I have psp and my 2gb card will not format, what’s wrong? How do I get my Sony PSP to format the memory stick, or can I use my PC card reader to do that?
Rather surprisingly, there are a lot of compatibility issues with the Sony PSP and its Memory Stick devices. As far as I can tell, there are two problems, actually. The first is simply that there are a variety of different specific types of memory sticks, so saying “memory stick” doesn’t guarantee that your stick will work with your PSP.
As a result, I strongly encourage people to only buy memory sticks that explicitly say “Compatible with Sony PSP” to ensure that you aren’t inadvertently buying the wrong kind.
The second issue is a trickier one and is kind of hard to imagine, except it’s been widely reported in the media: There are millions of counterfeit memory sticks circulating in China and throughout Asia, and with the rise of cheap offshore electronics shops online and the pervasiveness of eBay auctions, it’s not as hard as you might imagine to end up paying a cut rate for a counterfeit memory stick that actually won’t work with ANY device, let alone a PSP.
Here’s an interesting article from eBay UK on this very subject: How do avoid counterfeit memory cards. In fact, if you do a search on Google for counterfeit “memory stick” you’ll find over 50,000 matching pages!
So, finally, how do you avoid this problem? Buy known-brand memory devices from stores with solid reputations, like Amazon.com, Buy.com or CompUSA. Then you should be in good shape and if you do continue to have a problem, at least you can take it back!
Hope that helps you out, and if you need more help with the Sony PSP, don’t forget that I have lots more PSP Help on this site too!