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Mod your PSP the easy way

In our last column, we covered the history behind the PSP homebrew scene. We hope that this has whetted your appetite, because today we will show you how you can enjoy the homebrew phenomenon on your own PSP!

As with any community created technology, PSP homebrew can be overwhelming, especially when you are new to it. Many people become confused and frustrated when searching for information on how to do things such as modding their PSP. We at Download Squad don't think you should have to spend a whole weekend getting to know Google better, so we did the hard work for you. We searched, cussed, and scratched out heads for weeks to deliver you this, the simplest and most painless guide possible, a full solution that will work on ANY PSP and ANY firmware, and even on "bricked" PSPs!
There are many ways to accomplish this task, but we believe this is the easiest. You will need the following:
  • One PSP (duh)
  • one "phat" SONY battery (must be official SONY, designed for the original non slim PSP)
  • A soldering iron or clipper of some sort
  • A spare battery, any sort
  • A memory stick (for installation files)
You are going to have to purposely damage your battery, so be warned. It is reversible, but you will need soldering skills to fix it. The easiest thing to do is buy another one, and keep the modded one for unbricking and such.

Before you do anything, make sure the battery is fully charged. Then, to make the "jigkick" battery, you will need to pry it open with a screw driver. Do it carefully, you don't want to poke the cells! Once you get it open, you need to cut one of the connections on the board. If you have a soldering iron, you can always reconnect it later.

Once you have severed that leg, put the battery back together, and set it aside.

Now, you will need Catb50 Team's Magic Memory Stick creator. A magic memory stick is basically a boot disk for the PSP, and the battery is what makes the PSP read it. Download the full 60 MB version, and extract the files somewhere. Run the program, and follow the simple on-screen prompts. The program will format your Memory stick, so make sure to back up your files!

Once the program finishes it's work, you will have a magic memory stick with a program called Despertar del Cementerio, which is by far the simplest way to install custom firmware. Unplug your PSP from the USB and Power, and take out the battery if there is one. With the magic memory stick inserted, quickly and carefully insert the jickkick battery, and put the lid on. Put the PSP down carefully, and wait for it to boot. When prompted, press the X button (called "cross" in the app). Watch in wonder as the files are installed to your PSP! When the installer finishes, you may put in your spare battery, or plug the PSP in.

Congratulations! You now have a homebrew capable PSP. For some reason, some PSPs, especially Slims, lock up the first time you boot them after installing custom firmware. To fix this, hold down the power switch to shut down the PSP completely, and then turn it back on, holding down the L and R buttons. Use the D pad to select Advanced settings, and then select and press X on "Format flash1 and reset all settings". Click back, and then Exit. Everything should be working fine now.

Stay tuned for our next article, when we will tell you about the best PSP homebrew apps to play with!

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