Firmware Update results in a Bricked PSP

I’m at my nephew’s place for a bit and he just ‘bricked’ his PSP. He put in a game and it started to do a firmware update… he didn’t understand what it was doing and was worried it was going to mess up his PSP, so he turned the power off.

Now, it won’t even power up. I’m thinking we are screwed at this point… unless I can find some solution on the Internet… but I’m going to head down to the local Sony store tomorrow to see what they have to say. I find it hard to believe that the PSP is so fragile that a nine year old can completely render it unusable by just pressing the power button at the wrong time.

It seems we aren’t the only people having this problem

Firmware Update results in a Bricked PSP

23 Responses

  1. lol nice comments..

    whatzz up August 26, 2006 at 11:47 pm #
  2. hey ,, i bricked my psp 2
    i dont now what should i do but i will try my chance..
    if i found the way to repair i will tell u

    masoud October 9, 2006 at 1:52 pm #
  3. so Far I’ve found out that the only way to fix it is buying a new motherboard.
    But u should check more and see what the real problem is..
    have u tried taking out the battery and placing back on?

    Bryan October 16, 2006 at 1:55 am #
  4. Ditto, except it’s my eight year old son.

    steve December 28, 2006 at 5:10 pm #
  5. Replace the motherboard…
    (into a firmware v1.5 version)

    Greetz,
    Eric

    Eric January 7, 2007 at 11:52 am #
  6. just bricked my 8 year olds psp has anybody got anymore advice on what to do?

    craig January 8, 2007 at 8:03 am #
  7. i recently bricked my psp which was very annoying, i phoned the customer careline at 08705 99 88 77 (National Rate)and explained my problem, they are going to send somebody to me with a replacement psp

    charlie January 12, 2007 at 7:09 pm #
  8. i talk in another forum aand in the other forum someone has said that if u microwave your psp for 20 seconds that it will fix it i heard that you can unbrick your psp by taking out the motherboard battery for a while and put it back (not the battery that powers the psp the battery that powers the motherboard)the motherboard battery is like a magnet that recieves information of signals

    wolfcav92 January 25, 2007 at 12:39 am #
  9. I heard the if you put them in the microware for excatly 20 seconds this also unbricks them. A mate of mine did this and he said after 20 seconds he took it out and and whola 3.03 oe-b was running on it. Anymore than 20 seconds tho you will have 3.03 sony firmware so be carefull.

    ALWAYS READ THE README THAT COMES WITH THE PROGRAM

    it’s true… it’s confirmed on wikipedia

    wolfcav92 January 25, 2007 at 12:40 am #
  10. don’t take my word for it that is just what i have read if you try it try it at your own risk never done it. unless you have warranty and receipt just take it back say you went to turn it on and it would’nt turn back on good luck

    wolfcav92 January 25, 2007 at 12:47 am #
  11. You guys promise that if you microwave it ,then it will fix my bricked psp?it sounds dumb?not sure what to think.i couldnt find it on wikipedia please reply

    cookie February 1, 2007 at 5:56 am #
  12. My sister got a new psp for her grade 7 graduation present… i bricked it within the 2nd week…woops. I walked into EB and said there was something wrong with it. they just gave me a new one. easy as. but now i dont have the guts to touch it.

    Rad February 2, 2007 at 7:15 am #
  13. DO NOT PUT YOUR PSP IN THE MICROWAVE
    IT BURNS THE BATTERY COMPARTMENT AND YOU WILL SEE FLASHES AND SMOKE ARISING FROM WITHINH YOUR PSP. ONCE YOU TRY AND TURN IT ON IT WILL NOT WORK AND IT DOESNT CHARGE EITHER. SAME FOR THE MEMORY STICK COMPARTMENT. ESPECIALLY IF YOU HAVE A 1 GIG CARD YOU REALLY DON’T WANNA LOSE THAT!!!!!

    SOME1 February 3, 2007 at 12:53 pm #
  14. i was updating my psp den it froze so i took out the battery n now it wont turn on the only thing that happens is the green light comes on but the screen stays blank so i tried dat number 08705 99 88 77 but it dont work can u any of u people help me out i would rlly like dat

    some1 March 6, 2007 at 9:37 pm #
  15. Same problem here. I’ve looking everywhere on the net hoping to find a solution t this problem other than sending it back in for a refurb. I tried taking the battery, adapter, and memory card out and the same problem still persist. I was thinking it may have just been the battery but when I just plug up the adapter the samething happens.
    If any1 knows of a site where they fix PSPs please post it up for those who need serious help with this problem. I’m not rich so buying another PSP is definetly out of the question.
    There has to be a way for the consumers to fix this seeing that when you send the PSP back they fix it with no problem. customer support told me that they would fix it and send it back to me and the only thing that would be different is the casing, but the motherboard would be the same exact one I originlly sent to them. Anh help or ideas would be great.

    kuri March 20, 2007 at 11:52 am #
  16. here you are:

    I tried them to unbrick my friend’s psp, the psp now becomes normal with 1.5 firmware! You can try it.

    patrick March 30, 2007 at 9:16 am #
  17. the green light on my psp turns on but the screen wont what should i do instead of briging it the repair guy

    marc May 17, 2007 at 8:46 pm #
  18. dude i put my psp in the microwave for 2 sec and it started to spark is that what is sopposed to happen and is it gunna light something on fire?

    Klemm May 24, 2007 at 1:26 am #
  19. Don’t pu your psp in the microwave. this is just a way to screw you over even more. You might be able to get a replacement psp from sony or get a repair man to fix it. My psp sparked and a ton of smoke came out. It basicly fried my psp. Microwaving psp’s are the most stupid thing i have ever heard in my life. The funny thing is, some people actualy beleive this SH*T!

    dsgdfgdfg May 25, 2007 at 3:13 am #
  20. As for the last comment, you are one messed up guy. As for the psp in the microwave oven, it is so stupid! How can putting an electronic device in a microwave fix it? What goes on inside the microwave is dangerous to humans. It also make any metal utensil spark up, as if it were being attacked. Then someone claims it was on wikipedia! Come on guys be serious. You can’t start making up bullshit! EITHER GIVE PROPER INFO, OR DONT LEAVE “ANY” COMMENTS AND JUST READ WHAT OTHERS HAVE TO SAY

    Boro May 26, 2007 at 12:06 am #
  21. i also bricked my psp and now that i know i have to get a new mother board i want to know how much that will cost has anyone gotten a new mother board and is able to tell me the price ?? please help me!!

    Phylice July 28, 2007 at 9:27 pm #
  22. Well, if you have a friend with a Custom FirmWare on his/her PSP, then you can make a regular battery into a tool battery (or so it is said) Just pull out google and look up pandoras battery and make your battery into a tool battery… It wont be able to function as a norml battery afterwards though… Or you can get either the normal battery as a tool version, and you can get the same battery for the slim version of the psp… The pandora’s battery was made by some of the most known psp hackers, and if i had a chance to get hands on a psp with CFW, then i would use it… But google the stuff… Hope you guy’s finds this useful… 🙂

    MCGraevling September 17, 2007 at 7:29 pm #

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