ELI5: Upgrading from 5.00 M33-6 to 6.61

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  1. Nicholas Noble
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    Please explain to me like I'm five (or, at least, a precocious 12 year-old) how to permanently upgrade my early PSP-2000 from the 5.00 M33-6 CFW to the latest CFW (6.61, as I understand).

    Context: I installed my current CFW on a factory PSP a few years ago by ordering a Pandora Battery and Magic Memory Card from PandoraSales.com . They included printed instructions explaining step-by-step how to use these items to install the included firmware (5.00 M33-6). This has worked fine for me for playing most PS1 games and some fan-translated ISOs, but there are a lot of ISOs and Eboots that just don't work with it. I want to upgrade to the latest CFW so I can play everything, but I don't understand anything about the process, and every guide I've followed so far dead-ends me when the files they tell me to install trigger error messages.

    I know there are a lot of guides already out there; that's part of the problem, since they're either obsolete, written for hackers who know the subject inside and out, or only work temporarily / under very specific circumstances. I don't work in technology or computer stuff, I'm just a gamer who knows just enough to get this far.

    An ELI5 for my specific circumstances would be very much appreciated. :)

    (I still have my Pandora Battery and Magic Memory Card, if that helps any)
     
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    I believe it's as simple as downloading the latest ME or Pro CFW and installing it.
     
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    Oh, wait, you know what? The reason it didn't work the last time I tried this (like, over a year ago), was because I had misplaced my Pandora Battery and Magic Memory Card, and wasn't willing to install the official firmware over my CFW, that stonewalled me, and I completely forgot that detail over the intervening 18 months or so... All I remembered was I need to find my PB and MMC so I can try again, but totally forgot what the main problem was. It wasn't that I didn't understand how to do it, it's that I wasn't willing to do it...

    LoL, yeah, I just found the official 6.60 update on my card, which I obviously never ran. I'm running it now, then I'll run the other installers I have on there. I'll bet that'll do it. Wow, LoL, sorry about this absurd thread... :ha:
     
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    OK, yeah, I've got 6.60 PRO-C2 running now, and I can restore it with FastRecovery anytime I need to. I've tried a few of the things that didn't work on my last CFW, and they all work now. On the recommendations I'm reading online, I think I'll stick with this, unless someone tells me there's a benefit to a permanent install of something else.

    Man, that was so easy, I should have done this from the start!
     
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    A jigkick battery and magic memorystick make a Pandora tho (old old scene name for it)
    Their obsolete.

    The benefit of installing it permanently is that every time you boot the handheld, it'll boot into the CFW.
    Seeing a PSP 1k and some 2k's can do that, there's no real reason not to so it.
    CFW at boot is always better then booting into a CFW after booting into the XMB.
     
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    Yeah, I've realized that permanent install is what the cIPL file is for. Debating whether to do it or not. It looks like I'll need to use 6.60 PRO-C instead of 6.60 PRO-C2 if I want to play Japanese PSN games like Depth and EoS. Will need to read/experiment more to see what the best configuration will be...
     
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    OK, I just flashed 6.60 PRO-C fix 3 permanently onto my PSP-2000. I think this meets all my CFW needs for the forseeable future. Thanks DinoScene for your support and the pushes you gave me while I figured this out.

    Just in case - any reason I might want to dabble in the 6.61 stuff if all I'm mainly interested in are fan translations and Japanese PSN titles?
     
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    that cfw it's bugged and obsolete, there's an unofficial fix somewere.
    Remove that CFW, update to 6.61 and install "6.61 ME-2.3 ofw" wich is the cfw for your model of PSP.
    No need to install cipl flasher due it's a native CFW for full hackable psp like your model.