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  1. #1 Step By Step Popsloader Installation Guide 
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    Here is a pretty straight forward easy guide in how to install popsloader on your PSP..

    But first of all what exactly is popsloader??
    Well popsloader is a way of playing PSX (playstation 1) games on the latest custom firmware that needed an earlier firmware version... For example if you wanted to play a game which was considered best on 3.71 then you could play that game on firmware 4.01m33-2 using popsloader...

    Update: Now popsloader has been created for 5.00 and therefore firmware versions can be played from 3.00-4.01 and 5.00.

    So what firmware should i be using to install popsloader??
    Between 3.80-4.01 for the old popsloader.. For the new popsloader (5.00) firmware 5.00m33-2 and above should work fine.

    What versions of popstation does popsloader support?
    The old popsloader only supports the pops between 3.00 and 3.72... meaning that it does not have the ability to load pops from 3.80 or 3.90... However using the new version of popsloader (5.00) you now have the ability to load any pops from 3.00-4.01 and 5.00.
    I hope that clears up some confusion

    Changes for 5.00:
    When dumping firmware 4.01 you need to save the file impose.prx and place it in the popsloader folder.

    Here we go!

    Before starting we should look at downloading a couple of things which we are going to need:

    Choose a version:

    1) Old version 3.80 M33 Popsloader version 2 (Dark-AleX - PSP Developer) (Mirror)
    2) Latest version 5.00 M33-2 Popsloader ( Popsloader version 5.00 )

    Also needed:

    3) M33 PSARDumper (Dark-AleX - PSP Developer) (Mirror)
    *Updated dumper for firmware 3.80-4.01 (3.80-4.01 PSARDumper 3000 module decryption)(Mirror) Thanks for the heads up xtnod and of course DaX for his constant contribution to the PSP
    4) Firmware updates (Download latest PSP utilities, tools, cracks and hacks.)

    3.80 M33 Popsloader version 2 should be under the *PopsLoader* heading on Dark-AleX site
    and M33 PSARDumper should be under the *PSARDumper* heading

    If Dark-AleX site is under repair or unavailable please use the mirror links which i have added. If they also do not work then contact me.

    after you have downloaded that and you are looking at the firmware updates you want to grab most of the updates between 3.00 and 4.01
    i recommend getting these

    3.00
    3.01
    3.02
    3.03
    3.10
    3.11
    3.30
    3.40
    3.51
    3.52
    3.71
    3.72
    3.80
    3.90
    4.01

    You can download more or less if you'd like but at the bare minimum get 3.40, 3.71, 3.72 and 4.01 (as i seem to use them the most however i suggest downloading the ones i recommended but if you are lazy or dont have a big download limit then stick with the bare minimum)

    after you have downloaded all of those files (I know its a lot but it'll be worth it) we are ready to begin

    everything you downloaded needs to be extracted with winRAR or winzip..
    if you do not have winRAR please download it here

    once you have extracted all the files we are particularly interested in only a few of them..

    firstly if you downloaded the old version look inside "380m33popsloader_v2" inside that there will be a folder called "seplugins".. this is a folder that we will be using soon

    If you downloaded the new version you should extract the files and folders from "popsloader500" there is no "seplugins" folder in this download so you will have to create it yourself and place into it the files and folders which you downloaded. I will place a screen shot further into the guide of what the seplugins folder should look like.

    then if we look in the "M33_NEWPSARDUMPER" folder we will see a folder called "newpsardumper" we will also be using this

    and obviously all of the EBOOT.PBP files which are the firmware updates..

    Now connect your PSP up to your computer via USB and copy the "seplugins" folder we were just talkin about to the root of your PSP (X:\seplugins\ where X is the drive assigned to your PSP)
    if you already have a seplugins folder then simply copy the contents of the seplugins folder into your already made seplugins folder
    this is wat should be inside the folder..



    after that we need the next folder that we were talkin about the "newpsardumper" folder.. that goes into your game folder (X:\PSP\GAME\newpsardumper\ where X is the drive assigned to your PSP)
    this is wat should be inside newpsardumper folder..

    (Take note that this screen shot is of the old psardumper not for popsloader500)



    after you have done this we are almost ready to start dumping the files that we need... so simply grab one of your EBOOT.PBP files (the firmware updates that we downloaded) and put it on the root of your PSP (X:\EBOOT.PBP again where X is the drive assigned to your PSP)
    so for example if we were wanting to dump the files from firmware version 3.00 we would transfer its EBOOT.PBP (clearly you can only dump one firmware at a time as they are all named EBOOT.PBP)

    Once you have put the EBOOT.PBP that you would like to dump we are ready..
    Go to your Game menu and launch PSARDumper.



    after this is launched it will say down the bottom "press square to decrypt all" so you had better listen and press square..
    after you have pressed square ur PSP will start to dump all of the files. (it'll look like your PSP is going crazy but thats ok)
    once it is finished PSARDumper will reset the PSP.. Then you want to hook it up to your computer again via USB..

    On the root menu of your PSP you should find a folder called "FO"
    inside this folder is the files we need for each specific pops!!

    After you have completed your first dump of files check bellow for the files you need to extract to your computer for that certain firmware (as its not always the same files)

    once you are finished with that firmware you can delete its EBOOT.PBP off your PSP and copy the next one and prepare to dump that, but before dumping the next one you have to rename the files which you have placed on your computer.
    you will need to rename these files according to their firmware.
    for example if you had pafmini.prx from 3.00 then you would rename it pafmini300.prx and if you had the file popsman.prx for firmware 3.03 you would rename it popsman303.prx... do you notice the pattern? (there is no dot after the first 3! so take out the dot and write in the firmware number)

    Also before dumping each seperate firmware delete the FO folder so in other words completely start over before dumping the next EBOOT.


    here are the files that you want to look for and put on your PC
    from firmware 3.00-3.03

    inside the folder "kd" you want 3 files
    1) popsman.prx
    2) meaudio.prx
    3) pops.prx

    inside the folder "vsh" there is a folder called "module" from this we need 1 file
    1) pafmini.prx

    those are the 4 files needed for 3.00-3.03

    once you have taken the files and put them on your PC (in any folder that you like. create a folder called prx files or something so you know where to find them) you will need to rename these files according to their firmware.
    for example if you had pafmini.prx from 3.00 then you would rename it pafmini300.prx and if you had the file popsman.prx for firmware 3.03 you would rename it popsman303.prx... do you notice the pattern? (there is no dot after the first 3! so take out the dot and write in the firmware number) and sorry for repeating myself but its important to rename

    then from firmwares 3.10-3.30
    inside the "kd" folder you need 2 files
    1) popsman.prx
    2) pops.prx

    and from the "module" folder you again need 1 file (which is inside the "vsh" folder)
    1) pafmini.prx

    again you must rename the files to correspond with each firmware

    finally from firmwares 3.40-4.01 (3.72 if using old version)
    inside the "kd" folder you again need
    1) popsman.prx
    2) pops.prx

    and from the "module" folder you need 2 files (which is inside the "vsh" folder)
    1) pafmini.prx
    2) libpspvmc.prx

    remember to rename the files!! it is very important.. so if you have libpspvmc.prx from firmware 3.71 what would you rename it? thats right libpspvmc371.prx

    IMPORTANT NOT FOR DUMPING 4.01:
    When dumping firmware 4.01 you must save the file impose.prx (which is inside the "kd" folder) and place it in your popsloader folder (without renaming it!) so it will not be called impose401.prx it will simply stay as impose.prx

    this is wat your folder should look like


    once we have all these files on the computer we can put them on our PSP
    remember the "seplugins" folder we were talkin about? well in that there should be a folder called "popsloader" and in that folder there should already be idcanager_old.prx.. we want to add all of the prx files which we just made into that folder!!

    so USB your PSP to the computer and paste that big chunk of files into the popsloader folder in your seplugins (X:\seplugins\popsloader\)

    The only thing left to do is activate popsloader.. so turn off ur PSP (Hold it towards power for about 5 seconds so you dont just put it to sleep but actually turn it off) and then when you turn it bak on hold your finger on R trigger. this will bring up recovery mode.. while in recovery go down to plugins and make sure that where it says popsloader.prx [POPS] it has (Enabled) next to it.. if this reads (Disabled) then hit X and enable it. then exit recovery mode and popsloader is ready to go.

    When you first load a PSX games it will come up with a list of pops to choose from.. if you load a pops and it didn't work how you wanted it to then it is easy to load it through a new pops.. simply hold down R trigger (like you did for recovery mode) when you are loading the game again. (otherwise it will keep using the original pops that you chose)

    Usefull links:
    PSX on PSP Compatibility List

    PSX manuals for PSP

    This is where you can download the seplugins folder if you are having difficulties and do not wish to dump the files manually. This particular seplugins folder was compiled by chrisvarns so you have him to thank for its distribution.
    chrisvarns seplugins folder

    any questions or queries just ask..
    Last edited by cheema201; 03-17-2010 at 03:33 PM.


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    >_> isn't the seplugin method faster and easier?
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    wat do u mean??

    this is the only way to put popsloader on ur PSP...


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    yeah bro I found using the plugin infinitely easier..

    Step 1. DL popsloader from Dark Alex's site

    Step 2. unzip the seplugins folder into the root of your mem stick

    Step 3. Boot in recovery mode, go into Plugins, and enable.

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    Quote Originally Posted by terinbune View Post
    yeah bro I found using the plugin infinitely easier..

    Step 1. DL popsloader from Dark Alex's site

    Step 2. unzip the seplugins folder into the root of your mem stick

    Step 3. Boot in recovery mode, go into Plugins, and enable.

    -T
    REALLY!!! is that wat u did!! how exciting../sarcasm

    So wat pops did u load?? since u didn't dump any prx files i guess u could load no other pops than ur original from flash...

    thanx for ur input however if u bothered to read the guide i wrote it explains exactly wat u did but simply as part of it...

    installing popsloader is simple, but using it to its full efficiency is another story...
    Last edited by cheema201; 08-13-2008 at 06:25 PM.


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    I used the guide and it was great. Nice and simple, it just takes a while but it is well worth it.
    First PSP=Official FW, sold(bad mistake)
    Second PSP=3.8m33,broken lcd(replacing lcd didn't help cause my bro screwed up the motherboard.)
    Third PSP=4.01m33-2

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    Quote Originally Posted by cheema201 View Post
    REALLY!!! is that wat u did!! how exciting..

    So wat pops did u load?? since u didn't dump any prx files i guess u could load no other pops than ur original from flash...

    thanx for ur input however if u bothered to read the guide i wrote it explains exactly wat u did but simply as part of it...

    installing popsloader is simple, but using it to its full efficiency is another story...
    Woah hehe. When I loaded a PSX game it gave me a ton of different pops to load. Then again maybe that's why I found that later on it didn't seem to work with some games. In either case, I didn't mean any offense. Just said what I did and that it seemed to work for me, just not for every game.
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    Quote Originally Posted by terinbune View Post
    Woah hehe. When I loaded a PSX game it gave me a ton of different pops to load. Then again maybe that's why I found that later on it didn't seem to work with some games. In either case, I didn't mean any offense. Just said what I did and that it seemed to work for me, just not for every game.
    -T
    if you believe u can write a better guide then by all means be my guest...

    but if u follow wat i have written then you will have no problem running any game that is possible to run on the PSP.


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    Yeah dude. Sorry but that was a really long guide something as simple as shit. Use the plugin.
    SO CUT MY WRIST AND BLACK MY EYES!
    SO I CAN FALL ASLEEP TONIGHT, OR DIE!!!
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    so far i can play psx game ...castlevania but if i want to play FF7 or xenosaga how can i load the other disk? ow i have 4.01 m33-2 and i am using 380m33popsloader_v2
    thanks cheem201 for the guide
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    Quote Originally Posted by Metallover View Post
    Yeah dude. Sorry but that was a really long guide something as simple as shit. Use the plugin.
    This is how to install the plugin u idiot...

    It is called a 'Step by Step' guide, for that is wat it is...

    It is for people with no knowledge of wat they are doing...

    For u it may be simple but for others it may not be.. So keep ur arrogant comments to urself.

    And ur location says u live in australia... Yet you seem like a douche..

    do u not understand that the plugin will not load any pops if u do not have the prx files for the earlier versions of popstation??? if u simply install the plugin it is useless as you will only be able to load the pops u have currently installed.. rendering popsloader merely popstation...

    perhaps u should know wat u r talking about before posting
    Last edited by cheema201; 08-13-2008 at 05:50 PM.


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    Quote Originally Posted by terinbune View Post
    yeah bro I found using the plugin infinitely easier..

    Step 1. DL popsloader from Dark Alex's site

    Step 2. unzip the seplugins folder into the root of your mem stick

    Step 3. Boot in recovery mode, go into Plugins, and enable.

    -T
    that never worked for me, but this guide did. i think its great! good work, cheema! stop critisizing such a great guide. if you think you can do better, then post something helpful.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sleepup View Post
    so far i can play psx game ...castlevania but if i want to play FF7 or xenosaga how can i load the other disk? ow i have 4.01 m33-2 and i am using 380m33popsloader_v2
    thanks cheem201 for the guide
    no worries... i am glad that some1 appreciates the hard work i have put in...

    For FF7 you can run it straight from 4.01 and it will run fine.. at the end of the first disc you will have the option to save your game.. then simply chuck on the second disc and continue...

    or alternatively you can create a multidisc EBOOT (but only if you have the memory to spare, otherwise it is pointless)

    As for Xenogears i suggest creating a multidisc EBOOT (as this game runs better as a multidisc) and running the game on 3.72 pops.. (after using my popsloader guide u should know wat that is)

    to create ur multidisc EBOOT please follow this guide
    PSP Hacking Guide - Part 7: PSX (PSOne) Games - “PopStation” | Blast Processing

    if you have anymore problems then just ask... perhaps one of the guys who only installed the plugin may be able to help


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    Nice guide cheema. Using this same method Ive loaded pops 3.72 and 3.5 successfully. My next step is to throw 3.71 and 3.4 on like you suggested and I should be golden. What big name games to people use 3.4 for anyway? All ive got so far is MGS, FF7, and Tekken 2 and all run well off 3.72

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    3.40 runs resident evil 2 and 3 pretty well.. (which seems to be a favourite game for many people) and you will find that 3.40 will run a lot of the popular games...

    grab all of the pops versions if u could be bothered.. because sometimes even the earliest (3.00-3.03) are good for some games.. i think that DOOM works on them... So yeah its really up to u...

    but 3.71 and 3.72 are used mostly...


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