My Windows PC never sees Sony PSP USB connection?
Dave, help! My Windows PC does not recognize my new Sony PSP when I plug in the USB cable. Ungood. How do I get the computer to recognize the Sony PSP with the USB cable?
I haven't got one of these Sony units (though at this point I'd think Sony marketing would be sending me a box of 'em as a thank you for all this free tech support!) but, for the USB problem:
Before you plug it in,
Make sure the PSP is in USB connect mode.
Also make sure the Memory Stick PRO Duo has been formatted for PSP. If it's not this is how you do it:
On the main menu, scroll all the way left to the "Settings" menu. Then select "System Settings." Then scroll to "Format Memory Stick" and press X.
This is the PSP forum at Gametrailers -- http://forums.gametrailers.com/ -- which might help.
Also the PSP forum at GameSpot -- http://forums.gamespot.com/ -- should keep you busy!
Thanks to Ed Ellis for his research.
Update: ten months later I can see that this answer isn't actually very helpful. If you're experiencing a connection problem, you probably don't need to reformat your Memory Stick but learn how to work with your USB cable. Please see my article I Can't Get Music to Play on my Sony PSP for much better advice. :-)
Also, a reader reports that he's had good success with a digital camera driver on his Windows 98 system and that by using it, he can indeed work with his Sony PSP again. Cool. I haven't tried it myself, but here's the link: PSP Win98 driver.
Additional useful tutorials:
• How to format your PSP memory stick
• Update your PSP firmware via wifi network
• Update your PSP firmware without a wifi network
• How to get music to play on your PSP
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Reader Comments To Date: 157
It would appear that my problems were fixed after a little experimenting, because i can use my PSP USB cable but only after following very specific instructions. FIRST put the PSP in usb cable mode, do not have the usb cable itself inside the psp or PC at the time. SECOND plug the end of the USB cable that gos into your PSP first, THEN the USB cable into the PC. OTHERS My psp USB cable is over sensitive, and the tiniest movement can reset the entire process. put all things on a hard flat surface and do not budge the psp once plugged into the pc. NOTE i am using a MAC OS X, but i used my windows laptop running XP on it in the same manner and it still worked. once i hard to hard reset (remove all power cords, batteries etc.) from the PC/laptop and try again after moving my psp once to many times connecting it. this hasnt happened again yet. ALSO MAKE SURE you do not have the psp charging off of the USB cable, or have it plugged into the charger. IT SHOULD IN NO WAY BE CHARGING PERIOD.
where can i get the computer hookup?
I have a windows Xp version 2002. When I turn on my PSP and go into USB mode. Windows detect my psp as removable disk but when i go into that i find that strange files appear on my PSP.. Neither i can copy from that nor i could store into that.. Please help me with this problem.....
My USB cable comes wif a charger, and when i plugged the cable to the computer while the PSP is in USB mode, the screen on the PSP shows "Plese Wait" but nothing is detected on the computer. The charging light is orange though... so wat should i do?
i just recently downloaded the Media Manager for the psp from the Playstation website. (By the way, i did it for free) so the dwnload worked but in order to turn the on software, I have to plug my psp. But my vista dosen't recognize it.
Hi, Is there any way I can connect a telstra 3G wireless modem (any type) to a PSP via any means whatsoever (some sort of conversion hardware) to browse the web other than a wireless hotspot..??
could you give me a usb cable for my psp
OY DAVE MY MAN I have a dell inspiron|1501, YES?
and I have a psp 3000 i plug my psp in USB THINGY my PSP SAYS USB MODE but when i go to my computer it's not there.... WERE IS IT??? PLEASE I NEED HELP!!!!!!
P.S. THANKS IN ADVANCED DAVE!!!!
Please tell me how to connect more than one digital camera to my PC system via UBS. When I did, the system recocnizes only one of them althogh they have different names or addresse
when I plug my psp(2000) into the pc, it tells me the device is trying to charge and using to much energy, so I should un plug and reset it. Someone told me to put it back on original system settings but that didn't help at all. Please help me.
Help please sorry if someone already
answered this question but whenever
i connect my PSP with my Cable go on
USB mode and connect it to every USB
port but, it doesn't work it just says
connect a USB cable. So I yell at my
PSP for being stupid and ground it.
But, I really want it to work help
my Sony PSP just says CONNECT A USB CABLE
it doesnt connect
i did evrything u said but still doesnt works
thanks. this worked perfectly.
the screen on my psp is broken. is there a way to set up a usb connection\format the mem card w\out going through the psp, or get step by step (button by button) dir to go through the psp?
Im trying to put some files on my PSP (PSP-2000) but my laptop (using Vista) doesnt read my PSP. And if it does, then it doesnt allow me to put files on the psp. It starts to copy the files and then all of a sudden stops. Any help would be much appriciated...thx.
had same problem, tried another usb cable and worked perfectly.
hi, I cant conecct my psp to my pc, I have done what you recomended, I formated my memory stick and I turned off usb charge, but still get the following message: driver malfunction and not recognized. Please help me
I can't find where is the option for usb charge in settings-system settings..... i need to charge my psp with an usb cable, what to do?
it became afew days since igot my psp the usb port is damaged how to protect it
Hi? My "USB/charger" to my PSP GO isn't working I spilled a little jucie on to the charger part and now it wont do anything. I tryed cleaning it the best way I could. Do you think I can get it fix or do you think i have to buy another?
HI Dave, Thanks for this site. This is indeed very helpful if only every visitor will reads and understood first. To all, When connecting anything be sure to check your connections in PC or in PSP first prior getting mad or frustrated. Things might work. Be sure to check your cables for any dirts or wear. You'll be surprise it will work for everybody. Also be thankful to the site owner for evrything you will be learning here. I have read somebody using or blowing on the ends of eachs cable. a simple alcohol and cotton swab will do the cleaning. Good day to all. Thanks a million Dave.
i have windows xp and psp 2002... i use usb connection nothing appears on my pc... my psp only shows please wait... i turned off usb charge as well... any help?
When I install my USB2.0 adapter even though the internet is working properly however it gives me a Wireless Network connection 4; Not connected Firewalled sign what does this mean and how do I repair it?
I hade the problem USB Device not recognized on Windows 7 Ultimate x64 and after a long search that leaded to a ZERO RESULT I deciced to try something else so what I did was while my psp is on flip it over detach the batery cover and remove the battery for 30 seconds insert the battery and flap and start up my ps and whala my windows found the device and installed it and now I can access my psp.
Just unplug your usb cable and plug it firmly back is as this can allso result in your device not been reqonised by your OS.
Allso check something else if your psp is not been recognized check if your psp detect any access points as mine detected it but couldnt assign any IP Addrsses.
How do I transfer or move files photos from my old pc w/ windows 98se to my new laptop w/ windows 7 home premium?Can it be done? If so whats the cheapest way to accomplish this?Please help....Thanks lexus2320.
ok so i figured it out for all of you windows vista/7 users!
1. open start menue and in search type view devices/printers
2. after opening devices and printers look for psp type a or b or c or whatever model u have.
3. click it then properties then hardware then update drivers! it worked for me hope this helps
Try Using the ps3 if you have one or your laptop is broke dude !
I connect my psp through the usb cable then i plugged the usb cable into the computer then it only shows (HARD DISK G:)then i clicked it then there is no folder or files inside that... WHAT TO DO?!?!?!?! i need it
i piud in my psp to my pc but nothing came up what do i do?
Guys Rapt0r9 is right plug the usb cable in the psp first and go to usb connection then plug it in the computer I try it the first time didn't work but I shutdown my computer and turn off my psp then it worked.
It only worked temporarily screw it I'm going to get buy another one.
I had bought a PSP.. but now when i connect it to my pc with my USB wire the PSP saya''Please wait...'' But i got 2 know that you all should not connect your PSP with USB wire.. u all should put your MEMORY CARD in the memory card adapter that is in your PC... n if u dont have it then SORRY :)
the dpad on my psp keeps cragging to the left i cant do anything except play final fantasy dissidiea....it goes all the way over to settings and wont move...its not stuck down because i can still hit the right one and it will move but then go back to settings in a milli second...how do i fix this please
I cut the file in my PSP using my PC. But when I turn on my psp it appears a black screen and then the power was automatically turned off after 10 or more seconds.I try to open my psp in my PC so that I can paste back the file(i think the program file of psp) but I cant open anymore my psp to my PC. My PC cant read anymore my psp.How I can I open again my psp in my PC? Please help me. Thanks in advance and God Bless.
USB Cable error occurs in case if you are using a fake USB cable.In some PC fake one works but if not then you have to buy a original one
As everyone else here, I have searched for two days trying to figure out how to get my pc to recognize my PSP. And I finally got it. I was using a cheap USB cord & then remembered I had a USB cord that I use to connect my digital camera to the computer. When I used that USB cord my PC automatically recognized the PSP. YAY!!! So simple, yet took me so long to figure out.
Is it possible to instal the psp processer to a computer as a external processor
I have psp-3000 and laptop(window vista)...It does connect with sony usb cable but when I look at My Computer.. It called Removable Disk (F:) when I click it.. it only shows only shortcut folder with no data in it and I don't even have my game in it...when I click the shortcut..it says something like delete this shortcut... can someone help me?
i used to help my friend's psp also have same problem. What i do is, to update the firmware first. U have to go to home > network update, then lets the PSP search and download the update. after the download process is successful, u have to install it. follow the instruction given. after it has been installed, reboot the psp and u are done. u can know see what inside ur memory card
my PSP USB connection wont work at all like it doesnt even have the software for the usb
does psp 3000 work with "Rocketfish" usb cables?
HI, the 'plug the cord into psp, turn on usb connection and then connect to pc' worked for me as well on xp sp2.
Actually, all you need to do is go to system settings on the PSP and make sure Auto USB connect is turned on and make sure the PSP is turned on when you connect it to your pc.
I'm having a problem connecting my PSP system to my netbook and I can get to the "Please wait..." message, but it doesn't connect after this point. I have USB charge off, and it doesn't help.
i have windows 7 ultimate and if i put my sd card reader it does not connects but where as in other computers it works properly what is the reason .can u plz give me as soon as possible.plzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz
i formatted my psp memory stick, and it still doesnt connect to my computer to where the box pops up... i am so angry because the format wiped out all my saved data on games (which i dont like so i dont care), my demos (which i do care about) and my pictures and stuff like that.
i too get same problems
when i connect my psp my computer keeps says unknown device not recognized.
what can i do about this can some plz email me about some thing i should do?
pleeease help i have the same problem as prakash i tried all the stuff in this list but none of it works and its out dated my i have the 3000 version and i have a compaq presario CQ70-120OUS Note book PC with windows vista pleeease help
when ever i plug in my psp it says devise not recognized PLEASE HELP!!!!!!! i tried to updated the drivers but it says i already have them updated nd it saays its an unknown device ill keep tryin somethin new but help
I FOUND THE PROBLEM BUT NOT THE SOLUTION to who ever has the same problem as me , the usb mass storage device for windows xp home premium stopped working , if you find the answer to the problem please tell me
its just a little help but at lest you know the problem
YESSSSS I FOUND THE ANSWER JUST USE A DIFERENT USB CORD
VUSE not recognizing the PSP ?
here the solution:
Step 1 : Plug in your PSP, when it pops up with the auto run press "View files and folders" or some thing to that effect to bring up the files in your Explorer
Step 2 : Create a new folder named "Video"
Step 3 : Restart Vuze. Your PSP should now be viewable in Vuze under devices as long as Devices is "ON"
*Dont forget to install the vuse transcoder plugin
I got my psp 3000 for my birthday last year and to this day i have not gotten it to work. iv'e been everywhere online, tried everything and nothings working. I plugged USB cord into psp and in to my laptop and turned on USB connection and tried formatting memory stick and it still wont work. I downloaded MAX MEDIA MANAGER and yet, it doesn't work. Please, I need help.
can't recognise when a USB cable is connected. I've plugged in the cable and PC but when I select the USB mode option, it comes up with the message CONNECT A USB CABLE, evn though the cable is clearly connected,
it not working man my pc is showing device not recognized
I do have a lot to say, and questions of my own for that matter, but first I'd like to say thank you, Dave, for all your helpful information by
buying you a cup of coffee!||
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