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 [Tutorial] Rain's Sony UMD/GAME Guide (Ways to DUMP/COMPRESS/USE)

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PostSubject: [Tutorial] Rain's Sony UMD/GAME Guide (Ways to DUMP/COMPRESS/USE)   Tue Aug 04, 2009 11:49 pm

Introduction
This guide is intended to help both new and experienced users in
dumping/backing up their own UMD discs. I intend to cover several
methods of Dumping and Optimizing and if desired Compressing said
dumps/backups. As I learn of alternate or better methods to do such a
task I will update this guide to cover such information. I do not
intend to cover very old methods for older tools and firmware, however
I will do my best to accommodate users as I see fit or am informed of
older methods.

Items/Applications/Home-brew Used in This Guide.
1 - Items - PSP with Custom Firmware, UMD Disc, USB Cable and PC (Not necessary for some tasks.)
2 - Dumper - 3.52 M33 or Newer CFW or PSPFiler 5.x
3 - Compressor - UMD Gen 4.00 or PSP ISO Compressor or YACC.
NOTE: I will cover basic *nix/Mac OSX compressors at a later date. (For
those who are looking ciso maybe what your looking for.)
4 - Decrypter (For PSN Games) - NP Decrypter(View Post 2)

Dumping/Backing Up The UMD
Method 1 - Built in method (Requires a Computer)

Insert the UMD Disc into your PSP, Press Select (Or Home) to bring up
the VSH Menu. Change your USB DEVICE to UMD DISC. Enable the USB
Connection and use your computer to copy "UMD9660.ISO" to your hard
drive. (Look and Method will vary by OS.)


Don't forget when you are finished to set your USB Device back to
Memory Stick. Copy the ISO to your PSP's ISO Folder and it will show up
under Game > Memory Stick. You will need to set your UMD ISO MODE to
either M33 Driver or Sony NP9660 to play. Skip down for further
instructions on how to do this or how to compress your iso.

Method 2 - PSPFiler (Good For on the Go)
Introduction
This guide is intended to help both new and experienced users in
dumping/backing up their own UMD discs. I intend to cover several
methods of Dumping and Optimizing and if desired Compressing said
dumps/backups. As I learn of alternate or better methods to do such a
task I will update this guide to cover such information. I do not
intend to cover very old methods for older tools and firmware, however
I will do my best to accommodate users as I see fit or am informed of
older methods.

Items/Applications/Home-brew Used in This Guide.
1 - Items - PSP with Custom Firmware, UMD Disc, USB Cable and PC (Not necessary for some tasks.)
2 - Dumper - 3.52 M33 or Newer CFW or PSPFiler 5.x
3 - Compressor - UMD Gen 4.00 or PSP ISO Compressor or YACC.
NOTE: I will cover basic *nix/Mac OSX compressors at a later date. (For
those who are looking ciso maybe what your looking for.)
4 - Decrypter (For PSN Games) - NP Decrypter(View Post 2)

Dumping/Backing Up The UMD
Method 1 - Built in method (Requires a Computer)

Insert the UMD Disc into your PSP, Press Select (Or Home) to bring up
the VSH Menu. Change your USB DEVICE to UMD DISC. Enable the USB
Connection and use your computer to copy "UMD9660.ISO" to your hard
drive. (Look and Method will vary by OS.)


Don't forget when you are finished to set your USB Device back to
Memory Stick. Copy the ISO to your PSP's ISO Folder and it will show up
under Game > Memory Stick. You will need to set your UMD ISO MODE to
either M33 Driver or Sony NP9660 to play. Skip down for further
instructions on how to do this or how to compress your iso.

Method 2 - PSPFiler (Good For on the Go)
Introduction
This guide is intended to help both new and experienced users in
dumping/backing up their own UMD discs. I intend to cover several
methods of Dumping and Optimizing and if desired Compressing said
dumps/backups. As I learn of alternate or better methods to do such a
task I will update this guide to cover such information. I do not
intend to cover very old methods for older tools and firmware, however
I will do my best to accommodate users as I see fit or am informed of
older methods.

Items/Applications/Home-brew Used in This Guide.
1 - Items - PSP with Custom Firmware, UMD Disc, USB Cable and PC (Not necessary for some tasks.)
2 - Dumper - 3.52 M33 or Newer CFW or PSPFiler 5.x
3 - Compressor - UMD Gen 4.00 or PSP ISO Compressor or YACC.
NOTE: I will cover basic *nix/Mac OSX compressors at a later date. (For
those who are looking ciso maybe what your looking for.)
4 - Decrypter (For PSN Games) - NP Decrypter(View Post 2)

Dumping/Backing Up The UMD
Method 1 - Built in method (Requires a Computer)

Insert the UMD Disc into your PSP, Press Select (Or Home) to bring up
the VSH Menu. Change your USB DEVICE to UMD DISC. Enable the USB
Connection and use your computer to copy "UMD9660.ISO" to your hard
drive. (Look and Method will vary by OS.)


Don't forget when you are finished to set your USB Device back to
Memory Stick. Copy the ISO to your PSP's ISO Folder and it will show up
under Game > Memory Stick. You will need to set your UMD ISO MODE to
either M33 Driver or Sony NP9660 to play. Skip down for further
instructions on how to do this or how to compress your iso.

Method 2 - PSPFiler (Good For on the Go)
You will need to download and "install" PSPFiler from this link. There
are two versions, one for the 1.5 Kernel and one for the 3.XX Kernel.
The 3.XX version is not for messing with flash0/1 and it will warn you
of this. Don't worry just drop the eboot into the PSP/GAME/PSPFiler
folder and run. The first time you run PSPFiler it will ask you what
language you would like, select this language and press square to save.
PSPFiler takes some getting used to and is a little awkward. I will
warn you that the button to go back differs from menu to menu so just
don't press anything I don't tell you to.

After booting PSPFiler and selecting language, Press TRIANGLE, then
press R1. It will ask you to name it. To keep this simple just leave
the name at default. Press the D-PAD to the right to select ENTER and
then press CIRCLE. From here it will copy the UMD to your Memory Stick,
you must have enough space on your Memory Stick for this part. Remember
UMD's can range upwards of 900 MB to 1.8 GB. The file by default will
be in your ISO folder and ready to play. You will need to set your UMD
ISO MODE to either M33 Driver or Sony NP9660 to play. Skip down for
further instructions on how to do this or how to compress your iso.


Playing the Game
I will cover Optimizing and optionally Compressing the ISO for people
who have small memory sticks or alot of games in the next section. For
now lets just play this thing!

Copy the ISO file to ms0:/ISO/ . Its not a bad idea to give each game
its own name if you have more than one. However this is not required.
Before you can play the game you need to use a NO-UMD Driver. There are
two to chose from and the Sony NP9660 driver has a 98% compatibility
rating. The other choice would be the M33 Driver, use which ever gets
the game working for you. This is enabled by pressing Select (Or Home)
to bring up the VSH mode and changing UMD ISO MODE. The game will be
located where other Memory Stick games are located.


Optimizing & Optionally Compressing the ISO
UMD Discs contain Firmware Updates that are no longer useful inside the
ISO, removing this will save upwards of 30 MB of space. Additionally
UMD discs contain Padding and Dummy data to maintain file placement
within the UMD structure, this can be removed to save anywhere up to
500MB. I removed 400 something odd MB from GTA:VCS to change the iso
from 1.5 GB to 1.1 GB without any compression.

Why not just compress it? - Not all games do well compressed,
especially racing games that have little read ahead and alot to
read.... ahead. Many games can be cut 10 to 30% just by optimizing
though most of the padding is nullified with compression. I will cover
compression in a moment but lets just get to the quick fix for space. I
will also cover addition methods and software in my second post. Audio
and Video can be ripped out of a UMD by advanced users to save even
more space. PSN Decrypter users also need to use optimization to get
their newly decrypted ISO's down a reasonable size. Most PSN games
worked well with compression.

Optimizing Using UMDGEN
Download and extract UMDGEN 4.00 or Newer. Run the program, Select Open
and find your ISO. Click on the UMD Properties Tab and find the
Optimize Button. Click Optimize and save your ISO by going save and
choosing Uncompressed ISO. You can if you wish chose a CSO and compress
it now, however not the point of this exercise. NOTE: These Images are
cuts and will not appear exactly as they do on your pc.



Compressing the ISO
There are many tools for compressing iso's most of them based off ciso.
For us Windows users I will be covering UMDGEN and PSP ISO Compressor
to start. CISO/CISO Plus is available for unix/linux users and for mac
osx users who are familiar with the darwin unix command line.

UMDGEN is easy, download, install and run if you have not already from
the previous step. You mind as well goto UMD Properties and Optimize to
save 40 extra MB on your compressed ISO. Save this time using
Compressed CSO.


PSP ISO Compressor is very basic but it works, its not going to allow
you to optimize but the padding/dummy files compress very well so no
worries. I do still recommend using UMDGEN. Select Compress ISO >
CSO, Select your file and hit convert. A console window will appear and
compression will start. Place the CSO in your ISO folder. YACC is more
advanced but not quite like UMDGEN is though it provides some minor
extras from ciso plus. Follow the screen shot for a fairly simple CSO
or check out the advanced tutorial for more information. Once again
Place the CSO in your ISO folder.

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PostSubject: Advanced Topics   Tue Aug 04, 2009 11:49 pm

Using NP Decrypter to Decrypt PSN Games into ISOs
If you do not already have it on your psp download your game from the
PSN Store or transfer from your PS3. I will be using Twisted Metal Head
On as my example. Note that older firmwares will need the USB Version
Faker to access either now and NPD has been tested on 3.90 and newer
only. Download NPD from this link, copy the NPD folder to the
ms0:/PSP/GAME/ folder.

You will need to find your PSN Game it will be in a folder named after
its game id. Rename the EBOOT.PBP to NP.PBP and move it into the NPD
Folder. Go to your Game > Memory Stick Menu in the XMB and select
NPEG-RV. Once it executes it will tell you how big the ISO will be and
ask you if you would like to decrypt it. Keep in mind the game will
come out of this anywhere up to 900 MB. You will need the freespace but
we will manage the file size back down to where it needs to be later.



When this is complete there will be a new ISO in the ISO folder. The
name will be something like UCUS-98601.iso, this will not always match
the regular gameid but this is okay. Once you are done jump to my first
post on optimizing ISO's using UMDGEN. NPD decompresses the game and
also restores the proper padding as it would have been on the UMD
version. Twisted Metal HO was a 309 MB eboot, it comes out of this at
799 MB. Just removing the padding gets it down to a good 400 MB, not
bad at all. The game does well compressed although I chose to use only
compression level 1 which brought the game down to a 329 MB CSO. Dont
forget to delete the old game folder and npd when your done.

Using UMDGEN to remove unneeded components to make the ISO/CSO Smaller.
For this part of the tutorial I will be using the Game Need For Speed
Carbon: Own the City. Its one of those games that doesnt have more than
20 MB of padding and plays like crap compressed, however due to some
games playing well compressed I will also compare file sizes with its
CSO counterpart. Its an 853 MB ISO so what can we do about it without
compressing it? Optimizing it only removes 68 MB of space and compared
to the compressed original we only really saved 20 MB. If you have
already played the game you dont need the Movies and if you hate the
music you dont need that either so lets get rid of it. Below is a table
of the file sizes achieved through out this test:

Untouched ISO = 853MB CSO = 368MB
Optimized ISO = 784MB CSO = 348MB
Re-Linked ISO = 616MB CSO = 182MB

182 MB is not bad at all, for games that play well compressed this is
lovely, however through spoiling the joys of cutscenes and music we
have saved ourselves 240 MB on a game that we don't want to compress.
Not all games just have their PMF's AT3's and other files out in the
open. There are ways to completly extract and rebuild an ISO for a game
like Final Fantasy VII Crisis Core, I will link to this in the future.
i chose NFS-C:OTC because it is very open file wise. You will have to
ask or use your brain to find the files you want to relink. NFS-C:OTC
uses PMF's for the cutscenes and .AUD for the music which is found
under eatrax.

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How To Relink and What It Does - Using the video/PMF's as an
example we will choose the smallest cut scene and relink all the other
cutscenes to this. This will basically remove all the other files. To
the game they will appear to still be there and end up playing the file
they have been ReLinked to. First you must find where the videos are.
Click on the images above to see each step.

Step 1 choose the file to relink to, right click on it and select "Use
Selected File as Source". Step 2 select the file(s) to be relinked. You
can do this one at a time or use the CTRL button to select each
individual file at once. Right click and select "ReLink to Source". The
files will be relinked saved the UMD as an ISO or CSO as needed. Copy
to the ISO folder of the PSP and play as usual.
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