive. example: C:\msinst>msinst J msipl.bin)
    9)It will show some stuff and give you 2 options. 1)Y=Yes 2)N=No........of course, press Y and then enter
    10)You should receive a confirmation that the partitions were successfully moved

    and thats it! your done with your magic memory stick and partition moving!!!!! That wasnt so hard now was it?
    Now, lets continue!

    Process #4: Hardmodding the battery:
    1)Take your battery and open it using a knife or exacto knife
    2)look on the main board for the display "ICO4" or "CO4" (depending on your battery)
    3)Now, take a needle or something like that and remove pin #5
    here is a diagram: (NOTE: you can find pin #5 easily when the ICO4 or CO4 display is facing you!!!!)
    __ (pin 4) __ (pin 8)
    __ (pin 3) __ (pin 7)
    __ (pin 2) __ (pin 6)
    __ (pin 1) __ (pin 5)
    a better diagram of it can be found on ben hecks page (see links)
    4)After that, put your battery back together.

    congratulations, you just softmodded your battery!!!!!

    Testing your battery:
    Your will know if you successfully made your battery when:
    1)you inert the battery and the green power LED comes on
    if it doesnt come on, you did now make it correctly!

    Running the files:
    Once your battery and your memory stick are being used at the same time, you will now have a "Pandora's Battery"
    1)put in your magic Memory Stick
    2)Put in your softmodded battery
    *if you see your wifi LED and memory stick LED blink, you have it working!!!!!!! as though in most occasions your screen wont light up but if it does, thats always good too*
    3)When your LED's are don flashing, press "[]" (square) to dump your nand flash (just in case you brick. be warned, the file is anywhere from 32MB-64MB depending on your psp)
    4)After that is done, you will be required reboot, so press X (cross) when your LED's are done flashing or when instructed to)
    5)Re-put in your battery and the pandora menu will load
    6)Press X (cross) to install 3.71M33
    7)After thats done, you will need to reboot again (press X (cross) when instructed to or when the LED's are done flashing)
    8)Now, remove your battery
    9)Plug in your charger
    10)Turn on the psp
    11)Put in your battery
    12)Remove the charger
    13)And you should now be running 3.71M33!!!!!

    Tips and tricks:
    1)Run the v3 universal unbricker when your done so you can see the text (on slim psp's or fat)
    2)Buy a new battery (if your cheap, see the 1st question on "Final Questions"
    3)Remember NOT ALL homebrew is compatible with the psp slim!!

    Final Questions:
    (Q)Can i ever dual boot my XMB and my battery
    (A)Yes! you can do this only one way. you need to buy a switch and solder on the + and - connector to the batter and to the switch. This will allow you to choose when you want to boot into pandora's battery or into your XMB (see links)

    (Q)When i insert my softmodded battery, the psp turns on but i cant see anything
    (A)Thats because your probably using a psp slim which in that case, just press X and then install the V3 unbricker

    (Q)The light comes on but my MS LED and my wofi LED doesnt do anything
    (A)This is a common problem when you dont follow the instruction EXACTLY, you have to re-create the magic memory stick

    (Q)Did you create this?
    (A)No, i did not. Ben Heck did and all details can be found on his site (see links)

    Information Links:
    Ben Heck's web site: The Official Site of Benjamin J Heckendorn

    Ben Heck's work on this project: Forums :: View topic - TUTORIAL: Make a Pandora's Battery without a homebrew PSP!

    Download Links:
    Partition Mover: partition Mover
    (includes the msipl.bib, msinst.exe, and a readme)

    Universal Unbricker: Pandora Files
    (includes the eboots, folders, bin file, etc listed in the tutorial)

    For nerds ONLY, how this works:
    OK i will divide this up into 2 parts. part 1 will be the significance of the magic memory stick and part 2 will be the significance of the battery.

    The magic memory stick just contains all the files necessary for the hack. it doesnt really become a major role until you make it bootable by moving the partitions. When you move the partitions, you making the psp boot up the memory stick instead of its default EEPROM.

    The battery is the most important part in this whole operation. The battery controls the psp. have you ever wondered why there is a motherboard on a batter pack? well thats because the battery tells the psp to boot its EEPROM (thus why you can only start the psp when a battery inserted) Now, the ICO4 or CO4 connector is the chip that tells the psp to load its most bootable partition.
    Normally, this would be the EEPROM because it auto select this. But when you make the memory stick bootable, you are swapping the partitions (in a way)

    and both of these ultimately lead to the booting of the memory stick which will allow you to hack your pap.

    i hope this update helped some of you and trust me, this complete redo took me more than a hour so my hands are killing me right now. let me know what you think of the new tutorial

    ::TUTORIAL::Upgrading Your Custom Firmwared PSP
    when you complete my tutorial, you will be at 3.71M33 which is a decent firmware but has a lot of problems. in order to upgrade this firmware to the latest and greatest firmware (3.71M33-3), you need to..................
    1)Plug in your PSP and enter USB Mode
    2)Open "My Computer" and then your PSP drive
    3)Open the folder "PSP" then open the folder "GAME"
    4)Go here and download the update: PSP Downloads | Custom Firmware 3.71 M33-3
    5)Once the update is done, open it (if it didnt already open)
    6)Ignore the folder called "sdk" as its not important to people who arent interested in PSP Programming
    7)Move the folder called "UPDATE" to your GAME folder
    8)Go back the the root of your PSP drive (when you first opened it)
    9)Move over the "seplugins" folder to your PSP
    10)If asked to replace, do so.
    11)Disconnect your PSP and go to the memory stick under GAME
    12)Load the update and press X when prompted to
    13)The update will finish and you will be at 3.71M33-3!!!

    Once your at 3.71M33-3 you will be at the most stable custom firmware for the PSP Slim and an extremely good firmware for the older fat PSP. If your using a fat PSP, you will notice you wont be able to play your old games! Dont worry, it has nothing to do with the firmware, it just means you havent installed the 1.50 kernel which you can download here: PSP Downloads | M33 1.50 Kernel Addon #2 you install it the same way as updating. Once thats done you will be able to use all the PSP homebrew games and have the highest custom firmware out to date! Unfortunately this update doesnt work with the PSP Slim BUT you can use the Pandora's Elf Loader to load about 98% of all the homebrew games, the only problem, its extremely hard to find.
    If you have anymore questions, tutorial requests, and so on, please feel free to contact me through this site (pm or post it right here)

    Error Fixing:
    OK, i finally got around to doing this upon requests. But i will finally add the error fixing that held some back from using the msinst to move the partitions on your memory stick to make it bootable when the battery is inserted. This will finally allow you to move on and create it!
    But a few warnings:
    1)this does NOT work on 8gb memory sticks (technically speaking the format which is listed below will work but the msinst will not seeing as though the partitions are moved. the same applies to SOME 4gb memory stick)
    2)If this doesnt work, your jut out of luck or your using Windows Vista, linux, or a Mac OS

    ok well now lets get started!

    1)mspformat (download here: mspformat file)
    2)PSP hooked up through card reader or USB
    3)About 5 minutes of time

    1)Download the mspformat (its listed above in the Materials section above this but some are blind so here: mspformat files)
    2)Extract the mspformat folder to your hard drive (C:\)
    3)Same process as using msinst. Go to "Start"
    4)Then "Run"
    5)Type in "cmd" (no quotes remember that!)
    6)At the Command Prompt, enter "cd C:\" (no freaking quotes im not playing)
    7)Then enter "cd mspformat" (quotes=death)
    8)Find your PSP drive my plugging in your PSP through card reader or USB (drive letter can be found in "My Computer")
    9)Go back to the Command Prompt and type in "mspformat ?" (replace ? with a CAPITAL letter of your PSP's drive also, no quotes)
    10)It will tell you your about to format blah blah blah, just put a "Y" in when prompted (please listen no quotes)
    11)In the end it will say "Drive succesfully formatted, and partitions moved" if so your all good! now you can use the msinst process to finish with the battery.

    Again if there is any questions, complaints, suggestions, etc dont be afraid to ask me.

    Ok everyone, here is the part some of you have been waiting for!!!

    Windows Vista:
    There are NO technical drivers/executables for Windows Vista as of yet. BUT there is a way of running this on Windows Vista.
    NOTE:: This will ONLY work with the "msinst" and NOT the "mspformat" so if this still doesnt work, your out of luck unfortunately.

    1)Right-Click on your Desktop and create a new shortcut
    2)type in "CMD" and click next twice. (no quotes)
    3)When completed, right-click on the new shortcut and select "Run As Administrator" and choose continue (no quotes)
    4)Now a DOS prompt will come up with this title: "Administrator: cmd.exe" (no quotes)
    5)Type in "cd C:\msinst" (no quotes)
    6)**Make sure your PSP is plugged in through USB or memory card reader and that you know the drive letter**
    7)Type in "msinst ? msipl.bin" (no quotes)

    if all went well you should be given the option for "Are you sure? [Y]", just press Y and it should say "Write MS BOOT CODE"

    congrats! your memory stick is now bootable!!!!!

    DA Time Machine:
    As most of you know, DA (Dark Alex) released his PSP fat/slim Time Machine. The Tme Machine allows users to boot into 1.50, boot the ressurection.elf, and much much more. i have found a way to utalize my Pandora's Battery method along with his Time Machine and IPL to have the best possible hardmodded Pandora's Battery.
    So with all that said, lets get to the good stuff.

    Normally when you turn on or insert your battery, you go into the pandora's recovery menu. This menu is known as the "ressurection.elf" The reason for this is because your psp doesnt boot EEPROM anymore (meaning it cant load the XMB unless you remove the battery, the charger is plugged in and inserted in the psp, you turn on the psp, then insert the battery). Now, when you run the time machine, you will be presented with a menu (duh) and all you have to do is install the IPL and your all done. Your psp now reads that IPL instead of the original EEPROM meaning, it turns on the psp instead of loading the ressurection.elf!
    So there you go, problem solved. Free PSP Downloads
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    Good tutorial, one question though..

    Where did you get this info that new batteries are "pandora proof"?
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    Fanjita said it on HERE.

    @Midian you might want to put that ther slim's battery is also compatible with this method. Except you lift the fourth pin instead.

    It would also be good if you had pictures in your guide as well.

    Pretty good guide though.
    If you search you'll never have to ask questions again! GOOGLE

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    Pandora Proof?

    I'll give it two week until there is a work-around.
    My boring journey thing:
    3.52 OFW -> 3.70 OFW -> 3.71 OFW -> 3.72 OFW -> 3.73 OFW -> 3.80 OFW -> 3.90 OFW

    Still Need Magic Memory Stick
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    I dont know if I manage to get one of these new batteries Ill give it a try myself just to make sure.
    If you search you'll never have to ask questions again! GOOGLE

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    where do you get the registry and kd files, i didnt see the links in your post
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    You need the easy installer the link is right there but its a whopping 135mb.
    If you search you'll never have to ask questions again! GOOGLE

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    yay for me, finally, a pandora battery that i can make... %)#($*#%#^ vista!
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    this is my battery
    my mom bought me a psp slim in japan last 2 wiks ago
    and i dont know if its is one of the pandora proof
    i want to try this method but if my batt is pandora proof then ill have no more battery,, in case i buy a spare(damn nid money)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Midian View Post
    3)Next take your needle/safety pin and CAREFULLY remove the 5th pin (the pins start from the bottom left and up. So pin 5 should be the bottom one on the right.....depending on how you hold your battery.)
    Does anyone know what he means here? How exactly do you remove a pin with a safety pin or needle?
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    that was no problem for me.

    what WAS the problem was his failure to be specific with which way to hold the freakin battery. i did this last night and now have no "old batter"

    i took out the wrong pin and it broke off.

    midian, next time be more specific.
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    Quote Originally Posted by damnation View Post
    that was no problem for me.

    what WAS the problem was his failure to be specific with which way to hold the freakin battery. i did this last night and now have no "old batter"

    i took out the wrong pin and it broke off.

    midian, next time be more specific.
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    i have a phat psp though...does that matter?
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    very good post, maybe the noob's can stop asking for help on how to make a Pandora Battery....... YA RIGHT!
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