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Modding a PSP 1000?

Post by MattyC64c » Mon May 06, 2019 7:54 am

Hi folks,

I was rummaging around in some draws and I came across my old PSP, a PSP 1000 original Japanese 2004 import no less. The last time I recall using this was probably 2010-11, after which was put away in the draw and not turned on again until today, and that was only because I found the A/C adaptor for it today as well. Good times!

To my surprise and delight, it still works, even the old battery appears to be charging - I'm still going to replace it though.

As I don't really want to play games on the UMD drive, and perhaps run more PS1 games, I'm assuming these old PSP's are easy to soft mod now? The last time I asked about this, on this very forum, modding required a special battery, I take it this is no longer needed, and I can use a simple software mod instead?

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Re: Modding a PSP 1000?

Post by greenberet79 » Mon May 06, 2019 7:58 am

YouTube Tech James - he'll have up to date psp mods.

A modded Psp is a thing of beauty.
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Post by greenberet79 » Mon May 06, 2019 7:59 am

And no, I think these days it's a case of downloading some files. No magic memory cards or pandora batteries like the fun old days.
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Re: Modding a PSP 1000?

Post by Sephiroth81 » Mon May 06, 2019 8:03 am

Definitely worth modding a PSP (any psp) - its PS1 built in emulation is vastly superior to that of the PS1 Classic/Mini (that I've just mentioned on the other thread!), especially if you're just putting on the "official" PSN PS1 games on it. Many great original PSP games to go for as well, and absolutely worth running them on a memory pro duo stick rather than the noisy, battery sapping and slow UMD format.

Has reasonably decent emulators for anything up to the Megadrive 16 bit consoles as well. Beyond that its not worth it (and that includes the SNES - many games requiring frame-skipping).

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Re: Modding a PSP 1000?

Post by MattyC64c » Mon May 06, 2019 8:27 am

Awesome.

So, I was thinking of getting a Memory Stick Duo adaptor, like this one https://tinyurl.com/y452kynq

and use a standard Micro SD card with the adaptor? Would that do the trick?

Far more interested in PSP and PS1 games than emulating other systems. My Galaxy Tab S4 can do other systems really well, so no need to run anything else on it.

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Re: Modding a PSP 1000?

Post by greenberet79 » Mon May 06, 2019 2:16 pm

I stole this post from a psp and Vita group I'm in on Facebook, just saw it -

Order a duopro adapter while you are there then you can use a 128gb sdcard in it..ignore the most recent cfw tutorials and look for one on installing 6.60 pro-c rev 3 cfw It's better than the later 6.61 cfw Then you can install around 25 emulators and some great homebrew/ports like quake doom counter strike etc
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Re: Modding a PSP 1000?

Post by MattyC64c » Tue May 07, 2019 6:07 am

I've ordered the Memory Stick adaptor and I've already got a 64GB Micro SD card. Should be good to go tomorrow.

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Re: Modding a PSP 1000?

Post by MattyC64c » Wed May 08, 2019 11:08 am

Success. PSP modded, games installed. All working. Only Outrun C2C had saving issues. The only way to fix was to move my save file over from my ppsspp PC emulator over. It kept saying I don't have enough memory to save otherwise. Everything else works fine so far.

Not tried any other emulators yet.

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Re: Modding a PSP 1000?

Post by MattyC64c » Wed May 08, 2019 11:25 am

Quick question. I tested out Ridge Racer PS1 game. I converted it to a PBP file and put it in a folder. The game loads and has all the game sounds, but no music plays. What did I do wrong? Did I miss something when I converted it?

Thanks in advance.

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Post by Antiriad2097 » Fri May 17, 2019 5:22 am

Ridge Racer uses CD audio for music (so you can actually remove the PS1 disc once the game has loaded and put in an audio CD for alternate music).

You'll be having one of two problems.

1. you've ripped the disc wrong and not got the CD tracks (which should be evident from the file size - it'll only be a few MBs if it's game only, but several hundred MBs if it has audio).

2. You need the CDDA enabler plugin for the emulator - by default, some versions of the emulator don't have this.

Noting point 1 above, it's possible to create custom soundtracks by mucking around with the bin/cue of the ISO. Not done it for years, but did have quite a few DC games with new soundtracks via the same sort of method.
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Re: Modding a PSP 1000?

Post by greenberet79 » Fri May 17, 2019 6:52 am

To save all that hassle, Ridge Racer 1& 2 on the PSP are very good.
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Post by Antiriad2097 » Fri May 17, 2019 8:54 am

It's not quite the same though, the game mechanics have changed from the original RR to the PSP ones.
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Re: Modding a PSP 1000?

Post by MattyC64c » Sat May 18, 2019 5:55 am

To put Ridge Racer on the PSP I used a program called 'PSX2PSP'. It can create an EBOOT.PBP file that the PSP can read. The file I made for Ridge Racer is 397MB, so it must contain the CD-Audio, right?

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Re: Modding a PSP 1000?

Post by Sephiroth81 » Sun May 19, 2019 7:53 am

Its a pity that Ridge Racer, Ridge Rev and Rage Racer never got official PSN releases, particularly the latter....i've ripped/converted Rage Racer to an eboot, but its actually quite laggy with iffy framerate. Same with Gran Turismo 2. Ridge Racer and RRR seem to run fine though (although think i had the same audio track issues but never bothered to correct it).

But yea, although quite different in feel, the actual PSP Ridge Racers are quite magnificent. They look incredible as well and super smooth, and the drifting feels wonderful.

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Re: Modding a PSP 1000?

Post by greenberet79 » Sun May 19, 2019 2:55 pm

I love my PSP (well PSPs ha). Following the RG Burnout feature in thought I'd dig out Legends and Dominator which I used to love on the PSP. I was taken aback at how blocky they were. I was quite shocked. Think I've been on the Switch and Vita too much and have been spoiled. Also tried Vice City but found it quite dark even on full brightness. Ended up playing the remastered version on my phone and it looked much better. Could this be the end for my PSP love??! Let's hope not. I have a pretty vast PSP library!
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