At one time, users had to "break into" devices like PSPs and PS2s in order to chip them. But with the advernt of custom firmware, the "chipping" process is much easier. Custom firmware will allow you to play and run home brew games and applications. Home brew is just a fancy name for user-created games and programs, and without custom firmware, they cannot be played.
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Things you need
- Sony PSP
- Pandora battery
- Magic memory stick
Borrow or purchase a Pandora battery/magic memory stick from a friend or online store. You also can create your own, but you need a PSP with custom firmware on it already to make one.
Remove the battery, memory stick and charger from your PSP. Insert the new magic memory stick into the PSP, followed by the Pandora battery. Your PSP will turn on automatically. You will be shown a screen with a list of options.
Press the "X" button to install the custom firmware onto your PSP and wait as it is installed. It will take a minute or so to install and it will ask you to press the "X" button once more to restart your PSP after the firmware is finished installing.
Press the "X" button to restart and wait as your PSP recycles and turns back on. You now have a home brew ready PSP and can play the many free games available to you from your fellow PSP users.
Tips and warnings
- Sony does not condone this procedure but has stated it is legal.
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