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    Smile [Tutorial] E3 Flasher: Fast Swap Dual Guide For All OFW/CFW

    *[UPDATED as of 11/13/2013]

    Hey everyone this is Joonie,
    I've seen a lot of people attempting to do Fast Dual Boot by using E3 "NOR" Flasher but it seems that a lot of people can't get their firmware to boot perfectly on both PS3 NOR and E3 NOR. So I decided to make this tutorial in hope of solving their problems.

    This guide is a lot similar to what @pu6pu6 wrote earlier when he introduced 3.55/4.21/4.30 dual-boot with OFW 4.30/4.31 but it's easier and simplified.

    Please note that this tutorial works with any version of CFW that has CoreOS Check disabled.

    First of all I would like to send my thanks to everyone that contributed to this forum as it has taught a lot on the topic and I doubt I could have done this without them!

    Requirements:

    1. Hackable/Downgradable PS3 that uses NOR flash chip [manufactured in October 07 - December 10]

    2. E3 NOR Flasher Installed for Dual boot [Soldering required] Cut SBCE's A-B and solder both A and SBE to two points on E3 Clip cable.



    *[It must have good Connection with E3 Nor Clip]"





    *For those of you who damaged two solder points on E3 Nor Clip here's the solution



    Instead here you can solder two points on back of E3 Flasher



    3. E3 Flasher's firmware update [10-28 , 2011] *Highly recommended*
    E3 Flasher's firmware update for Dualboot that's released on [01-05 2012] is optional but not required.
    I don't use that at all since I've used my E3 flasher for other consoles many times and it won't allow me to use it for multiple consoles.
    But it's convenient to use it since it's making dumps for three times automatically [bkpps31,32,33]

    4. Two Hard drives which include one for OFW and another for CFW. [It doesn't matter to use either 2.5" or 3.5" both work just fine.]



    5. Custom Firmware files that [CoreOS Hash check disabled]

    6. *Primary Custom Firmware Installation*

    7. Latest Official Firmware Files [if you install older version there's no point of doing this... lol]

    8. A little bit of knowledge and experience of custom firmware installation.

    9. QA Flagging is optional not required but it may be needed due to custom firmware installation.


    Let me explain what firmware you could choose to install for dual boot and why.
    I mentioned that you need the CFW that has CoreOS Hash check disabled. the reason why you need this is
    because the final setup will take place on PS3 Nor flashchip with OFW installation, and once you install OFW,
    your syscon will recognize your firmware as 4.50 [which is current latest official firmware build]
    but if you previously installed any CFW that CoreOS hash check disabled on E3 Nor flash chip it won't give you any trouble
    because on E3 Nor flash, it will skip the hash check and just boot fine but you need to follow this tutorial to the end
    because although it skips checking your CFW won't boot without this method so please read through although you understand everything that I mentioned so far.

    Dual boot-able recommended custom firmware

    Rebug's 3.55.4 REX / 4.21.2 REX / 4.30.2 REX / 4.41.3 REX/LITE / 4.46.1 REX/LITE

    Rogero's 3.55 v3.7a / 4.21 v2.00 / 4.30 v2.05 / 4.40 1.03 / 4.41 1.00 / 4.46 1.01 / 4.50 1.01

    Habib's 4.46 1.00-2.05 / 4.50 v1.03

    Cobra 7.00 [Rogero 4.46 1.00 + Cobra feature]



    as a reminder Rogero's 4.21 v2.00 doesn't have Install Package Files integrated so I wouldn't recommend to use it unless you pre-install IPF "pkg" on that CFW hard drive before you update to Rogero's 4.21 v2.00



    Explanation of switches on TF Cover board.

    OB FLASH = On board Flash which mean "Spansion" Nor chip on E3 Flasher.
    PS3 FLASH = Nor chip on PS3 motherboard

    1 :
    PS3 MODE = Normal PS3 Boot mode
    FLASH FUN = Halt PS3 Boot mode [mostly used for unbrick]
    2 :
    CFW : PS3 Boots from E3 NOR
    OFW : PS3 Boots from PS3 NOR

    3rd , 4th and 5th switches determent where you flash your nor dump from and to so these allow your flashing location

    for ex) SD card to PS3 Nor or E3 Nor, PS3 Nor to E3 Nor and vice versa, etc.

    3 : Choice of either back up or Flashing
    PROG
    BACKUP

    4 : Choice of location of your nor flash dump
    OB FLASH : E3 Nor Chip
    MicroSD [bkpps3.bin or bkpe3.bin files]

    5 : Choice of location where you want to flash to
    PS3 Nor Flash
    OB Flash

    6 : Always "LOCK"



    Dual boot Installation for first time dual boot


    First of all you need to install the custom firmware of your choice "TWICE" it doesn't matter which HDD you use, but I would suggest using

    HDD that you want to use for your CFW that would work with E3 NOR.

    the reason why you do this is because you want your console to be de-hashed by installing the same firmware version "TWICE"

    so that way your NOR flash would have the same firmware CoreOS version
    on both ROS0/ROS1.

    This is "VERY" Important and whole point of this dual boot thing.

    So once you install the same CFW twice on PS3 Nor with CFW HDD. you're good to go



    With this switch setting, your PS3 boots fine go ahead and

    back up your NOR flash dump by



    SW:PS3 MODE/OFW/BACKUP/MICROSD/OBFLASH/LOCK Switch : 001000

    this switch, after it's finished your microSD card will have bkpps3.bin file.

    after the validation of this dump, rename your bkpps3.bin file to bkpe3.bin

    In order to flash the dump file to OB Flash. you can also directly copy your

    PS3 Nor Flash directly to the E3 Nor Flash, but I'll explain later.




    ---SW:PS3 MODE/OFW/PROG/MICROSD/OBFLASH---Switch : 000010

    With this switch setting, you will be able to flash your E3 NOR Flash from

    the file that you just renamed to "bkpe3.bin" that's in the microSD Card.

    After it's finished, turn off your PS3 and change the switch setting like this



    See if it still boots fine with this switch setting, I think it should

    and then turn off your ps3 and change the hdd drive [OFW HDD] that you want to

    install your OFW and put all the switch down just like you boot your PS3 in normal mode.



    as soon as you turn on your PS3, it will ask you to "Plug your controller and press home button"

    and install your OFW 4.50.

    I'd recommend install it "Twice" again here, because your ROS1 will still have your previous CFW's core os files on PS3 Nor Flash.

    After the installation of OFW twice, your PS3 will be able to boot on both PS3 Nor and E3 Nor with two HDDs.








    How to update your CFW after the Dual boot installation



    Whenever you want to update your CFW when you already have Dual boot installation,

    you will need to re-setup your dual boot due to the CFW installation will mess up your syscon, and

    for that reason your OFW won't boot after the CFW update.

    In this case you can fix this with two methods.

    The most simple way to update your CFW after the dual boot installation

    You can simply update your CFW twice on E3 nor and then flash your PS3 NOR directly from E3 NOR.

    You can either do FLASH FUN mode or PS3 Mode it doesn't really matter.

    All that matter is that the 3rd switches to 6 switches.
    1st/2nd switches and HDDs doesn't really matter since it's only flashing.
    however you can flash your PS3 Nor when your CFW booted with E3 Nor with this switch setting.



    ---SW:PS3 MODE/CFW/PROG/OBFLASH/PS3FLASH/LOCK--- Switch : 010100


    After flashing your PS3 NOR with this switch setting, both of your E3 NOR and PS3 NOR will have the same NOR flash, and CoreOS check is disabled

    Turn off your console after the flashing and then put all the switches down turn back on.

    Your PS3 NOR [OFW] will boot nonetheless and you can update your OFW twice either from XMB or Recovery Mode.

    If the both FW version matches from each side of NORs, your OFW HDD will boot to XMB and you can update your OFW from XMB.

    If you had lower CFW prior to the OFW [like OFW 4.50 / CFW 4.46] your OFW HDD won't boot with the 4.46 NOR Flash copied from E3 NOR, because CoreOS version doesn't match,

    however OFW HDD on PS3 NOR will still boot to recovery mode nonetheless, in this case you can just go ahead and update your OFW from there.




    *Examples of Dual boot installation*




    *Example of Dual boot*
    OFW 4.45/ CFW 4.30 [Rebug's 4.30.2 REX]

    this is the video I made when there was a new OFW 4.45 update came out although it caused a brick issue,

    at this time I was able to do OFW 4.45 and REBUG 4.30.2 Rex with CEX/DEX LV2 Kernal Swap.



    *An example of combination of 3K3Y-S / E3 Flasher's PS3 DUAL BOOT*

    3K3Y-S + OFW 4.46 / CFW 4.46 [Rebug 4.46 REX]




    *An example of combination of Cobra ODE / E3 Flashers' PS3 DUAL BOOT*




    Special thanks to @pu6pu6 , @baileyscream , @playerkp420 @lebofly and many scene developers and moderators on this forum!

    There's lot to learn from this forum and I love this forum too much !!

    Please PM me to ask questions if you have any issue with this method.

    I've done OFW 4.50 with Rebug's 3.55/4.21/4.30/4.41/4.46 with 0 problem.

    as well as other various versions of CFW 4.50



    *Troubleshooting*

    Dual boot using E3 NOR flasher requires 100% connection between E3 NOR / PS3 NOR.

    A lot of people have experienced that E3 NOR won't boot after the OFW installation, or it did work for the first time but it didn't boot anymore after the certain days passed.

    For people who are having hard time fixing the E3 NOR Clip.

    Get a 2mm thick mounting tape I don't recommend using coins and put 5 layers of Electrical tape to give more pressure by

    having less gap between the metal guide E3 nor clip when you re-assemble everything.







    if the problem persists you have no choice either you replace the E3 NOR clip or PS3 nor chip or entire console or what ever it takes to

    have good connection and full availability for Dual boot installation.

    the best solution would be "E3 Linker" just like what @baileyscream said. But it requires good soldering skill.

    I've done that before but I didn't really think about how to organize all that 50 wires properly in order to re-assemble everything.

    this is a good example of E3 Linker installation for dual boot [my buddy did it]






    and here's the bad example of E3 Linker installation for dual boot [but it works for downgrading]



    About the trace cut between A - B

    Quote Originally Posted by playerkp420 View Post
    My problem was the trace was not cut good enough.

    Maybe you want to add: If after you complete the guide, and get the connect controller screen trying to boot to CFW, and gives you one of the corrupt firmware errors codes if you try to install it like it asks. Then the trace between points A and B are not cut deep enough.
    Last edited by Joonie86; 11-13-2013 at 02:31 PM. Reason: [UPDATE] for making a better guide
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    Great tutorial but I have a question that when made the backup of flash/dumps..I've got three files bkpps30.bin, bkpps31.bin, and bkpps32.bin

    Now in the 3rd step you to rename bkpps3.bin file to bkpe3.bin

    Now which one these should I rename?


    Thanks

    I am a owner of PS3 SLIM (E3 fllasher)on Rogero CFW 4.41
    ************* [ - Post Merged - ] *************
    Great tutorial but I have a question that when made the backup of flash/dumps..I've got three files bkpps30.bin, bkpps31.bin, and bkpps32.bin

    Now in the 3rd step you to rename bkpps3.bin file to bkpe3.bin

    Now which one these should I rename?


    Thanks

    I am a owner of PS3 SLIM (E3 fllasher)on Rogero CFW 4.41
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    Nice tutorial @Joonie86 , front paged
    Last edited by GregoryRasputin; 08-20-2013 at 10:28 AM.
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    Good & actually easy to read tutorial

    But here is my Newbie question:

    Does following this guide mean, soldering is no longer necessary for dual boot?
    I mean as long as the Flasher is installed & connected to a sata-station & the use of two hdds of course

    The Tutorial does not state anything in regard to soldering, merely
    "2. E3 Nor Flasher Installation"
    hence my question

    Otherwise it would be a great way to return to online gaming with GTA Online in time
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    Quote Originally Posted by NoData View Post
    Good & actually easy to read tutorial

    But here is my Newbie question:

    Does following this guide mean, soldering is no longer necessary for dual boot?
    I mean as long as the Flasher is installed & connected to a sata-station & the use of two hdds of course

    The Tutorial does not state anything in regard to soldering, merely
    "2. E3 Nor Flasher Installation"
    hence my question

    Otherwise it would be a great way to return to online gaming with GTA Online in time
    up up,I have the same questions, with you ..
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    @The greatslau
    Use any of the 3 they are all the same. BUT make sure to check the dump first to make sure it is good. then ask in the dump checking thread for some one to verify if it's good before flashing it back.

    @NoData & @w0313
    You must cut the a-b circuit and solder the SBCE wire still.
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    1 question if move from my CFW to OFW will my CFW DLC gonna work on OFW? and can i go online with my DLCS?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mahidi View Post
    1 question if move from my CFW to OFW will my CFW DLC gonna work on OFW? and can i go online with my DLCS?
    Actually 2 questions

    1. No
    2. You can go online with the ofw hdd & if you had installed any dlc from the psn store "legally", you can of course go online with the ofw hdd.


    The purpose of dual boot are 2 seperate HDDs, where one has its cfw functions and the other the ofw functions.

    By reinstalling the ofw you will delete your old cfw related stuff on the hdd, therefore remain "safe" again when goig online.

    So keep your "aquired" dlc on the cfw hdd & buy if necessary from the store on ofw hdd
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    finally! much thanks!!
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    Wouldn't you also need to solder your main board for this to work?
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