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Reinstalling/Updating firmware from Safe Mode on PDEL1001
« on: April 16, 2020, 04:29:31 PM »
So just wanna say, if your devkit is working fine w no problems
i highly reccomend opening up Debug Settings, heading to "System Update"
and setting "Update Server URL" to anything (eg, perferably somewhere
you can setup an HTTP server, but as long as its not blank, QCMA will handle the rest.
This will ensure you can reinstall the usual way if anything happens ^

However.. if this is not the case and you can only access SafeMode or something, there are still some options!

Note: Having a offical *sony* memory card and another console to write to it with is required for most of this,
that and/or a PC with sony's software development kit installed.

Lets go over some options!

DevKit is in Release Mode (Select [Development Mode] under [Release Check Mode].)
In release mode, the DevKit will not allow you to install any updates,
its possible to change this from within Safe Mode, using undocumented psp2ctrl commands,
to do this. simply connect a micro-usb cable to the device and using psp2ctrl run the following commands:
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psp2ctrl set-setting integer bootparam:/release_check_mode_console 0
psp2ctrl set-setting integer bootparam:/development_mode 1
(credit to Matheluth for finding these commands)
Now fully power cycle the devkit and you should be able to access update funcitions now,

No Update Server Set (One or more settings is Invalid)
So your console IS in development mode, and you go to "Update via Connecting to PC"
only to receive the error message "One or more settings is invalid!" this is because DevKit requires
you to specify where to download updates from in settings, and this address is used even when downloading via CMA.
Luckily though there is an undocumented way to override the Update Server setting
by placing a .TXT file simply containing the server URL you want in either
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Creating these files will override the consoles setting and download the updatelist.xml file from the URL specified in these TXT files, rather than using the settings provided in the registry. if using QCMA this is all you need to do, but if your using anything else, you'll have to host a HTTP server, that can serve an updatelist.xml to the vita,

Note that psp2-updatelist.xml on DevKit must have a region id of "257" and "258" on testkits.
heres an example psp2-updatelist.xml:
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<region id="257">
<np level0_system_version="01.600.000" level1_system_version="03.730.000" level2_system_version="03.730.000" map="03.730.000"/>
<np_d level0_system_version="01.600.000" level1_system_version="03.730.000" level2_system_version="03.730.000" map="03.730.000"/>
<version system_version="03.730.000" label="3.73">
<update_data update_type="full">
<image size="133770752">
<recovery spkg_type="systemdata">
<image spkg_version="01.000.010" size="56768512">
<recovery spkg_type="preinst">
<image spkg_version="01.000.000" size="128788480">

Update via Storage Media
This feature doesnt care about the Server URL location or anything it just attempts to use the the PSP2UPDAT.PUP located in
the following locations in the following order:
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if any are found it is used for updating instead. obviously you could write a PSP2UPDAT.PUP to either ux0, or grw0 using another console and offical memory card. or just simply use host0.

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« Last Edit: April 16, 2020, 05:06:49 PM by SilicaAndPina »