How to Play ISO/CSO Games on your Hacked PSP 3000 Slim

9 August 2009 By Shashank

In our previous posts we told you how to hack your PSP 3000 and how to take backup of your favorite PSP UMDs, continuing the PSP mania in this post we will talk about how to play .iso/.cso backup image files from memory card. First things first you will need a hacked PSP 3000 with custom firmware 5.03 Gen-A Full, without CFW you cannot backup your UMDs and cannot play them.

 

  1. Use this tutorial to hack your PSP 3000 Firmware to CFW
  2. Use this tutorial to take backup of your PSP UMD games

How to Play .iso/.cso game image files on PSP 3000

First you will need to create a folder named ISO in the root of your memory card, this is where you .iso/.cso game image files will be stored. Put all your UMD games backup image files in this ISO folder.

If you try the run the game now with image files you will get some error like "the game could not be started"

Go the Game -> Memory Stick, Now you will need to bring up the VSH menu by pressing SELECT button, Browse to UMD ISO MODE, now change the mode from Normal to M33 driver by pressing right arrow button on your PSP, press SELECT again to exit. Once you have done this, you are ready to play games of your memory stick.

Go to Game -> Memory Stick -> .iso/.cso game files -> select your game and start playing

Benefits of running games from memory card:

  • Games load significantly faster
  • In game performance is better
  • More battery life
  • Your precious UMD disks are saved from wear and tear
  • Easier to manage game collection digitally
  • You can even compress your UMD to .cso format using high compression settings to save even more memory card space

Check Out Related Posts:

  1. Tutorial: How to Copy/Backup PSP UMD to Memory Card on PSP 3000 Series [UMD Dumper]
  2. Tutorial: How to Hack PSP 3004 [Latest PSP SLIM Hacking Guide]
  3. PSP 3000 Launched Officially, Black PSP Bundle will Release in November
  4. Sony PSP-3000 Ratchet & Clank Entertainment Pack First Shots
  5. Sony PSP 3000 is now Hackable using Datel Lite Blue Tool Service Mode Battery
Gaming 27 comments

Comments

viscmad says:

do we have to change the UMD ISO MODE,every time we play a game or just once

Piyush says:

hi i read ur post i still cant play soul caliber the icon is showing and when i sleect the game it comes the game could not be started rest, this is the iso file rest games i played till now are all cso

JAT says:

My friend i downloaded some .cso games but when i go to my memory stick its says corrupted data.I have the 3004psp.what should i do?thnks

quarl says:

hey. i’ve got game isos and csos on the ISO folder on my memory card but it doesn’t show up on under games –> memory card. can i get some help please? thanks

Asraf says:

ROOT MEANS WHERE ON OUT PSP FOLDER BUT I HAVE .CSO FILE

Jose says:

Thanks a lot. Really helpful. :grin:

MENADJELIA says:

Than’s a lot for your help to update my PSP 3004 with hacked firmware, but, iso games won’t work, it shows 80020148 error message

uchi says:

does it need to be hacked already?

MENADJELIA says:

I WANT TO SAY THAT WHEN TRY TO PLAYING ISO GAMES I WON’T START AND SHOW THE ERROR MESSAGE ” GAME COULD NOT STARTED 80020148 “

MENADJELIA says:

NOW IT IS OK BUT WHY AFTER REBOOT IT TURNS SO SO SLOWLY
PLEASE HELP

hamad says:

my psp have playstitionRnetwork i want to Delete it
how?

satanite13 says:

i made the iso file in psp>games and after that i copied a game with extension (.cso). then when i try and start in onn my PSP(3004) it says corrupt data…. what do i do? pls help!!

NoName says:

i have a error
the game could not be started(80020321)
what should i do?

NoName says:

sry it was 80020148

manik says:

Thanks bro… great help

Abhishek Gautam says:

i just bought psp3004 and wanted to play downloaded games on it can u help me with it. thanx

Pedro Alves says:

Thanks that was really helpful!

Faraaz Kazi says:

Hi,
I did the GenB then Gen C update yesterday. My PSP just shuts down in the middle of a game session (happened thrice) and when I turn it on the games disappear but the installer stays and then I have to reaload Chicken. While shutting down the memory card light blinks rapidly and it makes a fuse off sound and goes blank. Plz help.

BISHAL says:

PSP 3004 HACKING GUIDE made easy
Step 1:
First you have to upgrade your PSP firmware to 5.03, Download this 5.03 Firmware file, connect your PSP to PC in USB mode, Double click on downloaded exe file. It will copy firmware data EBOOT.PBP on your PSP, Now go to GAME -> Memory stick -> Firmware 5.03 -> Press X , this will upgrade the firmware to original 5.03 firmware in a couple of minutes.
Step 2:
Download ChickHEN R2, extract to PSP 3000 folder on desktop and double click on EZ503HenSLIMversion.exe on your desktop, it will bring up this photo seen on your desktop…

Connect your PSP and click Install , It will copy necessary files to your PSP
Press O to disconnect from USB mode and then go to system setting and click on restore default settings ->change the umd cache and umd auto start to off  remove ur memory stick switch off the psp and switch it ongo to PHOTO -> now put insert the Memory stickgo to ChickHEN -> Press X -> PSP will boot in ChickHEN R2 mode, you can verify this by going to System-> System Information , it will show ChickHEN 5.03 R2

Step 3:
Once you have ChickHEN 5.03 now you can go forward and install 5.03GEN-a, which will allow you to run ISO/CSO image backups of your PSP games on PSP 3004.
Download PSP 5.03 Custom firmware

Extract the files to PSP 3000 folder on desktop

Double click on Launch-Me.exe, Enter the letter of your PSP memory card, In mine it was E, click START.

Files will be copied on your PSP, wait 20 seconds. Disconnect from USB mode, go to Game -> Memory card -> INSTALLER LOADER -> Press L or R Trigger -> Press O to boot in custom firmware
Congrats, You have successfully hacked your PSP 3004 to chickenhen 5.03- gen A
Step 4:
Gen A to Gen B
How to Upgrade your PSP 3000 to 5.03 GEN-B Custom Firmware
• Go to System Information to check the if you have successfully installedGEN-A
• Download GEN-B File and extract it to desktop
• Connect your PSP 3000 to your PC
• Copy the “5.03GEN-B” folder from the files you extracted (inside PSP->Game) and Paste it inside your PSP Memory Stick “Game” Folder
• Disconnect your PSP
• Go to GEN-B Quick Updater in “Game” inside your PSP, Press X to Begin Installation
• Keep holding the LEFT button while the installation proceeds until u get the
• Press X again to boot into GEN-B custom firmware
• Congrats you have successfully installed 5.03 GEN-B
Step 5:
How to upgrade your PSP 3000 Custom Firmware to 5.03 GEN-C

Requirements:
• PSP 3000 with 5.03 firmware with GEN-A –> GEN-B, Higher firmware’s not supported
• Check your PSP Settings if it shows 5.03 GEN-B (Full)
STEPS
• Download Custom Firmware GEN-C and extract to desktop
• Connect your PSP 3000 to your PC
• Copy the “GEN-C” folder from the files you extracted (inside PSP->Game) and Paste it inside your PSP Memory Stick PSP –> Game Folder
• Disconnect from USB mode
• Run GEN-C Quick Updater by going to GAME –> Memory Stick in your PSP XMB
• Press X to install and keep holding the LEFT button the entire time  X again to boot into GEN-C custom Firmware, it takes 3-4 seconds
• Go to Settings –> System Information, it should now show 5.03 GEN-C (Full)
Step 6:
How to Play .iso/.cso game image files on PSP 3000
First you will need to create a folder named ISO in the root of your memory card, this is where you .iso/.cso game image files will be stored. Put all your UMD games backup image files in this ISO folder.
If you try the run the game now with image files you MAY get some error like “the game could not be started”
IN THAT CASE Go the Game -> Memory Stick, Now you will need to bring up the VSH menuby pressing SELECT button, Browse to UMD ISO MODE, now change the mode from Normal to M33 driver by pressing right arrow button on your PSP,press SELECT again to exit. Once you have done this, you are ready to play games of your memory stick.
Go to Game -> Memory Stick -> .iso/.cso game files -> select your game and start playing

Pwner98 says:

@No name:You get the message not because of your psp , but because of your iso. In order to play a game properly, you have to play the specific iso of your psp’s region eg: EUR,JPN . Hope this answers ur question =)

IRvin says:

guys I get the error game could not be started, what do I do to fix that?
I’m in South Africa

zin says:

how bring vhs mode ??
no game files shown in game > card > only installer loader and cfw 5.03 file

zin says:

somw how i nailed it

frank says:

i can’t play god of war chains of olympus in psp 3000

avee_psp says:

thanks a lot….ur information was very helpful!!!!!!!

tupac says:

I ve a psp 3000-version 6.35
i downloaded a game into it
but it says corrupted data
even after i put it in an iso folder

ANd i don’t know how to get to an UMD ISO MODE

plzzzzzzzz help
ppl
thanks

NITESH KHATRI says:

thanks very much great helpp for me

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