PMP Mod AVC v1.02 M-i Released
03/02/2007 01:50 AM Posted by: ZiNgA BuRgA in PSP News
If you're one of the few people like me, who prefer PMP-AVC over MP4-AVC, then this might be a nice update :P  (mainly PMP-AVC allows you to save battery and has volume/lumi boost which can come in handy)

Well, I've followed the "unofficial" updates of PMP-Mod AVC v1.02M by Madrusco, for a while, but none seemed to be great, until this one:
Verison 1.02M-I (02.02.07) tuned by madruscoe:
  • fixed displaying long filenames in deleting dialog window
  • added ability to set any brightness you want (included 4th brightness level and brightness lower than the default system minimum) (can be set only in filelist, press/hold left/right)

Verison 1.02M-H (14.01.07) tuned by madruscoe:
  • fixed subtitles (.srt) disappeared after 30 minutes of playing (thank you bootsector)
  • added thumbnail support (thanks to JasonV and his Mod)
  • added support for headphones/remote control and analogue pad in filelist
  • new graphics by MAK

Verison 1.02M_g (11.01.07) tuned by madruscoe:
  • fixed freezing when displaying osd without inserted battery
  • fixed completing description of controls (some left)

Verison 1.02M_f (11.01.07) tuned by madruscoe:
  • fixed single line subtitle limit in .sub file (now if its more than 62 chars, new line is added so subtitles are displayed correctly - no more gray strokes)
  • added extension .avc is supported and displayed in filelist
  • added basic support for analogue pad (only up/down in filelist)

Version 1.02M_e (10.01.07) tuned by madruscoe:
  • fixed deleting (not disappearing dialog window)
  • added elapsed/remaining time display (press X + start)

Version 1.02M_d (09.01.07) tuned by madruscoe:
  • added description of controls (press square in filelist)

Version 1.02M_c (09.01.07) tuned by madruscoe:
  • added display subtitles up, when the bar is shown

Version 1.02M_b (09.01.07) tuned by madruscoe:
  • added left battery life time on status bar during video play
  • added deleting only .pos file (press SELECT - O to confirm)

Version 1.02M_a (09.01.07) tuned by madruscoe:
  • added time and battery on status bar during video play (audio stream and loop hided - no use for me)

Version 1.02M_ (06.01.07) tuned by madruscoe:
  • fixed file info date display (maybe only my problem cause of using xvid4psp)
  • fixed units Mb » MB etc.
  • added deleting .pmp including .sub, .srt, and .pos files
  • added actual time display (press Start button to refresh)
  • added battery status (percent) and time left

The brightness level mod should be a nice addition, as well as the other additions.

Download Here

For converting to PMP-AVC, XviD4PSP and AVItoPMP are both useful converters.
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 downgrader for 3.03 IS OUT!
28/01/2007 04:25 PM Posted by: michaelp in PSP News
Quote:After much work over the past few days, wee finally succeeded - wee have an easy-to-use downgrader for v3.03 PSPs!

Some ground-rules:
  • This downgrader is for v3.03 firmware only. But if you have v2.81 - v3.02, no problem - you can just upgrade to v3.03 to use the downgrader.
  • You need a copy of the unpatched GTA:Liberty City Stories UMD. No ISOs, no patched UMDs, not Vice City Stories. See here for some info on how to check if your version is patched. The most reliable way : the unpatched disks have the v2.0 firmware update on them.
  • This downgrader is intended to enable homebrew. Homebrew is NOT the same as piracy. Don't be a thieving loser - buy the games you play.
  • The downgrader will work on all current PSP hardware (TA-079 - TA-086). Patching of TA-082+ is automatic in the downgrader.
  • You downgrade at your own risk. There is always a chance of bricking, although wee have done everything wee can think of to make this process safe.

Full instructions for downgrading are included in the Downgrader_HOWTO.txt file in the ZIP file. Read them carefully! You will need:

check it out everyone... THE DOWNGRADER IS OFFICIALLY OUT!!!!!!!!!
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 Custom Firmware SE/OE Easy Version Changer v5 Out Now!
28/01/2007 01:52 PM Posted by: dasme in PSP News
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Wee guess once one has hit on something golden, that one person wouldn't let go. It rings true as well for homebrew developers as wee know that they have their pet projects and all. For coder Dabomstew, his is a nifty application called Custom Firmware SE/OE Easy Version Changer.

It's a rather long name but wee're telling you, you shouldn't forget about this one as it is highly important. To those who haven't heard about this app yet, it actually allows for changing the version displayed in Custom Firmware SE/OE system settings without hex editing or manual flashing. And unlike the familiar application X-flash, this supports characters other than just 1.00-9.99.

Add to this a little imagination and some other brilliant applications and you will see your PSP customized in ways you haven't even dreamt of. And just like other homebrew apps, please be sure to browse through the accompanying readme file. Dabomstew mentioned that this one is tested and working fine for his own 3.03 OE-A and 3.02 OE-B units, but it never hurts to be always safe with the things you try on your PSPs.

Changelog for Easy Version change v5:

    * Supports all 2.71 SE versions and 3.03 OE-C
    * Automatically detects your firmware version
    * Slight layout changes

Source: PSP Updates
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 Supermarket asks man, 87, for ID
28/01/2007 02:42 AM Posted by: dasme in Random News
Quote:An 87-year-old man was asked to prove he was over 21 when he tried to buy a bottle of sherry in a York supermarket.

The former Lord Mayor of York, Jack Archer, said he was shocked - but flattered - when asked the question by staff at Morrisons in Acomb.

He said: "I don't look my age but I certainly don't look young enough to be in trouble for underage drinking."

Morrisons said staff had to ask anyone buying alcohol to confirm they were over 21, or provide proof of age.

Mr Archer said he often had a small glass of sherry at bedtime to help him sleep.
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'Best intentions'

He said: "I was taken aback really. Afterwards I thought I should have showed them my bus pass and that would have proved how old I was.

"I must admit the lady wasn't too persistent and I realised she was only doing what she's been told to do."

A Morrisons spokesman said: "This is done with the best of intentions and wee would hope it is taken in good humour by those obviously over the age of 21, as wee do not wish to cause offence and no disrespect is intended.

"Wee take our responsibility with regard to selling alcohol very seriously and all our stores operate the Task 21 scheme, which addresses the difficulties staff face in being able to determine if a customer is legally old enough to buy alcohol.

"To further limit any element of doubt, staff at the Acomb store are required to ask anyone buying alcohol to confirm that they are over 21."

Anyone who appears to be under 21 has to provide proof they are old enough to buy alcohol.

Source: BBC News
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 Windows Vista
28/01/2007 02:17 AM Posted by: dasme in Tech News
Anyone planning to upgarde to Windows Vista. ;)
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 [PSP] Simple Popstation GUI v3.00 beta
27/01/2007 02:36 AM Posted by: ZiNgA BuRgA in ZB's Programs & Stuff
Simple Popstation GUI (v3.00 beta) [Current Project]
  This program allows you to convert your PS1 games to a PSP compatible format (a GUI for popstation).  Also, there are MANY other features, including (but not limited to):
[Image: Scr_PsGUI_th.png]
  • PSX images and EBOOTs are FULLY customizable - from gameboot/warning picture customization to changing Game Save names
  • EBOOT patching is quite fast - no more PSP Brew
  • Conversion with a progress bar! (note, no progress bar when creating compressed EBOOTs)
  • Supports CUE and MDF, as well as standard popstation supported files (currently, no other popstation GUI does this)
  • Extract ISO from EBOOT - includes compressed EBOOTs and will also extract a CCD file
  • I've tried to make it easy to use :)  Also it's more visually appealing :P
  • ALL files are included - no more searching for elusive KEYS.BIN or BASE.PBP files
  • MANY other features - such as a Preview feature, EBOOT add/delete/extracting etc etc - see screenshot :)
[Image: Ico_DL.gif] DownloadDownload v3.00 beta (610KB)

NOTE: v3.00beta is for 3.03 OE-C and above.  Use v2.26 beta is for 3.03 OE-A, 3.03 OE-A' and 3.03 OE-B.  Use v1.26b for converting to 3.02 OE-B.
Download v2.26 beta (592KB) Filefront | Sendspace | Mediafire
Download v1.26b (782KB)
Mirrors: Filefront | Sendspace | Rapidshare
Note, this program was written in Visual Basic 6.  So if you have an older version of Windows (eg Windows 9x) you may need the Visual Basic Runtime Files for these programs to work.  Download it here (1,040 KB).
Older versions can be obtained here.

Other forum links: PSP-Hacks | MaxConsole
The Source code can be found here.

[Image: Ico_Log.gif] Changelog
Changes in v3.00 beta:
  • Moved to 3.03 OE-C's popstation (KEYS.BIN no longer required)
  • Fixed some bugs in v2.26 beta
  • Now will convert and resize images (accepts BMP, JPG, ICO/CUR, GIF, WMF, EMF)
    • PNGs will not be resized or modified at all
    • When centre-ing images, the image will have a black background - this is for the same reason as PNGs not being modified - I don't know how to save alpha
    • The program won't convert to PIC0.PNG (same reason as above - also, this is kinda useless considering that you can use PIC1.PNG instead)
    • No resampling is done during resize - so resized images may look, "stuffed" (I'm currently trying to implement resampling, but, unfortunately, VB is very slow, so an implementation of this will make conversion times very slightly longer)
Changes in v2.26 beta:
  • MDF support (note MDS is currently not supported, so TOC information is lost when using MDF)
  • Fixed the CCD extraction bug (should now work) and a few other things
  • Added theme support (you can now remove those "ghey colours")
  • Few other minor changes
Changes in v2.25 beta:
  • Updated the popstation to v1.24
  • Updated the Game ID list to the "proper" one
  • Added EBOOT recompression (which so many people want)
  • Now extracts CCD from EBOOT, when you extract an ISO (also possible to extract a TOC, you have to enable it in the INI)
  • Added more options
  • Can now preview the gameboot/warning PNG
  • Other minor bug fixes and interface changes
Changes in v2.21 beta:
  • EBOOT reconstructing is now implemented - meaning that you can now add larger images to already made EBOOTs
  • Numerous bug fixes
  • Transfer to PSP after conversion option
  • Shows game region (useless IMO, but it does mean that my program has ALL the features of PSX2PSP now :P)
  • Interface cleanup
  • Now uses a "clean" BASE.PBP file

Changes in v2.20 beta:
  • Can extract compressed EBOOTs
  • PAL » NTSC enabled when making compressed EBOOT
  • Added Graphics fixing - thanks to mrdude from MaxConsole :)
  • Docmaker can now extract PNGs from DOCUMENT.DAT files
  • Includes newer popstation.exe - also removes cygwin DLL requirements :)
  • Interface change :P

Changes in v2.10 beta:
  • Now uses the newer popstation allowing CCD files to be used
  • My program also works with CUE files :)
  • Fixed ISO extraction problems

Changes in v2.01 beta:
  • Added a documentation generator

Changes in v2.00 beta: [Notes]
  • Support for the new 3.03 OE popstation
  • A few bug fixes from v1.26b, but since a lot has changed, some bugs may be introduced :/
  • Also see the Notes for more details.

Changes in v1.26:
  • Added an Options dialog
  • Will now search BIN and IMG files for Game ID
  • Interface changed a bit

Changes in v1.25:
  • Will now automatically set Game ID if an ISO is given
  • Will now automatically detect if the game is a multi-disc game, and fix it appropriately
  • Fixed a few minor bugs - also customisations from the PSXCust folder should now work
  • (forgot to mention before) PAL » NTSC patching now doesn't touch the PSX ISO file.

Changes in v1.24:
  • Mainly a few bug fixes and I've tried to make it consume less memory
  • Other minor changes

Changes in v1.23 beta: [Notes]
  • Added a PAL » NTSC fix (see notes for more detail)
  • The last file used is now saved.  Also an INI file is editable
  • Loads an image file from the command line argument - may be useful
  • Fixed a possible bug in v1.22

Changes in v1.22 beta:
  • Gameboot images are now customisable!
  • ISO extraction from EBOOTs a bit more reliable

Changes in v1.21 beta:
  • Mainly a few bug fixes and extra checks added
  • PSAR header is now not fixed at 0x50000 - should allow editing of offical PSX EBOOTs, however, since I don't have any, I can't test this

Changes in v1.20 beta: [Notes]
  • Files can now be deleted and extracted from EBOOTs
  • ISOs can be extracted from EBOOTs!
  • Game save name can now be edited
  • You can now preview EBOOTs and ISOs before converting/patching
  • Removed the DOS window - put a progress bar in its place :)
  • Titles automatically changed when you add an ISO - unfortunately I disabled automatically getting the Game ID becasue the lookup was tooooo sloowwww
  • Support for automatic customisation - image packs can be placed in the PSXCust folder - my program will automatically add the pictures there when you select the game from the list
  • Few other minor improvements

Changes in v1.10 beta: [Notes]
  • The BASE.PBP file is now generated, so you can add custom ICON1.PMF and SND0.AT3 files!  Please note that these files cannot be too big.
  • Can change the files within EBOOT.PBP files (ie change the ICON0.PNG)
  • EBOOT.PBP patching is now integrated into the main window
  • The Select game window is slightly improved - you can sorda search stuff now...
  • Minor GUI changes, bug fixes and more checks added

Changes in v1.05b:
  • Fixed two incorrect file offsets - hopefully this fixes the EBOOT.PBP Patcher problems... :/

Changes in v1.05:
  • Can now view EBOOT.PBP Game Title and Game ID
  • Fixed a possible bug when setting too short a Game ID
  • Removed all command-line switches (these are no longer needed)
  • Increased the max length of the Game Title to 128 characters - I'm not certain that this is the limit, but looking around multiple sources, it seems to be so
  • Decided to include an older version of cygwin1.dll to reduce the filesize

Changes in v1.04:
  • Added EBOOT patcher to patch already converted EBOOTs
  • Drag & drop files names are now checked - if the image is unsupported, the user is notified of the best action
  • "Note" text changed
  • Minor bug fixes
Changes in v1.03 beta:
  • Increased title length to 21 characters
  • Fixed the ms0:/PSP/GAME message
  • Moved the games list to a separate window - you can now enter custom IDs as well
  • Minor bug fixes and added a basic free space check
  • The popstation.exe patching is now fixed
Changes in v1.02 beta:
  • Now patches BASE.PBP - only works for the "small" one - this, along with the KEYS.BIN is also provided in the "full" download
Changes in v1.01 beta:
  • Added easier ICON0.PNG, PIC0.PNG and PIC1.PNG selecting
  • ^^Those can be drag & dropped as well
  • Fixed a minor bug
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 [PSP] PSPConv v1.0.2
27/01/2007 02:35 AM Posted by: ZiNgA BuRgA in ZB's Programs & Stuff
PSPConv (v1.0.2)
[Image: Scr_PConv_th.png]
  This program allows you to batch convert between all PSP ISO formats (ISO/CISO/DAX/JISO). It provides you with a powerful batch converter and allows you to tweak the settings of each individual file.  Here's some features
  • Powerful batch engine
  • Can customize settings for each individual file
  • Supports all formats
  • Supports all options
  • Easy to use and simple drag & drop interface
  • Can also transfer straight to the PSP
[Image: Ico_DL.gif] Download
Download v1.0.2 (519KB)
Note, this program was written in Visual Basic 6.  So if you have an older version of Windows (eg Windows 9x) you may need the Visual Basic Runtime Files for these programs to work.  Download it here (1,040 KB).
Older versions can be obtained here.

[Image: Ico_Log.gif] Changelog
Changes in v1.0.2:
  • Removed the need to restart when you change themes
  • Fixed a bug which caused the program to crash when minimizing the main window
Changes in v1.0.1:
  • Just added theme support
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 3.03 OE-C Out now!!!
25/01/2007 05:50 AM Posted by: ZiNgA BuRgA in PSP News
Quote:This is the 3.03 OE-C update.

It can be only installed as a full installation, due to some substantial changes in the bootstrap.
Both, update maker and the flasher work in 1.50, 2.71 SE (whatever version), and 3.02/3.03 OE (whatever version)

The instructions are as always:

  1. Copy oeupdmaker and oeupdmaker% to /PSP/GAME if you are in 1.50, or to /PSP/GAME150 if you are in
    2.71 SE, 3.02 OE or 3.03 OE. Copy also the 1.50 and 3.03 updaters with the names 150.PBP and 303.PBP.
  2. Execute the update maker. It will generate the dxar file.
    Checksums of the generated file:
    CRC32:  27A38F3A
    MD5:    95C84F1F20643FB29E5F7DFFF6D04291
    SHA1:   E4CE6EB16F90F0F667071085416C10B0BEA7CC22
    SHA256: 1C72C1BE3C7E03E56F127AF365B8AA0B6C8C7A70BFF30E2770C222E28D1CBBFE

  3. Copy 303oeflasher and 303oeflasher% to /PSP/GAME (1.50) or to /PSP/GAME150 (2.71 SE, 3.0X OE).
  4. Copy also the dxar file inside 303oeflasher.
  5. Execute the flasher and follow the instructions.

Changes in OE-C:
  • AVC videos bitrate limit patched. The firmware limited the bitrate of avc videos to only 768 Kbps.
    OE now forces the limit to be 16384 Kbps. (Note: this doesn't mean than the psp can handle such a high bitrate; this means than they won't show error. I don't know which is the real maximum bitrate than the psp can handle at full speed).
  • Speed of OE boot is now ~3 seconds faster than previous versions. (without plugins).
  • Cpu speed of XMB can now be changed.
  • Wifi can now work at 333 Mhz.
  • Added access to flashes 0 and 1 via usb in the recovery menu, based on the great idea of USBSSS by Booster.
    Note that writing is enabled, so this is intended only for advanced users that know what they are doing in each moment. (It is not a great idea to change anything from the kd folder).  Because of this addition, the rest of flashing options were removed.
  • PSP isos can now be deleted as any normal memstick games. (also the size of the iso now shows fine when you press triangle»information).
  • When formatting memory stick, GAME150, GAME303 and ISO directories will be automatically created.
  • Changes in internal HEN core:
    • If a EBOOT.PBP with a plain DATA.PSP had a data.psar, modulemgr took as size of the executable the size of data.psp+data.psar. Fixed. (this fix enables psx games to have plain data.psp without causing a memory error).
    • Added a couple of patches found by Tyranid. One allows syscalls instructions to be used in kernel mode without causing a crash. The other allows sceKernelQueryModuleInfo to work with sceInit and previous modules.

For changes in popstation, refer to popstation readme.

Popstation Readme
Quote:Changes in this version of popstation:
  • The writing is now a bit different. This avoid "Memory stick blinking too much" bug when using the plugin to load the 3.02 pops.
  • popstation now lets the use of non-encrypted DATA.PSP. If data.psp is in the same directory as the app, popstation will use that as the DATA.PSP of the eboot.pbp. Otherwise, it will use the one from BASE.PBP.
    A DATA.PSP that imitates the original sony one is included.
  • EBOOT.PBP generated with a non encrypted data.psp won't need the file KEYS.BIN at all.
Note: these EBOOT.PBP cannot work in versions prior to 3.03 OE-C due to a bug that those versions had.
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