Alright, people asked me about how to install a custom firmware onto their PSPs more frequently since I started concentrating on PSP releases.
I've always recommended 6.35 PRO to them.
The PROs are:
- running on one of the newest official firmwares
- inbuilt recovery menu and plugin manager
- run ISOs and CSOs straight from the XMB
- no game patching for older firmwares needed
- inbuilt PSX (pops) support
- play signed Games
- high plugin compatibility
- access the PSN from your PSP
- creates KEYS.BIN for games you bought from the PSN and lets you share them
- a hell lot more
- you have to start the Fast Recovery into PRO after every complete reboot of the PSP
- the inbuilt PSX support can make trouble for some games
- some older plugins might not work (yet)
- I seriously am thinking about more cons, but can't find any.
- SAVEGAMES from OLDER CUSTOM FIRMWARES might not be usable, so better use it on a clean system!
Okay, that much for the ups and downs.
Don't use a small Memory Stick. You won't be able to do much with a small one anyway.
You can use a 2GB one without issues, but don't expect to be able to put a lot of games on it!
Get an 8 GB one, official Sony ones are about 20€ over here, so it wouldn't be as bad, considering you get games for free ;)
First you need to upgrade to 6.35 official firmware, obviously.
Check your current firmware on your PSP (Settings - System Settings - System Information)
- If you're already above that, stop reading here. You will need to wait for people to hack the newer stuff.
- If you already are on 6.35, ignore this step.
Grab the Firmware here or on PSP Slim Hacks
Extract the RAR you downloaded up there. Open up the "PSP Firmware 6.35"-folder and copy the "UPDATE"-folder in it onto your PSP.
It needs to be at "X:\PSP\GAME", where X: is the letter of your drive.
Before Updating, I recommend BACKING YOUR FILES UP!
Mainly your "SAVEDATA" folder (X:\PSP\SAVEDATA) and whatever games are on your memory stick already
This is a security measure just in case something goes wrong.
Run the Update from your PSP's menu.
Choosing the GAME-category and browsing your memory stick should bring up the UPDATE.
Follow the screen instructions and make sure your PSP's battery is charged (I recommend charging it while you're at it).
Once the Update is done, you may connect your PSP to your computer again and delete the "UPDATE"-folder.
Check your System Information to make sure you're now on 6.35 OFW.
Get into the folder you downloaded and pick up the
"635PROUPDATE" and "635FastRecovery"-folders.
Copy them to PSP\GAME like you did with the 6.35 firmware update
In the upcoming screen, pick the "launch CFW" option by pressing
The updater will install the files needed onto your PSP and then reboot into 6.35 PRO-B3 already.
However, as this is not a permanent CFW but has to be restarted after your PSP was fully turned off (not after a standby), there now is a shortcut.
Use the Fast Recovery-tool to instantly reboot your PSP into 6.35 PRO-B3 without having to get into that menu again.
From the PSP's XMB, press SELECT to bring up the VSH menu and get into the Recovery Menu.
"Configuration" brings us to the fun part.
Here you can fake your PSP's region, switch the ISO Mode (although you can do that from the simple VSH menu) and hide your MAC address etc.
I don't recomment switching your XMB USB Device. Leave it at Memory stick.
If you don't know what you're doing, you'll screw up your whole PSP!
However, Enable 'Skip Game Boot Screen' if you're annoyed by the PSP logo popping up before your game starts, same for the Sony logo.
Enable the Custom Update Server and Protect flash in USB device mount.
Especially useful is the option of letting your PSP get charged when its connected to your computer via USB.
This works not only in the usual USB connection mode, so you can browse your pictures, videos or games and still get charged.
Make sure your Plugins are enabled at the Advanced-entry of the Recovery menu and you may leave it.
If you have enabled plugins from the Plugin menu, make sure to Restart the VSH menu once, otherwise the new ones will not work.
To play ISOs or the compressed CSOs simply create an "ISO" folder at the root of your Memory Stick, next to VIDEO, PICTURE and PSP.
Throw your games in and they should show up in your XMB.
For games that are in EBOOT.pbp format, copy them into a folder in PSP/GAME, like the UPDATE or PRO.
If you got Final Fantasy IV, for example, make a folder called FFIV or whatever you want and copy the Eboot and whatever comes with the game (KEYS.BIN or Documentation) into it.
First you need to create a "seplugins" folder on your memory stick, like you did with "ISO".
You can also simply copy the one I put into the package for now.
Inside that folder, you'll find 3 textfiles: VSH.txt, GAME.txt and POPS.txt.
These files manage your plugins.
VSH is anything outside of games or homebrews; your PSP's XMB etc.
The GAME.txt is for PSP Games, while the POPS.txt is the one necessary for PSOne-titles, no matter whether they're custom made or from the PlayStation Network.
Plugins usually come as ".prx" files, sometimes with additional files necessary to run them.
In the .txt files, you'll need to write down the path to the main .prx of the plugin and enable or disable it with a 1 or 0 at the end.
For the screenshot plugin, you'd need to write the following line into the .txt files to enable it:
or for GO users that use the GO's internal storage:
You'll see, I already added PRXShot to all three of them, which means that you'll be able to take screenshots using the ♪-button.
However, for that to work, you might first need to get into the "PSP"-folder on your device and check if there's a "SCREENSHOT"-folder. If not, create it.
The POPS.txt also includes the line "flash0:/kd/usb.prx 1" already, which enables USB support when running PSOne games.
I put in an additional plugin called "usbversionfake.prx", which lets you fake your PSP's firmware version so you might use MediaGo to browse the PSN on your computer.
Copy the files into "seplugins" and add a line to VSH.txt, linking to the usbversionfake.prx and enable it.
If you want to en- or disable a plugin without the computer, check the recovery menu of your PSP.
Remember that you'll need to restart the VSH menu once before Plugin settings are applied!
I'll add more stuff if questions come up!