Sony PSP-1000 System: Tips and Tricks

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Do you have an original Sony PlayStation Portable Handheld system PSP-1000? Here are a couple of things you can try. Please note you must be careful with some of these tricks; due to the sensitive LCD screen, always use caution when trying anything. If you are uncertain about it, don't do it. These tips/tricks are marked with a *.

Choosing a Background Color and Keeping it the Same

The PSP will change colors of the background screen every month automatically. You can pick a color that you like and have it stay that way. Simply go into the settings and select the month that has that color, when it changes, reselect the month.

Changing the Save File Images

* Whenever you save a game, one or two pictures are created on your memory stick:

  • ICON#.PNG: the 144x80 icon displayed when you select your saved file. The #, normally 0, may be higher if a game places multiple saves in one folder.
  • PIC 1. PNG: the 480x272 background that's displayed when you cursor over your save or game disk.

Knowing this, you can customize your saved icons and backgrounds by simply replacing them with new. PNG files. Make sure that you keep the new file less than or equal to the original file's resolution, or the PSP will cut off sections to make it fit.

First Connect your PSP to your PC. Then locate the save file you want to change. All saves are located in the PSPSAVEDATA folder, divided into separate sub-folders to keep necessary files together. Once you've found the save icon you want to change, add .ori to the end of the file name, in case you ever want to change it back to the original. Resize the image you want as your save icon to 144x80 and save it as a .PNG named ICON#.PNG--“where # was the number found on the file you renamed”. Then move the new picture into your save folder.

Now, whenever you see your saved files on your PSP, its icon will be the picture you changed it to. Use the same method to change PIC 1.PNG files to your own custom pictures, but remember that the resolutions must be at most 480x272.

Jam to Tunes Using Your Car Stereo System Speakers

* Use the following instructions to play your PSP games and movies with your car's audio system. You will need an FM modulator, a cable with a male stereo 1/8" headphone connector at one end and split left and right RCA connectors at the other. The red wire with the 'in' line fuse goes to your car battery or switch. The ground wire grounds to the frame. Set the car's CD or tape deck to the FM frequency that is on the modulator. The frequency is usually 88.7 or 89.1. Plug the RCA connectors from the cable into the RCA jacks on the modulator. Plug the headphone end of the cable into the PSP. Turn on the PSP with the volume set at half volume.

The PSP's sound goes through your car's antenna. No extra wires are needed nor are any other adjustments. Your games, music, and movies will now play through your car's stereo speakers. Please note: take care when trying this and make sure you know how to use the modulator and know the right way to hook up the wire to the fuse box and ground wire. If this is not done right, this can damage or even short out the PSP.