Friday, May 9, 2008

Split your EBOOT.PBP files

Most newer homebrew apps come in both Version 1.0 EBOOT.PBP format and in split 1.50 format, but in case you run across a homebrew application that is only ready to run on Version 1.0 firmware, there are a few tools available to help you properly prepare the file for running on your PSP.

If you are running Mac OS X, you will want to grab HomebrewPSP Converter (, which is available for free from RnSKSoftronics, the makers of iPSP. This easy-to-use application will let you select a recently downloaded EBOOT.PBP file, split the file into the necessary two parts, and automatically copy these files to a mounted PSP when you click the Transfer To PSP button.

If you're running Windows XP, there are several programs that will do the same thing that HomebrewPSP Converter does on OS X. PSP Homebrew 9 (, from the makers of PSP Video 9, is a free (although donations are welcomed by the developer, Sajeeth Cherian) Windows solution for converting and moving your homebrew applications to your PSP on a Windows box.

In most cases, you won't need to worry about this. Most homebrew applications out there come preprepared in both firmware 1.0- and 1.5-savvy versions, so there is really not much need for converting the files anymore. I only supply the information here for the rare file that isn't pre-prepared, and to provide some of the history behind the scene.

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