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I have a PSP and I don't use it much so I find new things I can do with it (ex: portals). People keep talking about custom firmware so i have a few questions what is it, where can I get it (if I want it) and what does it do?

asked Jan 02 '11 at 19:53

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Someone has to know all about cfw

(Jan 02 '11 at 21:41) ryebread761 ryebread761's gravatar image

What I gathered on a random google search is that cfw is a firmware flash that allows you to use homebrew apps on your psp. Here's just one of the articles I found that covers what it is and how to do it. http://www.krizka.net/psp-custom-firmware-guides/

Hope this helps.

answered Jan 02 '11 at 21:51

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What are homebrew apps?

(Jan 02 '11 at 21:57) ryebread761 ryebread761's gravatar image

Based on what I read they are apps developed by outside developers for the psp that include games, audio/visual apps, etc. You need the custom firmware because the Sony firmware will not support the outside apps.

(Jan 02 '11 at 22:47) David David's gravatar image

Think of it this way - Jailbreaking for your PSP.

It is used to load any 3rd party app on your PSP, but is mainly used for piracy. I did it to my PSP - 1001. I never used the PSP, and wanted something to play emulators on while not at home. So I installed CFW.

It only works with the 1st and 2nd gen PSPs, but I do not recommend doing it. The process requires you to take apart your battery to remove some things. This may damage your battery, or worse, injure your self, because in order to get the battery apart, you have to cut it open, which is a lot harder than it sounds if you don't have the right equipment. (I used a pocket knife, and gashed my finger.)

answered Jan 02 '11 at 23:00

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Or you could just order the required parts

(Jan 02 '11 at 23:03) TomMaxwell TomMaxwell's gravatar image

You mean Pandora batteries? Most of those are just resold batteries untouched, to scam people.

(Jan 02 '11 at 23:07) Justin Justin's gravatar image

Or you could do it without a special battery.

(Jan 03 '11 at 11:13) ryebread761 ryebread761's gravatar image

To my understanding, there is no way to get CFW with a Pandora battery. Everything I have seen that claims you can, is fake.

(Jan 03 '11 at 19:25) Justin Justin's gravatar image

I said without.

(Jan 03 '11 at 20:21) ryebread761 ryebread761's gravatar image

A Pandora battery is used to DOWNGRADE the PSP to an earlier firmware that enables you to install the custom firmware, and it does work. I've done this many times with one that I bought online. Had no problems. You just have to be careful and follow instructions.

(Jan 03 '11 at 20:26) TechRob TechRob's gravatar image
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Like another person said, it's like jailbreaking your PSP. Custom firmwares enable you to download and install apps otherwise unavailable on the PSP like emulators for example. Not only can you download apps, you can download PSP games (illegally via torrent) and play them from your Pro Duo stick. It's actually quite easy to do and the parts to downgrade your PSP (in order to install the custom firmware) can be ordered online for a small price.

On the down side, you will not be able to receive updates from Sony, etc. on a custom firmware. I don't know about physically hurting yourself while installing a custom firmware, but you can harm your PSP if you don't follow instructions carefully. Also, as mentioned above, downloading games is illegal and does not support the game developers. If you're able to downgrade and install a custom firmware without "bricking" your PSP, then why not? Just be careful!

answered Jan 03 '11 at 20:22

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edited Jan 03 '11 at 20:23

Is it illegal? (not to download games but to have cfw)

(Jan 03 '11 at 20:59) ryebread761 ryebread761's gravatar image

no it is not elligal i contacted sony and asked them cause i did it to mine

(Jan 08 '11 at 12:35) techHelper12354 techHelper12354's gravatar image

Alright, first - you don't have to open the battery anymore because of the Pandora Software. It is essentially Jailbreaking your PSP and it supports homebrew games, legit ISOs, and emulators. Not only THAT - I turned my PSP 1001 into a remote control. There's a smaller market now [it's died down] and isn't current. I wouldn't suggest it really unless you want to pirate games. The emulators are outdated and unstable. And it's legal.

answered Jan 04 '11 at 00:13

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Good to know it's legal. I heard there is a app called PSPdisp which will turn your PSP into a monitor! Does this still work?

(Jan 04 '11 at 17:06) ryebread761 ryebread761's gravatar image

It does still work.

(Jan 04 '11 at 19:09) ElementalBliss ElementalBliss's gravatar image

Does it work on Mac. (if not that's ok I have windows in bootcamp.)

(Jan 04 '11 at 21:25) ryebread761 ryebread761's gravatar image

I'm pretty sure (not certain) it's like a more advanced firmware than the default ones that are released by Sony. A standard firmware that is then adapted or modified to enable the PSP to have better or more advanced features.

I'm sure if you Google it I'm sure you'll find some where to download one.

answered Jan 02 '11 at 21:52

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It's made so that you can install apps and games not approved by Sony onto the PSP.

answered Jan 02 '11 at 22:56

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it lets u cheat on games get free games 3rd party stuff ect.

answered Jan 08 '11 at 12:34

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