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[CLASSIC] The 'I Just Got My PSP' Tutorial v1.0

Discussion in 'PSP Newbie Corner & Tutorials' started by Seek, Jul 13, 2005.

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    Getting Started with your PSP

    1) Introduction:

    Congratulations! You’re the owner of one of the most dynamic entertainment devices ever created. With your new PSP, your photos, music and videos are always just a flick of the power switch away. Maximizing your ‘PSP experience’ shouldn’t be a difficult task, and with the help of this and other guides; you should be well on your way to portable bliss.

    This guide was written to serve as a source of answers for new PSP owners who are either confused by, or haven’t bothered reading the PSP manual. If you were referred here by someone in an IRC channel then you’ve probably asked a question that could be found by searching, or by reading further…

    2) Out of the Box
    Well, you got the thing… let’s get the box open.

    Box Contents (Value Pack)
    PSP System
    AC Power Cord
    AC Adapter
    Battery Pack
    Headphones with Remote Control
    32MB Memory Stick Duo
    Write Strap
    Cleaning Cloth
    UMD Demo Disc

    Not in the box
    USB (Full ~ Mini) Cord
    Memory Stick Reader

    The PSP Value Pack includes everything you need to start enjoying game’s and other UMD media. What it doesn’t come with is a way to move media both to and from your Memory Stick Duo. To do this you need to purchase a USB (Full ~ Mini) Cord or a PC based Memory Stick Reader. Most digital cameras come with a USB cord that can be used with the PSP. If you own a digital camera, you may already have the necessary connections.

    3) Initial Setup and Charging

    Grab your PSP manual. If you don’t have one then the online version can be found here .

    I’m not going to re-type what’s already been written. What I will do though is point you directly to the pages of the manual that correspond to what we’re talking about here.

    Getting Started
    Insert the PSP Battery Pack (Pg. 25)
    Charging (Pg. 26 and 38)
    Initial Setup (Pg 27)

    Once you’ve completed the Initial setup as instructed in the PSP manual; it’s a good idea to check your firmware version. PSP’s manufactured for North American consumers ship with firmware version 1.50 or 1.52. While there are external indicators as to what firmware version your PSP has, the easiest and most accurate way is to simply check the PSP’s settings menu.

    Scroll to the ‘Settings’ selection on the far left of the PSP menu.
    Scroll down to the ‘System Settings’ menu and press the X button.
    Scroll down to the ‘System Information’ menu and press the X button.

    At this point you should be presented with a screen displaying the MAC Address, System Software, and the Nickname you’ve given your PSP. The number listed after ‘Version’ indicates what version firmware your PSP currently has.

    Version 1.00: Homebrew friendly, JDM PSP.
    Version 1.50: Homebrew friendly after exploits.
    Version 1.52: Not homebrew friendly. No known working exploits.
    Version 1.51: Not homebrew friendly, but that’s the least of your problems.
    Version 2.00: Not homebrew friendly, includes features not seen in earlier versions.

    As stated earlier, North American PSP’s shipped with firmware versions 1.50 or 1.52. Version 1.51 was released as a network update over a month before the exploitable flaws of Version 1.50 were discovered. If your new PSP states its version 1.51 then it’s safe to assume that it isn’t new at all. It’s very likely that you’ve purchased a returned PSP that’s been resold as new.

    Adding and Organizing Media (Photos/Music/Movies)

    One of the PSP’s best features is its ability to display and playback various media types. These media types include JPEG pictures, MP3 and ATRAC audio, and MP4 encoded video.

    Formatting your Memory Stick Duo

    Scroll to the ‘Settings’ menu and then to ‘System Settings’ and press X.
    Scroll to ‘Format Memory Stick’ and press X.
    When asked if you want to format the Memory Stick Duo highlight ‘Yes’ and press the X button.

    Once the PSP is done formatting your Memory Stick Duo, you’re ready to connect it to your PC and complete the file structure setup.

    If you’re using a USB cable connected to your PSP:

    Exit the system settings menu, scroll up to ‘USB Connection’ and press X.
    Connect the USB cable to your PSP as instructed in the manual. (Pg. 96)

    Your PC should recognize the Memory Stick Duo and assign it a drive letter.

    If you’re using a Memory Stick Reader:

    Power you PSP off to insure it’s not attempting to access your Memory Stick Duo.
    Remove your Memory Stick Duo from your PSP and insert it in your Memory Stick Reader.

    Your PC should recognize the Memory Stick Duo and assign it a drive letter.

    File Structure

    DCIM (Folder)
    101MSDCF (Folder)

    MP_ROOT (Folder)
    100MNV01 (Folder)

    PSP (Folder)
    GAME (Folder)
    MUSIC (Folder)
    PHOTO (Folder)
    SAVEDATA (Folder)

    MEMSTICK.IND (System File)

    Pictures and Photos:

    Root:\PSP\PHOTO\Family\Park =(

    Music and Audio

    Root:\PSP\MUSIC\Hip Hop
    Root:\PSP\MUSIC\Hip Hop\Kanye West =(

    Pictures and Music/Audio are the easiest to place correctly on the Memory Stick Duo. Simply place the Pictures or Audio files in the appropriate folders and the PSP will display them in its menu.

    Reminder: Pictures MUST be in JPEG format and Music must be either MP3 or ATRAC.


    The file structure for Video is a little different. While the video files must be in the correct folder, they also must adhere to a very specific naming convention for the PSP to display them.

    Root:\MP_ROOT\100MNV01\ M4V10001.MP4
    Root:\MP_ROOT\100MNV01\ M4V10002.MP4
    Root:\MP_ROOT\100MNV01\ FamilyGuyEpe1.MP4 =(

    MP4 encoded videos must be named M4V*****.MP4 to be recognized by your PSP. The * in the file name represents a number from 0 – 9.

    PSP Video 9 will convert, name and place video files properly on your PSP.

    Once your Picture. Music and Video files anr tranferred to your Memory Stick Duo, you should be able to view them in the appropriate places in your PSP's menu.

    III Version History
    7/13/05 - Initial Post
    7/30/05 - Added 2.0 to Firmware List and Corrected File Structure
    Last edited by a moderator: Jul 30, 2005
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    kevcart3 Guest

    Thanks, very nice tutorial, I think it deserves a sticky.
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    0ctane Loyal Member

    Sep 14, 2005
    thanx for gr8 guide
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    vitamine3d Guest

    a version

    how i transforme my psp version for Version 1.52: and a.Version 1.51and how i dowload this version :confused:
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    Helack101 Guest

    realy nice, keep up the good work! I find it pretty usefull, maybe I could use your tutorial to show how to run a PSP correctly to those newbs all over my MSN list lol :D
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    TeamOverload Loyal Member

    Nov 8, 2005
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    Nice guide. Should really help beginners
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    omega59 BANNED FOREVER

    Mar 20, 2005
    yes very nice indeed.

    thanks you!
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    Agret Loyal Member

    Mar 22, 2006
    Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
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    Upgrade to version 2.00 and downgrade to 1.50
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    noobpsper Loyal Member

    Aug 14, 2006
    MaxConsole - PSP
    thank alot for this guide..
    getting ready and
    hope i'll be receiving my 1.5 set within the next 2 weeks
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    helpmeplease Guest

    another question

    I got just the psp, not hte value pack, from best buy, so i didnt get a memory stick or any of hte extra stuff. the guy at teh store and the webpage on bestbuy.com for the psp both indicate that the psp i bought for 200$ comes with 32 mb of memory. however, i've been playing ncaa football 07 and it wont let me save because it says theres no memory stick. I'm wondering if i have to do something to use this 32 mb, if the 32 mb isnt for games and just for settings instead, or if best buy owes me a 32 mb memory stick. Thanks in advance for any help.
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