HOW-TO: PSP 2.00 to 1.50 downgrade

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UPDATE: Since this how-to was first written things have changed. Sony has released firmware 2.01 which makes this downgrade impossible. A PSP bricker trojan was released because of this antivirus software will classify both the good and bad downgrade files as harmful. You should do more research into the current state of the downgrade before attempting. As far as we know our firmware links are still good, we are not hosting them so we can not vouch for their safety.

C.K. Sample, III, TUAW / WIN Blogger and author of the forthcoming book, PSP Hacks, got his hands on the version 2.0 downgrader and wrote up a thorough how- to complete with pics for us. He even takes the extra steps to upgrade and downgrade yet again, just to make sure such a thing is possible.

As you can see, I have 2.0 running with the browser on my PSP. one

Step 1: Download the downgrader from either here, here or here. Then make sure you get a copy of the original 1.5 firmware upgrader. I found my copy here.

Step 2: Connect your PSP to your computer via USB. On your memory stick, create a folder called UPDATE inside /PSP/GAME/ and place the EBOOT.PBP file from the 1.50 update inside this UPDATE folder.

Step 3: Unzip MPHDowngrader.zip. Drop overflow.tif into your /PSP/PHOTO/ folder. Put both h.bin and index.dat in the root of your Memory Stick.

Step 4: Disconnect your PSP from your computer and plug in the AC adapter.

Step 5: Navigate to Photo then Memory Stick via the PSP’s menu system and start scrolling down through your photos until you reach the overflow.tif picture.
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You’ll know you’ve hit it when everything freezes and you get a black screen with a bunch of white text output.
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If your PSP freezes without going to this black text screen, then hold the power button for about 10 seconds until the PSP shuts down, then hit the power button again to start it back up. Repeat this step until you get that black screen.

Step 6: Don’t panic. Hold the power button for about 10 seconds until the PSP powers off. Hit the power button again. Your PSP will start up, and if you navigate to your System Information, you’ll discover that your PSP thinks it is running version 1.0 of the firmware. It isn’t and you cannot run homebrew (yet).
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Step 7: Navigate to Game–>Memory Stick, hit the X button, and navigate to the 1.5 updater. Make sure you have your PSP plugged in or the upgrade won’t work. Click the X button and update like you normally would. At the end of the upgrade you will receive an error saying that the upgrade failed and to contact Sony. Don’t panic. Ignore this and again force your PSP to power off and reboot.
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Step 8: After the PSP reboots you will receive an error screen that is scary and confusing because it is in multiple languages. Don’t panic. Find the language you can understand and read the corresponding line. It notes that your preferences are fragged and that you need only hit the O button to restore some default-ish settings. Hit the O button. eight

Step 9: The PSP will start back up and you will go through the initial setup like the day when you first bought your PSP. Do so and then go to the system info pane again, where you will see that you are rocking version 1.5. Run homebrew at will.nine ten
I ran through this entire procedure, then I downloaded the 2.0 update and installed that again, and then yet again went through the entire procedure again. It works like a charm. It’s a little time-consuming, but you can have the best of both worlds. Have fun!

Comments

  1. c.k. says:

    Thanks for blacking out my MAC address. whoops!

  2. Naru says:

    Try NOT hitting the O button at the error screen, and instead pull the battery. If yours starts up without getting an error again, you may have found out that you can keep the browser….though I need to do more testing to be sure that it is completely stable, na? :)

  3. ka92bq says:

    does this seriosly work because iv heard that the downgrader has a high chance of bricking your psp

  4. fucter says:

    i couldnt do any thing with your mac address.
    besides de:ad:be:ef:ca:fe is still one of my favs.
    nice write up nontheless. :)

  5. Thanks for writing this up for everyone!

  6. ka92bq says:

    is this really possible, if any1 gets successs they should post it up here

  7. Aero says:

    …and not a single word of warning that the PSP’s internal flash memory wasn’t meant to be written to more than a handful of times in the product’s lifetime? Well, just keep switching between versions as much as you want then… I’m sure Sony will help you out if something goes wrong.

  8. recrudesce says:

    yes this does work, i did it… not bothered about the browser cos it was cack. here’s to UMD Loaders ;)

  9. ka92bq says:

    thanks for that if two more people post there success stories im gunna go 4 it:P

  10. dUBIE says:

    Yes, my god it works! And I’ve kept the browser by pulling the battery. Thank god for having balls and a little knowledge of the know how! Go For it guys!

  11. c.k. says:

    It works. I need to try doing it again and remove the battery to try to get the browser too. If that works, then I’ll be in PSP heaven. also, #7, yes, warning, may damage PSP if you do it repeatedly, blah blah blah, BUT I bought the protection plan when I got my second PSP, so if either of them bricks within the next 4 years I’m swapping it out for a replacement. ;-)

  12. Wait… why would you want to do this? What am I missing?

  13. Darrin says:

    It worked for me! I wasn’t able to keep the broswer though. Everytime I pulled it out, and restarted it, I got the Error screen again. Is there anything I’m missing?

  14. Callum says:

    Josh, all the fun homebrew stuff got itself ‘broke’ by Sony’s Upgrade “2.0” by installing version 1.5 (which you can’t do without this hack) you’ll get the homebrew back… yay!

  15. Josh says:

    Help! I go to the games menu to update, but the eboot file isn’t there. I’ve tried adding it again twice, but it still won’t appear! Help!

  16. tok>eoin says:

    this working brilliantly. no browser but I didn’t use it anyway. BUT then I tried playing Burnout and was told that I have to upgrade my system to play. kinda annoying. you would think that after the ps2 Linux kit that sony would encourage homebrew develoment. Well done on the working hack though

  17. energy72 says:

    I noticed that the 1.5 firmware provided is the Japanese verson? Does this make any difference at all?

    I really, really, don’t want to lose $250 bucks doing this… so I’m being real careful…

  18. titor says:

    There’s no difference between japanese 1.5 and US 1.5. You’re safe installing the japanese version.

  19. fucter says:

    congra(t or d?)ulations on being on g4’s “Attack of the show”

  20. Uzi says:

    any one tried that pullin battery n keepin the web broswer?

  21. Uzi says:

    any one tried that pullin battery n keepin the web broswer?

  22. hass121 says:

    OK SO HERES THE DEAL…I TRIED THIS DOWNGRADE THING AND IT SAYS TO PUT h.bin and index.dat in the root of your Memory Stick. WHAT THE HELL DOES THAT MEAN…PLZ POST BACK I WANT DOOM ON MY PSP REAL BAD…LOL

  23. t3|-| |-|4x0|2 says:

    i put the overflow pic in my pictures folder but when i try to access it from the memory stick it freezes before i can select the pic what do i do?

  24. Mobbo says:

    First put the image in the photo section, and when you open your memory stick on your computer, you put in the files right there. It should work

  25. c.k. says:

    A word of warning: if you do the battery pull thing, make sure you unplug the AC adapter first; otherwise, the PSP may still work, but you won’t be able to run it off of the AC or charge your battery any more via the plug. I fried one PSP that way while doing my hacking for the book. Now I charge its battery with an external charger and the PSP still works fine, sans this one but of functionality.

    #20. If it freezes before you get to the pic and you get a black screen with some white text at the top (pictured above), then good. That’s exactly what is supposed to happen. Go on to the next step. If it simply freezes, then force the PSP power off and try again until you get that black screen with white text goodness.

    #19. put those files on the memory stick but not in any of the folders on the memory stick ie, the root directory, as in /.

    n00b mileage may vary ;-)

  26. c.k. says:

    but = bit in previous post…

  27. meshsmooth says:

    someone could make a buck or 50 doing the down grade with the browser intact for the less brave.

  28. anthony jones says:

    after i follow the steps and select photo, my psp freezes but does not show any white letters. I NEED HELP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  29. c.k. says:

    hey anthony,

    check at the root level of your memory stick and see if there is a new file there called

  30. Need help says:

    i follow the steps to downgrade, but when i start 1.5 firmware, i got this following error message

    The system cannot be updated.
    The update program is not applicable for this system
    (80000025)

    Can any one tell me what’s going on here

  31. anthony jones says:

    Hey c.k. if you have aim im me at macfalife707 cause it doesn’t seem to be working. I would appreciate it. Thanks bro.

  32. SamuelDr says:

    Is it working on the new psp… the one with already the 2.0 firmware…

    If so, gonna buy one soon.

  33. abandonyourself says:

    I just downgraded mine, my psp also froze before i could select the tif file, i just kept on going! except that i didnt get the multi-language O option and im running 1.50 now!
    to answer your question #19 the root of the mem stick is where you can see the DCIM, MP_ROOT, MISC, PSP folders, thats where you put the h.bin and the index.dat files

    Now to find some games!

  34. Jorge says:

    It worked for me and I am pretty stupid.. I went from 2.o to 1.5 / The only thing I can say is I had some diffrent screens from the ones posted. anyway i have homebrews again.
    -good luck

  35. anthony jones says:

    ANYBODY who has aim IM me at macfalife707 cause this stuff is pissin me off. The step where it freezes and you are supposed to be seeing a line of white text on a black screen. It just ain’t happenin. ANYBODY!!!!! Thanks.

  36. Casey says:

    I’ve tried more times than I’d like to remember and had NO LUCK. The thing just freezes and powers off, no matter how long or short I hold the power button. I give up.

  37. Casey says:

    Sweet lawd almighty! I got it to work!

  38. Jared says:

    Whoever said that removing the battery after recieving the update error is a liar. This will not retain your web browser if you use this method, granted it won’t hurt your PSP, but it also won’t leave you with a browser

  39. michel_at_sea says:

    When do you think the homebrews will be ready for the V2? I think I will wait. Good luck.

  40. badhad says:

    Has anyone got this to work on the official UK machine. Just asking in case there are differences in the models.

    Cheers – Badhad

  41. If you want to keep your browser, you should pull out the battery and the AC plug while the update is running. When the update starts it overwrites the older files. And when you are quick enough, it will NOT overwrite the embedded browser. Be warned, this method will probably brick your PSP… a real geek-styled paperweight.

  42. Fullmoon says:

    UK / Ireland Ver of the PSP 2.0 will this work OK on this unit Thanks.

  43. Fullmoon says:

    HELL i tried it and it worked :) can’t belive it 5 mins no problems UK/Irish Ver came with 1.52 I updraged to 2.0 from the UMD then i used the downgrader I HAVE 1.50 Now to see if I can get games working I CAN’T BELIVED IT WORK PERFECT…

  44. c.k. says:

    for everyone who isn’t getting the black screen with the white text, see comment #26 in this thread

  45. capillum says:

    @ whoever it keeps freezing on,

    i read this tutorial posted here and its wrong.

    step 3 (& subsequently the rest) are wrong… this is why you are having freezing issues.

    before you do step 3 you need to copy a file called frame_buffer.png into the PHOTO folder on your PSP and SET IT AS THE BACKGROUND.

    The author missed this extremely important step in the downgrade process! (sorry to pick you up on this, all the rest is very nice =) but non-useable if step 3 isn’t altered)

    Once set as the background continue with the tutorial…

    Your PSP wont freeze @ step 3 :P

    Cap. out.

  46. Naru says:

    It seems that the ability to retain the web browser is a go with some PSPs, but not with others. I was able to keep mine, and others have stated that they have been able to as well.

    It seems that not everybody was able to do this, is there a reason? I don’t know. But I will ask: which “version” of the 2.0 did you guys have? I had the Japanese 2.0 when it was first released. It is proven that the 2.0 was changed before it reached America, and now (even in japan) the old one doesn’t exist anymore. maybe people with the Japanese can (or have had better luck) and the ppl with the American version can’t? I don’t know.

  47. Naru says:

    @#41 capillum

    NO!

    It works jsut fine without the “Frame_buffer.png” file being used. This was discovered, a WEEK ago in the dev forums. that .png file doesn’t need to be there, but it would be nice to tell people instead that they need to remove their current wallpaper. I had to, maybe others do. The frame_buffer.png file, though? Nope, not needed.

  48. Nick says:

    Does this also work for the new PSP’s with 2.0 on it?

  49. capillum says:

    @#43 naru

    my apologies naru. i have only known people to do it this way, as was advised to do on many PSP sites. however if it works without any wallpaper at all that may have been those guys problem – heed advice of a stranger for he shall correct et al defect

  50. mrkickboots says:

    After ive done this downgrade is there anyway that i can play games that require an upgrade. if not is there anyword that this little proplem can be fixed in the near future?

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