Installing A Custom Firmware Tutorial

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  1. ediblebird
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    HOW TO INSTALL A CUSTOM FIRMWARE ON A PSP SLIM WITHOUT THE NEED FOR PHAT PSP(at all!)

    A lot of people Have made threads About Getting their PSP onto custom firmwares so I thought Id make one for GBAtemp.
    More specifically though this shows how to get a PSP slim onto CFW without the need for a Phat.
    This tutorial can also be used to get a Phat PSP onto CFW without a CFW PSP.

    The Steps that are below worked for me, but you are doing this at your own risk. It is not my fault if you screw up your PSP.

    The way to use this guide is pick a method for hardmodding a battery, then pick a method for making a Magic Memory stick
    I recommend using anime_junkie's method for hardmodding, and PSP Grader for making the Magic Memory stick.

    What You need
    HARDWARE:
    -PC (with Windows XP or VISTA(VISTA is still not the best option Windows XP Recommended, as VISTA wont work sometimes)
    -PSP Slim (obviously) or Phat PSP
    -Memory Stick Pro Duo (64 MB to 4GB in size, preferably 128MB or more)
    -Slim Battery OR Datel Tool Battery OR PSP Phat Battery

    IF YOU USE A SLIM BATTERY(e.g the one that came with your PSP) OR A PHAT BATTERY MAKE SURE THAT IT IS MADE IN CHINA,
    AS SONY HAVE MADE SOME BATTERIES THAT CANNOT BE HARDMODDED!
    I used the slim battery that came with my PSP Slim.

    SOFTWARE:
    -PSP Grader (THE EASIEST WAY TO MAKE A MAGIC MEMORY STICK DOWNLOAD FROM HERE)
    OR
    -TOTALNewbieasyInstallerPandorasmenu (Google is your Friend)

    Outcome:
    A Slim PSP with custom firmware and not a PHAT in Sight!

    [​IMG]



    HARDMODDING A BATTERY

    Slim Battery:

    THE FIRST METHOD IS THE BEST AS IT IS EASILY REPAIRIBLE
    Thanks to anime_junkie for this method
    Warning: Spoilers inside!


    ANOTHER METHOD
    Warning: Spoilers inside!

    AND ANOTHER METHOD
    Warning: Spoilers inside!

    PSP PHAT Battery:
    Warning: Spoilers inside!

    To test Whether it works pop it into your PSP. If its was made correctly, the PSP will the automatically turn itself on, but the screen will stay blank and the power Light will stay on and be green.

    Charge your Battery Now so that when you are installing the firmware, it doesnt die.
    To charge, Plug in your power cable then put the battery in.


    CREATING THE MAGIC MEMORY STICK


    THE BEST AND EASIEST WAY USING PSP Grader
    Warning: Spoilers inside!
    Warning: Spoilers inside!

    USING TOTALNewbieasyInstaller(use psp Grader, its easier, trust me)
    Warning: Spoilers inside!
    Warning: Spoilers inside!

    Now go buy yourself another battery.

    NOTES:
    It didn't work straight away for me(with TOTALNewbieasyInstaller), so it may not work straight away for you(THIS IS WHY I RECOMMEND USING PSP GRADER). I had a period when only the green light of the battery would turn on, even though i had the Memory Stick inserted. To overcome this, just remake the Magic Memory Stick.(I had to about 5-6 times)

    FAQ
    My Firmware is version X.XX can I put it onto custom firmwre?
    Yes. Pandora's battery works with every version firmware so far. But it is yet to work on the psp 3000.

    Can I use my memory stick as a normal memory stick again after i have installed custom firmware?
    Yes Just format it in your psp's system settings menu.

    Can i use my battery as a normal battery again?
    Yes, but use anime_junkies method described above.

    Can I use a phat Pandora battery on a PSP Slim?
    Yes, phat batteries do work for Slim but you won't be able to use the battery cover. You cannot use a slim bat with a phat psp.

    Once I have installed the CFW, is there any way to get back to the OFW at some point?
    Yep. Just run Pandora's Battery with the Magic Memory stick again but this time press Circle, which will install Official Firmware.



    I will not help anyone to get these files and any requests for them will be ignored.
    I will try to help anyone with questions regarding the steps set out here via PM or below.
     


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    This is nice, but the thing is, you can't restore the battery back so I don't see the point of this. Unless if you know how to solder the pin back, but I don't know how so I'll just probably go with the Datel Tool Battery. Thanks for the tutorial though [​IMG]
     
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    if you can get a psp battery cheaper than a tool battery then i think its a better way
     
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    Hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm, you CAN hardmod a phat battery too, huh?. Well I'll actually look into this. If I can find one for cheap[like 10 bucks] I might actually try it.
     
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    Because I only cut it and didn't remove it completely I could solder it back together, you just need to be delicate. Im pretty sure that i could've even wedged a bit of foil in the gap and got it working again.
    And like rhyguy said if you get a cheap other battery you can use the original bat as the pandora. I bought a cheap battery for use($20 AUD)
     
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    This looks very helpful. I look forward to trying out this tutorial if I ever manage to find the Daxter bundle somewhere. I finally decided it was the bundle I wanted to buy, and of course now all i can find is the Piano Black and Star Wars editions.
     
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    Updated my first post with clearer pictures, and a different method to hardmod a Slim Battery
     
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    And one more thing. The Installer DOES NOT work on Vista. You'll need an XP computer to use it. That's why I had problems with it at first. Other than that, it's very easy to install this thing.
     
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    Im planning on getting the Daxter pack also. So i'll only need a Daxter pack and an extra battery? Can I use the memory stick it comes with after modding it? Thanks for this guide, I might have the balls to try this out soon.
     
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    Yes, you'll need and extra battery unless you have good soldering skill which you'll be able to solder the pin back. If you don't, just get a cheap used battery like I did. New batteries are like 30-35 bucks and I'm sure you don't want to spend that much money on something that you'll use only once[also there is a chance that you might screw up while hardmodding it(I almost did) so you don't want to spend too much money on it]

    I'm pretty sure you'll be able to use it for Magic Memory Stick. I've used a 4gig Sandisk and it worked just fine.
     
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    nice tutorial
    i think i might buy 2psp phats now
     
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    Can I use a phat Pandora battery on a PSP Slim?
     
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    Yes, phat batteries do work for Slim but you won't be able to use the battery cover. But you don't one anyway because it fits real tight.
     
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    hmmm, dosn't look noob friendly at all, the safer way is to buy a psp with the CFW installed already. (which is what i am doing)
     
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    Why don't you just buy a Pandora Battery? Then you can easily install custom firmware and you wouldn't have to go through the hardmodding or anything. Modded systems are pretty expensive actually, but if you think you can find one with a good price, go ahead.
     
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    My friend has a phat broken PSP, that he never uses, so I might be able to mod his. Sweet, i'll only need the Daxter bundle to mod my PSP.
     
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    Well it was the first psp i got onto a custom firmware, and it survived my noobiness
     
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    I got a question , once you have the battery and the magic stick , as long as you backed up the nand files , you can't brick the psp?. No matter what it's always restorable? , or can it still be killed.
     
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    Lets just says that it lessens the chance of a complete un-restorable brick by 99.9%
     
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    i don't have soldering equipment nor do i have the skill to solder, there is a high risk it would brick and meaning i would have to buy another psp, i don't have that kind of money to waste.
     
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