The Ultimate PSX Swap Guide

Before I begin, I want to say that I accept NO responsibility for what you do with this, this is only for if you own the copyrights, I only use it to boot homebrew software which is legal.


To play Burned/Import PSX games on your PSX you need a chip right? WRONG!!!!

All you need is this...

1. At least one original game from YOUR region (go find a sports game for under a buck)

2. A Gameshark CDX IT MUST SAY CDX ON THE BOX (I use version 3.3 but all versions of CDX should work.)

3. The memory card doohickey that game with the gameshark

4. your burned/backup game

5. a paperclip

Ok here we go

Put in your gameshark memory card into slot 2 and your regular memory card into slot 1 (if you have one) the reason for this is that some games only support a memory card in slot one so the memory card should go there because the gameshark doesn't care where the card is

Then with the lid still open bend the paper clip around the thing in the right hand corner of the lid how to do this you ask?

ok here's how I do it

Unfold the paperclip completely and grab the very end with some pliers and twist the paperclip around the pliers repeatedly (i hope your using needle nose pliers or this wont work)

then when about a inch is left bend the remaining wire should look like this


and the top should look like this

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(its supposed to e a circle with a line in the middle)

The middle part (the line) should have been created when you twisted it around the pliers by itself this is very useful!!!

Now take the roundish part and put it over the bottom of the button pusher thing one the PSX lid (its on the top right) and carefully force (oxymoron but true) the bottom part onto the button on the top right but NOT IN THE HOLE ON THE BUTTON IT WILL GO THROUGH it should be pressing the button down!!

Now assuming your gameshark CD is in turn on your PSX and select codes for your game if you want or not it doesn't matter (this is the cool part about this swap trick) now select start game with or without codes depending on if you want codes or not

The gameshark CD shouldn't be spinning so take it out and replace it with your Original game. carefully pull the button presser thing up just enough so on the screen the message says something about close the lid then let the button presser back down allowing it to keep the button held down again.

Your CD should start spinning

here's the swap part

The CD will start spinning slow then fast then slow again.

Get your backup/import ready and watch the CD closely

I recommend just watching it boot once or twice without the swap just so its easier for you to tell the difference between the fast spinning and the slow spinning but its not that hard trust me

Ok so after the CD starts spinning slowly WAIT, it will start to spin fast WAIT, then it will spin slow again then QUICKLY take out the original and put it your backup/import

The backup or import could take anywhere from 3-30 seconds to boot up but any longer than that and you did it wrong

You can now play your game perfectly (color, frame rates, etc.) Plus anti-mod chip games wont detect this because there's no mod chip installed! On top of that you can use cheats!


This is so simple to do. Most games, if not all, when you save, it puts your save on the second disc, and you don't need the first disc anymore because you cant go back, so you just turn it off and then boot the second disc and load your game

If this is not the case, or its one of those games where you walk past a certain point and you have to put in disc two then keep reading.

OK so pretty much a screen shows up that says insert disc 1, 2, 3, 4, or whatever

Easy fix!, Replace the backup with an ORIGINAL GAME FROM YOUR REGION, it can be any game (the backup shouldn't be spinning) slightly lift up the lid, and let it start spinning

it will spin slow, then fast

as soon as it starts to spin fast, take out your original and replace it with disc 2 or whatever of your backed up game


After that it should start up perfectly. If you mess up, you will just get a "wrong disc error" and you can try again! It's almost as if Sony wants you to do it.

Happy gaming!