PSP TA-88V3 and custom firmwares

If your PSP comes with  firmware v 4.01 or higher chances are your PSP contains the TA-88V3 Motherboards. At the moment it is not possible to install custom firmware in these PSP’s .

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What is a PSP Nand

What is NAND: NAND Flash architecture is one of two flash technologies (the other being NOR) used in memory cards such as the CompactFlash cards. It is also used in USB Flash drives, MP3 players, and provides the image storage for digital cameras. NAND is best suited to flash devices requiring high capacity data storage. NAND flash devices offer storage space up to 512-MB and offers faster erase, write, and read capabilities over NOR architecture.

Source: http://www.webopedia.com

What is a NAND in PSP: Basically NAND where the operating system, idstorage, IPL, system settings, all the important things like that are held. In other words like the “Windows/WINNT” directory in a windows operating system.

The official usage of NAND is to make the PSP run. The unofficial use of the NAND is to restore bricks, and recover IDStorage, if our IDStorage becomes corrupted.

The size of NAND on a PSP PHAT is 32 MB and of PSP SLIM is 64 MB(Almost double)

NAND on PSP in another word is flash0.

Note:  NAND is unique for a PSP and a PSP should never be restored from another PSP’s NAND

It’s a good practice to backup your PSP NAND and store it in a safe place as this would the life saver if the PSP is bricked

Notes on PSP Pandora installation

I just want to point out that the information on my blog about psp custom firmware installation are for PSP-1000 and PSP-2000 series with TA-088v2. New PSP-2000 and PSP-3000 comes with TA-088v3 motherboards, As of this moment ,this motherboard is not hackable using Pandora. So first check the motherboard in your PSP before proceeding for installations.

HowTo: Install Custom firmware on PSP Slim & Lite

NOTE: This method will work only on PSP-1000 & PSP-2000 series till TA-88V1 Motherboards.

This method WILL NOT WORK on PSP-2000 with TA-88V3 Mother boards and new PSP-3000 series. So kindly check this before buying or making the pandora battery.

Below is a small tutorial on How-To install a Custom firmware on PSP Slim & Lite. This tutorial will explain how to install Custom Firmware 3.80 M33-5 from any original version

Prerequisites:

1. PSP Slim & Lite (There are talks that new PSP Slim & Lite with TA-88 Motherboard which does not support Pandora Battery!)

2. Pandora Battery

3. Magic Memory Stick

Pandora Battery: This baterry is nothing but a modified Original Slim or Phat battery in your PSP. The Pandora Battery enables the PSP to enter into Service mode.

There are lots of videos available on YouTube on how to do this. But please do it carefully as there are chances that if you miss something the battery would be unusable.

Best bet would be buying this already made pandora battery in some website. I got it through “DealExtreme.com

Magic Memory Stick: Some special files in a given folder structure in a memory stick makes our memory stick as a magic memory stick

Step1: Download this file DCv4-TM

Step2: If you have a card reader, insert your Memory Stick pro duo into that and connect it to your PC. IF you dont have one, connect your PSP in USB mode. Use memory stick of size <4GB

Please take backup of your memory stick as the next ste would FORMAT your memory stick

Step3: Extract the downloaded files to “desktop” or “C:\temp” and run the “Install DCv4.bat”

Step4: follow the instructions and your Magic memory stick is reday!

Step5: Assumption here is you either have a Pandory battery made or purchased. Remove your existing normal battery from PSP.

Step5.1: Before you install the custom firmware, take the backup of your PSP NAND. This is part of the pandora menu. This is most important just in case if you brick your psp, it would be easy to recover all the functionalties.

Step6: Insert the magic memory stick first. Then insert the pandora battery in your PSP. Then press the UP arrow key on the D Pad on psp and then press the power button. This should bring the recovery menu in your PSP.

Step7: Follow the instructions. After the installation is compelet, press X to reboot. if you dont there are high chances of bricking your PSP.

Step8: Now you have custom firmware v3.80 M33-5 installed on your PSP

This tutorial is only for PSP Slim & Lite and not for PSP Phat (Old models). This might work on PSP Phat but no guarantees.

Notice: I shall not be responsible if you brick your PSP or any damages caused to your PSP. Whatever you do, do it carefully. Read more than once to understand the process. Leave your comments if you need more assistance.

Enjoy!