PSP: Convert your PSone games to work on a PSP w/Dark_AleX 3.10 OE-A firmware

   Posted March 23, 2007 by Jimmy Selix in Games

This is a quickie recipe for those psp owners. I’ll show you how to convert your old PSone games (disc or iso) to play on your PSP. This works on Dark_AleX 3.10 OE-A` firmware (not explained here)

-PSP w/Dark_AleX 3.10 OE-A` firmware flashed
-MagicDisc (free, if you have images of your game discs use this to mount them)
-Auto Popstation4 (creates ISO file of game disc,, converts iso to PBP)

1. Download and extract Auto Popstation4.

2. Put your PSOne disc in your pc or mount the image w/your virtual drive application (magicdisc)

3. Go to the folder where we extracted Auto Popstation4. You should see a .bat file and also a folder called CoreData. Be sure there are not any ISOs in this folder, or else Auto Popstation4 will go to the menus for creating the eboot.pbp; if there is no iso it will give you options to capture an iso from your cd/dvd drive.

4. run the Autopopstation4.bat

5. on the menu, choose Option 1 to create an ISO.

6. next, you may get an error (you will the first time since it has not been configured), click OK on it. Then IsoProducer should open up. We need to configure it, use the suggested settings showing the Command Box and then click Make ISO.

i usually save it to the same folder as the Autopopstation4.bat file and the coredata folder. (the batch file needs the iso to be here, also be sure to not use spaces in the filename).

7. Once the iso is created, rerun the Autopopstation4.bat again, this time we will get a different menu to create make our PSP ready game.

Type the iso’s file name when asked, it will list all ISO files in the folder where the batch file is. again be sure that your iso’s file name does not contain spaces, messes up the batch file/script.

Then choose the compression level, 0 = none, 9 = max; remember that the more compression the longer the load times or possibility it won’t even load; i generally use 2 – 4 for this setting.

Next, it will ask for a name for the game, this will show up on your PSP > Game menu

Next, it will ask for part of the game’s name to find the appropriate game code. after you hit enter it should populate a list of game codes; the code is the first number (ie SLUS01251 ). The command prompt prob is asking if you want to run again, just choose N.

Now you will be asked for the game code (again, the one we found from above, ie SLUS01251) and hit Enter.

Finally, it will ask if you want to make a Manual for the game using the PSPDocument Maker or by using any png file in the CoreData\DocmakerImages (must be named 0000.png to 9999.png). I made a custom png file that i use all the time (just a seamonkey logo).

Once you choose how to make the manual, it will confirm your settings, just Y to start and it will start processing away. Once its done, you can hit any key and it will open up the Results folder w/your newly converted PSone game now ready for your PSP!

-You can customize the icon0.png and pic1.png to your liking. they are saved in the CoreData folder or you can go back and edit the eboot.pbp using PBP Unpacker (here’s an older guide i made that is still applicable:
-These games will also work w/Dark Alex 3.30 OE-A
-If you have problems w/the game not loading past the Playstation logo, you may want to recreate the eboot.pbp w/o using any compression (set to 0)
-Also, if you have problems you may need to create the iso from a mounted cd image or actual PSOne CD-ROM; i had a problem w/MDS files and had to remount them and create a new .iso using popstation4 and in turn fixed my problems.

Finally; if you get the message about your system not being activated, you may want to head over here: and setup an PSN account and in turn try to activate it via the account management page. i have not tried it since i have my psp activated via my PS3 since i have it setup for remote play; but worth a shot!

Games that i’ve converted and work:

    FFIX (no lag or delays, see video of it at botom)
    XMEN vs Street Fighter
    Bushido Blade
    Gran Turismo 1 and 2
    Legend of Mana
    Chrono Cross


About Jimmy Selix

Jimmy Selix is an early adopter that loves to be one of the first on the block to have the latest and greatest in technology and gadgets. Another love of his is being able to share his knowledge to others seeking it. Feel free to drop any comments or questions that you may have.
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  • osborne

    after copying the game from pc to PSP ”the copyright information is invalid” what shoud i do

    • M. Ali

      Are you helped out, it says the sames. Help me thanks!

    • Killokid

      u need to install custom firmware…

  • KEN

    Hi where do I download that Alex firmware and is it free? thx

  • moha

    I HAVE FIRMWARE 5.01 tha latest downloaded it for playstaition site.


    • supertard

      You obviously didn’t do everything right cause you updated Sony firmware as opposed to dark alex like the guy said in the first line of the instructions

  • Free PSP Demos

    I love this stuff. Its so good.

    • krahl

      has this actually worked for anyone? all i see is problems ‘cept for free psp demos, he loves this stuff.
      And is it definite that i will need activation or whatever? ive played many ps1 games on psp but they were pre-converted, and it played straight away using popstation 3.71. Or did they use the proper liscence and thats why it never said copyright invalid?

      • DudePersonGuy

        its not working for me so………:'(

  • Anonymous

    What a useful post here. Very informative for me..TQ friends…

  • jamie

    yeah i agree, it would be good if that happens. Anyways, can you help me with this: it’s a game where you are allowed to play without controlling your characters.

  • DudePersonGuy

    after picking the first option ‘1’ then it says press any key, so i do, then it closes and then nothing…….help?!!????

  • DudePersonGuy

    try running it as admin, worked for me.

  • namelass

    it is final fantasy IX lol dun anhow say diao

    • st4rw4k3r

      Actually, VIII is 8 and IX is 9

  • M. Ali

    Buddy my [psp also displays th same. :Please help me too.

    thanks very much

  • Name

    i dont understand the last way

  • Smoker1

    Program works fine, however, has any one figured out how to get MK Trilogy to work properly? Keeps freezing at the start of the match.

  • Anonymous

    Cheers mate. Nice one.
    Now I cant find any actual ps1 format ps1 games just pbp or whatever it is for psp format ps1 games.
    This process better work in reverse cos I want to play the original medal of honour on my playstation 1 and alien resurrection.
    and this is so rubbish it dont even work for pspgo

  • Anonymous

    It is possible to convert in vice versia? I mean from psp to psone, cuz my smart phone can emulate psone games not psp…. ;[[

  • P Holl12

    I am having a problem with My isos when I put them on My PSP. Every time I try to open the Iso, It says: The Copyright Protection Information is Invalid. Is there a Way to bypass this message and play the game?

  • Killokid

    you need to hack ur psp and install custom firmware…

  • Killokid

    thx dude! imma play mah Armored Core on teh psp

  • Gtpz1983

    what about the ps2 backward capability that u download @ psnps store using that to get games to play on ps3….. and i need 2 get dbz final bout on ps3 cfw 3.55 thx highly apreciated gtpz1983@yahoo:disqus