[Question] Getting rid of a lock pin?

Discussion in 'PS Vita - Hacking & Homebrew' started by Davidchao23, Nov 9, 2018.

  1. Davidchao23

    Davidchao23 Member

    May 23, 2016
    United States
    Recently, my friend's PS Vita got stolen in school, and luckily we were able to find the guy who stole it, and took things to the security. He got the PS Vita back but there's one small problem. There's now a locked pin on the PS Vita. I've recently installed Henaku on the system a while back and I don't wanna risk a factory reset, cause there might be an update waiting.

    So, the question is: Is there any way I can somehow hack the pin off the PS Vita?

    I know it's an odd question, but I just wanna do it without the risk of his hacks getting erased and such.
  2. AmandaRose

    AmandaRose The Fallen Angel

    Aug 19, 2015
    United Kingdom
    Anyone else suspicious or is it just me that thinks the op is in fact the one who stole the vita and is trying to access it.
  3. Panzer_Baboon

    Panzer_Baboon Advanced Member

    Feb 19, 2017
    United States
    I didn't until you mentioned it...
  4. MUDD_BR

    MUDD_BR GBAtemp Fan

    Nov 17, 2008
    If you find the guy who stoled the vita why don't just ask him to unpin the console?
    Last edited by MUDD_BR, Nov 10, 2018
  5. eighthdayregret

    eighthdayregret fnerrrrrrrrrr!

    Sep 27, 2017
    United States
    Well, if the Vita really belongs to your friend, have him factory reset it. It's the only way to get rid of the PIN, and there are tutorials around the internet about how to activate a lower firmware Vita without updating.
    Once you do that, you should just be able to copy h-encore/Henkaku back over, as long as you didn't delete it from where you set it up on your/their PC, and it should still work, as long as the account it was created for is the one the device is activated with.
    I could probably explain it better and make things easier for you, but just in case @AmandaRose is right, I'm not gonna do that.
    Or, you could do what @MUDD_BR said and slam the thief dude's head into a wall a couple times until he tells you the PIN.
    Personally, I recommend what MUDD_BR said, but with my modifications.
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  6. Heran Bago

    Heran Bago Where do puyo come from?

    Nov 6, 2005
    United States
    Foggy California
    This is literally illegal. Get a a report from "the security" in writing. If the school administration does not want to get involved, talk to the police about it. Otherwise, you can file yourself in small claims court.
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  7. chaoskagami

    chaoskagami Former CFW Dev

    Mar 26, 2016
    United States
    I've forgotten my own passcode before on an iTouch, so this kind of stuff happens to people. Rather than assume the OP is con, I'm just going to give some advice in case someone who has legitimately lost their passcode can fix it.

    You have two options:
    • Boot to recovery mode and perform a factory reset.
    • Open the memcard/microSD on your computer and create a taihen config that loads TheOfficialFlow's NoLockScreen plugin. A config on ux0: will override ur0:, so this will allow bypassing the lock screen. It will not however remove the PIN, so you won't be able to set a new one...you'll have to poke around in the registry.
    Last edited by chaoskagami, Nov 12, 2018 at 1:54 PM
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