PSP firmware 3.03 downgrader

Fanjita may have told you guys what to do with a non-homebrew capable PSP, but now it appears that everyone can get in on the homebrew fun! The “goofy exploit”
which exists in firmwares 2.00 to 3.03 was found on Friday, January 25,
2007, a date which you'd think might go down in the PSP homebrew
history. But it probably won't because despite their seven-day ETA, the
Noobz team has once again fortified its position at the top of the homebrew coding ladder with a 3.03 downgrader – just three days after the exploit was found!

Some call it magic, others call it an act of god, but whatever the reason for it, PSP gamers all across the world can now downgrade their consoles to the magic of homebrew-capable 1.5, and then if they wish to do so, upgrading to homebrew-capable custom firmware. All you need is a PSP running firmware 3.03 (if not then update to 3.03 using the update EBOOT found here) the downgrader files and the 1.50 EBOOT as well as an unpatched version of Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories.

Unpatched versions of Liberty City Stories contain the 2.0 update, whereas patched versions contain higher updates. If your copy of LCS
has an update higher than 2.0 on it, then you will have to find an
unpatched UMD to proceed. There's no need to worry if you have a TA-082
PSP as the downgrader will check yourmotherboard and patch it if necessary. Note the downgrader will not let you proceed without patching if your motherboard requires it.

only has Noobz released a 3.03 downgrader but they've also managed to
release a 3.03 HEN (Homebrew Enabler) for the PSP. This means that
those of you who aren't too sure that you want to downgrade can still
play homebrew on 3.03. This does not flash your PSP, but by running
HEN, it installs a patch in your PSP's memory, that allows you to run
homebrew almost as if you had a v1.5 PSP. This patch remains in place
until you fully turn off your PSP – it will survive the PSP being
placed into sleep mode. You run the HEN application just as you do the
downgrader using Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories.

use this simply download the 3.03 HEN files from the download links
below and copy them to your PSP. Then run your unpatched version of
GTA:LCS and the patch will apply itself. It will be stored inRAM and
will stay there until you reset your PSP. Putting the PSP in sleep mode
will not remove the patch. This is based on the source for HEN 2.71
provided by Dark_Alex, so the Noobz team would like to thank him for
the code and the help. Additional credits go to Booster, Team C + D for
the registry kernel exploit and Mathieulh for the help provided to

PLEASE READ: This downgrader has been tested by the highly-successful Noobz team and has been proven to work, however there is a small chance that bricking could occur during the process of downgrading.
QJ.Net and the Noobz team are not responsible for any damage which may
happen to your PSP by this application. Can you also note before use
that it is possible to brick using this downgrader if you downgrade and
then update to 3.03 and then downgrade again. The advice from Fanjita
right now is to only use this once. If you update to 3.03 again after
using the downgrader then we suggest you leave it there to prevent your
PSP from bricking.

Now we've got the boring bit over with, we
can move onto the downgrade process itself. Here's QJ's “how to” for
downgrading from 3.03 to 1.50:

1. Update to firmware 3.03. If already have this firmware then proceed to step 2.

2. Open the 3.03 downgrade file and copy the contents of the folder MS_ROOT to the root of your memory stick.

3. Open the 1.5 update and rename the EBOOT.PBP to UPDATE.PBP then copy it to /PSP/GAME/UPDATE/
Make sure not to overwrite PSP/GAME/UPDATE/EBOOT.PBP

4. Load Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories (unpatched)

5. It should get to loading save game, clear the screen, the screen should fill with a light blue color and then reset the PSP .  (If this does not happen see below)

6. Check that HEN is running by going to system settings then System Information and it should show up as system version 303 HEN

7. If it is showing up as 3.03 HEN then go to the memory stick and run the x.yz update

8. Before the downgrader does anything to your PSP it will ask for you to agree to what it is doing.  If you no longer want to continue press the Right Shoulder Button (R-TRIGGER).

9. Once you have agreed to start the downgrade do not unplug the PSP

10. Once finished the PSP will ask you to press X, after pressing it will reset it self.

11. If it comes up saying that the settings are corrupt press X to continue.

12. Enjoy your new shiny 1.5 PSP.

What do you do once you have firmware 1.5? Well, you can either start downloading homebrew games from our QuickJump Downloads site and use DevHook to run your current homebrew games or use the more popular which is to upgrade to Dark_Alex's 3.03 OE-C Custom firmware. The friendly people over at our forums have even created an easy-to-follow installation guide for 3.03 OE-C
if you've never used custom firmware before. This will give you all the
features of 3.03 and the ability to play homebrew and PSX games too! It
doesn't get much better than this. [Updated Video of the downgrade process after the jump, thanks to demologik]

Download: [Noobz 3.03 Homebrew Enabler (HEN)]
Download: [Noobz 3.03 to 1.50 downgrader]
Download: [1.50 Update]
Discuss: [Official Downgrader Forums]
Read: [Official Downgrader FAQ]


Author: Xavier Ashe

Entrepreneur, Infosec Executive, CISSP, CISM, Ironman triathlete, traveler, UU, paleo, father of 8, goyishe, gamer, & geek.

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