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What type of file can be stored in firmware 4.1?

I heard its homebrews thing.. not sure.. i tried downloading a sample but when i extracted it, there are lots of files in it and i have no idea what and how to save them.. please help me.. a step-by-step instruction is very much appreciated :)

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    PSP GURU May 11, 2010

    First you have to tell the PSP firmware version of your PSP. To check that go to


    Settings > System Settings >System Information

    If you have a Custom firmware PSP you can play the homebrews otherwise you wont be able to play homebrews except flash games.


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Yes, if you are running a Custom Firmware on your PSP, you can run homebrew apps and games on it...if it has the ReadME file, usually, it has instructions in it...but I know most of the homebrew runs from the folder GAME or GAME3.XX / 4.XX. You'll know if you're running a custom firmware if it says on the System Info, it has a m33 suffix at the end of the firmware version (e.g. 3.90m33-2)

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How to get psp games


Try these steps : 1.
Check to see if you have the right firmware. Firmware is the proprietary operating system the PSP requires for functioning. You need Firmware 1.0 or 1.5 to download free games on a PSP. These versions allow you to play PSP homebrews; later versions have protections that avoid use of non-commercial PSP games.
To check your PSP's firmware, press the PSP's "Home" button. Scroll down and select "Settings." From there, select "System Information." The firmware information can be found in the section where it says "System Software." If this section has the number 1.0 or 1.50, you'll be able to play PSP homebrews. If the number is higher, you won't be able to download free games on a PSP.
2.
Format a PSP memory stick. The size of the memory stick doesn't matter since most PSP homebrews are relatively small. Insert the memory stick into the slot located on the left side of the PSP, where the directional buttons are. Pop open the cover and slide the memory stick in, making sure it's face up and follows the direction of the white arrow.
Press the "Home" button and go into the "Settings" section. Scroll down and select "Systems Settings." In the next screen, continue scrolling down until you can select "Format Memory Stick." The PSP will ask you if you want to format the memory stick. Answer "Yes," and the PSP will format the memory stick within just a few seconds.
3.
Download free PSP games onto your computer. Sites like PSP Brew, UR PSP and PSP-Homebrew.eu contain tons of free PSP games. And the downloading process is pretty much the same. You either select an option to download, or you right-click on the file and use "Save As" for downloading. Visit the sites to gain a better understanding; links are provided at the end of this article.
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Unzip the files. Usually, when you download free PSP games, you receive files in a compressed (or zipped), format. This allows a developer to send larger files without the hassle of breaking them up into pieces. However, before you can use these games, you will have to unzip them so you can have access to the individual files.
To unzip files, you need to use an unzipping utility. Windows comes with one, and it's relatively easy to use since you just select options from a Wizard. But if you prefer something more sophisticated, consider using WinZip, for the PC, or Stuffit, for Macs. Both of these programs can be downloaded free, though the legal version of WinZip only offers a 30-day trial. Either way, unzipping is as simple as selecting "Extract" and entering in the name of the file you want your games in.
5.
Connect your PSP to the computer via a USB cable. Make sure you place the smaller end of the USB cable into your PSP. Place the larger end into any of the USB ports available on your computer.
6.
Switch to USB mode. The PSP cannot communicate with your computer unless it is in USB mode. This is accomplished by pressing the "Home" button, scrolling towards "Settings" and then selecting "USB Connection."
7.
Transfer the games onto your PSP. This step is the heart of downloading free games onto your PSP, and it is simple. With your PSP connected to your computer, take whatever games you plan on downloading and place them into the PSP > GAME folder. If this folder doesn't appear automatically, you can create one by "right-clicking" in the PSP directory and then entering in the name "Game."
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Run the games you downloaded. After you have installed the desired games onto your PSP, disconnect the device from your computer. In the main menu, scroll to the "Game" section. Select the "Memory Stick" option. The PSP homebrews you downloaded will be contained here. Highlight one of them and press "X." Assuming the homebrew is coded properly and you have the right firmware, it should run just like a commercial PSP game.
In case of any problem please revert back

May 22, 2011 | Sony PlayStation Portable (PSP) Console

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I downloaded some iso for psp go but i cant play them on psp go.Is there a type of a software,loader or any thing else to play iso/cso on it.


you have to have custom firmware. Its called "homebrew" you can find a tutorial on youtube to install it on the generation of psp you have. you may be able to find it on the same site where you got the iso file.

Oct 23, 2010 | Video Game Consoles

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How can i put hole games on psp for free with no custum firewire


This is not possible for free, for a low charge you can get alot games from playstation network.

The original Sony firmware also won't run homebrew software, it will only run the games bought from Playstation Network and original UMD's

If you want to play backuped game and homebrew, you still have to flash custom firmware on your psp.

Sep 20, 2009 | Sony PlayStation Portable (PSP) Console

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It wont let me go to the browser to type things in.


So you having crashed firmware on your PSP.

Try this (WARNING!! not recommended for modded OR homebrewed condition e.g. like m33. Only PSP 1001, 2001, 3001. it may cause bricked):
1. Go to http://www.us.playstation.com/Support/SystemUpdates/PSP
2. Read the update guides.
3. Download it.
4. After the download finished, just follow the instructions given there.

If there's any questions, feel free to PM me =]

Jul 07, 2009 | Sony PSP (Piano Black)

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After upgrading to firmware 5.51, my psp doesntrecognized iso and cso files


Its just because you upgraded your psp into Official Firmware which dont alow you to run any homebrew application or downloaded games. You need a Custom Firmware to run iso and cso files.

Jun 22, 2009 | Sony PlayStation Portable (PSP) Console

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Iso/cso won't run to PSP version 4.20


You cannot play .iso or .cso files (or any homebrew games) on your PSP unless you have firmware 1.5 or a custom firmware. Any "off-the-shelf" firmware such as 4.2 will not support these types of files. They will just show up as "Corrupted Data".

You can go through the process of downgrading your firmware from 4.2 to 1.5, then from 1.5 you may upgrade to a custom firmware such as 5.00 m33-4. Doing so would require a good deal of technical know-how and a LOT of patience. If you do not want to risk ruining your PSP, do NOT try this. Research methods of downgrading such as "Pandora's Battery" and other firmware downgraders.

You were able to download games from the PSP website because they are programmed to play on the current firmware. Even if you were to (somehow) properly convert the .iso or .cso files to an EBOOT.PBP file, it would not run unless you have firmware 1.5 or custom.

Jan 03, 2009 | Sony PlayStation Portable (PSP) Slim...

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How can i download free games fr my PSP 3004


u must have : 1) atleast 1gb card for some standard games 2) go to to torrentz.com 3)search psp 4)click the lingk  5) download the torrentz file 6) download the torrent file with u torrent 7) if u have firmware above 3.0 u have to downgrade it and it can be done by an professional this may damage ur PSP but will help u to run homebrew games on ur psp 8)if ur game is an iso(i.e it contains a file which has an extension .CSO)  copy it in an iso folder. and enjoy the games

Jan 03, 2009 | Sony PlayStation Portable (PSP) Slim...

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No umd icon in the games section


you probably have homebrew firmware you need to download the latest fromm www.darkalex.org and reflash with the latest firmware and still allow you to play downloaded iso files,hope this helps

Dec 26, 2008 | Sony PlayStation Portable (PSP) Console

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About costom firmware


simply, yes. custom firmware is hacking into your PSP to let you play games off your memory stick and run programs called "homebrew", all custom firmwareing is is unlocking the potential of your PSP to the max it can go.
Basically:  You can play games you download, Run Homebrew and etc.
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Feel free yo EMail me: Thomashedderwick@hotmail.com

Aug 23, 2008 | Sony PlayStation Portable (PSP) Console

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