Introduction: Set Up Your PSP As a Secondary Monitor

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Before we start, this is my first instructable, so any feedback would be great, thanks.

This instructable will show you how to set up your PSP to be used as a Second Monitor on your PC. This can be helpful in many ways, for example watching a tutorial on the psp and doing it on your main monitor, or simply moving your media player out of the way.

Step 1: What You'll Need

For this little project, you'll need:
- a PSP running a custom firmware above 3.71 [I used 4.01 M33-2]
- PSPDisp by Jochen Schleu
- A USB Cable

My PSP is a Phat PSP with 4.01 M33-2. I haven't tested this on a slim or any other firmware, so I'm not sure how well (or not) this will work on other setups.

From the PSPDisp Readme, you'll also need:
- a PC running Windows XP 32 bit (it will not work on 64 bit versions or Vista, it may run under Windows 2000 but this is untested)
- a suitably fast processor, for comparison:
-> 25 % CPU load on single core Pentium 4 3.06 Ghz
-> 40 % CPU load on single core AMD Athlon 64 3200+ (2.2 Ghz)
It should be fine on any modern PC.

Step 2: Setting Up PSPDisp

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Start by downloading and installing PSPDisp from the provided link.
Run the installer and go to the install directory afterwards (eg. C:\Program Files\PSPDisp\).

Go into the "bin" folder, and then to psp\PSP\GAME.
Copy the PSPDisp folder to the PSP\GAME folder on your PSP's memory stick.

Now, on your PSP, connect the USB Cable (if you haven't already done so), and run PSPDisp PSP application.

Now, you'll get a popup about new hardware, "PSP Type B". When it asks for the driver, tell it to search in "X:\%pspdisp install path%\bin\driver_usb", "X:\%pspdisp install path%" being wherever you installed PSPDisp.

Step 3: Installing Display Driver

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Okay now you've got nearly all of PSPDisp's components up and running, all you need now is the display driver.

To start, bring up the add new hardware wizard. This wizard will either be in Printers and Other Devices (on Category View), or there'll simply be an icon for it (on Classic View).

Installing Driver Instructions:
1] On the first screen, choose "Yes i have already connected the hardware".
2] Next, scroll to the bottom and select "Add new hardware device".
3] Now select "Install what I manually select from a list".
4] In that, select "Show all devices"
5] Don't bother searching for it (it's not there). Just click "have disk".
6] Now, browse to X:\%PSPDisp Install Directory%\bin\driver_display.
That's it. Just follow the rest of the instructions the Wizard gives you! Ignore the warning about the driver not being digitally signed.

Step 4: Setting Up the Display

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Okay now that you have everything you need installed, go ahead and start PSPDisp itself. It's in the \bin\app folder.

It will show up in the system tray as a little picture of a PSP, and to control it just right click the icon. Start off by enabling the display driver. This adds another "Monitor" to the computer, with a resolution of 960x544px.

Now enable PSPDisp to output to your PSP. Hopefully you still have the app running on the PSP. If not start it now :P

Step 5: Finishing Up

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Now you have to position the new desktop.
This can be done by right clicking your desktop and selecting properties -> settings, or you can launch it from PSPDisp's menu.

As you can see in the picture below, I have my new desktop centred under my monitor, but if you want to move your monitor on top or at the sides that'll work too (might be confusing at the sides though :P).

An excellent program for Multi-Display setups is "UltraMon". It also works a charm for this setup, so I recommend you try it out. It can extend the taskbar to the second desktop, change wallpapers of desktops respectively, and more. It's a trial version, though and costs $39.95 for a licence. There's probably (definately) a free alternative, if you find one, please comment :)

Step 6: Outtro

Well that's it. You now have a multi-desktop setup, with a PSP! :)
If you have anything you want to say, please comment, it would be much appreciated!

I hope you enjoyed my instructable!

Video of this in action:

- SP534


dannyman3819 (author)2012-04-03

Dude your awesome tnx

yaly (author)2011-11-23

i have three psps at home mine and my brothers' so can i use multiple psps and did any one test it on slim

danymw (author)2011-08-31

it works now, thanks !

ry25920 (author)2011-08-28

This has been posted before and I have used this software before. However, I think this is laid out and written excellently.

kissubin (author)2011-08-27


prichardson2 (author)2011-06-17

dude this is so cool and works 100% good job!

davevil (author)2011-04-28

Thank's for the Info.
I tested in CFW 5.00m33-6
Toshiba AMD ATI Radeon WIN7 32-64 Bits
now i have 2 Screens, 1st for normal (1366x768) and 2nd for Gadgets (800x600)
I can increased the Resolution in 2nd, but the PSP display has seen better in 800x600 with 480x272. And if you have only 2 nucleos this resolution come perfect.

and i add a 3rd display with another PSP, but sometimes the WLAN disconect too shortly.

jaxxster1 (author)2011-03-29

good job! nice for a first instructable, very informative and helpful.

Excaliborg (author)2011-03-26

Cool guide, my PSP already had custom firmware, just downloaded the program and it worked instantly :D. Anyone who has worked with psp firmware installers and apps knows that they aren't always this simple haha.

dude22072 (author)2011-03-05


hedzup456 (author)2011-01-22

:( data corrupt

numanair (author)hedzup4562011-01-30

You have to have a hacked PSP

hedzup456 (author)numanair2011-02-03

and how do you hack it?

numanair (author)hedzup4562011-02-03

It all depends on what model of PSP you have and what firmware. Some infoo here:
More info can be found by searching around on the web. There are some PSP hacking forums that have threads on that subject.

Gr3at_Whit3_North_Guy (author)2009-10-16

Help Help i don't know how 2 put a custom frimware on my psp 1000 series.
i have downloaded frimware version 4.01 M332.rar
please help thanks

same problem but with the psp 3000

For those who dont know you cant put CFW on the 3000.

ReCreate (author)2009-03-09

it works quite well on my 800MHz windows 2000 computer next i am going to set it up over the wlan

ReCreate (author)ReCreate2009-03-09

i mean windows 2000 computer because it came with windows 2000 now it has windows xp

cyrozap (author)ReCreate2009-04-01

800 MEGA HERTZ!!!!!!!!!!!!! THAT'S SO SLOW! LOL. GHz generation.

ReCreate (author)cyrozap2009-04-01

Im offended,take that back! Really,800MHz is NOT slow(unless if your running windows 7(even though it runs surprisingly well )). I have Google sketchup pro(don't ask) and it runs really well Also my PC has 512MB of ram Its pretty good and i am very satisfied,but i tell ya 4MHz is SLOW

HardCoreHacker (author)ReCreate2009-05-17

Thats only in beta and encredibly hard to get ahold of. I might have it very soon though

ReCreate (author)HardCoreHacker2009-05-17

Have What? What is In beta?

HardCoreHacker (author)ReCreate2009-05-17

windows 7 is only in beta.

ReCreate (author)HardCoreHacker2009-05-17

Oh,Who says its hard to obtain? ;)

HardCoreHacker (author)ReCreate2009-05-19

how do u download it? I went 2 the website but cant find out how to get a username

ReCreate (author)HardCoreHacker2009-05-19

Ah,You gotta register,Its Easy,Once you register At Microsoft It solves Everything. To register you Need an Email Address,You can Make up your street address,I put 123Fake street :P

crazydog75 (author)ReCreate2010-01-11

 i got the full version, it was released a few months ago, but i see ur comments r from may 19 2009, so thats probly y u said demo/RC, just saying

Derin (author)HardCoreHacker2009-07-07

No.RC came out.

ReCreate (author)HardCoreHacker2009-05-17

Windows 7 Is not Hard to obtain,In fact,I am Downloading it right now ;) It has actually been Released(legaly from microsoft) Half a year ago,At about january 9

11rex11 (author)2009-04-29

when i run the program on my psp it says the file is corrupt what should i do

MrRocket (author)11rex112009-05-08

If it has official firmware, then it will not work.

11rex11 (author)MrRocket2009-12-19

 Where do i get the firmware you used?

Dr-Constructable (author)2009-12-08

BAD FISHY!!!!!!!

TC_tadillac (author)2009-09-19

cant get the enable icon to light up in the start menu on the PC. and when I go in to the PSP and run the program it says "corrupt data game will will not start" Looks like a kewl idea wish I could get it working.

k_man93 (author)2009-08-23

how did you get the psp driver to show up as a 3rd monitor? mine wont recognize it.... it displays normal, but what is yours showing in the first picture?

Cartuner55 (author)2009-04-10

ok i Have Vista 32 bit and it installed perfectly, but on the 5th step, i can not set it up as another display. Vista can not detect it, but it is following my mouse. Please help!!

foxtrot4697 (author)Cartuner552009-08-14

im having that problem as well, except on XP. It follows my mouse but thats about it. I is just a mini mouse following copy of my normal desktop

foxtrot4697 (author)foxtrot46972009-08-14

wait, my ridiculous computer magic came through, and it is now working 5* man!

ReCreate (author)Cartuner552009-05-17

Sorry,It should Not work With vista At all

HardCoreHacker (author)ReCreate2009-05-19

are you serious?

ReCreate (author)HardCoreHacker2009-05-19

Well Mostly. He is Lucky it Worked Bare Minim In the first place

Wesley1 (author)ReCreate2009-05-30

new up date should work info on site.

ReCreate (author)Wesley12009-05-30


Wesley1 (author)ReCreate2009-06-02

he is right it will copy any monitor just not give you extra

ReCreate (author)Wesley12009-06-03


Cartuner55 (author)Wesley12009-06-01

nope it doesnt work

Electronics4321 (author)2009-07-31

thanks mate this is awesome. =]<br/>

Xenel (author)2009-07-15

I guess you cant put custom firmware on a psp 3000, o well i had my hopes up

PSPWilly (author)2008-12-22

Hi I followed the tutorial and it has worked But the screen is way below the desktop. How do i get it so that i dont have to drag the item way below the desktop on the PC Cheers PSPWilly

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