How to Fix a Bricked PSP Slim

Written by marshal m. rosenthal
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How to Fix a Bricked PSP Slim
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The PlayStation Portable (PSP) can be modified so that the operating system will function differently from the way that Sony intended. A nonfunctioning, or “bricked,” PSP can occur if the modification is not correctly performed. You can “unbrick” your PSP Slim using free software from a computer and a special battery called the Pandora battery purchased from a PSP supply store. The process to unbrick your PSP Slim is straightforward and will return the game portable to its fully functioning self.

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Things you need

  • PSP memory card
  • Memory card reader
  • Pandora battery
  • Soft cloth

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  1. 1

    Download a PSP modification program, for example, the 3.03 Downgrader program (see the link in Resources). Double-click on the file of the 3.03 Downgrader program once it has downloaded to decompress it to a folder on the desktop.

  2. 2

    Double-click on the folder to open its window.

  3. 3

    Insert the PSP memory card into the slot in the memory card reader. Plug the memory card reader’s USB cable into a USB port on the computer.

  4. 4

    Double-click on the icon of the PSP memory card when it appears to open its window.

  5. 5

    Drag all of the files from inside of the 3.03 Downgrader program folder’s window into the PSP memory card’s window. Wait for the files to copy.

  6. 6

    Right-click on the icon of the PSP memory card. Select “Eject” from the pop-up menu.

  7. 7

    Remove the memory card reader’s USB cable from the USB port of the computer. Remove the PSP memory card from the slot in the memory card reader.

  8. 8

    Put a soft cloth on a table. Put the PSP Slim face down on the soft cloth with the disc drive door facing away from you.

  9. 9

    Remove the battery compartment lid from the left side of the PSP Slim. Remove the PSP battery from inside of the battery compartment with your fingers.

  10. 10

    Insert the Pandora battery into the battery compartment. Put the battery compartment lid on the PSP Slim. Turn the PSP Slim back over.

  11. 11

    Insert the PSP memory card into the memory card slot at the lower left edge of the PSP. Turn the PSP on.

  12. 12

    Wait for the recovery menu to appear on the LCD screen. Press the “X” button on the PSP when a menu appears on the LCD screen.

  13. 13

    Follow the directions to install the modification program onto the PSP so it can again be used. Press the “X” button when prompted to do so at the end of the installation.

  14. 14

    Wait as the PSP Slim goes black and then reboots. Press the “X” button when told to do so by the modification program. Wait as the PSP reboots again.

  15. 15

    Turn off the PSP when told to do so by the on-screen menu. Remove the PSP memory card.

  16. 16

    Turn the PSP Slim over. Remove the battery compartment lid. Remove the Pandora battery. Put the PSP battery into the battery compartment. Close the battery compartment lid. Turn the PSP over. Turn the PSP on.

Tips and warnings

  • Format the PSP memory card before use so that it has plenty of space available on it.
  • Do not connect the memory card reader to a USB hub but to a built-in USB port for a more stable experience.

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