Upgrading a PSP

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In order to upgrade a PSP, a user must make sure to get the latest firmware updates, which require that the PSP has a full battery. Install updates onto a PSP through an Internet connection with help from a video producer in this free video on the PSP.

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Let's talk about how to upgrade your PSP. One of the most important housekeeping chores you can do to your PSP is make sure that you've got the latest firmware update. Sony updates the firmware fairly frequently every couple of months with new features, bug fixes and things like that. So you want to make sure that you've always got the latest one to enable more capabilities. First of all, make sure that you have a full battery. The PSP is very finicky about upgrading. Even if you have it plugged in and you don't have a full battery, if you've got a low battery, then the firmware may not work. So make sure that you've got a full battery whenever you want to do any network updating function. Then you're going to go to your network tab and there's a network update icon that you want to select. You'll go ahead and select your connection. It's scanning for possible, for available networks right now. So now that it's scanned through, it's telling me that it's found automatically a later version of the firmware update and it wants to download it. So I'm going to say yes, let's go ahead and do that right now. So now it is downloading the firmware update. It's going to prompt you several times whether or not you want to continue. Then what it will do is it will start to install. It is very important at this point that you don't turn off your PSP or you may render it completely unusable. So that's one of the reasons that they want to make sure that you have a full battery, in case the power goes out or something in the middle of your update, you can at least switch to the, to your battery mode and complete the installation so you don't brick your PSP. At that point, it's going to reboot and you will have a freshly updated PSP.

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