View Full Version : Questions before I purchase a PSP

January 23rd, 2007, 00:36
Hello everyone,

I'm thinking about purchasing a PSP for homebrew fun and to have portable gaming/video. I do have some concerns though. Maybe someone could help me out by answering a few questions.

1) I only use Linux as my computer OS. Will this limit my PSP experience in any way? Will I need Windows for anything that can't be done with Linux?

2) Will it be possible to upgrade to the 3.03 OE-B firmware no matter what firmware my new psp comes with?

3) Are there any accessories that would enhance my psp experience greatly? If so, what are they.

I've already learned quite a bit by reading these forums. I hope to be able to contribute something back when I gain more knowledge about this great little system. Thanks for your time.


January 23rd, 2007, 00:54
1- linux shouldnt hurt you except in area's like using the gui's for converting ps1 games for use on 3.03 oe

2- to upgrade to 3.03 oe you need to first be on 1.50. to be on 1.50 you may need to downgrade which is only possible from 2.80 and down a believe. may be wrong.

3- a bigger memory stick.

January 23rd, 2007, 01:04
Thanks for the reply hallsguitar.

I will be purchasing the PSP at a local Target store in the US. Am I correct in assuming the firmware will probably be higher than 2.80 thus leaving me unable to go from -> 1.5 -> 3.03 oe ?

There seem to be lots of talk about people bricking their PSP on this forum. Is that easy to do or are these people being careless? I'm not trying to sound like I'm trolling. I just don't want a $200 paperweight.


January 23rd, 2007, 19:47
when you buy a brand new psp from a store the lastest version that it will be is 2.0, or 2.6 or even lower version =)

January 23rd, 2007, 20:31
No it usually is higher than 2.71

January 23rd, 2007, 21:16
There seem to be lots of talk about people bricking their PSP on this forum. Is that easy to do or are these people being careless? I'm not trying to sound like I'm trolling. I just don't want a $200 paperweight.

If you follow the steps carefully you will be fine no those people probly didnt care like you said

also mine came with 2.71 when i replaced it

January 23rd, 2007, 22:54
make sure to look at the side of the box for the letter code: A = 1.5 confirmed
B = 1.51 confirmed
C = 1.52 confirmed
D = 1.52 confirmed
E = 1.52 confirmed
F = 2.0 confirmed
G = 2.01 confirmed
H = 2.50 confirmed
I = 2.60 confirmed
J = 2.70 unconfirmed
K = 2.71 confirmed
L = 2.81 confirmed

last time i when there, i found a bunch of K's and lucky me i found the only "I" at walmart
i forgot wat i saw at target

January 24th, 2007, 04:56
1. yes its not very interactive with linux i have the same problem but its ok as long as you dont expect to much.
2. not sure it usually depends on the PSP version,
3. big mem stick only prefer 4gb.

btw the sound is really low in PSP so use PQDVD converter to convert your video file it has an easier option for sound w/ video can increase and adjust then convert.

January 24th, 2007, 19:41
3. bigger memstick, and if you plan to buy fighting games the grip that makes it feel like a ps2 controller helps ALOT especially on Street Fighter Alpha 3 MAX.

January 24th, 2007, 20:33
Get a PSP speaker system. Depending on what you plan on using your PSP for, you will need different speakers. (i.e. whether you plan to use the speakers while playing or whether you want to use them just for listening to music or watching movies).

For playing games with:
http://www.gamestop.com/product.asp?product%5Fid=802526 (I have this one)

For watching movies/listening to music ONLY:

January 24th, 2007, 22:57
if you are going to use it to listen to music, you should do what I do, and its free!

you have to have some kind of speaker system like a surround sound system or something.

take an old RCA cable (the yellow red and white wire.) and if you know how to solder wires replace the end of it (make sure you leave a side with the red and white wires still) with the end of an old pair of headphones.

plug the headphone part into the psp and the red and white wires into the audio input part on your sound system, My psp is so loud now, its awesome!

January 24th, 2007, 22:58
why event bother posting he only has 2 post yikes
he probobly knows he sitting in his room lol