The PSP FAQs thread!

Discussion in 'PSP - Games & Content' started by War, Dec 4, 2008.

  1. War

    War Take it easy~

    Oct 26, 2007
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    Welcome to the PSP FAQ Thread! I created this thread because I was tired of seeing the same threads asking the SAME questions every single day!
    In this thread, I will compile lots of frequently asked questions (or FAQs for short) about the Playstation Portable, and hopefully I can help you out as well as reduce the amount of repeat threads in the PSP section. I DO NOT take credit for any of these, because many where gathered from other users or from the internet. I just decided to compile them all together in one simple, easy-to-browse thread.

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    If there are any questions you would like answered that are NOT in the first post, please, ask away! The other members and I will try to answer your question to the best of our ability, and if your question is helpful to others, I will add it to the first post. If you have any other problems, questions, or comments, feel free to post them here OR you can send me a private message (PM)

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    <b>What in the heck is a PSP?!</b>
    The PlayStation Portable (officially abbreviated PSP) is a handheld game console manufactured and marketed by Sony Computer Entertainment.Development of the console was first announced during E3 2003, and it was unveiled on May 11, 2004 at a Sony press conference before E3 2004.The system was released in Japan on December 12, 2004, in North America on March 24, 2005, and in the PAL region on September 1, 2005. The PlayStation Portable is the first handheld video game console to use an optical disc format, Universal Media Disc (UMD), as its primary storage media.Other distinguishing features of the console include its large viewing screen,robust multi-media capabilities,and connectivity with the PlayStation 3, other PSPs, and the Internet.

    <b>How many different models of PSP are out there?</b>
    As of right now, there are three PSP models. The first series of PSPs is the PSP-1000, referred to by everyone as the 'PSP Phat' or PSP 'Fat'. The second model is the PSP-2000 series, also known as the 'PSP Slim'. The newest addition was the PSP-3000 series, known as the 'PSP Bright' or 'Brite'.

    <b>So what's the difference between the Phat and the Slim?</b>
    The PSP Slim offers a 19% slimmer (reduced to 18.6 mm from 23 mm) and 33% lighter (reduced to 189 grams from 280 grams) system than the original PSP system. Internal changes to achieve this include the removal of a metal chassis (used to reduce damage in the event of sudden trauma to the system resulting from the user dropping the system on a hard surface), improved WLAN modules and Micro-controller, and a thinner and much brighter LCD.

    To target the original PSP generation's poor load times for UMD games, the internal memory (RAM and Flash ROM) was doubled from 32 MB to 64 MB, which also improved the web browser's performance.

    To make the PSP slimmer, the capacity of the battery was reduced by 1/3. Due to more efficient power usage, the run time of the PSP is still the same as the older model. Older model batteries will still work which extends the amount of playing time. However, the battery cover on the newer model does not fit over the older battery due to its bulkier size

    The PSP Slim & Lite has a new gloss finish. The serial port was also modified in order to accommodate a new video-out feature (while rendering older PSP remote controls incompatible). PSP games will only output to external monitors or TVs in progressive scan mode, so televisions incapable of supporting progressive scan will not display PSP games. Non-game video outputs fine in either progressive or interlaced mode. USB charging was made possible (the PSP Slim will only charge while it is in "USB mode". It cannot be charged via USB when playing a game). However, there are unofficial USB charge plug-in downloads for charging the PSP with a USB without the need for being in USB mode. The D-Pad was raised in response to complaints of poor performance, while buttons offer improved responsiveness.

    A new simpler and more compact UMD loading tray design was developed, in which the tray swivels out instead of opening up completely, while the Wi-Fi switch was moved to the top of the PSP. To address many consumer complaints about the Memory Stick door breaking off the old PSP, the Memory Stick door has been relocated and redesigned. The speakers were repositioned on the front of the PSP near the top of its screen. The infra-red port was also removed because it offered no use to the original PSP generation other than in homebrew applications. Its analog stick was also redesigned to be more flexible and is not removable without opening the PSP. The air vent at the top of the original was also removed.

    <b>So if my TV doesn't support progressive scan, then I can't play PSP on my TV?</b>
    Well, there is actually a homebrew named FuSa which allows you to play your PSP on any TV, wether it has progressive scan or not. Here is a direct quote from the <a href="" target="_blank">official site</a>:

    "It (FuSa) allows you to play games on ANY TV over ANY cable. (composite, component, svideo, d-terminal) All kinds of cables are supported! Besides that, it allows you to play on full screen area!"

    <b>What's the difference between the Phat and the Bright (PSP-3000)?</b>
    Based on the Slim & Lite (PSP-2000) design, the PSP-3000 features an improved LCD screen, a built-in microphone, and expanded video-out. The LCD screen features a higher contrast ratio, shorter response time, and wider color gamut, as well as anti-reflective technology for improved visibility in well-lit environments. Expanded video-out capability allows gameplay video to be output in interlaced format.

    <b>How much do PSP games cost?</b>
    Between $39.99 - $49.99 for brand new games. Most first party titles (games published by Sony) are $39.99. Some games are sold for $29.99 the day they are released, but not many. PSP games in Japan are being sold at about $45 USD before tax.

    <b>Can I charge my battery and play my PSP at the same time? How long does it take to charge?</b>
    Yes, you can play and charge at the same time. It takes a little over 2 hours to charge a completely empty battery. The power indicator light remains orange when the battery is charging and it turns back to green when it is full. Please note
    that lithium-ion batteries prefer to be charged when they are partially depleted. Do not always fully deplete them like you would with a nickel-cadmium battery -- only do it about once a month. For example, if there is 38% of battery life left, charge it back to 100% when possible instead of waiting until it reaches 1% to charge it. If you only charge the battery when it reaches 1%, it won't damage your PSP, but the battery will go "bad" a little more quickly (even rechargable batteries don't last forever).

    <b>How long does the PSP battery last?</b>
    This is a question asked very often, but it is hard to estimate. It all depends on several factors. Are you using a PSP Slim or a Phat? What kind of battery do you have? What brightness setting are you playing with? Is the sound on? There are many factors that affect the amount of time your PSP can last. Lower brightness and playing without sound can help prolong the PSP's battery life.

    Battery discharge like most portable systems depends on the clock speed at which the game uses. Games like Crisis Core and God Of War set the PSP's clock at 333MHz whilst many of the earlier games use the default 222. These speeds can also be manipulated from the M33 VSH menu or various plugins. Using the higher speeds makes games run more smoothly but has the effect of burning battery charge faster. Still, 2 hours is not good and seems far too small for a new battery even with all your games running at 333.

    <b>Why is the price of PSP games the same as PlayStation 2 games? It should be cheaper!</b>
    In the past, the difference between handhelds and consoles were huge in terms of graphics, sound, and sometimes gameplay. Just look at the GBA compared to a GameCube for example. Because the PSP is capable of full 3D enviornments and high quality sound, the gap isn't as large as it used to be. Because of these technical aspects, it usually takes more effort and resources to create a quality PSP game compared to a GBA title.

    <b>Tell me more about these Universal Media Discs (UMD).</b>
    UMDs are small proprietary discs developed by Sony that are capable of holding 1.8 GB (Gigabyte) of data (to compare, a typical CD can hold 650 MB or 700 MB and a DVD can hold 4.7 GB). Games, movies, and audio can be played from them. A copyright protection system is in place to prevent them from being easily copied. The actual discs are inside a small case (you can't take them out easily, you kinda have to pry them open) to protect them and to make it easier to insert into the system. However, part of the disc is exposed to allow it to be read, so you still need to be careful when handling it. UMD cleaning kits are available if needed.

    <b>Can the PSP play PS2 games? GameCube? Xbox? Etc?</b>
    No, it cannot. I believe the latest console the PSP can emulate is PSX (PlayStation One) and Nintendo 64 (NOT FULL SPEED!). Anything above, such as PS2, GameCube, etc cannot be played on the PSP.

    <b>Why is the PSP so popular? What makes it stand out?</b>
    Well, this is just my personal opinion here. I believe people like the PSP because it has some great games, and has much better graphics than its other hand-help rival, the Nintendo DS. The PSP can also browse the internet, play music, videos, and PS1 games. I believe one of the main selling points of the console is that it can be hacked to run custom firmware (abbreviated as CFW), which allows you to run backup games as well as homebrew.

    <b>So tell me, what exactly is this 'custom firmware'?</b>
    Ah, the basic question. Let me tell you kid, custom firmware is the best thing that ever happened to the PSP. Custom firmware is, as the name says, a custom firmware created by the very talented hacker Dark_AleX. Custom firmware has all the same advantages as the normal firmware EXCEPT it can play .isos, .csos, and homebrew. Custom firmware has the exact same features as normal firmware PLUS the ability to play the things listed above. If you have a PSP, there's absolutely no reason for you NOT to get custom firmware. In fact, custom firmware is the reason why a lot of people purchase the PSP in the first place!

    <b>Ok, so how do I get my PSP to custom firmware?</b>
    This can be a little complicated, but it's worth it to go through the trouble. There are many, MANY ways of getting a PSP to custom firmware. Most of them include using a Pandora Battery, which you must purchase online. However, there is an alternative to buying a Pandora battery... you can transform a regular battery into a Pandora battery by using another PSP which has CFW already installed. Anyway, here is a great tutorial on how to get custom firmware on your PSP.
    <a href="" target="_blank"></a> < HERE
    However, that thread is a little outdated, and there are many other ways of getting custom firmware on a PSP, such as Despertar del Cementerio, Hellcats Pandora Installer, Easy Pandora, etc etc. Google is your friend here.

    <b>Sounds great! But what's an iso?</b>
    Let me explain it in my own words. Let's say you have a PSP game, right? An .iso is just a copy of that game. It's kind of like an .exe file on the computer. When you put an iso into your memory stick, (if your PSP is at CFW) when you go to the game icon, the PSP will act as if you have the game inserted into the PSP! It's a file that tricks the PSP into thinking that the game is in.

    <b>I heard that some PSPs cannot be hacked... is this true? Which PSP should I buy?</b>
    Yes, that's true. As of right now, December 3rd 2008, there is NO way of getting certain PSP Slims and all PSP Brites to CFW (custom firmware). All Psp Phats (PSP-1000 series) are "hackable", and SOME Slims (PSP-2000 series) and hackable. However, it is becoming harder and harder to find a hackable Slim due to the fact that all new Slims have a special motherboard which prevents the PSP from being forced into executing unsigned code (AKA getting it to custom firmware). However, this issue is being worked on by hackers, and hopefully there will be a solution soon.

    <b>Is there a way to tell which motherboard the PSP has by just looking at the packaging?</b>Lucky for you, there is. This will help you judge what version the PSP is by looking at the retail box. Some of it is still not absolute, so buyer beware... but this is all the information known at the present. It's separated
    by the package style:

    PSP-2000 Motherboard Information:
    TA-85 (Can use and make Pandora Battery)
    TA-85v2 (Can use, but cannot make Pandora Battery)
    TA-88v2 (Can use, but cannot make Pandora Battery)
    TA-88v3 (Cannot use or make Pandora Battery)

    Limited Edition & New Boxstyle:
    Daxter Limited Edition Pack (TA-85v2/3.71 OFW)(CONFIRMED)
    God of War Limited Edition Pack (TA-88v2/3.95 OFW)(CONFIRMED)
    Madden 09 Limited Edition Pack (TA-88v2/3.95 OFW & TA-88v3/4.01 OFW)(CONFIRMED)
    Piano Black with the New Box Style (TA-88v3)(UNCONFIRMED)
    Piano Black ( CONFIRMED)

    PSP-2000 Original Boxstyle Box Codes (Thanks to Alek @
    (No Letter) = 3.60
    A = 3.71
    C = 3.72
    E = 3.80
    F = 3.90
    G = 3.95 / 4.01 (TA-88v2 / TA-88v3) BUT
    A PSP with G and the 4.01 firmware is most likely a TA-88v3 motherboard, so it is advised that you stay away from them.

    <b>Which custom firmware should I use?</b>
    Like most things, the latest firmware is usually the best. The more advanced the firmware is, the more features there will be available. Also, higher firmwares usually fix bugs and glitches that were present in older firmwares, so it's usually a good idea to stay up to date with the latest firmware.

    <b>Is a memory stick required to use a PSP?</b>
    No, but you need one to save your progress in games and update the PSP's firmware. You will also need a memory stick to hold your homebrew applications, homebrew games, isos, movies, etc. So basically, you don't NEED one, but you should really get one.

    <b>Once I get custom firmware, what size memory stick should I get?</b>
    I would recommend at LEAST A 2Gb stick, prefferably a 4Gb stick though. It really depends on what you're using your PSP for. If you're gonna use it mostly for games, then you'd need at least 2Gb, seeing as some games can get really big. Most
    graphic-heavy popular games such as God of War, Crisis Core, and DJ Max, are OVER 1Gb. That's why I would recommend at least 2Gb. However, if you're a person that likes to keep a lot of games, homebrew, and music with them at all times (like me!) you're gonna want at least 4Gb, maybe 8Gb just to be safe. Memory stick prices are dropping constantly, so if you just wait a couple months, you'll be able to afford more memory.

    <b>Can you go online with .isos without getting banned?</b>
    That's a very good question. You absolutely can. Sony has no way of telling if you're using an .iso or the real game, so you won't get in any trouble for playing an .iso online. It's very safe.

    <b>Will I still be able to access the PlayStation Store?</b>
    When Sony sent out the firmware update which allowed PSP users to access PSN, Dark_AleX made custom firmware 5.00m33, which allowed custom firmware users to access the store as well. So yes, you'll be able to access it and purchase games and whatnot. Just make sure you use the latest version of 5.00m33, which at the time of me writing this is 5.00m33-4.

    <b>What's the recovery menu and how do I access it?</b>
    The recovery menu is a special menu you can access once your PSP is in custom firmware. Here, you can change hidden settings, activate or deactivate plugins (VERY IMPORTANT!), change your PSP's theme, etc. You can also recover from a semi-brick using the recovery menu. To access it, turn off the PSP completely (that means hold out the power switch for 3~5 seconds) Then hold the R-trigger and turn on the PSP while still holding the R-trigger. You will enter the recovery menu.

    <b>Hm... so what's so great about .isos then?</b>
    Are you kidding me?! First of all, it's like having all the free PSP games you could want! (As long as you have an internet connection, that is!) You can download any PSP game you want, stick it in your PSP, and play it! Then if you like it, you can go out and buy the game... *cough* But no one really does that. An .iso is a complete replica of the real game, so you can play the exact same game that you buy at the store without paying anything. Another advantage is that if your memory stick is big enough, you can hold more than one iso in it. This means you can easily switch from one game to another without having to take out the UMD or anything. Also, games read faster when they are on the memory stick, so you will have a more enjoyable time with faster load speeds than when using a UMD. Another nice thing about isos is that they require less battery power than UMDs, so you can play for a longer time! Aren't isos wonderful?

    <b>Where in the memory stick do .isos go?</b>
    In the root of the memory card, there should be a folder named ISO. If there is not, then create a folder and name it ISO. Put your .iso files in there. However, please remember that if your PSP is not in custom firmware, YOUR PSP WILL NOT PLAY THE ISO.

    <b>How do I listen to music on my PSP?</b>
    Simple! Plug in the PSP to one of your computer's USB slots, then go to the root of the memory stick, and there, there should be a folder labeled 'MUSIC'. Put your .mp3s there, then exit out of USB mode. In the XMB, go to icon that says 'music' and click X. You should see your music there!

    <b>Huh? The root? What root?</b>
    The "root" of the memory stick is where all the files are located. For example, let's say you plug in your PSP, and it appears under F: If you go to F:, that is the "root" of the memory stick, where all the main folders are located. In the "root", you should find things such as 'MUSIC', 'PICTURES', 'ISO', sepluglins, etc. That is the root.

    <b>So how do I view images in my PSP?</b>
    It's basically the same as music above. Do everything exactly the same, but instead of putting them in the 'MUSIC' folder, put them in the 'PICTURES' folder. If for some reason there is not a 'PICTURES' folder, then simply right-click anywhere in the screen and select 'Create a new folder'. Name it 'PICTURES' and place all your pictures there.

    <b>How do I install custom themes on my PSP?</b>
    There are three different types of 'themes' for PSPs. There are .ptf themes, .ctf themes, and flash0 themes. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND using either .ptf or .ctf. Flash0 has no advantage over the other two and there is a chance that when using a flash0 theme, you will brick/semi-brick your PSP. I know because it has happened to me before.

    To install .ptf themes:
    Warning: Spoilers inside!

    To install .ctf themes
    Warning: Spoilers inside!

    <b>Can I just download .isos from the internet? WHAT SITE DO I GO TO AND GET ISOS?!?!1</b>
    Yes, you can download isos from inter sites. However, because of GBAtemp rules, I am not allowed to list any sites with illegal material such as isos. You're on your own in this one. Just remember, google is your friend.

    <b>So what's a .cso anyway?</b>
    A .cso is exactly the same thing as an .iso but smaller. Cso is a type of compression format used by the PSP. Like I said, it's exactly the same as an .iso, but occupies less space. To turn an .iso into a .cso, you can use one of many programs. Just go to google and type in ".iso to .cso converter" or something along those lines and you'll get something. Alternatively, you can go to <a href="" target="_blank">THIS</a> thread and see how to convert .isos to .cso format.

    <b>Sounds fishy... what's the catch?</b>
    Well... a lot of people complain that .csos load slower than .isos and cause more lag. Personally, I've never experienced any lag with .cso files, but maybe I'm just lucky. As far as I know, that's the only complain... Alternatively, you could use CSO+.

    <b>What is CSO+?</b>
    CSO+ is an alternative to a CSO which uses uncompressed Video and Audio if enabled(and as such is larger than a CSO but smaller than an ISO)

    <b>Can I use cheats on PSP games?</b>
    Yes, you can. There's a plug-in for the PSP called CWCheat. <a href="" target="_blank">Here</a> is the official site where you can download the program and database. I'm sure there's instructions on how to install it there. Also, please note that you CANNOT use CWCheat unless you have CUSTOM FIRMWARE installed.

    <b>Can the PSP play PS1 games? If so, how?</b>
    It sure can. Around the 3.0x firmware updates, Sony added a PSX emulator to the PSP firmware, used for playing PSX games sold through the PlayStation Store. Along the way, however, a firmware hacker (Dark AleX) found a way to expose that functionality in his custom firmware. Any PSX game could be turned into a PSP EBOOT that could be executed and would run on the PSX emulator (dubbed "pops").

    <b>What’s an EBOOT?</b>
    EBOOTs are PSP programs. They have the filename EBOOT.PBP. Every converted PSX game, as well as any other homebrew applications you use, will have an EBOOT.PBP file. (Since every program is called EBOOT.PBP, obviously it’s necessary for each of them to be in their own seperate folders.)

    <b>So how do I turn a PS1 game into an "eboot"?</b>
    I would recommend using a program called 'PSX2PSP'. This program will allow you to turn any PS1 iso into an eboot. It also allows you to edit the eboot's icon, background, background music, warning screen, and other things. It's a pretty handy tool.

    <b>What if I'm not really an artist and don't want to make my own icons, backgrounds, etc.?</b>
    Use <a href="" target="_blank">THIS</a> site. It's a great site filled with packs of images, sounds, backgrounds, and such for a lot of PS1 games.

    <b>OK, I've got pops figured out. What's PopsLoader?</b>
    PopsLoader is a firmware plug-in that allows you to run PSX games with versions of PopStation from older firmwares.

    <b>Why would I want to use older pops versions?</b>
    Some of Sony's firmware updates have revised PopStation, and some of those revisions have broken compatibility with games that worked before. PopsLoader lets you choose which version of PopStation to use each time you run a PSX game.
    Final Fantasy VII, for example, stopped working after the 3.80 firmware update. Using PopsLoader to run FF7 on the 3.71
    PopStation, however, allows players to still play FF7 after upgrading to newer firmware.

    <b>How do I install PopsLoader?</b>
    Now you've found the rub. The problem with PopsLoader is that it requires the PopStation files to be extracted from the old
    firmware versions. These files don’t tend to be hosted openly, for legal reasons. You can find them on torrent sites, or you
    can do the legwork and extract them yourself. However, I recommend to simply google "popsloader firmwares" or "popsloader package". Call me lazy, but it's MUCH more simple than doing all the work yourself.

    <b>So I’ve installed it, how do I use it?</b>
    It’s simple. The first time you run a new PSX game, you will be given a menu from which you can choose any of the old
    pops versions you’ve installed (”3.40 pops”, for example), or run the PopStation that’s in the firmware you’re running (”Original from flash”). The game will launch with that version of PopStation. The next time you play that particular game, you won’t be asked again, PopsLoader will just automatically load the one you picked before. If you need to change it to a different version, all you need to do is hold R-trigger while launching the game from the XMB, and keep holding it until the PopsLoader menu appears. Now you can choose a different pops version.

    <b>Is there some sort of compatibility list that shows which PSX games are compatible with which firmwares?</b>
    There sure is. Right <a href="" target="_blank">HERE!</a>

    <b>How do I install emulators?</b>
    Most emulators have instructions in their README files, so look for those. Typically, emulators (as well as most other
    homebrew apps) come in a ZIP archive with one folder inside of them. That folder should have a file titled EBOOT.PBP inside
    of it (some archives actually stick the folder with EBOOT.PBP inside of another folder, so check and make sure). Copy the
    folder that contains EBOOT.PBP into the /PSP/GAME folder on your memory stick.

    <b>What emulators are out there for the PSP?</b>
    There are a LOT of emulators out there for the PSP. Here is a GREAT guide with a lot of emulators listed.
    <a href="" target="_blank">LINK</a>
    As you can see, you can emulate NES, SNES, Sega Genesis/MegaDrive, GameBoy, GBC, GBA, ScummVM, Commodore 64, TurboGrafx-16,
    Sega Master System, MSX, Atari 2600, Neo Geo, Capcom CPS1, CPS2, and CPS3. I'm sure there's others I've forgotten to list.

    <b>What's the best way to clean the PSP screen?</b>
    In my experience, the best way to clean the PSP screen is to use a microfiber cloth that usually comes with screen protectors. Other methods are using warm soapy water, gently cleaning with a q-tip, lightly covering the screen with toothpaste and then gently wiping it off (yes, it actually works.), etc. I would recommend NOT to use toilet paper seeing as it often leaves residue behind.

    <b>What are some cool homebrew apps. and games?</b>
    Here is a nice list, which I take no credit for. <a href="" target="_blank">Click here!</a>

    <b>So what's the problem with the PSP Brite (PSP-3000 series?) I keep hearing there's a problem with the screen?</b>
    Correct. On some occasions, scan lines may appear on scenes where brightness changes drastically, due to the hardware features of the new LCD device on PSP-3000. These "scanlines" are annoying little pixelated lines that make the screen look very sharp. However, many people say that the scanlines are barely visible and do not affect gameplay at all. You be the judge.
    <img src="" border="0" class="linked-image" />

    <b>Is there a PSP emulator for the PC?</b>
    Yes, there is. It's a program called JPCSP, a java-based PSP emulator for the PC. You can download it <a href="" target="_blank">here</a>. However, I have never tried it myself, and I doubt it runs games at full speed and whatnot.

    <b>What video formats does the PSP support?</b>
    h264 and MPEG4, same as the video iPod.

    <b>What audio formats does it support?</b>
    MP3 and AAC.

    <b>Does the internet browser support Flash?</b>
    Apparently, it supports Flash 6. A member of the forums also said that there is a homebrew program which can get the PSP to run Flash 7, but I'm not too sure about that one.

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  2. War

    War Take it easy~

    Oct 26, 2007
    You guys are welcome to post anytime and add questions/suggestions.
  3. alex

    alex GBAtemp Advanced Maniac

    Jul 1, 2008
    United States
    It supports Flash(I think 5) but it hasn't been updated.

    Nice job though! [​IMG] It should be stickied! [​IMG]

    Also, UMDs CAN be opened, not recommended though, only it the case is broken where it's unreadable you can buy cases online, they come in different colors! [​IMG]
  4. War

    War Take it easy~

    Oct 26, 2007
    Hm, do you have a source for that? I couldn't find anything online about the PSP supporting Flash... thanks for contributing!
  5. alex

    alex GBAtemp Advanced Maniac

    Jul 1, 2008
    United States
    Note I said something about UMD cases.

    And if you go to System Settings and About PSP it will say flash, you can also play flash games. [​IMG] there's even a website for flash games for the psp. [​IMG] I forgot where I saw it was flash 5 though... i know there's flash though
  6. War

    War Take it easy~

    Oct 26, 2007
    Alright, I fixed both inconsistencies. Thanks for helping!
  7. Raiser

    Raiser I am mad scientist.

    May 31, 2008
    cinnamonxv reported that the boxstyle codes cannot be found on the PSP boxes in Canada.
    How should I go about looking for the *certain* PSP slims then?

    Also, what exactly does Pandora's Battery do? Does it prevent bricking, etc?

    EDIT: Also (again), I understand from many of my friends that the hackable Slim is becoming harder and harder to find.
    However, I've read that even the the lighting may not be as good, the phat is much more resistant to drops and is hackable (obviously).

    If I do get a phat, I still update the firmware the same way as you would on the slim, correct? And modding would be the same as well?
  8. Mei-o

    Mei-o Generic Asian Kid™

    Jun 22, 2008
    *raises hand* My Madden PSP(hacked) runs for around 5-6 hours on the second lowest brightness setting with the volume lowered down a bit, playing Crisis Core for about 2 hours and Patapon the rest, is that bad? And I've heard playing while charging can make the battery go bad faster, I'm getting confused!
  9. xist


    Jul 14, 2008
    Battery discharge like most portable systems depends on the clock speed at which the game uses. Games like Crisis Core and God Of War set the PSP's clock at 333MHz whilst many of the earlier games use the default 222. These speeds can also be manipulated from the M33 VSH menu or various plugins. Using the higher speeds makes games run more smoothly but has the effect of burning battery charge faster. Still, 2 hours is not good and seems far too small for a new battery even with all your games running at 333.

    Playing whilst charging will not damage Li-On batteries...the greatest damage to them is through heat, age and total depletion.

    The 2.60 firmware update enabled Flash 6 to be used. (and i believe there may be homebrew out there to extend that to 7)

    The PSX emulator is dubbed 'pops' NOT 'popstation'. Popstation is a command line eboot creation utility.

    Ignoring outdated formats, CSO+ is an alternative to a CSO which uses uncompressed Video and Audio if enabled(and as such is larger than a CSO but smaller than an ISO)

    In 3.80 firmwares and above Sony modified the Memory Stick access driver, heavily 'optimising' it in the process. This lead to a slow down in access speeds, and 'may' be noticeable for some people whilst playing certain games. Dark Alex then released a patch (the fatmsmod patch) to allow the driver from 3.71 to be flashed to later firmwares.

    3.71 M33 and 3.71 M33-2 both contained a fatal (at the time) bug in the ability to rewrite flash memory, which could lead to a permanent brick. Therefore NEVER stay on either of general once you've picked a firmware always update to the latest update version (Updates are cumulative...there is no need to move sequentially up through them ...simply install the latest.
  10. kazuki_pl

    kazuki_pl GBAtemp Regular

    Jun 21, 2007
    Poland AlcohoLand
    seriously... now im sure you need to get a life [​IMG]

    ps. im not saying that cause i want to flame, its just i'd be too lazy to write something like that when net is full of info

    ps2. nice and detailed anyways, gj on it [​IMG]
  11. War

    War Take it easy~

    Oct 26, 2007
    Thank you very much for all your info xist, I will add/edit things as I see fit.
  12. Sir-Fritz

    Sir-Fritz GBAtemp Maniac

    May 4, 2008
    Brisbane, Australia
    In australia psp games im pretty sure are like $30 cheaper than ps2 games.
  13. xist


    Jul 14, 2008
    No problem....i'd never have managed to sustain my attention making a post as large as yours, so if i can add little bits here and there to help out that's fine by me. After all that's the point of the share and compile info.
  14. War

    War Take it easy~

    Oct 26, 2007
    I think I already answered the first one... a Pandora battery can put your PSP into service mode, which when combined with a Magic Memory Stick, can get your PSP to custom firmware. It doesn't PREVENT bricking, but it can recover the PSP from a brick.

    The lighting in the PSP Slim and the PSP Phat is exactly the same. When the Slim came out, it actually had a 4th brightness setting that was brighter than the Phat, but because of custom firmware, the Phat now has 4 brightness settings as well. And yes, the Phat is a tad more resistant to drops since it's a bit more sturdy.

    The firmware updates are exactly the same.
  15. xist


    Jul 14, 2008
    You might also need to post info on the different functionality conferred by later firmwares(re:Skype and Go Messenger) between the fat and slim PSP's due to differences in RAM.
  16. Stryker412

    Stryker412 Member

    Apr 13, 2008
    United States
    Can you go online with .isos (ie Madden) without getting banned? Also, can you use the store still?
  17. xist


    Jul 14, 2008
    Yes and Yes.
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    United States
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  19. WildWon


    Former Staff
    Apr 4, 2008
    United States
    8-Bit Heaven
  20. Doomsday Forte

    Doomsday Forte GBAtemp Maniac

    Apr 22, 2007
    United States
    All right, I'll try this.

    Convince me to upgrade to 5.00M33 or whatever's current. I'm still using 3.90M33-2, and I think the biggest thing I'm concerned about is breaking my savegames, and breaking the emulators and PS1 games too. Is there a way I can, well, safely upgrade? Or would that even matter?

    Uh, programs. I use iRShell (which has a new version I see), then Rin's GB/C emulator, SNESTyL, NesterJ, PicoDrive... ... ...oh yeah, and Popsloader for PS1 games. I presume that apart from the minor technical difficulty, everything'll work out just fine?

    And if it doesn't, is there a way to get back to 3.90? XD

    Edit: And for quick reference, is there anything better than SNESTYL ME for SNES emulation at the moment? It runs some games well, just wanted to know if there had been any progress or not.