Before the advent of root keys and such, i created a F.A.Q thread, in order to aid those of you that found the whole Jailbreaking process a little difficult, that thread can be found here, it covered the process of how to Jailbreak and which devices to use.
With the release of the PS3′s keys, we were introduced to CFW(Custom Firmware) for the PS3, thus making the the whole use of dongles, redundant, so i have revised my old F.A.Q for the CFW generation, those of you that read my old F.A.Q will be familiarized with half of it on this new one, as a lot of it still stands, so here it is:
Q.) What firmwares can be modified/Jailbroken/hacked
A.) Firmwares 3.41 and below, can be Jailbroken with a USB Jailbreak device, 3.41 and 3.55 has CFW(Custom Firmware.
Q.) What Firmwares cannot be hacked yet.
A.) 3.56 and 3.60 at the moment are un hackable as are any future firmwares.
Q.) Can i now Jailbreak my PS3 without a Jailbreak dongle, or cell/mobile phone ?
A.) Yes, on firmwares 3.41 and 3.55, you can install CFW, this means you don’t need any jailbreak device and you don’t need to do the power/eject method any more.
Q.) So what are the CFW options ?
A.) For firmware 3.41, you can use Hermes CFW and for 3.55 you can use Kmeaw’s CFW, there are other CFW’s, but the best to stick with, is Kmeaw’s.
Q.) How do i install CFW ?
A.) If you aren’t already on 3.55, you will need to update to the official Sony firmware, then install a CFW via recovery, Pirate wrote a great guide, which you can read here:
If you wish to stay on official firmware 3.41, the same method applies, but you will need to grab Hermes CFW.
Q.) I am having trouble getting into recovery, is there an easy guide ?
A.) Yes, check this link:
Q.) Ok so i have CFW installed, how do i run homebrew ?
A.) You will see in the game section, you will see “Install Package Files”, you will be able to install all your homebrew and backup managers from there, just a note though, the PKG files that you are installing, need to be on the root of your thumbdrive/external hdd.
Q.) How do i play my backups ?
A.) You will need a backup manager, the following are available:
multiMAN – it seems to be the most popular and the most up to date version can be found here
Rogero BM Manager v8.1
Hermes Manager 1.4 For 3.41
Hermes Manager 1.3a For 3.55
Gaia Manager For Waninkoko v2 CFW
Open Manager v2.1I2 For Waninkoko v2 CFW
Q.) What do i need to do in order to run games of an external HDD?(Thanks pbanj)
A.) The drive needs to be formatted to FAT32, check this link
Q.) Now that i have updated to 3.55 CFW, some Homebrew app’s wont work, is there a list of working homebrew app’s ?
A.) Yes here it is:
LuaPlayer PS3 2.0
DragonFTP 0.25 And Source Code – By DarkHacker
PS3 Messenger by samson (Visit This Thread For More Information)
BBC iPlayer by samson
BootOS 2.01 AKA AsbestOS v2.01 (Installer)
3.56 Spoof by Rebug
Coldboot Installer by Rebug
xReg Plus v1.0 by Rebug
SuiteApp v0.2 – Multi Text Reader For PS3
blackb0x 1.2 FTP Server
Comgenie’s Awesome FileManager
PS3 Model Detection
Comgenies Awesome Filemanager For Waninkoko v2 CFW
Q.) Now that i am on 3.55, can i install Linux ?
A.) Yes you can, check this thread.
Q.) Sony’s official 3.56 firmware blocks me from accessing PSN, is there any way i can get on PSN without updating ?
A.) Yes, you will need to read this thread
Q.) Sony has stated that they will start banning consoles, that are using hacking devices/methods, if my console gets banned can i access online again ?
A.) You can, you will need to follow this tutorial.
Q.) What are my options for backing up games.
A.) You can install games on the PS3′s internal HDD or use an External USB HDD, which needs to be formatted to FAT32, you can also use a FAT32 USB Thumb Drive, note that with FAT32 you are limited to games with single files under 4GB, if you prefer all your games to be on the internal HDD, you can get up to 1TB 2.5″ HDD, or you can use the Xecuter PS3 HDXT method and have your internal HDD on the outside of the machine, the benefit of this, is that you can use 3.5″ Sata and IDE HDD’s as internal storage.
Some more PS3 HDD Information submitted by ieder-zijn-meis(Thanks again)
- maximum height is 9,5mm (many 2.5″ drives above 640GB are too high too fit inside)
- maximum PS3 filesystem is 1TB (512KB block size)
- maximum FAT32 theoretical size is 8TB, practical limit on the PS3 is 2TB
- 7200rpm can be used, as well as Flashdrives (although the 1/5th lower loadingtime of GTA5 can be considered too low to justify the higher pricetag of SATA Flashdrives.
- SATAII-300 can be used, although it will work on SATA1-150 speed interface.
- If using external 3.5″ drives hooked up to the internal SATA, you’ll need an external powersupply (some drivebays include them).
- If on low budget or you like DIY: use a normal extension (male to female) SATA cable (and make sure it doesn’t get loose) and recycle the case + powersupply of an external USB harddisk (without using the USB connection/conversion).
- Don’t use RAID or SAN drives with (e)SATA interface, just a plain single drive with a bare SATA connector (many controllers don’t work without drivers/software).
- Games can be hardcoded for BluRay speeds (9MB/s) so sticking a 85~220MB/s harddrive inside will not speedup everything/allways (but most do).
- If you plan on exchanging the drive, download the full PUP of your FW you are using and put it on an USB Mass Storage Device formatted with FAT32 in PS3UPDATEPS3UPDAT.PUP and disconnect the LAN before repowering the PS3 (or you’ll bound to end up with the latest (3.55 now) unjailbreakable/undowngradable version).
- Use a good fitting X screwdriver, the screws fitted to the HD<>tray are made of very soft aluminium.
An image of the Xecuter PS3 HDXT.
Q.) Ok, i have downloaded a Backup Manager, that i want to use, how do i install it.
A.) You need to put the PKG on the root of a thumb drive and install, by selecting “Install Package Files” on the XMB, in the games section.
Q.) Ok im fed up with using my thumb drive, is there a way to download apps directly to the PS3.
A.) Yes,you will need to instal “Package Installer”, then you will be able to FTP the apps to the “packages” folder on your PS3, you can find more about that here.
Q.) So i have heard some games will not work, how do i find out, which game does or doesn’t work.
A.) Well i could list each one here, but i wont, instead visit PSJCL(PS Jailbreak Compatibility List), created by Bash, OnePlayer, Chris, Neowarex, Meeplo and xnt14, it is without a doubt, it is the definitive site for PS3 game Backup compatibility information.
Q.) Ok so i have backed up a game, i want to save that game to my computer as an extra backup, or i want to mod the game, how do i transfer it from my PS3.
A.) There are two methods, FTP, there are three of those at the moment:
PS3 FTP Server by CJCP
blackb0x FTP Server by blackb0x
PS3FTP by stoneMcClane
Alternativley you can use
Comgenies Awesome Filemanager
if you cant use FTP, or have an External HDD, Comgenies Filemanager is the best choice.
Q.) I want to be able to create my own Homebrew, is it possible.
A.) Yes, using the Open Source PS3 SDK, named PSL1GHT, you can create Homebrew, PSL1GHT was created by AerialX
Q.) I have always hated that annoying boot sound the PS3 makes, when it is turned on, can i change it
A.) You certainly can, gliitch has written a great tutorial here it will show you how to change the sound and make yourown, or you can simply download the sounds made by gliitch and other members
People who deserve thanks and respect, for making this great PS3 Scene what it is, without them, it wouldn’t really exist Mathieulh, RichDevX, GeoHot, The PS Jailbreak Team, KaKaRoTo, Hermes, klutsh, Amon-Ra, marcan, ThatOtherPerson, AerialX, Comgenie , NZHawk, CJCP, blackb0x, MohammadAG, The PSJCL Team, gliitch, Kmeaw, fail0verflow and any other person, who has also created a payload, made homebrew, or contributed to the scene.
The other guys that deserve a big thank you, are the site admins, that work to keep you up to date with news and bring you those all important exclusives, the most important being:
garyopa @ PSX Scene
grandy @ PSGroove
And of course
Pirate , here @ PS3HaX
Also i would like to thank you, the readers, without you this F.A.Q would be pointless, thanks to those that have given me tips, to make this F.A.Q better, like Gonesuper, Spok, ieder-zijn-meis and the guys on IRC.
This F.A.Q is a work in progress, it will be updated and renewed from time to time, if anything is missing, or anything you feel needs added, don’t hesitate to post and let me know, i really hope this helps those of you, just starting out in the PS3 Jailbreaking scene, thanks for reading, your faithful Moderator/News Editor GregoryRasputin