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  • Posted by GregoryRasputin , on 16/04/2010 , @ 09:13am

     

    On the first of April 2010, Sony killed the Other OS, via a Firmware update, this annoyed most of you and you refused to update, you used the proxy method to bypass the firmware update, to play online and keep the Other OS that you payed for, Sony killed the proxy, so now you are forced to update in order to play online.

    Some PS3 owners looked at getting a refund and one customer successfully got a partial refund from online store Amazon, unfortunately this will no longer be an option according to THINQ, this is what the website had to say:

    Sony says that it has no intention of reimbursing retailers if they offer fat PS3 users partial refunds because of the removal of the Install Other OS function.

    Last week, the first PS3 user successfully secured a partial refund from Amazon UK as compensation for the removal of the ability to run Linux on the console.

    The punter quoted European law in order to persuade the online retailer that the goods he had bought in good faith were no longer fit for purpose because of the enforcement of firmware update 3.21, which meant that users who chose to keep the Other OS functionality would lose the ability to play the latest games or connect to the PlayStation Network.

    Sony was accused of contravening the Sale of Goods Act and more than one forum poster across the web suggested that a class action suit might be in order.

    But Sony is standing fast, insisting it has done nothing wrong as the company’s PR head honcho David Wilson told us. “We do understand the frustration a small number of consumers may feel at SCE’s decision to provide an upgrade to the firmware to disable the Linux operating system but we refute any suggestion that this action is in any way a contravention of the terms of Sale of Goods Act,” he said.

    The fact that the ability to install Linux was heavily promoted when the console was launched by Sony Computer Entertainment (the word ‘computer’ is important here) seems to hold little sway for the company or its spokesman.

    “The PS3 is first and foremost a games console and our marketing materials for the console reflect this,” said Wilson. “The console packaging and the in-box manual for the console do not refer to the use of Linux on the console. Rather, the console packaging states that the product’s design and specifications are subject to change without notice and that the system software within the console is subject to a limited licence between SCE and the consumer, and this licence permits SCE to update the system software and services offered from time to time.”

    The fact of the matter is that no end of complex Terms and Conditions, or even the most draconian End User License Agreements (EULA) have the power to override the law of the land, and Sony is fully aware of this. The company knows that it is protected by those same laws.

    “The provision in the Sale of Goods Act which requires an item to be fit for a purpose made known by the consumer to the retailer prior to purchase and confirmed by the retailer applies only to the contract between the retailer and the consumer,” Sony told us. “The decision by Amazon to give a  consumer a partial refund is clearly between Amazon and the consumer, but we do not expect the decision to have a legal basis and we have no plans to compensate retailers.”

    So it looks like fat PS3 owners have three choices:

    1. Continue using Linux but give up the ability to download games from the PlayStation store, play disk-based PS3 games which require version 3.21 or higher, play Blu-Ray Disks which require profile updates or download movie.

    2. Give up Linux altogether and use the PS3 the way Sony now wants you to use it.

    3. Get an £84 refund from your retailer and put the money towards an XBox.

    There is, of course, a fourth way. You could wait for the hackers who caused these shenanigans in the first place to release a fiddled firmware update which would allow you to do all of the above.

    Source:  http://www.thinq.co.uk/news/2010/4/14/sony-refuses-to-sanction-ps3-refunds/


  • Posted by Pirate , on 14/04/2010 , @ 11:23am

     

    HellDoc has released an update to his XeXtractor program

    XeXtractor v0.20 :
    -Extract XBDF files
    -Convert XSTR to human readable txt file
    -New sample class included : XSTR.cs XBDF.cs

    XBDF :
    XBDF files are ressources containers. Its basically the same as the xlast xml file but in binary format and including the images.
    XSTR files are multilanguage strings map. The file name represent the language id : 1 is english, 3 is german, 4 is french…
    The XeXtractor txt output of xstr convertion is just StringId - TheString

    Bins folder from XBDF extraction :
    Lots of file gets in there, heres the one that i currently know and what they are used for :
    XACH : This is the achievement string mapping : it contain the title string id, description string id, unachived title string id, image id, gamer cred the achievment is worth and the type of achievement.
    XCXT : Contextual string mapping
    XPRP : Properties string mapping
    XSCR : This is the xlast xml submission file (I’ll include a XSCR decompression feature in future version)
    XTHD : This is the game title id
    XITB : This is the image name mapping, contain the image id + filename. Current XBDF extraction is not using this yet, but its using the id to figure out which kind of data it is.

    Download http://www.sendspace.com/file/o019jr

  • Posted by Pirate , on 13/04/2010 , @ 02:17pm

     

    Unfortunately it seems that those of you that were using the various proxies, to bypass the firmware update, are now blocked from accessing PSN.

    Various forum users have posted having problems and a few of you have came on IRC looking for help, also esteemed console guru Mathieulh,

    stated this via his Twitter:

    The consumers ps3 3.15 Firmware can no longer connect to the psn. P.S. I still strongly advise anyone not to update their consoles to 3.21.

    So for those of you having problems, have patience and do not update, regardless of how much you are tempted.

  • Posted by Pirate , on 12/04/2010 , @ 04:53am

     

    The Xbox 360 is full of homebrew tools, here is one created byBadBloke fromforums.xbox-scene.com that helps you with the Jtaging process

    Download     http://dwl.xbox-scene.com/xbox360pc/nandtools/AutoHacker_V2.1.rar Download

    AutoHacker is an app I wrote which helps automate the proccess of SMC/JTAG Hack (on nand-related stuff only, of course).

    FEATURES:

    - Motherboard Autodetection
    - CB version / exploitability Autodetection
    - Reads NAND two times (or part of it if we are using a BB Jasper)
    - Compares the two backups, if they are identical, it saves them in a folder with a name of our choice.
    - Extracts KV and ConfigBlock from the NAND Backup.
    - Patches previously extracted KV and ConfigBlock in to the correct version of XBReboot (which is also autodetected).
    - Writes final image to NAND memory of our console.
    - Can also erase NAND (or part of it, if we are using a BB Jasper)
    - Can also write original backup into NAND.

    It can also be used regardless of JTAG Hacking in the following ways:

    - Nand Dump
    - Nand Compare
    - Nand Write (any .bin image)

    It uses a full (custom) GUI which saves as from typos or mistakes which can be done by manually typing in commands. It also saves as from looking up to Guides to determine the correct NAND addresses which are varied along with the motherboard revisions, since AutoHacker knows the motherboard we are working on, if it is exploitable etc. If something is not right (CB not exploitable / we have not patched XBR / we have not two identical backups) it does NOT overwrite our NAND.  ;D

    NOTICE: This program DEPENDS on NandPro and does NOT replace it.
    I will update the app regularly, fixing bugs and adding features. Of course, each time a new XBR comes out, AutoHacker will need to be updated (this goes without saying).

  • Posted by Pirate , on 09/04/2010 , @ 12:14pm

     

    As we all know, on the first of April, Sony released a firmware update, which killed the Other OS function, this upset quite a lot of PS3 users, in an interview with IT website  THINQ, Sony has apologized, here is what that website says.

    We asked Sony UK to respond to reports that at least one user had received a partial refund from Amazon UK in compensation for the fact that part of the device’s advertised functionality had been removed.

    A Sony spokesman told us:

    We are sorry if users of Linux or other operating systems are disappointed by our decision to issue a firmware upgrade which when installed disables this operating system feature. We have made the decision to protect the integrity of the console and whilst mindful of the impact on Linux or other operating system users we nevertheless felt it would be in the best interests of the majority of users to pursue this course of action.

    As you will be aware we have upgraded and enhanced functionality and features of the console by numerous firmware upgrades over time and this is a very rare instance where a feature will be disabled.  Further enhancements are in the pipeline.

    Users do have the choice whether to install the firmware upgrade and this is clearly explained to them at the time the firmware upgrade is made available for installation. Furthermore our terms and conditions clearly state that we have the right to revise the PS3′s settings and features in order to prevent access to unauthorised or pirated content.

    Whilst we fully understand why Sony has decided to remove this function from the PS3 OS, and  that users are free not to install the firmware upgrade, we also understand that not installing the latest firmware will prevent users from accessing a number of online services including the Playstation Network.

    We’re also not quite clear how Sony’s EULA can be used to contravene European Directive 1999/44/EC which quite clearly states that goods must be be “fit for the purpose which the consumer requires them and which was made known to the seller at the time of purchase”.

    We’re pretty sure the proportion of users who bought a PS3 for its ability to run Linux is tiny compared to the many millions in circulation, but they are a vocal minority to say the least.

    Our readers are asking us why Sony can, despite EU law, remove an advertised and documented part of the system to protect its own interests.

    We’d also like to know whether Sony will be reimbursing Amazon and other retailers for any further refunds they are forced to offer under the law.

    We’ve put these questions to Sony UK and await a response.

    We have also spoken to the Office of Fair Trading and Consumer Direct who tell us they cannot comment until an official complaint has been made.

  • Posted by Pirate , on 08/04/2010 , @ 06:54pm

     

    ZiNgA BuRgA has released his RCO manipulation tool which is compatible with PSP and the PS3. More information and download link below:

    About
    Rcomage is a general RCO manipulation/creation tool, which I hope, will replace RCO Editor (and potentially rcotool in the future).
    It’s a CLI (command-line interface) however I’ve provided a simple Windows GUI to save you from remembering commands (though you may need to trawl through an XML file).

    It currently only has two main functions - “dump” (dumps contents of an RCO) and “compile” (compiles an RCO from a dump).
    For modifying an RCO, you would dump it, modify the dump, then compile it.
    A dump will consist of an XML file, which contains all the metadata of the RCO (basically, it’s structure) as well as various resources, such as images, sounds etc.

    How to use
    Well, as mentioned above, basically dump and compile is the only thing you can do.
    As for information on the XML structure, I don’t really have the time to write a good guide, so I guess you’ll probably just dump various RCOs to get an idea of how it works.  (I’d be willing to assist if someone would write a guide for me :P )
    A quick idea of the structure is shown in the readme.

    !! I strongly suggest that you don’t use Notepad to edit the XML files.  Suggested applications include Notepad++ and Notepad2 (or your favourite text editor; most should overcome the deficiencies of Notepad).

    Notes
    Because I was silly when writing RCO Editor, it doesn’t put in adler32 checksums for compressed images, etc, and thus, anything modified with it will generate a warning in Rcomage.  Otherwise, should work fine.
    Also, Sony’s GimConv, which is used to convert GIM images, is a little slow, so if you choose to perform the conversion (affects both dumping and compiling), expect to wait some time…

    Unknown values
    If you go through dumped XML structures, you may notice a number of “unknown” labels for various objects (and some anim entries).  Finding out what these values do is, unfortunately, a little time consuming and I don’t really have that much time to test what each thing does.  It would be great if people would volunteer to play around with these values to see what effect they have, and I can add the definitions to Rcomage. (thanks in advance :) )

    Credits
    - highboy for his WAV <-> VAG conversion sample code
    - Z33 for sample GIM handling code and his various RCO tools as well as guides/investigations on various file formats
    - creators of 7-zip for their awesome implementation of deflate
    - supporting libraries: libxml2, iconv and zlib
    - geohot for help with PS3 RCO support
    - alpha testers, for discovering some issues and supporting theme development
    - everyone else supporting PSP customisation and homebrew scene (too numerous to name)
    - anyone I forgot to mention

    [Download Rcomage v1.1.0]
    [VIA]

  • Posted by MohammadAG , on 07/04/2010 , @ 10:20am

     

    Title says it all. GregoryRasputin has posted on the forums that GeoHot announced his CFW for the PS3, which enables OtherOS on 3.21. He also says that it might be a way to enable it on the slimline PS3s

    From the blog:

    Here is a video demoing my “custom firmware”. I would have added something showing off the new features of 3.21, but oh wait, there aren’t any.

    This can be installed without having to open up your PS3, just by restoring a custom generated PUP file, but only from 3.15 or previous. It’s possible this CFW will also work on the slim to actually *enable* OtherOS; I’ll know when my infectus gets here.

    No release date yet, use the proxy hack to play online with 3.15

    Note to the people who removed OtherOS, you are potentially turning 100000+ legit users into “hackers.” There was a huge(20x) traffic spike to this blog after the announcement of 3.21. If I had ads on this site I guess I’d be thanking you.

    Head onto the thread to see the video of the firmware, and to post your comments.

  • Posted by Pirate , on 04/04/2010 , @ 04:40pm

     

    For those using PS3 Proxy to bypass the 3.21 PS3 FW update, d0zs has tossed together a simple program to autostart PS3 proxy server and run it in the background.

    Quote from d0zs:

    ever wanted to auto-start your PS3 proxy server and run it as a background service? i made this little tool to do just that by controlling the api of PS3.ProxyServer.GUI.exe:




    updated 4/04: i fixed the auto-start, it shouldn’t be buggy at all…also you can now use it with EU or any continent, just overwrite ps3-updatelist.txt

    what does it do?:
    -hides/shows the GUI completely
    -automatic start-up with windows and hides itself
    -automatically configures local IP
    -after hiding the GUI, you can exit out of PS3ProxyController.exe..just run PS3ProxyController.exe again and click ‘show’ to show again…green light = running, red light = stopped.

    quick guide for auto-start:
    1) run PS3ProxyController.exe
    2) check Auto-start
    3) close & re-run PS3ProxyController.exe
    that’s it!

    source code included, made with visual basic 6.
    i just threw it together for personal use, so it will be buggy

    this will only work with 32bit windows systems (tested on xp)

    You can download the source+file below:

    [Download Auto-start PS3.ProxyServer.GUI.exe (1.66 MB)]

  • Posted by Pirate , on 04/04/2010 , @ 01:27pm

     

    JaicraB has released his method on how he dumped the PS3 Hypervisor LV2. The method does require soldering and is not for the inexperienced.




    You can view the roughly translated tutorial below, but we bring you a much better English one as it is available.

    [VIA]

  • Posted by Pirate , on 03/04/2010 , @ 03:11am

     

    Demonhades and JaicraB have managed to dump and release the PS3 Hypervisor LV2 (GameOS). This however won’t lead to any new exploits (especially on LV2), as some websites falsely claim, on retail PS3′s (probably debug units).

    You can download the dumps here (Pass: jaicrab.jaicrab).

    To quote:

    “DHorg friends because that is in luck, and I DemonHades and JaicraB we have dump the LV2 (supervisor) thereby obtaining ps3 kernel very soon we detailed the dump.

    Jaicrab a pleasure working with you friend.

    Best to all! A week ago I started to dismount for the first time a PS3 and install Linux without any experience. My only goal was to teach people to change the cooling of a PS3. Gradually I was calling attention to the world of SCENE and a week I give the LV2.

    This concludes a long afternoon with only one thought. DemonHades Thanks for sharing your experience with me and spend the whole evening with me and discuss check for teaching me everything you know in two hours. The truth is that without DemonHades would have been almost impossible. A great and wise person.

    After an entire afternoon leading a project in mind, we could dump the LV2. We had read access of the last session before entering XMB Other.

    I promised. It will explain the method to follow if you want to do you the same. Enjoy it!

    Next step? The next step is Inmagine. First of all tomorrow if I can I will explain the process of how to do it.

    It is not a simple dump LV2, but a dump of the entire session previously opened in XMB. What you need to debug the dump way to make things not to mix the session Other and so we can analyze everything that we run in XMB.

    This dump was made with an upper size LV2, which contains trash otheros session mixed with XMB. The LV2 area is intact, are the first 36 megabytes, which is lv0, LV1, LV2.

    You open a door and you find 50 more, each new door you can open 50 more doors. Choose your path to investigate and share it with everyone.”

    Sorry for the not so detailed post just wanted to spread the news, someone from staff or anyone else feel free make a detailed post !

    [VIA]

    UPDATE: Another dump has been posted by JaicraB and promises a guide in future:

    So,what is gonna be? One thing make me something.
    That is,first geo hacked HV and released it.Then verification of PKG,SELF,loading mtldr.Then rco edit.Then sony remove otheros and then promises of CFW.And then a rapid update of jaicrab’s blog.All things is going to be very rapid after geo’s invention.

    I bet to anyone that,in the end of 2010.
    we will get:
    1.Running code from XMB.
    2.Probably linux for slim.
    3.Hello world for ps3.
    4.Isoloader for both ps3s.
    5.Some way of safely(nt like 360) playing backups.
    6.End of ps3′s DRM that ruled so long.

  • Posted by MohammadAG , on 02/04/2010 , @ 02:05pm

     

    “We might get 3D acceleration with RSX someday on Linux!”

    Disane over at the forums has written a long and informative post about the RSX and the possibility of a driver coming soon to the OtherOS (which was removed in 3.21 yesterday - if you haven’t updated you can read our tutorial on how to bypass it here)

    Head over to the forums to read more about this.

    Don’t forget to say your thoughts by commenting in the thread.

    RSX driver might be on the way!

  • Posted by MohammadAG , on 02/04/2010 , @ 01:54pm

     

    Just a quick notice, the servers are down at the moment.

    You can connect to our second server @ ircc.endofinternet.org
    Just type /server ircc.endofinternet.org after clicking the Chat button above.

    Sorry for the inconvenience.