Easy ChickHEN CFW installer (Without Pandora)



Since ChickHEN is out PSP-2000 owners with a TA88v2 or less or a TA90v1 motherboard now have the option to now install Custom Firmware without the need of a Pandora battery.We have put together a Easy installer that contains everything you’ll need. Hellcats Recovery flasher, ChickHEN, PSP firmware update 5.00.

Warning make sure you only try this on a PSP that will accept PSP Custom Firmware flashing (Custom IPL) otherwise you will brick your PSP!!! PSP-3000’s will not take CFW. Check your PSP will take CFW here. Or run ChickHEN first, then when ChickHEN is loaded run PSPident from the Game XMB menu. (PSPIdent with install with this easy installer)

Steps to install CFW on a PSP Slim without a Pandora battery.

1. Check and triple check you have a hackable PSP that will accept
custom firmware flashing without resulting in a BRICKED PSP. Make sure you have a PSP with a TA88v2 or below only + or TAv90v1. If your PSP has a TA88v3 or above or is a PSP-3000 DO NOT proceed!!! You will brick your PSP.

Run the installer and point it to your Memory stick Pro Duo root.

2. If you don’t have don’t have PSP firmware 5.03. Get that here: PSP Firmware 5.03 Make a folder called UPDATE in your PSP/GAME folder and place the eboot in there on your memory stick pro duo.

3. Now lets run ChickHEN to have a homebrew enabled environment. In your PSP go to photo then click the ChickHEN photo and wait. If the PSP jams, please retry. If it flashes colours and reboots you have loaded ChicKHEN. Check your system info to be sure it say’s 5.03 ChickHEN R2. If you need help getting ChickHEN to run please visit this post.

4. Now with your PSP rebooted in ChickHEN go to your PSP XMB game menu and run Hellcats Recovery and install 5.00 M33!!! Your PSP will reboot, follow the instuctions to install PSP Custom Firmware 5.00 M33. After your done you can update to 5.00 M33-6

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Thanks to:

Davee for ChickHEN,
Dark_Alex for 5.00 M33
And Hellcat for his CFW installer!

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  2. hardhead61 says:

    would this work for 5.51?

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  7. Odrog says:

    I’m a noob and was wondering if anyone could answer this question or direct me to where i can get this question answered? Thanks in advance. Well I’m planning to buy a PSP 1000. I’m fairly certain that it has 6.02 ofw but there is the possibility that it might be 5.02. If it was either one of those two could I use this tutorial to hack it. I also have access to Pandora battery if need be. Thanks once again.

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  9. ehergin says:

    i got an error while installing this and it says ”ERROR READING EBOOT.PBP” and it just keeps repeating untill it gets to the bottom of the screen and then it goes back to the top and repeats the process. I turned it off to try to run it again but the screen doesn’t turn on but the psp itself does how can i fix this?

  10. dxhunterz says:

    help!! my software is 5.03 MHU.. do i must change it to 5.03 ChickHEN R2??

  11. LickleMulatto says:

    yeah i jus wanted to say that i tried to follow this guide but unfortunately i wasnt so successful, basicaly im tryna run this guide on a psp 1003 with OFW 6.00, i dont have access to a pandoras battery nor do i have a MMS.

    so im tryna attempt this guide with the above info. im experiencing the same problem as “ehergin” near the end of the setup i get an error, in which it gives me the options to ABORT, IGNORE, RETRY.

    i’ve retried many times and the same error keeps occurring. i jus decided to click ignore n carry on.

    im aware the guide says i need to have official firmware 5.03 installed for chickHEN to work. buh i cant find a way to downgrade without the pandoras battery and mms.


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  13. dsdude65 says:

    what we have a psp 3002?? will it get bricked??

  14. shah0 says:

    Hey i had a psp slim with OFW of 3.95, i followed all the steps and managed to install Chickhen and then i was able to check the the motherboard spec. my psp motherboard was 0.88 ver1 / ver 2 (0g). then i installed dark alex “hellcat” “5.00 M33- 4″, thank you all for such an easy installer.

  15. shah0 says:

    Hi can some buddy plz help. after following all the steps i managed to install cfw 5.00 M33-4, what i want to is, after installing the cfw shall i remove the files like the pspident, and all thre others or leave it the way they are. one more thing how can i update to m33-6. please and links would be greatfull. thank you all

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  17. reaper767 says:

    Hi Guys,

    i have a hackable PSP Board, but with FW 6.20.
    So i can use Chicken Installer?

    thx for Help

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  19. ehergin says:

    I know this doesn’t belong here but can i use hellcats wallpaper to its full extent on a psp 3000?

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  22. Jimross says:

    is there anyway to undo this on psp 3000? i didnt saw the compactibility. thanks for your time.

  23. Jimross says:

    Is there anyway to undo this on psp3000 i didnt saw the compactibily list and i screw it up, can anyone help me? thanks for you time

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  25. kflynn2008 says:

    can anyone confirm this working on a phat psp? I’ve been trying for an hour and I’m beginning to lose patience :(

  26. ehergin says:

    just recently got a psp 1000, only problem is it came with OFW 6.10 and I wanted to know If i could use the half byte loader to install CFW GEN-D3. Please answer my Plea for Help!!!

  27. kavesh says:


  28. Achim23 says:

    everytime i select chickhen in the photo section it just turns off it doesnt freeze or reboot… just turns off

  29. asvos says:

    Hello all!!!
    My PSP was on 3.90 Official Firmware but i recently bought Tekken 6 and did the upgrade by UMD to 6.10 Official Firmware. I haven’t checked my motherboard, but according to Draik’s thread about Hackable and Non-Hackable PSPs, it must be TA-088v1 or TA-O88v2. My question is this: Can I run this program on my PSP or will I brick it for good?

  30. how to check the motherboard? D:

  31. Saisnehal Reddy says:

    how to hack version 6.60 3004 series psp

  32. Wamic says:

    can i install the hack in psp 3006 with cfw 6.35 pro-b3?

  33. Stevenhill321 says:

    ChickHEN R2 on a PHAT PSP 1000 running HELLCAT recovery installer and how to get it all to work.
    ok after a full weekend trying to get chickHEN R2 to load on to my PSP and Hellcat recovery 1.65 (which also didn’t work) nor the other vesions of HELLCAT I might add, I have finally sussed out what to do. I have read so many posts and done this from scratch but each time I get to the Hellcat recovery screen it ‘errors’ on me or the program couldn’t find the correct 5.00 version and there were some other reasons it wouldn’t load but I can remember them all.
    First up, chickHEN is a b*tch to load, end of!!! It will work eventually but you have to have lots of patience and realise that there is a set procedure of a sort to get this to work. It is very much a trial an error but it is worth it in the end, I assure you.
    Anyway I have a white psp TA-082 motherboard with OFW 3.11 running on it. The only way to get 3.11 upgraded to a CFW (preferably 5.00 M33 6) was to buy a pandora battery right?
    Wrong, the battery was rubbish, didn’t fit in my machine to even charge up let alone get it to run. I had to sit there holding this thing in but after a few flashes of the battery light it stopped and did nothing. The instructions said hold L shoulder button whilst turning on the unit da da da but nothing happened. Probably defentive or incorrect software on MS or both. I dunno, but it was certainly a waste of time and money.
    Now chickHEN R2 is what I installed to get this working but boy was it difficult at first. I am no way a noob but come on, if you havent had to go down this route before then aren’t we all? People who think they are the dogs and knock people who don’t know make me sick and are no credit to the gaming world. I hope to put together a comprehensive guide so people don’t have to go through what I had to to get this to work.
    Anyway, I digress. here goes with what I had to endure. I will guarantee that if you follow this guide to the letter then it will work but you have to pay attention!!!!!
    If you haven’t already got the official Sony 5.03 firmware (fw) then download it and install it. Put the eboot in a folder and rename the folder (not the eboot) to ‘UPDATE’ (in capitals) then drop the eboot inside the folder. link your PSP to your computer and put this folder called ‘UPDATE’ in the PSP/GAME folder and leave it there.
    Now, unlink you USB from the computer and turn on your PSP. Navigate to the memory stick and you should see the update. Make sure your battery is fully charged or better still plug in your mains adapter and click on the update. The psp should start updating. DONT turn off the psp or turn it off at the mains whilst you are doing this. Be careful and basically just pay attention.
    Ok after a short while the unit should have updated. Scroll to you system settings on your PSP and it should read 5.03. To run chickHEN R2 the PSP ‘NEEDS’ to be on 5.03 official firmware, not 5.00 or anything else just 5.03. So if you haven’t already got 5.03 then go and get it and install it now.
    Once the PSP states that it is 5.03 then you are doing great. Next go to your computer, format your memory stick from the system settings. It is important that you do this.
    Next download chickHEN R2 (R2 stands for ‘revision 2′). Now when you download this it will give you a RAR file. Make sure chickHEN R2 is for the PSP PHAT and not the slim version. I think it should work anyway but just make sure that it is for the PHAT PSP.
    The difference being is that the one I downloaded had five GIFF files which looked likes egg yolks yet the other download only had one picture of a coin or something of that nature. So I assumed that one download may have been for the slim PSP and the other for the PHAT but I’m not sure.
    Anyway unpack your download with WINRAR or whatever. You will see an exploit file which is a TIFF file and a H.bin file. Take the TIFF file (it has to be a TIFF file and not a GIFF, I say this because my download was a GIFF file that was never going to work) and put it in your PHOTO folder, If you don’t have a PHOTO folder put the tiff file in PICTURE instead.
    Next put the other white file H.BIN in the root directory (the first screen that you come to when you connect your psp to the computer) don’t put it anywhere else.
    Download HELLCAT 1.65 or 1.50 recovery program. Any is fine but the later versions do not specify the ‘install M33 on the options. Its only the old version 1.50 that says that but don’t worry as they all do the same thing. You will see what I mean later on.
    Put the HELLCAT RECOVERY folder in to your PSP/GAME directory. Next download the official 5.00 eboot for official firmware. Don’t download 5.03 or any other version just the 5.00 and make sure that it is the official version. When you have done this rename the eboot to 500 (not 500.PBP) as it is already a PBP extension and that would just make it 500.PBP.PBP which is wrong). 
    This is where I was going wrong I think.I just made sure that I had this file everywhere so the PSP could not give me any excuses that it couldn’t find it, like it had been doing.
    So copy this 500 file and place it into the PSP/GAME/RECOVERY folder and then copy the file on it’s own just below the RECOVERY folder..Then make a folder named ‘UPDATE’ and drop the 500 file into that as well and put that folder into the RECOVERY folder and underneath the RECOVERY folder.
    Then put the ‘UPDATE’ folder on your root directory (just to make sure) and a loose 500 file below that also on you root directory. Remember the more places you can put it the more chance you have of it working.
    It may seem over the top and it is for sure, to put this 500 file in so many different places but I am not actually sure other than the root directory where this file is supposed to go. It should actually just go into the root directory (as all the threads suggest but so what if you have more than you need.
    OK now, go to retore default settings on your PSP and go through the instructions. The PSP will then reboot. Change your character set in your system settings to U.S and turn off UMD auto start to off. This is very important as this seems to improve the chances of ChickHEN acually loading.
    Now scoll up and down on the menu screen of the PSP. I don’t think this actually does anything but the more you try the better chance of it working. Click on the PHOTO option. Be very patient as this does not always work. In fact it works 3 out of 10 times but it WILL work eventually. As a tip I would just keep you battery lid off as taking this on and off will eventually drive you mad unless the PSP start up music gets there first. Work on clicking the X button immediately you enter the PHOTO screen on the PSP.
    Eventually the screen will blink green (I think) and it will look corrupted, then the PSP will reset itself. You are now officially running chickHEN R2 and if you don’t believe me then check you system settings. Just remember to be patient and it can take ages to get this to eventually work.
    Carefully put the PSP battery lid back on but be careful as turning the PSP off or dropping the battery out of the PSP will reset you back to 5.03 and you will have to install chickHEN all over again and believe me you don’t want to have keep getting chickHEN to run on your PSP.
    OK, once chickHEN is running simply navigate to your memory stick and click on the HELLCAT installer, which ever version you have should be fine, just bear in mind that only the HELLCAT 1.50 version will show up the ‘install M33 cfw’ option. I was looking everywhere for this and couldn’t understand why the screenshots on the threads I was viewing on the net showed this option but my version didn’t. It’s only because the version on the net is the older 1.50 version.
    Once you in HELLCAT simply follow the instructions and enter the program. Click on install M33 custom firmware or whatever it says (it is just the top line option anyway) and make sure it directed to install 5.00 as you can pick which version you wish to install.
    Click on reset settings, which is the next option underneath and the PSP ‘should’ install the custom firmware 5.00 M33 4 on to your PSP.
    Should you decide that you want 5.00 M33 6 then just download the cfw 5.00 m33 6 off the net, place the eboot in an update folder and put this in PSP/GAME and run the update from your memory stick just like you did when you originally updated your PSP with 5.03 at the beginning of the tutorial.

  34. Spidy says:

    Just wanted to say thanks Steven if it wasnt for you Hellcat and the rest of them team id be off buying that Pandora battery and probably failing again after that, Many thanks guys! :)

  35. Mohameddrame says:

    this website is verry stuff for psp

  36. spaz says:

    i’m using ofw 6.31,how do i downgrade to 5.03

  37. Aaron Kong says:

    hi, i’m not sure that whether i can use this CFW installer in my PSP 3K or not, because along this way i’m using my friend’s pandora battery to upgrade/update my CFW.

  38. Why says:

    um.. i cant register to the website…

  39. james says:


  40. pspclaimer says:

    if you have a PSP 3000 it’s generally better/easier to use “Pro CFW” (google it), doesn’t need pandora. use version 6.20 if possible cause it can usually permanently mod your PSP.

  41. killer7krytak says:

    how i can download this

  42. dhruvin patel says:

    how to hack ofw 6.10

  43. kentoy says:

    dam!! link are dead for download

  44. Nyx says:

    It is already released if you mean Dark resurrection you can even download it.

  45. Michael says:

    No i mean tekken 6,It is in th home page of this website.

  46. ippo174 says:

    there will be tekken6 in psp… it will be fall 2009 here in japan