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Sony PSP : Adding LocationFree TV back to CFW 4.01 M33 and other CFW 3.xx versions

Sony PSP custom firmwares have been around for quite sometime. These firmwares are originally Sony based but have been custom tweaked to allow kernel 1.50 emulation (and thus true homebrew availability). However, installing the 1.50 kernel add-on forces removal of the korean font and the LocationFree TV application files. This is a big deal for those of us with a LocationFreeTV setup. Here is how to add back those files!

PSP w/CFW 3.XX or 4.XX
Sony PSP v4.01 update eboot.pbp
PSARDumper for 4.01 (works w/4.01 and below)
USBHOSTFS.exe and driver

1. Copy the PSARDumper folder to your PSPs /PSP/GAME4XX or /PSP/GAME3XX . Also be sure to copy the FS folder to the root of your PSP’s memory stick. (i backed up my FS folder prior since it overwrites 3 files)
-depending on your CFW, if your running CFW 371, /PSP/GAME371; firmware v4.01 and up use the /PSP/GAME4XX folder
-ALSO, be sure to change in your Recovery Menu (power on while holding R trigger) options to these:

Go to Configuration > Game folder homebrew to 4.XX or 3.XX
(same as above location we put PSARDumper folder).

2. Download and extract the USBHOSTFS application. Also download the official Sony PSP v4.01 firmware eboot.pbp file and put in the same folder as the usbhostfs.exe.

3. The first time you run the usbhostfs.exe program, you will be prompted with a “New Hardware Found” window. We will need to install the driver needed; choose to manually install and browse for to the driver folder that came w/the USBHOSTSFS zip file. Let it install the PSP Type B driver.

Close the Command Window and click on USBHOSTFS.exe again, this time you will receive a windows Firewall warning; unblock and allow the application (it is setting up a peer to peer connection via usb to the PSP)

4. On your PSP, go to Games > Memory Stick > RSPsarDumper

5. Once it loads the dos-like interface, hit the R trigger to enable HOSTFS. The command window on your pc should now say PSP connected.

6. On your PSP, hit the square button to Dump All. Your psp will show the folders being created and in turn will dump the eboot.pbp file we have on our pc to a folder called dump.

7. Once it finishes the dump, it will reboot your PSP. We should now have a dump folder in the folder were our eboot.pbp file was. We now have the files we need to put it back.

However, we now need to clear up some space in our flash0 memory so we can add the locationfree tv setup files. This will eliminate chinese and japanese languages from your PSP; be sure to backup your FLASH0 prior to doing this.

8. On your PSP, power on and go into the Recovery Menu and enable Flash0 for USB. Connect the usb cable to your PC and you should see Six folders for your PSP. If you do not see the six folders in windows, you will need to go to Control Panel > Folder Options > View and uncheck Hide protected operating system files.

We are going to reduce the file size of two font files:

\flash0\font\gb3s1518.bwfon = just create a new text file named gb3s1518.bwfon and replace file.

\flash0\font\jpn0.pgf = get alternative file here and replace with

this will free up nearly 2.5mb in size!
( thanks to roe-ur-boat at exophase )

9. Finally, we will need to just copy back the locationfree files back to flash0 memory. Our PSP should be still in flash0 usb mode; if not go back to recovery mode or bring up the recovery menu (select button on newer cfw’s) and change usb to flash0.

Now copy these files from the dump folder to your PSP’s FLASH0 folders:



disconnect and hopefully your locationfree tv player should be back and running! 🙂

this recipe and method should be applicable to any CFW 3.XX M33/Dark Alex and up. this is confirmed on version 4.01 M33-2.

useful links:

i am not responsible for any damage and do not promote bootlegging or piracy

Jimmy S
Jimmy S
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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