Hello QJ community, first of all I must apologize as this is my first post and I am already seeking help, but given my situation and exhausting all the possible ways I could... I need your guys help. I already posted this elsewhere and some of you probably are from both forum boards so you might be seeing this for the second time but for the sake of getting a faster response by posting to a bigger audience I am posting it here as well. Now I am not an idiot when it comes to these things and I find this an extremely weird case, so here goes.
Problem: I can't upgrade firmware past 3.71 M33-4
PSP Model: 1001 aka a FAT PSP
Battery: Sony 3.6v 1800 mAh Battery Pack
Memory Stick: Sony Memory Stick Pro Duo 4GB
I have tried (for many different firmware versions past 3.71):
putting the M33/OFW in PSP/Game/UPDATE folder and running it in XMB
Despertar del Cementerio
Hellcats Recovery Flasher
flashing by IPL's (by MMS's)
and probably some other ways as well but I can't remember them all right now
Flashing by IPL's (from the MMS's) I have tried:
PSP Pandora Deluxe,
Rains Ultra Lite MMS,
Catb50 Ultimate Magic Memory Stick Creator and none of those worked (except I got Catb50's to show the IPL screen except I could not for the life of me get past it -- I was trying the 3.80 option maybe would have worked with the 3.71 option)
The FULL story:
The problem as mentioned in the thread title is I can not seem to update my firmware past 3.71 M33 (more accurately 3.71 M33-4). I get to the Update was successful press X to restart and when I press X it restarts the green light comes on but with the black screen and couple seconds later green light turns off (becomes bricked). This always ends up happening... I have tried different firmwares 3.80, 3.90, 4.01, 5.00, OFFICIAL firmwares as well past 3.71 and it still does not work. The methods I have used have been putting the M33/OFW in the UPDATE folder and running it, tried Despertar del Cementerio, Hellcats Recovery Flasher, ChickHen, IPL's (by MMS's) and probably some other ways as well but I can't remember them all right now. The MANY times my PSP has bricked trying to upgrade my firmware I tried different IPL's from Magic Memory Stick Creators and only 1 really works on my PSP. I have tried PSP Pandora Deluxe, Rains Ultra Lite MMS, PSP Grader, Catb50 Ultimate Magic Memory Stick Creator and none of those worked (except I got Catb50's to show the IPL screen except I could not for the life of me get past it -- I was trying the 3.80 option maybe would have worked with the 3.71 option). What did work was Xi-Bits NewbiInstaller (which installs 3.71). That is what I've been using to unbrick it since nothing else is even unbricking it anyway. My battery (Sony 3.6v 1800 mAh Battery Pack) I have heard mixed reviews about being able to turn into a Pandora Battery but I've been able to successfully use it to unbrick my PSP along with my Magic Memory Stick.
So here I am community, hopefully somewhere here can help me as I am clueless as to why my PSP can not seem to handle going past 3.71 M33-4, I've googled and noone else seems to have this problem and I've spent much, much time trying different combinations and options. Seems so very odd and random...