How can I safely downgrade my Sony PSP firmware?
I know that you generally discourage people from downgrading the firmware on their Sony Playstation Portable (PSP) unit, but darn it, I want to do so anyway. Can you offer some tips, even if you have to include a disclaimer?
Note: The links have been removed from this article due to a Digital Millennium Copyright Act violation filed by Sony against AskDaveTaylor. The instructions remain, but you're on your own finding any specific software, hacks or earlier versions of PSP firmware.
You're right, I will include a disclaimer because about every week or so I get an email from someone who was fiddling with the firmware version on their Sony PSP and somehow ended up freezing or "bricking" the system. The problem is, Sony doesn't make downgraders available, so you're at the mercy of the online community which, I admit, is 99% great people. But the 1% of malicious rebels can easily find it amusing to mislead you and cause you to trash your sweet little Sony device. Not good.
Nonetheless, you're all able to make your own decisions about how you work with and enjoy your devices, so as long as you recognize that there is some risk involved in the following technique, I do have a splendid article by gamer Andrew Childress on how to downgrade your PSP firmware to gain access to the treasures of the homebrew community and more. Just don't ask me questions about how to use bittorrent to download illegal copies of commercial PSP games, okay?
If you want to use homebrew on the PSP, there a few general steps of action to take. We will go from their in our endeavors to get you to the magical 1.5 firmware so that you can use any homebrew that you want to!
The first thing that we want to do is find out your current firmware version. Boot up your PSP to the XMB (cross media bar, the home menu) and scroll all the way to the left to what I call the "settings" column. From there, go to "System Settings" and "System Information". Your "System Software" is equivalent to your firmware. Take note of that firmware and follow the chart and the downgrading directions that follow.
|Firmware Version||Plan of action|
|1.5||Celebrate! You're in luck!|
|1.51||Update to firmware 2.0, downgrade to 1.5|
|1.52||Update to firmware 2.0, downgrade to 1.5|
|2.0||Downgrade to 2.0|
|2.01||Update to 2.71, downgrade to 1.5|
|2.5||Update to 2.71, downgrade to 1.5|
|2.6||Update to 2.71, downgrade to 1.5|
|2.7||Update to 2.71, downgrade to 1.5|
|2.71||Use Dark_Alex's Generic Downgrader|
|2.8||Out of luck for now|
|3.0||Out of luck for now|
|3.01||Out of luck for now, stay tuned|
There are some general notes about downgrading. First of all, it's a fairly safe process. However, sometimes, stuff does happen. These are 1% type situations that render your PSP inoperable. Stick to the directions, and you will be alright.
Second there is a type of motherboard that is in some PSP's that is not downgradeable. If you attempt to downgrade on a PSP with this motherboard, your PSP will be rendered useless. Here is a picture of a white PSP with that motherboard. Make sure you check before starting any downgrade!
[ed note: This picture isn't very good, but it's easy to spot whether you have this earlier circuit board or not: if you can't see "IC1003" printed backwards on your circuit board edge, you're in the clear. -DT]
The Sony PSP 2.0 Firmware Downgrade Process
The 2.0 downgrade process is probably the easiest and safest out of any of the methods. It is very quick and easy:
- Disable anti-virus software. (Necessary step, just trust me)
- Download [link removed, sorry]
- Connect your PSP to your computer
- Copy the files "h.bin" and "index.dat" to the root of your PSP. The root is the topmost directory.
- Copy overflow.tif into the PSP -> PHOTO folder. If you don't have these folders, create them!
- Make a new folder in PSP -> GAME called "UPDATE"
- Download a PSP 1.5 Update file from Google
- Drop that update file in the update folder
- Disconnect PSP
The prep work is finished now.
- Plug your PSP into the AC adaptor
- Start PSP up. Scroll to photo menu.
- Click X and try to scroll down. One of two things will happen: your PSP will hit a black screen with white letters and numbers, or your PSP will freeze. If the PSP freezes, just restart and try again.
- If you hit the black screen with white characters, perform a hard reset (hold power switch up 10 seconds) and restart
- With the AC Adaptor plugged in, scroll to the right and access your memory stick under GAME
- Run the 1.5 US Update
- The update will run and inevitably fail at 99%
- Restart the PSP, and you will hit the PSP's blue screen of death. No problem- hit "O"
- Boom, you are done!
Sony PSP 2.5/2.6/2.71 Firmware Downgrade Process
This tutorial has been through several re-writes in this area. Why? Because, as usual, the PSP homebrew scene is always reinventing itself. At one point there were several muddled process for downgrading each of these three firmwares. This article has been written for three different downgrade processes for each. However there is now a new sheriff in town in the world of PSP downgrading. This new method is much safer and easier than any other method yet.
Before we get to that, though, let's make it simple: if you are running PSP firmware higher than 2.0, you want to update to 2.71, before you go any further. Seems counterintuitive, but this will make things very, very simple for you.
After you are updated to 2.71, (go no further) follow these steps for homebrew in no time flat:
- Download [link removed, sorry].
- Follow the super easy install instructions included in the readme
- Run the process through the photo menu. (as dictated in the program's readme)
- Download the [link removed, sorry]
- Install that program by placing the UPDATE folder inside of the PSP -> GAME directory. Create directories, if necessary.
- Download a 1.5 update EBOOT
- Rename it to UPDATE.PBP and put it in the PSP -> GAME -> UPDATE folder
- Run the downgrader program from the memory stick on the game menu
Boom, you're downgraded.
[Ed Notes: first, thanks for sharing this information with us, Andrew. Having said that, please, please be careful with downgrades and think twice before you muck with the firmware on your Sony PSP. I am not responsible for any adverse outcome from your following these directions, so you really are on your own if you try this process. Good luck.]
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Reader Comments To Date: 220
Hey i was just wondering, after reading this page on the internet that says if you downgrade your psp, you can run homebrew on it then. So i stopped upgrading my psp and it is now at 3.01. Is there ANY site or download that will allow me to downgrade my psp to 1.50, or am i stuck for now? I know that there is now a 3.03 upgrade out now, so will the old 3.01 be downgradeable? Well thanks for helping me out.
Just to let you know there is a 3.03 version for psp out right now.
hi i was wondering what firmware the psp would come wth if i bought one somewhere in january 2007
thank you guys so much it worked now what i need to know is how do i get 1.5 to that fancy 3.02 thing so i can play games that want me to update to higher versions????i wannna play the newer games and they all have 3 or higher...plzz help me
is there a downgrader from 3.3 to 1.5 or any way to get 3.03 to 1.5>>????????? plz tell me if there is
How do I upgrade my psp's firmware to 2.71, because I have firmware 2.6 and I don't have any games with that firmware version for download?
there will be a downgrader possible soon for every firmware currently released.
go to pspupdates.com for more info
Hey,I have firmware version 3.02 on my psp, and I was wondering is there any way to downgrade to 1.5 without bricking it?I have not found any way yet to do it from even after all of my studying thanks... Ray
i have verison 3.02 is there anyway i can downgrade to 1.5 yet so i can put homebrew games on there
Why do everybody want to downgrade to firmware 1.5?
plzz somebody tell me when the v3.11 downgrade is going to come out becaus i need it i really do
I'm confused... you say that you're in the clear if you can't see "IC003" or whatever, but on every other website, they say that you're S.O.L. if you can't see "IC003"... I'm not trying to say that you are wrong, I was actually hoping that I was wrong because I really want to downgrade my firmware.
I have a IC1003 motherboard and was able to downgrade.
Require GTA LCS Unpatched, 3.03 Upgrade, 1.50 Eboot.
After downgrading to 1.50 I upgraded to 3.03 OE-C
what are the benefits of having v1.5, isn't it better to have a newer version?
please tell me how to downgrade v3.11
if you guys want to downgrade so badly, then stop udating and if youre already in the 3.10 version or higher, youre gonna have to wait a while.
How can i downgrade my psp v.3.01 to v.1.5
hi not thinking and being a noob i stupidly downloaded 3.11 now i understand more i wish to have 1.5 as im gettin pissed off with this stupid firmware im so close to chucking it away if any one finds a subscription FREE web on how to do this please share the link so everyone can use it thx
AND IF I DOWNGRADE TO 1.5 WILL I STILL BEABLE TO PLAY UMD'S THAT NEED A HEIGHER VERSION THX
Is it possible to downgrade a v3.11, cuz it is virtually useless
i followed the steps to downgrade from verson 2.71 and i ran the program after following those steps it copied the files and said to press x to restart the psp. i did and now its not turning on. it turned off the psp and when it turns on the power is green but the screen is blank
soz m8 it sounds like you have bricked ur psp which is bad news atm there is nothing you can do for it its scrap :(
i also am a noob and i no that this has already been mentioned, but i need a downgrade from 3.11 to anything less. Thnx Dave
i have fw 2.71 and i know you have those instructions but i still cant get to the readme part can someone help me?
can u please email me some free psp game download sites. ps also need downgrade for 3.11 as well when it can be done.
How do you downgrade your PSP from version-3.11 to version-2.0.
I was wondering if it is possible to downgrade my PSP to 1.5 even though when i bought it, it was on firmware 2.0.
does anyone out there know if there is a 2.5 to 2.0 downgrader help will be appreciated
can sombody tell me how to downgrade a psp version 3.11 please!!!!!!
There is no read me file with the homebrew enabler C. Theres just the.rar file
Can u use this same exact method except use a say, 2.0 eboot to downgrade to v2.0?????????????
These people that keep posting their email to get a downgrade for 3.11 are stupid and what they will possibly get is a damn Virus on their email.
A downgrade for 3.11 will be unlikely right Now. the V.3.11 this is too main stream and people who updated their PSP are kinda screwed right now.
I got a 4xPSP's all version 3.03 Oe-C with a 8GB Memory Stick with over 20 Compressed UMD's hundreds of SNES and N64 Games and Windows Vista for the PSP.
Now that's the Shizzle!
I have accidentally upgraded to 3.11. big mistake. could somebody please point me in the right direction?
this upgrade works i downgraded my psp from 2.0 to 1.5 :-)
Continuation to last post . Also wallpapers and ONE game for download,its Daxter.Just try the site.
People: There is NO way to dg v3.1 or higher. And for the .rar person, get winrar. A .rar is like a .zip. Sorry if this looks bad, PSPs are hard to type on =)
when you find out how i need it because i screwed up and got 3.11 and now i cant do any thing hardly
THANKYOU SSSOOO MUCH!!!
It Worked :-D
www.psp-hacks.com doesnt work
1)Is there any best safer way to downgrade the firmware version from 2.50 to 1.50
2)What we can do with the bricked PSP
Dear friends i really dont understand how to update the firmware to 3.10 at present i m having in my psp 2.8, i want to play games on memory card, so wht is the procedure to do that. can u help me out telling the step by step way to update it .....pls...
If anything, PLZ Contact me with downgrader 3.11. i am desperate!!!!!!!!
hi how can i update from 2.6 to 2.71??
I updated my psp so that the firmware was 3.30 thinking that i had done the right thing, but i soon found out that no homebrew games would work on my psp. I also found out that my psp does say IC1003 on the motherboard. Will there ever be a downgrader for firmware version 3.30 ?????!
hi, im new here but wat the hex. im not the best with computers and i upgraded foolishly to 3.11 plus i have the motherboard of Ic1003. wat do i do
HELP ME PLEASEE!!
how can you make your version go up to 3.02 on
HERE is how to UPGRADE a psp to 303 so you can downgrade. download the 303 update. rename the 303 update file (11844) to EBOOT.PBP make a folder named UPDATE in the psp game folder and place the EBOOT.PBP run it through your memory stick. give me your feedback please!
im so lost. i just bought my psp and updated to v3.11
is there any way to downgrade or am i just finished.
sorry no way to downgrade a 3.11 psp YET just dont update it will come soon enough
if you have 3.11 and there is a downgrader for 3.10 will it work?
little help over here. i want to downgrade my psp to 1.5. i have currently the 3.11 firmware. help! i'm stuck in this stupid firmware!
there is no 3 11 or 3 30 dgs wnt b a 3 11, 3 30 will be soon so shut the **** up with nerd messages cause i hate nerds
how do I downgrade from a 3.30 to a 1.50
hey....i have a noob question...i have vr. 1.71 on my psp...and i want to downgrade to 1.50...if i downgrade...can i play games...i mean..newest games...i have 4 games but : 50 cent bulletproof,nfs carbon,nfs most wanted,def jam vendeta fight for ny...and i want to put more games on my memory stick...and i don't know...i can play the new games on my downgrade psp ? ...i can have much games...nut just 4 but ...:P that games are zthe best...:P what you guys say ? :)
hi guyz so there no dam dg for 3.11 god damit and wat problems are u guyz talking bout with 311 so far i dont have ne problems i just wanna get a emo so i can hack untold legends 2 thats all i want it for
I have a psp 3.11 and i want to play 'em ISO games...are there any news regarding dgs for 3.11s?
can you help me also, noob here, someone sold me a psp with 3.11 can i still downgrade it. thanks
hello i havent have motherboard of Ic1003 so cn i downfrade by mistake my psp version update to 3.30 version
Just like the othres here,
Please someone help me downgrade my psp firmware from 3.11 to 1.5
i have the motherboard 1C1003 if i downgrade it will it crash or is their some type of of downgrading it
i hate this!!! the psp is awesom but wat sucks is that the upgrades for it cant be downgraded without risk!and if you dont have "1c1003" on your mother board you cant downgrade. my friend upgraded my psp to v3.40 and then i only found out about honebrewed games a little while ago and now i cant even play them cos my version!!!! i guess iv gotta wait til someone figures out how to sort it out
I need help downgrader from 3.30 and i can downgrader to 1.5 either can some one help plese!
the 3.11 dg wnt come me dax and team noobs wil not make it. instead we have decided to make a 3.4O dg. it has more security holes because of feature improvements. contact me 4 info not 4 dates or deadlines
hi i am considering whether to downgrade my psp at the moment, but read on the sony site thath the sony 8gb pro duo memory stick is only compatable with psp with versions 2.81 or higher. if i downgrade my psp to version 1.5 does this mean that if i buy the 8 gb memory card it will not work. or will the downgrade not affect it because i have already upgraded to 2.81 before?
Anyone Know? plz
hi........ i am having firmware 3.40 and i wana dg to 1.50,,,,,,,,plz help me,,,or any other way to play iso files in memory card......plz help m in much prblm......can somone help me
hi,All dudes n psp fans ,i Have psp with FW 3.40,i saved allot of games on memory stick Duo,every game has an animated icon but no One starts.whyyyyyyyy plzzzzzzzz tell meplz help me
I have a PSP v2.81, need to downgrade it, is it Possible? if so, how? plz send me an E-Mail
i have 3.40..i need to downgrade to 1.50 please help me
i have a psp with the firmware 3.40, is there a way i can downgrade it too 1.5, if not will there ever be a way. need help thx
i've heard that if you get a custom motherboard you can have two flash chips but would i be able to upgrade to 3.40 oe a
k, i`ve done my research and i know theres no downgrader for sony firmware 3.40, BUT i also read from kittrel gaskins that DAX and him are making a 3.40 downgrader. i was wondering if there was any new news about it cause i am in desperate need!!
also, i looked in the back of my psp and i found a little code, but its not the same one as the one on the white psp in the picture. whats the deal with the code anyway?, some ppl say u need it, other ppl say if u have it ur screwed....
Just letting you people know that i downgraded my 3.30 psp i used my own downgrader i made... the public probably wont belive me but i have done it... i aint no noob ive written programs and such before and im NOT releasing my project as i downgrade psp's as cash on the side and i dont want my buisness going down
I had a psp running homebrew not sure which firmware but accidently pressed for upgrade but then immediately turned it off but it will not run anything now without error warning, what can i do???
hallo, i have a 3.40 version on my psp but i want a 3.30 OE-A of a 3.40 OE-A, how can i do that ?
I tried lot of times but i don`t get any results.
I hope to hear from you soon...
i know i cannot dg my 3.40 psp. is there a way to switch to 3.40 OE-A? or will i have to wait for a dg?
i also have a IC1003 motherboard. what is the big deal with that anyway? how will that eff ect dg?
thanks in advance for any help!
um i have version 3.40 and i cant find no where to downgrade to the lowest. i dont care wat i just want it lower. some where in the 2s. PLEASE HELP.
i have psp with v 3.11 and also it came with the ici003 number in it. so please help me out
hi! i'm new here . How to go into recovery mode using psp version 3.11 ?
1 more thing how to downgrade psp version 3.11 to 1.50 ? (can tell me the link or something)
dudes i got a 3.40 i really made a mistake updating is there a 3.40 downgrader if there is can u send me the file if there isn't will there ever be one?please email me at email@example.com please. thanx....... by the way is this safe if you dont have a IC1003?
I also did the most stupid mistake of upgrading my psp to version 3.40 and i regret it BADLY!!!!!!But i do have some news for those who wana know when a downgrader will be available.I did some research and someone posted that a downgrader will be available sometime in NOVEMBER of this year.I CAN'T WAIT!!!!If anyone has some other info plz do post it.ty
hello friends...manish here.i upgraded my psp to version 3.40 from sony and its not a custom firmware....i regret my actions..if any1 does have a downgrader and instuctions on how to downgrade(every movement caus i m new to psp) would u send me an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org
is it possible to downgrade 3.40 to 1.50 or something?
I need help!!!!!!!
I'm not going to post the website, but yes, as of June 26th and to the delight of many, it's possible to dg firmware 3.50 (latest) to 1.5. Google it and you'll find it.
Hey i have downgraded my psp from 2.7 firmware to 1.5 firmware so i need a devhook to play 3.1 or 3.2 games on it please some one help me were i can get this software and how should i install in my psp ... am so much inpatience ...
Thank you whoever help me and if some of you need anything for psp i can get for you
3.50 Downwgrader worked!!! But Beware. After downgrading on a TA 079-TA 089 motherboard you will not be able to upgrade to 3.30 unless you run a hombrew application that will fix id storage keys or switch your motherboard. All upgrades 3.30 will run a standard check to see if you have downgraded and will not allow you to update. Take my advice im stuck on 3.11
I am kinda confused, i have a psp 3.03 OE-C and now i want to downgrade it back to 1.5 can some one tell me steps how do do it?
i tried to downgrade my 2.80 psp and it died on me ..it wont turn on.. just a green light.. help
i have a psp 2.71 with the1c1003 motherboard so your telling me i cant get a update for it or can i . i try to down load games but i cant its really p**sing me off help me
I have a 3.4 psp and it is also a IC1003 motherboard. Is there a way for me to downgrade it?
i know there is a 3.11 downgrader out and i know how to downgrade but my friend has got my game grandtheft auto liberty city stories. thats the game u need to have. is there another way to dg.
How do u check the mother bard #
How do u check the mother bard #
Hey i was wondering if there was any word on how to DOWNGRADE a 3.40 version any lower?
Hi, i am trying to find a downgrader for version 3.52,is it possible??please send me an email..
can u trick ur 3.71 to be a 1.50 plzzzzz
I NEED SO MUTCH HELP
I have a 3.51 how do i downgrade it?
I need some help, i want to dowgrade my PSP, its version 3.11, to something live version 1.50 if any one knows where i could ger the program or how to down grade it coud you tell me
why dont youll just upgrade the homebrew to work on all psp's? instead of wasting time hacking psp's?
hey, i have v.3.11 and was wondering if there is a way to downgrade it to v.1.5 yet. If there is could you plz tell me how, thnx
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