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Sony PSP 1.50 Swap Trick 176

Negroiso writes "It appears that the folks over at PSP-DEV have created a swap trick for your PSP 1.50 to play your homebrew applications. It requires two memory sticks to use. Please read the included tutorial on how to use the exploit properly." Here is the PSP 1.50 Exploit as well as website mirrors.
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Sony PSP 1.50 Swap Trick

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  • by traid ( 679779 ) on Wednesday June 15, 2005 @11:15AM (#12823632)
    There has been a lot of chatter this morning about the hack and how to use it effectively. Check out #psp-dev on efnet.
  • Article Text (Score:5, Informative)

    by everphilski ( 877346 ) on Wednesday June 15, 2005 @11:16AM (#12823655) Journal
    Update: Many people seem disappointed that it's a swap hack. Personally I don't have any problem with it as it works great. We at PSP Hacks give our thanks to the PSP-Dev team for discovering and providing this exploit. For those who are having difficulty getting it to work, follow these simple steps:
    1. Download any homebrew app/game
    2. Load up the MSwap Tool
    3. Select the EBOOT.PBP you wish to use
    4. Select an Output directory
    5. Click "Generate files"
    6. You're now left with two directories - MS1 and MS2
    7. Copy the EBOOT.PBP from the MS1 directory to your first memory stick (MS) - X:\PSP\GAME\
    8. Remove the first MS and insert the second
    9. Copy the EBOOT.PBP from the MS2 directory into X:\PSP\GAME\"
    10. Remove MS2 and insert MS1
    11. Go to the Game menu on your PSP and select Memory Stick
    12. Select the PSP-Dev Launcher
    13. The moment PSP logo screen comes on, swap memory sticks
    14. Vola! You're playing homebrew on your 1.50 PSP!
  • Original Site (Score:1, Informative)

    by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday June 15, 2005 @11:17AM (#12823664)
    Original site - []

    No click on purpose. And AC as I have enough karma.
  • Re:Article Text (Score:5, Informative)

    by sjf ( 3790 ) on Wednesday June 15, 2005 @11:22AM (#12823705)
    To make things a bit easier, I've found that you only need to create the MS1 stick once. That is, once you have the special EBOOT.PBP on the first memory stick, you don't need to recreate it every time you change the EBOOT.PBP on MS2. Obviously, the file on MS1 will report the wrong name, but whatever is on MS2 still boots. Tested with the PCEngine, GB emulator and the SNES emulator.
  • 1.50 Only (Score:5, Informative)

    by technoMyst ( 775181 ) on Wednesday June 15, 2005 @11:27AM (#12823759)
    Just a note, this hack only works on the firmware version 1.50, which shipped with the PSPs. Sony has since released two updates, 1.51 and 1.52, and the hack does not work on either.

    I'm guessing Sony is going to repeat what they're doing in Japan with the version 1 firmware homebrew hack: make new legit games check and force the firmware updates.
  • Re:Homebrew? (Score:3, Informative)

    by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday June 15, 2005 @11:30AM (#12823785)
    TROLL! Commercial games taken from UMDs --> WILL NOT WORK WITH THIS! --

    Programs like pspChess, and SNES emulator, etc. will work.

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  • Re:Homebrew? (Score:3, Informative)

    by Formula420 ( 836234 ) <> on Wednesday June 15, 2005 @11:36AM (#12823848)
    Actually, at this point, it is still impossible to play pirated PSP games off the memory stick. This swap trick will only work with homebrew apps and emulators, as they are in .PBP format. All the UMD dumps that have surfaced are in .iso format.

    It is a step in that direction though....
  • Re:Proprietary (Score:1, Informative)

    by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday June 15, 2005 @11:53AM (#12823990)
    there's is nothing "alledged" about this hack, it works. Also you don't need 2 2GB memory cards! any size will do, so get a 1GB for ur "hacking" and 32MB (For $10) to do the exploit. quit moaning. There's no pleasing some people.
  • Re:Homebrew? (Score:4, Informative)

    by ChibiLZ ( 697816 ) * <john.easygoldguide@com> on Wednesday June 15, 2005 @12:39PM (#12824437) Homepage Journal
    No pirate applications? Darn, I was [] really [] hoping []...

    Forgive the horrible humor.
  • by TommyBear ( 317561 ) <> on Wednesday June 15, 2005 @01:29PM (#12824915) Homepage
    Make sure you don't use the tool supplied but rather use the manual method described in the PDFs. The tool is known to corrupt the data.
  • Look to the Xbox. (Score:5, Informative)

    by Jagasian ( 129329 ) on Wednesday June 15, 2005 @02:35PM (#12825574)
    If I learned anything from the Xbox, it is that once there is even the slightest soft-mod, no matter how hacky and contrived it is and even if it just supports one or two versions of the console, as time goes on, it will become less hacky, more user-friendly, and support more versions. There is currently a soft-mod for the Xbox that is in every way as good as a modchip. It supports all versions of the Xbox, it is easy to install, it is easy to uninstall, and it even has a toggle for putting the Xbox into and out of a modded state, so you can go on Xbox Live.

    What I am trying to say is that if there is even a tiny little crack that allows for soft-modding a PSP, people will push and push until the mod is so easy to install and so full featured, that your PSP will effectively be able to run any binaries you wish, with no hassle.

    It will take allot of time though. A word of wisdom: if the Xbox drops in price to $99 or cheaper, buy at least one. It will be worth it even if there isn't a single official Xbox game you care to play. The homebrew software makes the Xbox a must own, IMO. The media players and emulators alone make it worth $99.
  • by ptorrone ( 638660 ) * <pt AT adafruit DOT com> on Wednesday June 15, 2005 @07:27PM (#12828328)
    we got a few emails and IMs on how to do this, here's the how-to i wrote with pictures and video. good for folks who don't do stuff like this often... link [].

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