How to Unbrick a PSP Without a Pandora Battery

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How to Unbrick a PSP Without a Pandora Battery
Unbrick a PSP without Pandora. (brick bricks image by Barcabloo from

The popularity of the PlayStation Portable (PSP) had led many owners to modify the operating system to be able to run programs created by other PSP gamers. Modifying the PSP can result in the operating system crashing and being "bricked," which means you won't be able to turn it on. You can "unbrick" the PSP without having to resort to the use of a physically altered PSP battery called a "Pandora" battery by using a free user-created program downloaded from a computer. "Unbricking" the PSP will not physically harm the PSP, although having modified it in the first place will cause Microsoft to reject it for any warranty repair.

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Things you need

  • Soft cloth
  • PSP to USB cable
  • Memory card

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  1. 1

    Put a soft cloth down on a table. Insert a memory card into the memory card slot of the PSP. Put the PSP face up on the soft cloth.

  2. 2

    Hold down the right trigger at the right front edge of the PSP with your right hand.

  3. 3

    Pull up on the power switch at the lower-right edge of the PSP with your left hand.

  4. 4

    Release the power switch and the right trigger when the recovery mode menu appears on the PSP's LCD screen.

  5. 5

    Select "USB mode" from the list of choices presented on the menu.

  6. 6

    Connect the PSP connector on the PSP USB cable to the PSP. Connect the other end of the PSP connector to a USB port on the PC.

  7. 7

    Press the "X" button on the PSP to activate the "USB mode." Wait for the icon of the PSP's memory card to appear on the desktop of the PC.

  8. 8

    Download an unbricking program file to the desktop of the PC, for example, the 3.03 Downgrader program (see a link in Resources). Double-click on the program file's icon when it has finished downloading to decompress it to a folder on the desktop.

  9. 9

    Double-click on the icon of the PSP's memory card that is on the desktop. Double-click on the "System" folder that is inside of the window that appears.

  10. 10

    Double-click on the "Update" folder to open its window. Highlight the "eboot" file inside of the window with the mouse. Rename the file to "updateppp" without the quotes.

  11. 11

    Drag the "updateppp" file to the desktop. Close the memory card's window.

  12. 12

    Double-click on the memory card icon to open its window again. Double-click on the "Games" folder to open its window.

  13. 13

    Highlight the contents of the "Games" folder with the mouse. Drag the contents of the "Games" folder to the trash icon on the desktop. Empty the trash.

  14. 14

    Double-click on the folder that was decompressed from the unbricking program file. Drag the contents from inside of this folder into the memory card's "Games" folder. Wait for the files to finish copying.

  15. 15

    Right-click inside of the "Games" folder. Select "New folder" from the pop-up menu. Name the new folder "RECOVERY" without the quotes.

  16. 16

    Drag the "updateppp" file from the desktop into the "RECOVERY" folder.

  17. 17

    Right-click on the memory card's icon. Select "Eject" from the pop-up menu. Disconnect the PSP USB cable from the PSP and from the USB port of the computer.

  18. 18

    Scroll down to "Run recovery program eboot" on the PSP. Press the "X" button.

  19. 19

    Wait as the downgrading program prepares to run. Press "X" when told to do so by the program. Wait as the downgrading program runs.

  20. 20

    Press up on the power switch when the downgrading program states that it has finished. Release the power switch after five or six seconds have elapsed.

  21. 21

    Press up on the power switch to turn the PSP on. Wait for the Home menu to appear on the screen. Use the PSP now that it is no longer "bricked."

Tips and warnings

  • Run the PSP using the AC power supply and not the battery when unbricking it to keep a constant flow of power going to the PSP.
  • Check that the PSP is working correctly after unbricking it before making any more modifications to it.

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