How to Make a PSP Into a TV Remote Control

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How to Make a PSP Into a TV Remote Control
Turn your PSP into a universal remote control. (tv command image by Jorge Casais from Fotolia.com)

The PlayStation Portable, or PSP, is a handheld gaming device that also enables you to watch high quality videos, listen to music and browse the Internet. Since its inception, the Sony PSP has had a number of hardware and firmware changes, and some newer models do not have the infrared port. To use it as a universal remote control, your PSP must have an infrared port to communicate with other devices. Once you set up your device, you can use it to control a number of devices, including TVs and DVD players.

Skill level:
Easy

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Check your product documentation to find out if the device has an infrared port. Check your PSP version; you will not be able to use the PSP remote application on any firmware later than version 1.5.

  2. 2

    Download and install a free version of WinRAR, a powerful compression and extraction utility. You will need this software to extract RAR archives later in the process. Download from a reliable source and save the installer file on desktop. Install the program by double-clicking the file icon and following simple onscreen prompts.

  3. 3

    Download the file "PSPUniversalRemote.RAR" from PSP-hacks.com (link provided in Resources). This is a freely available "homebrew" application that can turn your PSP into a universal remote. The file is less than 2 MB (megabytes) and will take less than a minute to download in most Internet connections. Save the file in a folder titled "Universal Remote."

  4. 4

    Go to the folder, right click on "PSPUniversalRemote.RAR" file icon and select "Extract here." You will see several files and folders appear in the "Universal Remote" folder as the RAR archive is extracted. Delete the original "PSPUniversalRemote.RAR" file from the folder.

  5. 5

    Switch on your PSP and attach it to your computer via a USB cable. Depending on the firmware version, you may have to activate the USB connection from the PSP. If the connection is not automatically detected, go to "Settings" and select "USB Connection." You will see a small message pop up from the System Tray stating that a new device has been detected.

  6. 6

    Go to "My Computer" and double click the drive letter associated with the PSP, usually "E:\" Copy all the contents of the "Universal Remote" folder and paste to the root directory of the PSP. Deactivate the USB connection and detach it from the computer. Restart the PSP.

  7. 7

    Load the "PSPUniversalRemote" application from your PSP and press the "Square" button to view a list of supported remote controls. Scroll down the list to highlight a particular manufacturer and press the "Cross" button. Select a remote control by pressing "Cross" again. This will restart the application.

  8. 8

    Press "Circle" to view the list of commands available for the remote you selected. Press "Cross" to execute a command, such as volume or channel change.

Tips and warnings

  • Do not download free software and applications from unreliable sources.
  • Do not try to install the application on an incompatible PSP model.

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