Guide to running ChickHEN R2 on your PSP-3000 / TA88v3

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Finally we have Homebrew on the PSP-3000 or TA88v3 thanks to Davee and Team Typhoon. Here we bring you a small ChickHEN tutorial / guide on how to best set up ChickHEN in order to get it running and fast. Plus some recommend Homebrew Games and Emulators to get you started!

Here’s a quick run down of what we’re doing to need to get ChickHEN:

  • A PSP-3000 or PSP-2000 with firmware 5.03 (This is imperative, you won’t get ChickHEN to ever load with out it!)
  • The lastest ChickHEN release.
  • And a lot of patience

Firstly make sure your PSP-3000 or TA88v3 PSP-2000 has PSP Firmware 5.03 installed. Check in your PSP XMB go to Settings/ System Settings / System infomation. If you don’t have PSP 5.03 installed download it here. Create a folder called UPDATE in PSP/GAME on your memory stick and place the eboot from the archive into the folder. Run the 5.03 Firmware update from GAME / Memory stick and you will have 5.03. The firmware required to run ChickHEN.

Now download the ChickHEN R2 release from here. Open the CHickHEN R2 archive and place the folder inside Slim with gif images into your PSP memory stick location like so PSP/PHOTO (later it will be PSP/PHOTO/ChickHEN). Now place the h.bin into the root of your memory stick pro duo. Where the folders PSP, MUSIC etc are located.

Ok next step place the memory stick into the PSP. We have found this step helps ChickHEN boot with less attempts, go your PSP XMB, to settings and Restore Default Settings. Your PSP will reset, now go back into settings and turn off UMD Auto-Start and UMD Cache. We found ChickHEN loads in 2-3 goes after doing this.

Now go into Photo / Memory Stick and ChickHEN. And wait, you will see five egg giff images, these will start to load thumbnails. Your PSP may freeze and reset. Just keep retrying and  ChickHEN R2 will load up….But if you see flashing colors, your PSP will reboot into ChickHEN your homebrew ready!

With ChickHEN R2 loaded now starts the fun part. (P.S You can put your PSP into standby now so you don’t have to go through the whole process again)

Recommended homebrew games and emulators for ChickHEN. As tested by us:

PSP-3000 Running Metal Slug GBA

PSP-3000 Running Metal Slug GBA

PSP Emulators like UO gPSP Kai 3.3 and Capcom Play System 1 Emulator which gives you great classic games like Street Fighter II. And homebrew games like REminiscence (Flashback) and Tyrian Open.

Street Fighter II running on PSP-3000 thanks to ChickHEN R2

Street Fighter II running on PSP-3000 thanks to ChickHEN R2

Trouble shooting:

  • Q: I can’t get ChickHEN to boot, It always freezes.
  • A: Keep trying, make sure your PSP has firmware 5.03
  • Q: How to I keep ChickHEN loaded?
  • A: Don’t shut down your PSP, use standby to keep ChickHEN loaded.

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521 Comments

  1. Sack4life21 says:

    what if my firmware is past that?

  2. Za8_Joey says:

    i have everything that i need from the above, except the chickhen, but they are 0imga instead of chickhen, will it still work?

  3. davis1234567890 says:

    mines WON’T RESTART

  4. davis1234567890 says:

    mines will just shut down and not restart

  5. Hasan_siddiqui6 says:

    mine also freezing on thumnail what to do help plz :(

  6. Marcicica says:

    Works fine.A better way in my opinion for ChickHEN to work is that you should go fast in pictures folder and down fast,it should work :D

  7. Prophets Die12 says:

    I’m a noob at this whole thing… So does this mean that Chickhen can run PSP .iso’s or is it an emulator?

  8. Guest says:

    i tried 50 times today.. still wont get it to work.. OFW v5.03 installed but still nothing..

  9. THIS THING CAN BE USE ON PSP 3006 VERSION 5.51 CAN U GUYS SOLVE IT FOR ME? PLS? ASAP.

  10. Ricky Elian says:

     admin, there any way to make permanent cfw slim2000 TA88v3 OFW 5.03
    help please???

  11. angelica0119 says:

    the chickHEN is not yet working even if I try’d it again and again

  12. Shagari Aliyu says:

    HW DO I INSTALL GAMES ON MY PSP USING CHICKHEN

  13. S Jimrose says:

    why is it after i load chickhen it will not freez it will black screen sorry for my english but i need help to this problem… plss help
     

  14. Ronel Pamintuan says:

    my psp 3000 version 6.60 how can i do to 5.03??? pls reply azap!!!!!

  15. Plaguephe says:

    Hay guys would anyone think it is possible to mak a psp emulator for the psp that uses roms,If so that would get around the no ISOs issue on the HEN and 5.03 thing. :)

  16. Plaguephe says:

    Make*

  17. DBob says:

    I have the Madden Blue PSP and I can’t get it to work i’ve tried about 30 times…It does work on this model right?

  18. bortz says:

    it does… you just have to try harder… i got mine working in umm let’s see, 30-34th try, gone mad when i restarted my fckn psp… just try it till it works trust me you’ll never regret it lol

  19. DBob says:

    Will the N64 emulator work with this

  20. kinggucci says:

    [IMPORTANT READ!] IF YOUR STUGGLING WITH CHICKHEN AND IS TAKING YOU FOREVER TO GET THAT FLASHING GREEN SCREEN THEN YOUR FRUSTRATIONS ARE OVER.

    ALL YOU HAVE TO DO IS ADD ANY 3 JPEG IMAGES TO YOUR CHICKHEN FOLDER WHERE THE OTHER TIFF. IMAGES ARE.

    X:/PSP/PHOTO/CHICKHEN +THE 3JPEG IMAGES.
    THEN YOU EXIT OUT USB AND GO TO PHOTO/MEMORY STICK/ CLICK ON CHICKHEN WITH THE 8 IMAGES
    NOW IS THE MOST IMPORTANT PART…… ONCE YOU CLICK ON CHICKHEN DONT PRESS ANYTHING UNTIL YOU SEE THE BLACK” /\ OPTIONS” BOX

    ONCE YOU SEE THAT BOX POP UP, IMMEDIATELY HOLD THE ARROW (DOWN) ALL THE WAY WITHOUT LETTING GO OF IT,,,, !!!!BOOM!!!! YOU NOW GET THE GREEEN SCREEN

    WORKS 8/10 TIMES FOR ME IT WORKS ALL THE TIME..
    HOPE THIS HELPED SOMEONE CUZ IT SURE HELPED ME….

    ANY ?’S JUST LET ME KNOW

  21. kinggucci says:

    IF YOUR STUGGLING WITH CHICKHEN AND IS TAKING YOU FOREVER TO GET THAT FLASHING GREEN SCREEN THEN YOUR FRUSTRATIONS ARE OVER.

    ALL YOU HAVE TO DO IS ADD ANY 3 JPEG IMAGES TO YOUR CHICKHEN FOLDER WHERE THE OTHER TIFF. IMAGES ARE.

    X:/PSP/PHOTO/CHICKHEN +THE 3JPEG IMAGES.
    THEN YOU EXIT OUT USB AND GO TO PHOTO/MEMORY STICK/ CLICK ON CHICKHEN WITH THE 8 IMAGES
    NOW IS THE MOST IMPORTANT PART…… ONCE YOU CLICK ON CHICKHEN DONT PRESS ANYTHING UNTIL YOU SEE THE BLACK” /\ OPTIONS” BOX

    ONCE YOU SEE THAT BOX POP UP, IMMEDIATELY HOLD THE ARROW (DOWN) ALL THE WAY WITHOUT LETTING GO OF IT,,,, !!!!BOOM!!!! YOU NOW GET THE GREEEN SCREEN

    WORKS 8/10 TIMES FOR ME IT WORKS ALL THE TIME..
    HOPE THIS HELPED SOMEONE CUZ IT SURE HELPED ME….

    ANY ?’S

  22. kinggucci says:

    [IMPORTANT READ!] IF YOUR STUGGLING WITH CHICKHEN AND IS TAKING YOU FOREVER TO GET THAT FLASHING GREEN SCREEN THEN YOUR FRUSTRATIONS ARE OVER.

    ALL YOU HAVE TO DO IS ADD ANY 3 JPEG IMAGES TO YOUR CHICKHEN FOLDER WHERE THE OTHER TIFF. IMAGES ARE.

    X:/PSP/PHOTO/CHICKHEN +THE 3JPEG IMAGES.
    THEN YOU EXIT OUT USB AND GO TO PHOTO/MEMORY STICK/ CLICK ON CHICKHEN WITH THE 8 IMAGES
    NOW IS THE MOST IMPORTANT PART…… ONCE YOU CLICK ON CHICKHEN DONT PRESS ANYTHING UNTIL YOU SEE THE BLACK” /\ OPTIONS” BOX

    ONCE YOU SEE THAT BOX POP UP, IMMEDIATELY HOLD THE ARROW (DOWN) ALL THE WAY WITHOUT LETTING GO OF IT,,,, !!!!BOOM!!!! YOU NOW GET THE GREEEN SCREEN

    WORKS 8/10 TIMES FOR ME IT WORKS ALL THE TIME..
    HOPE THIS HELPED SOMEONE CUZ IT SURE HELPED ME….

    ANY ?’S JUST LET ME KNOW…..///////////////////……………//////////////////

  23. kinggucci says:

    //////////////////////[IMPORTANT READ!]\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\

    :) :) ;)

    IF YOUR STUGGLING WITH CHICKHEN AND IS TAKING YOU FOREVER TO GET THAT FLASHING GREEN SCREEN THEN YOUR FRUSTRATIONS ARE OVER.

    ALL YOU HAVE TO DO IS ADD ANY 3 JPEG IMAGES TO YOUR CHICKHEN FOLDER WHERE THE OTHER TIFF. IMAGES ARE.

    X:/PSP/PHOTO/CHICKHEN +THE 3JPEG IMAGES.
    THEN YOU EXIT OUT USB AND GO TO PHOTO/MEMORY STICK/ CLICK ON CHICKHEN WITH THE 8 IMAGES
    NOW IS THE MOST IMPORTANT PART…… ONCE YOU CLICK ON CHICKHEN DONT PRESS ANYTHING UNTIL YOU SEE THE BLACK” /\ OPTIONS” BOX

    ONCE YOU SEE THAT BOX POP UP, IMMEDIATELY HOLD THE ARROW (DOWN) ALL THE WAY WITHOUT LETTING GO OF IT,,,, !!!!BOOM!!!! YOU NOW GET THE GREEEN SCREEN

    WORKS 8/10 TIMES FOR ME IT WORKS ALL THE TIME..
    HOPE THIS HELPED SOMEONE CUZ IT SURE HELPED ME….

    ANY ?’S JUST LET ME KNOW

  24. pspmaster says:

    yes, it does work.

  25. crossman says:

    Guys!
    Those steps above are way too confusing,don’t even try to search some tutorials on youtube because thay are all retarded.
    Keep searching i the web.You’ll eventually find one.

  26. itachi uchiha says:

    which roms did u try?

  27. jOse :uis says:

    does it work on silver psp 3000 whit a 5.51 ofw i have allll emulators but it says they r all corrupted

  28. bailey says:

    dosse it work on a psp 3001?

  29. kinggucci says:

    [[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[[IMPORTANT READ!]]]]]]]]]]]]]]]]]]]]]]]]]]]]]]]]]]]]]]]]]]]]]]]]]]
    IF YOUR STUGGLING WITH CHICKHEN AND IS TAKING YOU FOREVER TO GET THAT FLASHING GREEN SCREEN THEN YOUR FRUSTRATIONS ARE OVER.

    ALL YOU HAVE TO DO IS ADD ANY 3 JPEG IMAGES TO YOUR CHICKHEN FOLDER WHERE THE OTHER TIFF. IMAGES ARE.

    X:/PSP/PHOTO/CHICKHEN +THE 3JPEG IMAGES.
    THEN YOU EXIT OUT USB AND GO TO PHOTO/MEMORY STICK/ CLICK ON CHICKHEN WITH THE 8 IMAGES
    NOW IS THE MOST IMPORTANT PART…… ONCE YOU CLICK ON CHICKHEN DONT PRESS ANYTHING UNTIL YOU SEE THE BLACK” /\ OPTIONS” BOX

    ONCE YOU SEE THAT BOX POP UP, IMMEDIATELY HOLD THE ARROW (DOWN) ALL THE WAY WITHOUT LETTING GO OF IT,,,, !!!!BOOM!!!! YOU NOW GET THE GREEEN SCREEN

    WORKS 8/10 TIMES FOR ME IT WORKS ALL THE TIME..
    HOPE THIS HELPED SOMEONE CUZ IT SURE HELPED ME….

    ANY ?’S JUST LET ME KNOW

  30. Brussin says:

    Thank you so much i tryed it before like 50 time and i tryed this once and it worked the first time. and yes this works with the psp 3001

  31. mahesh says:

    it worked for me

  32. th3no says:

    i try many times it is still don’t work what i must do?

  33. Black Lion says:

    Hi i got a psp with firmware of 4.20. Does this work for that? And i tried your way but i cant get it.

  34. patrick08 says:

    do you have video on how to do ti ?pls help!tnx

  35. patrick08 says:

    do you have video on how to do ti ?pls help ive tried it for how many times

  36. capa says:

    Hi kinggucci
    I read your post, and I tried my psp for almost 50 times. No luck. I’m not sure what might be wrong. I have psp-2005 with firmware 5.03 and running chickhen. I formated my stick . Of course this was bught in korea. is that could make a difference. Any help will be appriciated.

  37. thatboi215 says:

    I’m new to this real new I need help what’s the h.bin the eboot the the image thing

  38. thatboi215 says:

    I’m new to this real new I want to know can u help me I have the psp 3000 I don’t know what’s the h. Bin eboot or the 2jpge image is

  39. Nigga says:

    that did the trick!

  40. Nurama says:

    sadly its still crashing for me :\

  41. C.Jin says:

    This worked the first time but its not working anymore…

  42. abhi says:

    what is THE BLACK” /\ OPTIONS” BOX please tell me

  43. JOHN Z says:

    has anyone had it work with a japanese version psp 3000?

  44. TIGA says:

    (((Here is a way to use ChickHen R2 with no problems…. usually works all the time, with some exceptions. I have a psp 3005, so here’s tuto for those that don’t have a psp 3001, since the 3001 is already set to english. Turn off the UMD cache like they said, and the UMD autostart. Now if your using a PSP other than the US version, so any other version than the 3001 would have their current settings of their character set language altered to whatever their countries language or their psp’s language is. Now change the character set language to the first one, which is the US (437) or something like that, just to keep it safe change also the system language to english (sorry to the other psp users that don’t know or speak english). After I did this ChickHen’s success rate increased like a charm, now I’m able to load it with ease. I just hope that this helps everyone, especially those with other psp’s from other countries other than the US.)))

  45. TIGA says:

    READ POST #16….. I wrote the steps down for those who don’t have a psp 3001!!!

  46. TIGA says:

    or the one above

  47. faz889 says:

    king gucci thats a lie brother. Tired of trying ur method.. iv had it working all week but battery died which i was out to it turned off.. when it comes to runing chickhen again it doesnt work and been tryin ur method for hours and hours and it dont work

  48. kingucci says:

    WELL I WISH I CAN SHOW U A VIDEO OF ME DOING IT BECAUSE I GET IT ALL THE TIME USING THAT METHOD. LIKE I SAID HAVE 8IMAGES IN UR CHICKEN FOLDER INCLUDING THE 5 EGGS.TIFF PLUS ANY OTHER 3 JPEG IMAGES
    CLICK ON CHICKHEN FOLDER ON UR PSP AS SOON AS U SEE THE EGG PICTURE APPEAR
    THEN WHEN U SEE THE BLACK OPTIONS BOX POP UP SCROLL ALL THE WAY DOWN
    WITHOUT LETTING GO. U WILL GET THE GREEN SCREEN THEN JUST RUN THE CFE.

  49. Diggs09 says:

    Yes, I got it running, took ages and had to change CharacterSet to Multilingual Latin 1

  50. abhi says:

    Thank Youuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuu!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  51. pspfreak says:

    do you know how to re-enable recovery mode for psp 3000? I can no longer get into recovery mode.

  52. tryin123 says:

    umm..

    ur PSP is 3005 with what motherboard?

    i wanna know cuz i also have psp 3005 with TA090 v2

    can we cfw that?

  53. tryin123 says:

    helo!

    um.. u have psp3005 wid what motherboard?

    i wanaa know cuz i also have psp 3005 with TA-090 v2..

    can it be cfw?

    tnx..

  54. eLvnik14 says:

    hi there i have my psp 3001 with version 6.10 . I am new with it and i want to play games with it but i dont know how can you help me?? does chickHen work with it?? pls help me :C

  55. mojako1972 says:

    How can i play the games with a filename EBOOT.PBP to PSP-3004? Pls….Help how to run this under firmware 5.03 to PSP-3004

  56. nikoz78 says:

    just make sure that the firmware is below 5.03

  57. davehaddad says:

    Thanks for the input, I have put 5.03 and chicken hen r2 on my 3001 and managed to run a gba emulator successfully. I took probably 15 reboots to get the green screen, but now I leave it in standby mode. Other than emulators can I run anything else with this, ei; IRShell or tightvnc?

  58. deendee says:

    In the steps above you say that there should be 5 egg gif’s. Im seeing four (4) and the fith (5) says it’s a tiff but before that image loads my psp freezes and turns off. So I dont know if it’s an egg or not. Iv tried many times and end up with the same results. Any one have any thoughts on this? Thanks….Dee

  59. akete-wa-ka-ta says:

    same here but my 5th one says it’s a slim.tiff and the image doesnt load. and it freezes and turns off, stupid psp. my friend told me chickHEN reacts differently to every single psp, is that true?

  60. chiechie says:

    having hard time loading chickHEN?
    try this one:
    restore default setting
    then go to settings
    turn off “umd cache”
    turn off “umd auto start”
    go to “character set”
    choose “US(437)” or “Multi Latin 1(850)”
    then load chickHEN
    when loading chickHEN:
    open “PHOTO”, don’t push any button until the egg appears
    then open the chickHEN folder( you dont have to push any button,just wait)
    PS. when your having a problem loading chickHEN, just change the “character set” to US or Multi
    and also change your “theme” to original..hope this help! :)

  61. nikoz78 says:

    Try this one – 100% Working (hopefully…)

    As simple as this, just copy the chickhen folder with the gif’s and tiff image inside it into your psp\photo folder. if it does not exist there (photo) then create one. then copy the h.bin file to the root of the m.stick. we now move on to the preparation part. Now turn onyour psp, go to system setting, and go to the third option from the most bottom, which is to Restore To Default Settings. Yes to everything and your psp will reboot. Now, do not set anything on the time and date screen. just press the right button until you can save the settings. Now go to your System Settings again, change your UMD Auto Start and UMD Cache to OFF. Well this is optional, you can also go to your Theme Settings and change it to Classic. This is to get your system to load things faster (sometimes i didnt do it either, lol). Now is the last and most important part, loading that chickhen shit!!!

    Go to photo menu, enter.
    Once you can see the ChickHen folder, remember do not press anything yet.
    In 2-3 seconds, a black ‘Options’ box with triangle icon will appear on the bottom-right screen of you psp
    (If you didn’t see the box, go back to the photo menu and enter again)
    Now is the time to press enter and………..now is the tricky part….

    you actually have 2 methods here, it actually works on both methods
    normally people will ask you to straight away press the down key to the last image (TIFF)
    well if you already tried it hundred times but it still wont load, try this one

    after you enter the chickhen folder, DO NOT SCROLL DOWN!!
    JUST STAY ON THE 1ST IMAGE AND WAIT UNTIL IT LOADS
    if it still do not load, try the scrolling down method 3 times and again the staying up method 3 times while praying to god…. ok

    for psp 3000 PW 100v (Jap Version) – after reset to default settings, change character set to Multi Latin US

    i hardly plays psp games, i only plays pc’s. i just own a game shop that sells this thing, so i need to know more on how to get that thing works rite?….. good luck guys….

  62. goldie says:

    Hi, I’m a newbie at this…
    will this work for PSP 3000 with version 6.0?

  63. rjane04 says:

    nope… it will not work, you have to sit back and relax and pray for someone to release or have guts to create a game exploit in 5.50 and above OFW’s…

  64. amaraen says:

    What you need to do is downgrade your OFW to 5.03 then it will work.
    You downgrade by going into Pandora Mode (Service Mode). Given that you have a PSP-3000 you need a different Pandora Battery than those used on PSP-1000.

    I think the “Datel Max Power Digital Tool” is the one that works on PSP-3000 and 88v3.
    The Pandora Battery that says “TOOL” on it only works for the older PSP-2000 and the PSP-1000

    On your Memory Stick you need to place the 5.03 firmware when using the Pandora Trick. After you install it, go to this forum again and you’re ready =)

  65. bluesoup11 says:

    you cant downgrade a psp 3000…

  66. bluesoup11 says:

    you cant downgrade a psp 3000… you’ll brick your psp if you do that..