Psp acting very strange
Hi all. I'm having this weird little issue with my PSP. When I got it from my friend, it worked just fine. I tried to upgrade the custom firmware he had on it from 3.51 m33 to 5.00 m33, and it semi-bricked on me. Would turn on, could go to recovery menu, etc, and I used that to fix it. Used it just fine for a year after that, until recently.
For a little while, when I would turn it on it would occasionally come on for a split second, then shut off. The green light would light up, then turn off. This would happen when it was in sleep mode as well, much to my annoyance. Then, starting about 3 weeks ago, it would just stop coming on altogether. It would do the same thing with the green light, for varying amounts of time, sometimes the green light would stay on but the screen did nothing. I immediately assumed it was bricked somehow until it would start occasionally powering up like nothing was wrong. XMB would come up, and everything seemed normal. It has a tendency to freeze a lot more often now, too.
Tonight, I decided to start looking around for some information on the issue, to see what i could find, and settled on the idea of creating a pandora battery using a friend's PSP slim and my battery. However, when I put his slim battery into my phat, to test if it would even power on (a no, as i'm sure most of you are aware), then put my own battery back in, I turned it on for kicks and it worked fine. It froze about 5 minutes later, and continued it's old antics until I swapped batteries once more. (I am left to assume since the time of writing, that this "miracle" with the slim's battery was just a fluke, as it is not fixing it now)
Now I apologize for the wall of text but I wanted to make sure the symptoms were clear. Is this a case of a bricked PSP? Would pandora fix this? Or is it a hardware issue? I'm so lost. ><
Well as of now, you can only place probabilities. To remove the software probability, check this guide.
Since the PSP powered up, then it isn't bricked. I suspect that there is something going on IDstorage.
Well, I ended up going with Pandora, and so far it seems ok. It locked up when running the 5.50 Gen D3 automatic installer linked in your article, but ran the second time I tried with no issue. No freezing or refusing to power on, so hopefully it's fixed. Will post again if such is not the case. Thank you!
Edit: Yeah, it seems like whenever it crashes, it refuses to boot up until I voodoo it into working again, and only until it crashes again. I dunno if that helps any. It's getting really frustrating trying to get it to boot up after a crash, so if I can't find some way to fix this without sending it to Sony I may just buy another unit altogether. =/
Did you recover IDstorage?
No, I apologize. When I clicked your link last night, I thought it took me to the Ultimate Custom Firmware Installer guide thingy, so I assumed that meant you wanted me to Pandora my PSP. I must've either had it open and didn't actually click the link, or misclicked something. I dunno.
I grabbed the Chilly Willy key cleaner, and it said I had a bad key, so I turned my battery back into a pandora, followed the steps outlined. It took three tried (it kept locking up and giving me the same problems while on the "Get real Mac Address" section), but it seems to be ok for now. Will report back again if it didn't work.
Thanks again for all your help. Even if this doesn't work I really appreciate your time and energy. =)
Edit: aaaaaand it froze immediately after, while loading the key cleaner to double check the keys after recovering ID storage, and now it's doing the same as always. =(
Did you do Format Lflash?
Yes, I did format Lflash, every option available (flash0-3 i think it was), no dice. This morning I went and pandora'd it down to 5.00 m33-4, did the IDstorage recovery, and I've noticed a trend. The first time I ran chilly willy's key cleaner, it told me that only one key was missing, and it made it sound pretty common, nothing life threatening unless I'm running 1.50. I patched that, and went on my way. After continued crashing and repeated IDStorage recoveries, I've noticed that every time I use the battery to recover, there's another one erroring, 0x0046. I decided this time to leave that alone, along with leaving my firmware at m33. So far no issues, but with the way things have gone, now that I've said that it'll crash and give me the same problems the next time I turn it on.
Edit: Yep, froze and crashed again. *sigh*
Speaking of which, i've noticed it only does this once it crashes, and it's the same symptom every time before a crash, it just stops reading from the MS altogether. I run a few emulators and homebrew apps on my psp, and they'd all work for about 10-15 minutes before the MS would stop reading and it would lock up, then crash. To my knowledge the browser and the xmb don't have this issue. Any ideas?
Have you tried playing with an other MS?
No, I haven't. I'll give that a shot.
Edit - Well, I tried that. I also left the battery and memory stick out of the psp for a day or so, as suggested to another person with a similar issue. Neither worked. The system played fine for a few hours the day I put it all back together with the second MS, but a day later, I had it turned on for maybe 5 minutes before locking up, and refusing to boot again afterwards. I'm starting to think it's a hardware issue or something. If you've got anymore ideas, I'd be happy to hear them, but if not, I appreciate your assistance. Thank you. =)
Just want to update this thread with news. I know this is a double post but I figured this would warrant the thread being bumped.
A few nights ago, out of frustration with the system, I ended up more or less slamming it down on top of my monitor after another round of freezing/refusing to boot. About 20 minutes later, I turned it on to start fiddling with it again, and it powered up on the first try, and hasn't given me a single issue since. It still has the occasional power hiccup (turning on for a split second before turning off), but it doesn't do this more than once every time I go to turn it on.
So, I can only assume something was knocked loose inside of it, and my slamming it on my monitor in frustration knocked whatever it was back into place. Again, I appreciate your help, and hopefully if someone else experiences this problem (God forbid, it was a nightmare for the longest time), then they may have a better idea of how to fix it.
wow i just sat here for five minutes reading all this, in a state of total De-Ja-Vu.. some time ago i also had a "happening randomly" issure that was pretty much identical to yours..
i had a black Phat PSP (purchased at at launch here in Australia) and had it for a few months before i started reading things online about homebrew and emulators etc (back in the days before the first UMD-run exploit) being run on PSPs.. i had the latest firmware 1.50 official on mine..
anyway, in a nutshell, it went like this:
never had any problems besides just being a noob and trying things i knew nothing about on my PSP..
never dropped the PSP or its battery or anything, was in pristine condition for about 2 years total..
one day it just started randomly freezing or powering off on its own, also not powering up like yours..
tried everything i had learned, which was a fair bit cos i was kinda obsessed, looking up anythin i could find..
after a few weeks of angry boredom-filled time, i eventually figured it out..
turns out my battery was the problem.. it was damaged from a friend dropping it apparently..
the top-right corner of the part that sticks out a bit on the battery (power terminals inside) was bent..
turns out my friends kid (he has 3 little kids) dropped the psp and the battery ejected, sliding off a balcony..
lande on that corner bit and the terminals inside were bent, so the pins break contact when moved at all..
took about 2 minutes to bend the pins and the outer plastic (used a gas-stove burner to heat) into place..
has worked perfectly ever since (and is now half of my spare Pandora kit incidentally) never freezing etc..
AAAAAAAnyway..... after all that, i just wanted to ask you.. have you damaged it before or checked for reasons why the "source" of the power seems to be failing alot, because i would check that stuff first.. not doing so cost me about a month of gameplay time..
sorry if it doesnt help at all.. and sorry if this is sounds like im having a go at you, or if its obvious and you have tried already.. but good luck
I have not personally damaged it, outside of the occasional short drop off of something (maybe a 5 foot drop at best). The only time I personally did anything to it was the above-mentioned slamming which ended up fixing it. It can't be the battery, tho, because it was freezing and refusing to power on even when the battery was out and the power cable was plugged in. My guess before it fixed itself was that there was an issue with the hard drive, either it was failing or something was loose. I haven't opened it up to look yet, and probably won't do so until I have the money for a replacement.