So the PSP arrived...

Discussion in 'Console Games' started by Dagless, Dec 20, 2007.

  1. Dagless macrumors Core

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    It's got a little too many scratches, a dead pixel (liar seller :( ) and the UMD drive seems knackered.

    I don't know much about the PSP but if I hear the drive constantly spinning, the little disc loading bubble is going and nothing happens at all (going on 10 minutes now) after I've gone at it with a little cleaning kit - is it broke?

    I'm thinking about building a Pandora battery now, telling the seller I'm going to return it and buying myself a slim later today. I'll lose a bit of homebrew till it gets ported but it seems like the best option. Much rather get a brand new system now.
     
  2. MRU macrumors demi-god

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    ^ That sucks. That's always the risk with used items on ebay....
    Get onto the seller / paypal / ebay and your CC company.



    Does the Slim with alternative 3.17 M33 firmware not run all the homebrew stuff then ? I know it runs all the emulators and ISO's...

    At least you'll be get getting a new machine, with 12 months warranty and better battery life and improved UMD read speed.
     
  3. Dagless thread starter macrumors Core

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    I've emailed the seller. He seems like a nice chap and even if he doesn't kindly accept a refund there are always plenty on buyer protection things on eBay.
    I'm building a Pandora battery now. It's a 40 step process just to make the thing!

    How is the Slim compared to the old model, btw? Get me all excited :)
     
  4. MRU macrumors demi-god

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    ^ Mine only shipped yesterday, so it's gonna be end of next week, or maybe the week after (depending on how many days off the postman takes during the holidays)

    Fingers crossed it's all resolved quickly for you.

    What's a pandora battery anyway ?
     
  5. Markleshark macrumors 603

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    Thats what I was thinking. Edit: Quick google and it looks like it's something to do with downgrading and/or unbricking...
     
  6. TBi macrumors 68030

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    I hope you get your money back for the bad PSP. That kind of seller give all the honest sellers a bad name!

    Anyway the new PSP-Slims are prettier :D

    I'm pretty sure the pandora battery is specially designed to put the PSP into a special test mode where you can flash the firmware, even if the PSP is bricked. Probably the method used by Sony to do this in extreme cases.
     
  7. Dagless thread starter macrumors Core

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    I think he's a good seller. Has a good rating at least and was very helpful in emails.

    Well I'm trundeling along building a Pandora for a slim. I really hope this works as I've only got a small window before I have to send the PSP back! Don't usually have much luck with these things.

    And yes the Slims do look very pretty :) I really wanted one but I was told so few homebrew apps worked on it - then I found out too late that most of them have been updated to work again :eek:
     
  8. MRU macrumors demi-god

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    I see you can buy a pandoras battery for $38 AU (£16.80) including shipping and a 1GB Duo Card with the firmwares on it.

    Would that not be easier than building one ? Or maybe I'm just too frickin lazy. Even though I have modded a few consoles in my time (PS2, Slim PS2, Xbox, Wii) I have only ever done so to simply allow import play, so never got into this homebrew or backup scene.
     
  9. Markleshark macrumors 603

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    I keep meaning to mod my xbox, never really got round to it.

    But thats off topic... I hope you get everything sorted jimmi.
     
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    Modded XBOX & XBMC is a wicked combination! I'm so glad i modded mine, even if i rarely ever use it to play games.
     
  11. Dagless thread starter macrumors Core

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    Holy Christ the Slim is a thing of beauty!

    I'm in love.

    Fingers crossed - about to get M33 on it.
     
  12. twoodcc macrumors P6

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    sorry to hear that about your psp. if i were you i'd get the slim one anyway
     
  13. sikkinixx macrumors 68020

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    eah the slim is a lot better. The buttons are nicer, the d-pad was way better, the weight is a lot better than the psp 'phat' and some newer games do load a couple seconds sooner which is nice.

    Good luck hacking it :eek: I wasn't brave enough to hack mine, only my ipod :p
     
  14. Dagless thread starter macrumors Core

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    3.71 M33-4 is now on my brand spanking new PSP. Honestly though this is a huge update over the old one. Yea the buttons are really something nice!

    Oh yea, had to buy some package. Got Star Wars something-or-other with it. I think Squadron is in the title. It was only £5 more than the usual base price.

    Super cheeky of Sony not to include a memory card though. A 32mb one just for saves would have been nice...

    Brb I'm going to get all romantic with it.
     
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    congrats on the purchase! ithought they came with a memory card though? maybe just in the US, i don't know.

    be gentle now! :p
     
  16. Dagless thread starter macrumors Core

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    I'm amazed the PSP isn't significantly more popular than the DS. Could be me, but the last truly great game I played on the DS was Dawn of Sorrows. Nothing this year has really grabbed my attention whereas the PSP has built up a steady library of good games (but not amazing, nothing I've played yet even comes close to DoS - on both systems!).

    I like how easy all the homebrew stuff is now. It's a cake walk compared to what it used to be.

    Cave Story on the PSP is just my dream come true.

    FF7 here I bloody come!
     
  17. 2nyRiggz macrumors 603

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    Sad to hear about your PSP jimmi but enjoy it none the less...The PSP slim is damn light and the buttons are very responsive. I'm feeling the need to slap that custom firmware on my PSP slim.

    How come your psp didn't come with a memory stick.....mines came with a 1gig card.



    Bless
     
  18. Antares macrumors 68000

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    Gross. Too much information...
     
  19. twoodcc macrumors P6

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    yeah i thought it was supposed to come with a memory stick. maybe only in the US?
     
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    Last great game I played was Zelda: Phantom Hourglass. Don't know where you're living :p
     
  21. ChrisK018 macrumors regular

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    I seem to recall you championing the DS, and buying, then quickly returning a PSP a number of months ago. What has precipitated this massive shift?

    I have both, and like 'em fine, but in a pinch I'd go with the DS.
     
  22. Mr. Sexy macrumors newbie

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    You can make Pandoras battery in under 5 minutes, if you hardmod it. That's the easiest way, and goood luck with homebrewing your PSP, I've been doing it since 1.5.
     
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    You must have been under a rock! :p And Dawn of Sorrow came out "two" years ago. How come you haven't played Portrait of Rune? In it's own respect it's a great game. And what about Magical Starsign?!!! :mad: This game is GREAT and all of ye monkeys are just ignoring its glory. It's certainly better than FF 3, FF 4, and putrid vomit like Childrend of Mana, or most of Square Enix's puke these days.

    Lots of great games on the DS, you're just bored and spent too much time nibbling on your foot or something. :p

    We'll race to see which version of CaveStory gets done first, the PSP or DS. :) SO nyaaaaa. :p :p :p

    <]=)
     
  24. Coded-Dude macrumors 6502a

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    beat me too it(also, I really want to get Contra 4) - but thats all off topic.

    Congrats jimmi on the purchase welcome to the "Dark side" ;)
    (I'm assuming you got the white PSP with Vader on the back)

    FYI: I believe the daxter bundle does infact come with a memory stick.
     
  25. Dagless thread starter macrumors Core

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    Oh heavens no! Went for the black one as I mostly play at night, mostly.

    I've been living a lie with the DS! Some games were good, notably New Mario and DoS (did not like PoR one bit :eek: ). But I'm so friggin addicted to GTA:LCS and LocoRoco that it isn't funny. I've got a slew of games hitting my face this Xmas so it's only going to get worse. I found Pokemon Pearl to eventually turn into a terribly mediocre game in the end, I just totally gave up and used repel potions at that snow area. No fan of the new Zelda either. Contra 4 hasn't grabbed me like "Super Probotector" has on the VC. All this big titles haven't stuck!

    The DS's reign is over for me till the next uber-stellar game.

    :eek:

    ... Oh come on! As if I'm known for my consistent attitude to systems and games :p
     

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