1: Emulation info
Ok, so it seems that even though most of these questions have been answered through several threads its time to end it all and write the ultimate emulator faq so people will get help easy and we can stop naggin at all the new people that are too lazy to find the answers :)
So here goes!
What Do I Need To Run (insert homebrew/emu here)????
What you need is exactly this, no more no less;
* A Sony PSP
* A Computer with the needed homebrews (links added in the end)
* A USB Cable Connector connecting your PSP with your computer.
What Is This Friggin' Firmware ****??
The firmware is the little operative system (OS) that makes your PSP tick, and if you're lucky, you have the first release of the PSP, namely the PSP with firmware 1.0. This firmware lets you run all homebrews and whatnot without much hassle. The next release of the firmware was version 1.5, and in this firmware they tried to block users to install custom programs that was not digitally signed by sony. Luckily this got hacked by PSP-Dev Team and all you peeps with a PSP 1.5 can also enjoy the wonderful world of homebrews. And for a long time it was quiet and the new 2.0 firmware came out. The homebrew scene was stomped and for long it didn't look bright at all. Then new hope arised when team WAB allegedly found a way to downgrade even to 1.0. This was proven to be fake and it looked dark again but out of nowhere (?) came team MPH and released their 2.0->1.5 downgrader and all was fine again. After that was a very long and dark period with countless fake downgraders. Then came an exploit via the game GTA:LS and a way to run code through the save states. Fanjita then released an EBOOT loader for 2.0, 2.01 and 2.5. After that came the downgrader for 2.6->1.5 wich made alot of users happy and the homebrew scene sparked to new life again.
I Just Bought My PSP And I Don't Know What Firmware My PSP Has, Please Help!
Well that is not a hard task at all! Just boot up your PSP and go to:
Settings->System Settings->System Information
And here you will see:
System Software Version 1.** (1.00, 1.50, 1.51, 1.52) or 2.** (2.00, 2.01, 2.50, 2.60, 2.70, 2.71,2.80)
What Exactly Is A Homebrew??
A homebrew is what it sounds like, a program that someone have made by them selves, and not by Sony. A homebrew is not only Emulators, its all kind of programs that are more or less useful. Lately tons of small useful programs has found their way to the PSP and everyday new and interesting features are discovered and exploited. Be sure to check out PSPUpdates for daily updates about everything psp-related.
Whats Up With This KXploit??
Now if you hava a PSP with a firmware version of 1.50 you may also have to download and install Loader KXploit Direct Loader, but this is only if the released homebrew is originally written for 1.0. Nowadays most homebrews is released pre-coded for 1.5. In that the case just use the very nifty drag+drop method for installing homebrews
Kxploit also comes shipped with a tutorial in .pdf so i will not go further into how to use it.
But im guessing you are all here for the Emulators so lets get to the fun bit if you now have what it takes!
What Is An Emulator And Where Can I Find It??
An Emulator is a little nifty program that can emulate, simulate, another type of system on the system you are currently running. There are tons of emulators for about every system avaliable, but for the PSP the most common emulators consist of;
Emulator: Homers RIN GB/GBC v3.2
Roms: *.gb / *.gbc
Emulator: PSPGBA 1.1 | PSPVBA V1.0.6 *update*
Nintendo Entertainment System/Famicom
Emulator: NesterJ NES Emulator v1.20beta2 *update* | Unofficial NesterJ 1.07 r2b | PSPFCEultra release 2
Super Nintendo/Super Famicom
Emulator: snes9xTYL 0.4.2 *update* | uo_Snes9x v0.02y32 | SNES9X v0.03a
Roms: *.smc, *.sfc, *.fig
Emulator: Daedalus R5 *update*
Roms: *.z64, *.zip
NeoGeo / NeoGeo CD
Emulator: ngPsp v1.3.1 | NeoCDPSP v0.5u4 | NeoGeo CDZ Emulator v0.5 Beta 2 *update*
Emulator: ScummVM-PSP 0.9.0 *update*
Roms: *.* (not really roms, uses original games as the pc version of SCUMMVM)
Sega Master System/Gamegear
Emulator: SMSPlus 1.2 | EmuSMS v1.0 *update*
Emulator: DGEN 1.60 *update*
MAME Multiple Arcade Machine Emulator
Emulator: PSPMame Release 0.4 Fixes | MAME4ALL PSP v0.0.3 *update*
What Is A Rom And Where Can I Find It??
I will not provide information regarding the obtaining of roms, as they are considered illegal, use your imagination..
OK, So Now I Just Wanna Play!!
Yes we are now ready to start playing, you should have all that you need now, so just start up your PSP and go to;
After you activate it your computer should have autodetected your PSP. It can be found under My Computer or Explorer as "Removable Media" and a drive-letter assigned by windows.
Go to it and you should see a folder named "PSP", open it.
In this folder, if it not already exists, create a folder named "GAME" (whithout the brackets)
And now depending on your FW version this is what you need to do:
This is simple, first create a new directory named after what system you are emulating (for your own sake dont name them names that you will have hard time remembering whats in what dir.) and simply drag and drop the emulator+roms into that directory, you are now all done! YAY!
For Firmware 1.5 you just have to use the same method as for firmware 1.0 or follow the tutorial supplied with the release of KXploit.
For Firmware 2.0 you have to download and install Fanjitas eboot launcher.
For Firmware 2.01+ you have to download and install Fanjitas eboot launcher and use it with the GTA:LS exploit.
For more information regarding homebrew on 2.0+ please read Windravers 2.0+ homebrew guide
For homebrew packs ready for download check out PSP_Bro's homebrew packs:
2.0 Homebrewpack (TBA)
2.5 Homebrewpack (TBA):)
from psp mod.