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Non-bricking TA-082 downgrader released

Homebrew enthusiasts know that there's a special kind of PSP that can't downgrade... until now. Some PSPs have a TA-082 motherboard which prevents downgrading to a homebrew-capable firmware, but whiz-kid Dark_Alex seems to have worked his programming magic yet again and has created a downgrader for y'all running firmware 2.71. Considering the technical proficiency this guy is capable of, shouldn't he be hired by Sony by now?

[Thanks, ldd. Via MaxConsole]

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Fake downgrader angers homebrew community

Fake downgrader angers homebrew community

Downgraders are popular in the PSP homebrew scene, as they can revert a PSP to an earlier firmware which can more readily play homebrew applications. However, one type of motherboard prevents such modifications: the TA-082. When someone called dark_thug released a downgrader for TA-082 PSPs, people were skeptical. The community, however, embraced it with open arms.

Until they realized it was a fake. Chaos Zero, who originally released the malfunctioning program to the masses, went on record, publically apologizing for the whole incident. As stated on PSP-HaXors, "It was fake, and we've all seen fakes in the past. And will probably continue to see them. Instead of pointing fingers at the testers, it's better to just move on."

While it doesn't appear any PSP systems were bricked during this incident, it is scary to know that there are malicious people out there trying to create hoax programs that could potentially harm your PSP. While some of the benefits of homebrew may seem appealing, there are certainly a few dangers that come with the territory.

[Via PSP Hacks]

TA-082 users now able to use homebrew

Some modern PSPs are manufactured with hardware that prevented downgrading to older firmware. They can be identified by opening the UMD drive and looking inside: if numbers appear inside (pictured right), then the system was unable to downgrade... that is, until now. Programmer 0okm has developed SoftDown" for TA-082 users, and is willing to work with you one-on-one via e-mail to get your system downgraded. Of course, like he says, you'll have to trust him with your e-mail address, PSP serial number and your firmware data. If you're ready to start taking the first steps towards a very homebrew-friendly system, check out 0okm's website for more info.

[Via PSP Hacks]

2.71 downgrader now available [Update 3]

Downgraders allow people who regret having upgraded their PSP firmware to take a step back in time. Previous downgraders only worked up to 2.5 firmware, but today's downgrader will work with PSPs, firmware 2.71. This program takes advantage of the libtiff exploit uncovered a few days ago and is provided by Dark_Alex, with the help of Mathieulh. As long as you follow the directions, your system shouldn't be bricked, but as is the case with any program that alters crucial system software, you should run the program AT YOUR OWN RISK. It's not going to be easy, but if you're determined, this is the key.

See the development website to get the file. Before you begin, make sure you do not have a TA-082 PSP. Check the picture to the right to see how to identify your system. If you see that text in your UMD reader, you're out of luck... for now (the homebrew community is hard at work for you too!).

[Update 1: Links to the original source of the downgrader. You gotta give credit where it's due! Thanks, DCEmu!]
[Update 2: QJ reader Mr. Dank has provided a video of the process. Watch after the cut.]
[Update 3: Just visit this page to see a really easy way of using this software.]

Continue reading 2.71 downgrader now available [Update 3]

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