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Dummy’s Guide to Installing Custom firmware on a PSP

Let’s say that you’re new to the PSP world and all the terms flying around like Custom Firmware (or CFW), HEN, M33, LCFW, Permanent HEN etc is too confusing then please use this guide to educate yourself. Aside from giving you a heads up on the proper terms, this guide will also help you install custom firmware on your PSP.

Dummies Guide to CFW

If you’re unfamiliar with the PSP world, you can start reading up on the CFW for Dummies: Terms and Definitions.

Once you’re done with that (or if you’re familiar enough with your PSP), let’s get started on installing a custom firmware on your PSP.

Let’s start with the basics, what PSP model do you have?

  1. PSP-1000 (AKA PSP Phat)
  2. PSP-2000 (AKA PSP Slim)
  3. PSP-3000 (AKA PSP Brite)
  4. PSP Go

If you need help identifying your PSP model, refer to this guide

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  1. jay February 24, 2008 Reply

    well when i apply the 3.52m33-3or4 update my psp stick to the save data option in the game menu after the reboot is done. what shall i do?

  2. Allen March 7, 2008 Reply

    Wow this is the manual way of doing the upgrade. I used an easy installer for mine . :)

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  3. sylv3rblade March 8, 2008 Reply

    yep. Doing things the hard way is the best for some people (easier to get at the top of SERPs too ^^)

    Note.. to jay (guy with the reply) I still don’t understand what you’re trying to say =(

  4. Aerial April 2, 2008 Reply

    i have a ofw psp and i want to convert to a cfw ..what should i do please help me please…i dont have a pandora battery

  5. sylv3rblade April 2, 2008 Reply

    [re=1504]Aerial[/re]: Read my most recent post for an easy to follow guide to making a pandora battery

  6. Computer Forum July 22, 2008 Reply

    Amazing article! Detailed and very interested. I am going to recommend this blog to my friends.

  7. Paresh October 26, 2008 Reply

    I have ofw 3.80 i want to install cfw 3.71 m33 how can i go forward.
    Can i play games without umd if i upgrade it to 3.71 m33 CFW.

    from where can i get free games and how to play it and put it in which folder.

    Please help me out i will be very thankfull to you.

  8. thai December 2, 2008 Reply

    Has anyone tried to downgrade FW5.2 to 1.5? Really appreciate anyone that could walk me through from doing it. I want to install the CFM 5.00 M33-3. thanks

  9. Joseph May 14, 2009 Reply

    Hi, I’ve got a PSP 1000. It’s firmware is 2.50. How do I upgrade it to a 5.00 M33?
    Also, I just myself a Hybrid pandra battery. So do i just need to download the firmware 5.00 M33. Could you plz guide me. It’s my first time with all this.
    Many thanks

    • sylv3rblade May 15, 2009 Reply

      I’m going to redo this post sometime soon to include a proper installation guide. Please bookmark and come back again.

  10. clarence June 19, 2009 Reply

    so if i have phat psp that is version 5.51 can i still turn it to 3.80 M33 CFW?!

  11. anndi August 6, 2009 Reply

    dooo i neeed pandora battery

  12. silver hero November 9, 2009 Reply

    well…I have phat psp with v 5.03 I tried evrything I could to downgrade it to 3.90 or less but nothing I never tried pandora’s battery but I tried pandora’s battery without cutting it still refuse to downgrade even any kind of program won’t work at all please hellp me
    :(

  13. silver hero November 9, 2009 Reply

    I’m relly sorry…but still nothing

    • sylv3rblade November 10, 2009 Reply

      Chickhen + Hellcat’s didn’t downgrade your PSP?

  14. GPLee November 23, 2009 Reply

    # Extract the 3.52 M33 files to your computer.
    # Copy the folder ‘M33CREATOR’ to the directory; X:/PSP/GAME150/ on your PSP’s memory stick.
    # Download the official 3.52 update and rename to 352.PBP.
    # Copy the 352.PBP to the directory; X:/PSP/GAME/M33CREATOR/ on your PSP’s memory stick.
    # Download the official 1.50 update and rename to 150.PBP.
    # Copy the 150.PBP to the directory; X:/PSP/GAME150/M33CREATOR/ on your PSP’s memory stick.

    so we need 1 M33CREATOR in GAME150 folder and 1 more M33CREATOR in GAME folder???

  15. Slimy June 29, 2010 Reply

    there is no UPDATE in the rar. file of 3.52 M33-4

  16. Asif January 5, 2012 Reply

    Sir, i am frm india and i had PSP 3004 and my system softwere is 6.39..hw i can hack my psp to play downloadable games…i dont have any idea m new in psp world… Plzz help me sir…

    • sylv3rblade January 5, 2012 Reply

      Asif, please read the post above as it’s the tutorial for exactly what you want.

  17. Asif January 5, 2012 Reply

    Sir i really cnt understnd coz m so confused,will u tell me exectly which version firmwere should i download and install..? And m afraid tat my psp dont get brick…tatz y m asking u sir….

  18. Asif January 6, 2012 Reply

    Sir i had psp 3004 PB…And there is W in alphabet…wht to do nw..

  19. barney June 24, 2012 Reply

    hey men what can i do to downgrade or modify my psp 3001 with ofw 6.37. help pls..

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