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  • Posted by GregoryRasputin , on 08/03/2012 , @ 06:15am


    Developers Grimm and Berion have created an application, which checks and PS3 firmware you have downloaded, it reads all information on the firmware and tells you whether the firmware is MFW or OFW, the application also works with PSP and PS Vita firmwares, though the main basis of the application is for PS3 firmwares, here is a quote from the ReadMe:


    Custom Firmware Validator is a program designed mainly for veryfing downloaded or manually patched firmwares for PS3. This aplication compares checksums from the database with those which are being calculated on the currently open file. If at least one would match, the following things will appear: the name of the firware and its short description, the option to show the list of additional functions and the option to visit the author’s webpage, also one could copy a file onto USB with the proper directory stuctrure and its name (PS3, PSP, PSV).

    Databases are external, written in the stardard XML and UTF-8 coded, so everyone can edit them and propose any possible corrections, what we encourage you to do.

    We prepared three different bases for the program (the one for PS3 is loaded by default, but one can choose others from the option menu):
    - The first one for PS3 (currently with all CFW/OFW (*.pup) and upadate packages *.pkg for Rebug and TB dongle).
    - The other ones function as examples and need to be completed.

    Please be advised: in order for Custom Firmware Validator to work properly Microsoft .NET Framework 4 at least ver. 4.0 is required. the program works on windows 7 - was not tested on XP, Vista or 8 (Developers/Consumers Preview).

    Frequently Asked Questions:

    Q: Do you plan to make databases updates?
    A: Yes, but only the one for PS3. In this aspect we count on the community’s involvement. ;]

    Q: Do you plan to release program updates?
    A: Sure, but it depends on whether the submitted errors could be verified and whether we have ideas for new functions.

    Q: What checksums are generated and will you add new in the future?
    A: CRC32 (CRC32b), MD5, SHA1, SHA2-224, SHA2-256, SHA2-386 and SHA2-512. In future, probably SHA3. Others not, for the time being.

    Q: Can I use CFV in order to generate checksums from other files than consoles’ firmware?
    A: Yes, basically the source of no importance, because the program reads descriptions and checksums which can be freely edited and picked from the options menu.

    Q: Is CFV legal?
    A: Yes, it is, it doesn’t contain any keys/hashes used to sign files.

    Q: Could I modify my console using the program?
    A: Nah…

    Grimm, Berion

    Source PSX Scene


    Here is a video of it in action:

  • Posted by GregoryRasputin , on 25/02/2012 , @ 11:21am


    Most of you think of a Backup manager when the name ‘Rogero’ is mentioned, but the cool PS3 Dev also creates MFW/CFW, which is dedicated for those of you that downgrade, but can be used even if you aren’t a downgrader, here is a quote from the source:

    Usage / Compatibility:

    • - Can be used for Downgrade directly using a hardware flasher like Progskeet / E3 Flasher / Teensy++, etc…
    • - Can be used for normal system update like any other CFW/MFW from XMB or from Recovery Menu.

    Internal Structure:
    New Features:

    • - Built-in system version spoof to 4.11 to prevent accidental system updates (won’t allow going online in any way)
    • - NoBD Patch to allow installing it with the Blu-Ray drive disconnected (especially for downgrading purposes)
    • - Have other fixes that prevents the Black screen or Payload loading problems encountered on some PS3 systems.

    Standard Features:

    • - Kmeaw patched Lv2 with necessary patches to allow Peek/Poke support (same games compatibility as Kmeaw CFW)
    • - LV1 Checks Disabled to bypass the Syscon hashes for downgraded consoles.
    • - Privacy Patch applied to block communications with all Sony servers.
    • - Custom Boot Logo.
    • - built-in “Heavy Rain” dynamic theme.

    This is a better optimized version of the previous MFW released, This one is a Custom firmware
    built manually by patching and packing the files and the final PUP package using the well known
    “failoverflow” public set of tools and having ”Kmeaw” as the base firmware unlike it’s previous
    version which was a Modified firmware built using the famous MFW builder application and using
    an OFW3.55 as the base firmware.


    After several days and more testing of the first MFW released for downgrading from 3.70->3.55
    I had some users feedback from #progskeet-support that some PS3 machines are having either
    the Registry Corrupted/Blue Screen or just a Black Screen after downgrade that required re-installing
    the MFW from Recovery Menu or reflashing the NOR in some cases.

    Further research about the donwgrade V2 patches and the no_check.PUP with some more testing
    showed that a Kmeaw based LV2 seems to have better compatibility with the Downgrade patches
    applied to the NOR image then a MFW built with a patched LV2, so I decided to build a new version
    manually which is a custom firmware that combines Kmeaw LV2 patches with Dospiedras Lv1 no-check
    patches and having the minimal/necessary set of patches to preserve the best overall stability.

    Thanks to the all the beta testers especially Blakcat & Marlboro1 :)

    Source/Download/Help/Discussion - Tortuga Cove

  • Posted by GregoryRasputin , on 20/01/2012 , @ 10:08am


    A PS3 Dev by the name of ps3hen has shown a video of him installing PKG’s on 4.0 OFW, here is the video followed by a quote from the dev.

    Note: This modification does not allow the installation / usage of unsigned content / PS3 homebrew etc. This is purely a convenience hack and is aimed for use by those who have hardware flashers which allow dual boot.

    After technodon’s work creating a modified kiosk dev_flash which lets you install retail signed package files. The restrictions of having to use kiosk firmware inspired me to find a way to add “Install Package Files” for retail firmware.

    This is hack does the following things:

    • adds “★ Install Package Files” and “★ /app_home/PS3_GAME/” to “GAME” on the XMB (allowing the user to install retail package files anytime they want)
    • adds other debug functions which are small but still there
    • does not give access to “★ Debug Setting” (reasons for this are explained below)

    Installation instructions:

    This installation procedure is the similar to technodon’s original dev_flash hdd swap procedure

    For this you will need two hard drives a e3 flasher or similar device to downgrade your PS3 (assuming that you’re on firmware 4.00 and you have an e3 flasher)

    • downgrade to 3.55 using the downgrade tools from e3 (Of course when downgrading to 3.55 make sure you use a different hdd than the hdd which you were using 4.00)
    • once booted back into the xmb turn off the console
    • swap hard drives turn on the system, press the PS button and you will be asked to reinstall the firmware
    • place the pup file from the e3 downgrade tools in the normal PS3/UPDATE usb folder and follow the on-screen instructions to reinstall the firmware
    • then install dev_blind.pkg & Blackb0x FTP from install packages
    • run dev_blind then BlackB0x and FTP into the console
    • goto /dev_blind delete everything and replace them with the customised dev_flash
    • press the ps button and the console should reboot and and ask to reinstall the firmware again, switch off the console and swap the hard drive back
    • turn on the console press the ps button twice
    • the console should boot back into 3.55 Rogero
    • goto system update and install 4.00 OFW
    • once installed turn the console off again and swap hard drives back and you should boot into a modified 4.00 retail firmware.

    My package (Click to download) includes:

    • My modded dev_flash
    • OFW 4.00 PS3UPDAT.PUP

    P.S. BTW the “nas_plugin.sprx” in this dev_flash has not been altered to achieve “Install Package Files”. Also for those who will analyze my modded dev_flash, you will find that I have used debug .sprx files from the a debug 4.00 pup.

    P.P.S. I originally intended to get “★ Debug Settings” to work with this. But usage of “debug settings” required the ps3 to use a debug vsh.self, and that crashes the ps3 when trying to load applications (I did some other things as well to prevent the PS3 from giving me a RSOD when I swapped the vsh.self files, I’m not detailing it in public because I don’t want Sony to patch it).

    Source Tortuga Cove


    PS3Hen has released an .pup file, which makes the above process much easier, here is a quote from his post:

    Before I move, on status update on getting “Debug Settings” on OFW 4.00. Its still a bit buggy, so more work needed there.

    I’ve managed to put my efforts into a .pup file, which should make the installation of my mod much easier.

    Also today I was on another site where user DeViL303 had released a beta of his XMB File Manager (substitute for Install Package Files, but a lot better) and DeViL303 theorized a FW 4.00 port was possible. So I took on the role on making the port for FW 4.00 and after posting it on that thread I integrated it into my firmware. So now I’ve upgraded my firmware mod and put into a .pup.

    Here’s some new installation instructions(much shorter, I know isn’t great):

    1/Be on a firmware 3.55 or less
    2/Install the .pup through the XMB (Make sure you have a working hardware flasher as there is no other way to downgrade)

    Remember only retail signed .pkg can be installed with this. Have fun.

    Download .pup

  • Posted by PS3Hax Member News , on 06/12/2011 , @ 07:05pm


    Newest tweet from KaKaRoToKS says that his current WIP jailbreak works with PS3 FW 4.0. There is no current release date, or time frame for the JB release.


    KaKaRoTo has just recently updated his blog, with this message:

    I tested the jailbreak on the latest firmware 4.0 since it was released and I can confirm that it still works. Mathieulh also confirmed that the NPDRM algo that he has still allows applications to run on 4.0, although he still doesn’t want to share that with us/me at the moment.
    Mathieulh is still thinking about whether or not to share it, so I’m hopeful he’ll help us move forward with the release.

    He has however received so many hate messages and so many flaming that he is completely disgusted with the scene and the way it treated him. He is so disgusted that he does not want to share or help anymore. He thinks that all those haters do not deserve to be given something that they are so ungrateful for, and I perfectly understand his position. Receiving all that hate towards me a while back also made me depressed to the point I stopped looking at the PS3 entirely.

    Next time you want to insult a dev, thinking it’s “fun” or that he deserved it, think about it some more, you are poisoning the scene without even realizing it. We are all doing this for fun, the only reward we get is people’s gratitude, and all you do is hate and disrespect us, so why continue to do what we do?

    For those who hate and insult : Mathieulh may not be acting the way you want him to, you may think he’s a jerk or hate him for teasing without releasing, but the simple fact remains that he has done more to the scene that you did, so you should just shut up and show him respect. When you have your little ‘hate fun’, you are actually contributing to the scene, but in the wrong way, you are killing it by killing the developer’s motivation.

    For now, Mathieulh doesn’t want to share his work with me, and I’m not mad or disappointed at all at him, I am mad and disgusted at those who made him make that decision. So please, if you are just as mad as I am, do NOT make this an opportunity to hate even more on Mathieulh for not sharing, make this an opportunity to show gratitude where it’s due and educate those who are ungrateful on what their role is/was in this scene.


  • Posted by PS3Hax Member News , on 29/09/2011 , @ 09:29pm


    Rogero, famous for various PS3 homebrew, has released a CFW V2 Kmeaw LV1 Patched 3.72 Spoof Privacy Patch for custom firmware users!

    Roughly translated:

    Rogero is back to give us an update of the CFW that we presented in this news. Here’s a summary of the features of this custom firmware. You should know that it was created at the beginning to correct the problem trophies was going after a hardware downgrade Dospiedras Method v2 (with a chip programmer like Progskeet).

    Rogero was not happy about it and had also added the patch and Privacy lv1 checks patched to bypass the syscon 3.56 +. And today is the spoof 3.72 found in this newly created CFW.

    Included in firmware:
    - Kmeaw’s LV1 patch
    - V3.72 spoof
    - Privacy Patch
    - Dospiedras’ LV1 no-check patches

    Download: Download the firmware
    Source: Logic-sunrise.com

  • Posted by PS3Hax Member News , on 25/09/2011 , @ 02:35pm


    The first PS3 game requiring firmware 3.7x is now out known as Child of Eden. We may have gotten lucky over the last few with a few games, but it looks like the window of games playable 3.55 CFW is getting very narrow, and the need for 3.7x CFW is getting greater. For those interested in the current public state of “new CFW”, should check out this post related to PNM Project.

    And for those interested here is a snipped of what this game is about via IGN:

    Stay tuned for more PS3 developments @PS3Hax.

  • Posted by PS3Hax Member News , on 22/09/2011 , @ 07:30pm


    ICO and Shadow of the Colossus was leaked a few days early around the net, and it is confirmed to be playable on firmware 3.55/3.41 CFW. Interesting to see how new releases are still finding it around CFW users. Recently Limbo was also reported with a 3.55 CFW fix, you can read about that here.

    Release Info

    Enter a world of enchantment and wonder, where once was, is nevermore. ICO,
    a mysterious boy, has been expelled from his village to an isolated castle.
    Within his confines, he begins to have eerie dreams of rescuing a young
    princess from the evil spirits that dwell within the fortress. Blurring the
    lines between fantasy and reality, ICO embarks on a quest to save the
    princess and along the way, discovers his own cryptic fate

    Shadow of the Colossus is a majestic journey through ancient lands to seek
    out and destroy gigantic mythical beasts. With your trusty horse at your
    side, explore the spacious lands and unearth each Colossi. Armed with your
    wits, a sword and a bow, use cunning and strategy to topple each behemoth

    ICO and Shadow of the Colossus on Single Blu-Ray Disc
    Remastered for HD Resolution
    Full PlayStation Network Trophy Support
    Full 3D Compatible


    PARTY TIME This game works on CFW 3.55 Eboot patch for 3.41 will follow

  • Posted by PS3Hax Member News , on 21/09/2011 , @ 09:17am


    Demonhades has just released a video demoing you the JFW-DH working on 3.56 firmware.Check it out below:

    Hi hell, here I leave a video that shows the installation of 356 DH JFW MA on a 355, this version is created only for users locked into a 356 (base) that can not drop below the 356 and therefore can not enjoy the scene.

    The reason why you can not downgrade the 356, is that apart from the 356 it incorporates a second updater which is the preparatory 360.Este then would be the new way (updater2) mode unusable old (355) is why not recognize any update below.

    It’s supposed to be given to how to do down at 356 after the DH JFW 356 MA, but when tested it is only possible with a flash out of 356.

    The video shows how to use various applications such as:


    Showtime-media player


    What is not allowed to peek / poke the moment, but the pkg type psn games if the charges.

    Again, this is a special version to help people who can not lose more than 356, so you need a flasher to install it and enjoy the scene, so abstain from stupid comments about that why not do it in 355, etc.

    Thanks to Alejandro, Jaicrab, Calimba and Varicella for collaboration in this custom help, the output of this custom and delayed a bit because right now we are saturated with the 341 and prefer to postpone a little more the 356 (to address and incorporate same graph as his brother 341)

    1saludo and as I always say, this video is unique demonhades.org, this may not be copied in places eol or copied only to criticize and make visits to it (which is alluded to by whoever)

    Source Demonhades

  • Posted by Pirate , on 17/09/2011 , @ 04:41pm


    PS3Hax member, Rogero, has released Rogero  CFW version 2. This CFW is for people that have downgraded their consoles. This new release is much more stable and has the famous Kmeaw CFW as the “base”.

    To quote:

    This is a better optimized version of the previous MFW released, This one is a Custom firmware
    built manually by patching and packing the files and the final PUP package using the well known
    “failoverflow” public set of tools and having “Kmeaw” as the base firmware unlike it’s previous
    version which was a Modified firmware built using the famous MFW builder application and using
    an OFW3.55 as the base firmware.

    Full thread+download can be seen HERE or at the Discuss in Forums link.

  • Posted by PS3Hax Member News , on 17/09/2011 , @ 09:04am


    So DemonHades and jaicrab along with their group of developers have been working for quite a while on a 3.41 CFW, which implements the Cobra payload, it also allows for playing games directly from the XMB, without the need of a backup manager, this FW was only for PS3 consoles on firmware 3.41, but does this new post from the source, mean it will also work on firmware 3.55 or even firmware 3.56 ???

    Here is a quote of the post in question, translation by PS3HaX member CaptainCPS-X(Thank you).

    Before reading any further, if you’re looking for something related to FW 3.60 or PSN, don’t bother reading

    Hello friends, as we said JFW DH was going to work only on FW 3.41, well now we bring JFW DH 3.56.

    - At this moment, the new JFW DH can only be installed over FW 3.55 or over 3.56 by patching part of the update with a hardware flasher (I recommend teensy, is the cheapest and easier to handle).

    What can be done with JFW DH 3.56…

    - Launch homebrew
    - Loading of backups without managers (multiMAN)

    What can’t be done at this moment…

    - Once on 3.56 you can’t downgrade, due to the new update system that we explained some time ago.
    - The Grid cannot be used (for now).
    - Downgrade is only possible with a flasher, but if you enter factory mode you will not be stuck anymore, you will be able to exit…we have not touched the QA yet, but it could be a way out .



  • Posted by GregoryRasputin , on 26/08/2011 , @ 04:59pm


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    So as most of you know, the PS3 Scene just recently celebrated the one year anniversary of the PS3 being hacked/jailbroken, many, many things have happened in that short year, many changes and break throughs, i have two reasons for creating such a FAQ, the obvious being all the changes, PS3 owners just getting into the scene, need help and guidance, i also seen a failed attempt at a F.A.Q on another site and i thought that mistake needed to be rectified, with a proper F.A.Q :)

    (Q) Why Would I Hack/Jailbreak My PS3 ?
    (A) Hacking your PS3, gives you so many new option’s, you will be able to use emulators, homebrew apps and game backups as well as being able to use Linux, after Sony removed the function in firmware 3.21.

    (Q) Is there a firmware my PS3 should be on ?
    (A) It seems the preferable firmwares are 3.15(For the real OtherOS), 3.41(The original “Jailbreak” firmware) and 3.55(the first CFW PS3), 3.55 is the favourite and most used.

    (Q) What Firmwares cannot be hacked yet ?
    (A) 3.56 to 3.70 are unhackable at the moment, perhaps it will remain that way, or perhaps we will see a break through in the future, only time will tell.

    (Q) But when i bought my PS3, the firmware was above 3.55/My family member updated my console when i was out :( , how can i have Homebrew ?
    (A) All hope isn’t lost, you can downgrade your consoles firmware with devices like progskeet, at the moment, this is rather a tedious process, involving soldering several wires to your PS3, but in the future we will have solderless models of these products, for information on how to downgrade, check this thread:
    Noob Tutorial: How to downgrade/flash your PS3 from firmware 3.70 to 3.55 via ProgSkeet/Teensy++ and install 3.55 Kmeaw CFW

    (Q) Downgrading was a pain, i don’t want to go through that again, is there a way i can protect my PS3 from accidental upgrading ?
    (A) You can use Team Rebugs firmware spoofer, it spoofs the firmware, so that when someone attempts to update the PS3, via internet or disc, the PS3 tells them they are already on the highest firmware, as an extra precaution, you should remove your consoles access to the PS3, when you are not around, you can grab your spoofer, from the offical Rebug site here.

    (Q) What other firmwares can i hack/jailbreak my PS3 on ?
    (A) 2.76, 3.01, 3.15, 3.21, 3.40, can all be “hacked” using the PS Jailbreak USB Dongle or equivalent variants, information on the useable devices, can be found on my old F.A.Q, which you can view here.

    (Q) CFW/MFW Or Dongle ?
    (A) CFW/MFW is the way to go, dongles are more or less dead, apart from the Cobra USB dongle, but it too will become obsolete as its features get implemented into CFW/MFW, also with CFW/MFW, you do not need to do the start-eject combo that is needed with the dongles.

    (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:
    [Tutorial] How to play and install Backups with Kmeaw CFW+PSN without risk of brick or itskamel’s NOOB JAILBREAK GUIDE
    If you wish to stay on official firmware 3.41, the same method applies, but you will need to grab Team Rebugs 3.41 CFW, which you can find here.
    Here is a video of Kmeaw being installed via the Recovery Method.

    (Q) I see many different CFW/MFW, which one should i chose ?
    (A) As i stated earlier, Kmeaw is the most popular CFW/MFW but there are other versions and you can take your pick, all installed the same way as the above method:
    Team Rebugs 3.41/3.55 CFW
    BobbyBlunt’s PS3HaX MFW
    Thelostdeathknight’s PS3HaX MFW
    varaques MFW
    bitsbubbas NFW
    bitsbubbas NFW With Cobra Implimentation

    (Q) I want to test a different CFW/MFW, is it ok to install a CFW on top of another CFW.
    (A) If you have Kmeaw installed, you can install Rebug over the top of it, but if you decide you don’t like Rebug and want to go back to Kmeaw, it is advised that you install the 3.55 Official Firmware, then install Kmeaw, as a precaution, i would advise that is done with all CFW changes

    (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 FAT32 formatted thumbdrive/external HDD.

    (Q) Now that i have updated to 3.55 CFW, is there a list of working homebrew app’s/games ?
    (A) Here are a few links:
    Homebrew Games Collection(Maintained by manster)
    Homebrew Emulator Collection(Maintained by Thelostdeathknight)
    Homebrew Application Collection(maintained by GregoryRasputin(me)

    (Q) How do i play my backups ?
    (A) You will need a backup manager, the following are available(We recommend the PS3HaX endorsed multiMAN):
    multiMAN For help, check the (Support Forum) Grab BDEMU2 here.
    Open Manager(Firmware 3.41 Only)
    Hermes Manager(Firmware 3.41 Only)

    (Q) I have my games backed up, i now want to play online, how do i do that ?
    (A) Currently there is no way to access the PSN server to play online, even if a new CFW came out, Sony would block PSN again with a new OFW, so your only real option, if you want both homebrew and PSN, is to have two PS3′s

    (Q) What are my storage options for backing up games ?

    (A.1) You can backups certain games to CD/DVD/BD disc’s, read here for more information.
    (A.2) 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 re powering 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 aluminum.

    Here is a tutorial, by forum member Invi, on how to an External IDE HDD Case and use it as Internal Storage:
    HowTo: Use an external IDE HDD Case to connect an Internal 3,5″ Sata HDD as PS3 HDD.

    An image of the Xecuter PS3 HDXT.

    Videos of different HDD expansion options.

    (Q) Now that i am on 3.55, can i install Linux ?
    (A) Follow this thread.

    (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) 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
    OpenPS3FTP(Probably the most stable)
    Alternatively you can use
    Comgenies Awesome Filemanager
    Simple Filemanager
    multiMAN also has FTP and Filemanger options
    if you cant use FTP, or have an External HDD, Comgenies Filemanager is the best choice.

    (Q) I just bought a new game, tried to play it, but it says i need to update my firmware, what do i do ?
    (A) Unfortunately, newer games being released, will be unplayable on current CFW’s, you may be lucky and get a patch, but the chances of those are getting slimmer as time goes on, so the only options you are left with, are update or buy a new PS3, this is the sad situation of the scene, until the scene developers release a new CFW, you will be unable to play the newer games you bought.

    (Q) I want to be able to create my own Homebrew, is it possible.
    (A.1) Yes, using the Open Source PS3 SDK, named PSL1GHT, you can create Homebrew, PSL1GHT was created by AerialX, read about it here.

    (A.2) You can use the Official Sony SDK, it is reported that this is better for creating homebrew, than the open source version.

    (Q) I backed up a few of my movies to .AVI and .MKV formats, but when i try and play them through Showtime, or stream them via PS3Media Server, i get a Cinavia warning, is there any way past this ?
    (A) You can install this app:
    Disable Cinavia Installer (3.41 & 3.55)(By Team Rebug)

    (Q) Can play PS2/PS1 backups on my Jailbroken PS3 ?
    (A.1) You can use this method, it lets you use Swap Magic to load PS2 backups on your PS3, the only consoles allowed, are those that are Backwards Compatible, this option also works on a non Jailbroken PS3, even with firmware 3.70
    (A.2) You can use the Cobra USB dongle, to play PS1 or PS2 backups on your Jailbroken PS3, it is compatible with firmwares 3.41 and 3.55.
    (A.3) You can use this method to play PS1 backups on firmware 3.41 and 3.55.

    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, gliitch, Kmeaw, fail0verflow, moogie, durandal, Snowydew, kaz, eussNL, robo hobo, squarepusher2, condorstrike, CrashSerious, graf_chokolo, glevand, jjolano, Mr.Goodfrag, samson, facanferff, DarkhackerPS3, lunuxx, deank, Rogero, uf6667, opium2k, Codename Rebug and any other person, who has also created a payload, made homebrew, or contributed to the scene, if i have missed your name, sorry

    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 only decent English speaking PS3 Scene sites are listed below:
    greg @ Dashacks
    Sennax @ ThePlaystationClub
    And of course
    Pirate , here @ PS3HaX

    This is by no means finished, if you see anything you would like to see addressed, feel free to leave a post in the comments section :)

  • Posted by Pirate , on 19/08/2011 , @ 05:21pm


    Most of you have heard the news of the PS3 slim downgrade on firmware 3.70, helping those buying newer or updated PS3 slim consoles to the scene. At the moment push aside “soft modding” and its time to bring on the good ole’ soldering iron back out.

    This new method of downgrading basically requires the soldering of a multi-console-compatible chip known as ProgSkeet (or clone) which you can find or purchase HERE…or you can use Teensy++ board if you still have those from the good dongle days. A solder-less ProgSkeet is in the works, more info here.

    Now the original tutorial was released in a very technical form and in Spanish, but we at PS3Hax have got you covered, and are bringing you easy to follow tutorial that a noob can follow on. This tutorial is long, but it is more detailed than complicated, making sure your bases are all covered.

    So lets get started, this tutorial is split into multisteps. You should also check out the posts made here, and the posts that will be made in this thread to get assistance. The following tutorial was modified from the original Spanish translation by Dospiedras1973, and the tutorial/images were modified from PS3Hax member Mattr92 tutorial over at his site: RootedSystem and and thanks to the many PS3Hax members that brought us the proper/native translation of the original instructions :) .

    Highly advised you read this tutorial fully once, and then again and read the comments in this thread and the other threads linked above to get a GOOD understanding of what your getting yourself into and how the entire process works. Remember, this should be a fun and rewarding experience :)

    DISCLAIMER: PS3Hax.net is not responsible for any damage caused to your system. We do not claim credit for this method, we simply have compiled and reorganized the information so it is easier to follow. I  kindly request for other sites to not rip this entire tutorial to their websites, but instead link to this page if you wish to share it on your webpage. This page will be actively updated so please keep checking back to find solutions to encountered/discovered problems.

    STEP 1 - Preparation

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    STEP 2 - Some Background

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    STEP 3 - Installing ProgSkeet

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    STEP 4 - The NOR Dumping

    Now the actual work begins and the part you all have been waiting for, the NOR dumping!

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    Step 5: Flashing your PS3

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    You have now successfully downgraded, and installed 3.55 KMEAW CFW on your PS3! You can check out our forums for more info on various homebrew, or drop by our tutorial section for more neat things you can do with your unlocked PS3 :) .

    Problem Solving Tips:

    FAQ: USB Formatting SelectShow

    Error: libusb0.dll or libusb0.sys not found SelectShow

    Error: side-by-side configuration is incorrect SelectShow

    Useful Resources:

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    Thanks to dospiedras1973, eussNL, and uf6667 for helping me refine/write this guide.

  • Posted by GregoryRasputin , on 16/08/2011 , @ 06:35pm


    OFFICIAL PS3HAX TUTORIAL CAN BE FOUND HERE: http://www.ps3hax.net/2011/08/noob-tutorial-how-to-downgradeflash-your-ps3-from-firmware-3-70-to-3-55-via-progskeetteensy-and-install-3-55-kmeaw-cfw/

    Important updates to this article follow below. Spanish Developer dospiedras1973, has released his method to downgrade Slim PS3 Consoles on firmware 3.70, here is a roughly translated native spanish-to-english quote from the source:

    Hello everyone, i finally got it, we have a downgrader for slims consoles , this time a bit different that i did with fat models, i made it by the two flashers, progskeet and teensy ++,dope

    We need:
    fat or slim console with nor updated to 3.70 “DO NOT TRY With ANOTHER VERSION”Solution to write and read the nor of the console ( flasher progskeet or teensy + +)
    hxd program (which I use to edit hex)
    FlowRebuilder v.
    a cold beer (this is important)
    Http://pastebin.com/yuvJ5Leh Downgrade.bin

    First we dump our NOR with a flasher, the file size must be “16,777,216 bytes” no byte more or a byte less, take several to be absolutely sure of what you do..get the dump “example jakemcallister.bin”and we have to get it in flowrebuilder to make it readable,the option is called bytereverse dump and extract

    we do it and we will have a file but the extension will be bin.REV open it with the hxd and take out our personal data of the console EID, BOOTLOADER, CSID and METLDR

    no need to put more data
    We get it with the following way:in this case we get our METLDR in our prepatched image for downgrade attached in this tutorial
    inside the folder where flowrebuilder had placed our.rev also has created another folder called “nameofthedump.EXT”in there are our personal files of our console and we need to get some to place em inside the pre-patched image that i attached

    Open the hxd and open downgrade.bin and the metldr file that is inside the folder asecure_loader, we pick the tab on the hxd metldr and copy all the HEX content to get in inside the downgrade.bin
    press control + g and write “820″thats the position of the metldr right click on the first line of the position 820
    And choose “paste writing” and in the same way we introduce the other ones
    the files to get in are
    :METLDR: offset“810″ size “E960″
    BOOTLOADER_0 Offset“FC0000″ size “40000″
    EID: Offset “2F000″ size “10000″
    CISD: Offset“3F000″ size “800″

    then we take the downgrade.bin with the saved changes and we get in flowrebuilder with the option bytereverse dump and extract
    This time the program will give us a error, but is a normal error, in fact is okay and will give us a file called downgrade.bin.REV

    And thats the file you have to get in in the “flash” console
    if all went well at writing ,turn on the console and you will see in the screen press the ps button or in English push ps button, DONT PRESS ANYTHING, turn off the console and put it in factory service mode, once done we need to put the correct file system for 3.55 lv2diag of jaicrab without reader and a special cfw

    lv2diag:http://www.logic-sunrise.com/telecharge … icrab.html
    cfw: http://pastebin.com/03MFDLGV turn onthe console with the usbstick with these two files in the right usb port (in the last) of the console and it will shut down for 10 / 15 minutes, turn on the console without any usb connected to verify that you did it correctly it will take you to xmb,
    If all went well turn off the console and put your lv2diag
    FILE2 of this pack:http://pastebin.com/gGETcxMR

    the console will turn on for 20 seconds will turn off itself and CONGRATULATIONS you have your console in functional 100% and kmeaw cfw 3.55 100%

    Thanks to
    :D iGiTaLAnGeL (Tester with progskeet)
    Glevand & mfw builder team (cfw)
    NDT (Assistant) is a very good person
    JaiCraB (lv2diag without reader)
    Robs1 (my guide with the nor flash)
    EussNL (his great support in the wiki that I use every day PS3DEVWIKI.COM)
    Defyboy (for creating ps3devwiki)
    To the whole channel darkps3 from irc-hispano.org for their support and many hours of testing we have hit hard mother****ers!
    DemonHades (because if you had not post on your website with the lie you said about me, I had not met DigitalAngel or uf6667and these two helped me a lot)

    and finally to the people who asked me in private to place a donate paypal button

    greetings and from now on i will resume my work with the dual nand and that dump 3.6x that gives me so many problems hehehe

    Ive updated the position of METLDR that was misplaced offset 810 ” e960″size


    UPDATE 1:

    dospiedras1973 has updated the post with the following new details:


    i fixed metldr location and leght please update

    METLDR : offset “810″ size “E960″

    UPDATE 2:

    PS3Hax member mximposter has brought us a correct and actual Spanish to English translation, the big quote box above has been edited to reflect this change.

    UPDATE 3:

    Dospiedras1973 was kind enough to post this update here on PS3HaX:

    psicoleo, uf6667 and I have made an application to automate the use hex editors to modify the downgrade.bin


    bytereversed you put your flash in donor and recipient and will downgrade.bin in the process hxd without … xD

    you not need hex edit anymore…

    and “If at any time during the downgrade DISPLAY RED (RSOD) STOP PROCESS IMMEDIATELY I WILL RELEASE A FIX SOON” Please be patient

    UPDATE 4:

  • Posted by PS3Hax Member News , on 13/08/2011 , @ 12:03pm


    Over on Demonhades, they have posted an update of the JFW openstore. The project is about 90% completed and expected launch date is in October. Here is a rough translation of what they have posted:

    Fellow demons, opened this thread to get official comments on developments and answer questions focused on OpenPStore.

    Above you can see the video created by matercrack, one of the devs involved in the development of the app created exclusively for JFW.

    The state of development is 90%, in the absence of the inclusion of some details in the menus and upload content to the server.

    Developers involved:


    This application is exclusively for developers involved, before publishing it elsewhere you will have to ask permission from these devs.



    [VIA Demonhades]

  • Posted by Pirate , on 06/08/2011 , @ 11:46am


    For those too lazy to compile their own firmware with MFW, Bitsbubba has compiled a CFW using PS3MFW incorporating the disable Cinavia patch, kmeaw patches, removal of XMB icons, custom coldboot, theme, and various other goods.

    To quote:

    3.55 NFW v2 Features Enabled:
    Change PUP build / version

    Patch LV1 hypervisor

    • Allow mapping of any memory area (Needed for LV2 Poke)
    • peek/poke support (unused lv1 calls 182 and 183)

    Patch LV2 kernel

    • Patch to add Peek/Poke system calls to LV2
    • Patch to add LV1 Peek/Poke system calls to LV2 (LV1 peek/poke patch necessary)
    • Patch to add LV1 system calls to LV2

    Patch package installer

    • allow installation of pseudo-retail (geohot) packages
    • allow installation of debug packages

    Patch Application launcher

    • Patch to allow running of unsigned applications

    Added Start Game (disc-less) to games category

    Added “The Homebrew Channel” to XMB

    Clean unwanted icons from the XMB Videos Category

    • Remove “Netflix” icon from the XMB Videos Category

    Clean unwanted icons from the XMB Games Category

    • Remove “Minis Manual” icon from the XMB Game Category
    • Removed “PlayStation Store” icon from the XMB Game Category

    Clean unwanted icons from the XMB Network Category

    • Remove “Online Instruction Manuals” icon from the XMB Network Category
    Disabled Cinavia Protection (except AVCHD and BD: WIP)

    Custom coldboot by PatheticPuma

    Added Graffiti Dynamic Theme by DoctaIgnorantia

    [Download NFW v2 Custom Firmware Here]

    [VIA PSX-Scene]

  • Posted by PS3Hax Member News , on 19/07/2011 , @ 04:38pm


    Today, The team of developers behind JFW DH modified firmware have posted an update about the project. Their new firmware will have tons of new features currently found no where else!

    Quote from Demonhades.org below:


    - Core central 100%
    - Payload Cobra 60%
    - Linux 95%
    - Preloader 90%
    - Categorias xmb 95%
    - Manager TheGrid 25%
    - TheGrid 100%
    - Services Packs 0%
    - OpenPStore 50%

    -Return of the online (running)
    -Update of keys (working)
    -Spoof Version
    -Disable devices
    -Mounted units, several readers virtual
    -Plugins level conbinacion buttons on the six
    -Modification speedfun speed
    -Multiloader (operating)
    Dumper full-ram (running)
    PSN-games license generator (operating)
    -Hacked signature verification token QA (running)
    -PSN access sysversion check “no spoof nor certs” (running)
    Check-patching the original disks (operating)
    -Activation of the 8th SPU

    Compatibility with games and applications using a DH-JFW 341v2 core, this does not mean not being able to play all over now without patching.
    The DH-JFW is compatible with games that include between 3.56 down, including the current patched to 3.55
    DH-JFW runs natively games until 3.56 (original disks) without having to upgrade.
    Psn-games that require npdrm 356, are also supported without upgrading (the current cfw not give this support)
    -No need for a valid signature on the executable (including loaders and other files)
    -Not going to make a port to 3.55 of this JFW DH, since it includes much more than 3.55
    -Support for peripherals is not licensed by sony in that medium 355 is eliminated leaving them unused
    -The only custom firmware can take the keys with a dual nand 3.6x (programmer) such as PNM and that allows the custom appldr redirect to another area of ​​the ram and so does not remove the old
    -Theme DHorg exclusive community that will change randomly each time the console or ignite the user cambiéis
    -More surprises:)

    If you would like to provide us with a better translation use this

    Source via DemonHades.org


    Before the upcoming release of this firmware, Demonhades.org has released a tool to check the lowest version of firmware that your PS3 Console can downgrade to!!

    quote below:

    Tutorial created by DeathHades.

    This tutorial will teach you to how to know the base firmware of your PS3 with a few steps and images.

    The first thing you must need is:

    - A PS3.
    - MinVerChk

    Here is the simple steps you need to follow:

    1 - Copy the MinVerChk to your USB stick, the same way as if it was an firmware upgrade.
    2 - Insert the USB stick into the PS3.
    3 - Start a firmware update like normal from XMB (Don’t worry, it will not update!)
    4 - It will shortly fail and display the Firmware Base Value

    Download - MinVerChk

  • Posted by Pirate , on 12/07/2011 , @ 10:52am


    Before you get super excited, read the entire post. A spanish hacker has released a video showing CFW 3.66 running on his SLIM PS3:

    Now at the moment this is pretty useless (no ABILITY to play homebrew and backup support), and you WILL loose your pre 3.6x jailbreak (unless you downgrade via infectus). It is still a work in progress, but its a good start.

    Precautions and Features::

    Only users in 3.55 (no matter if CFW or OFW)
    No turning back, pass over to 3.66 with all that that entails. Only you can downgrade to INFECTUS (dospiedras method).
    No syscalls / payloads … so that the burden of copies is disabled. For what is agreed is a firmware guy … GeoHot.
    The installed on 3.55 homebrew will stop working.
    No package installer (for now).
    Full access to PSN.
    Works on both Fat and Slim (as shown in the video), no tricks hardware and could suggest a user in the comments.

    The PUP for this is available to download but we will not provide it because this is a big work in progress, we highly recommend you NOT install it and loose your current jailbreak. If your feeling risky, you can find download at source or youtube video description.

    [VIA Elotrolado and Tekno]

    UPDATE 1:

    Thanks to PS3CRUNCH for bringing this to light, they report according to a REBUG author to Cyberskunk:


    After ripping this PUP apart it appears the rundown will be VERY VERY SHORT.

    This is RETAIL OFW 3.66 with just a ‘few’ of the files from DEBUG firmware.



  • Posted by PS3Hax Member News , on 08/07/2011 , @ 05:00pm


    This is a Preview of the upcomming CFW from various spanish developers. It’s going to be awesome

    To Quote from the Source (translated)

    First before anything we want to clarify that this thread is dedicated to community members and therefore DHorg the comments made about what this information is or is no longer cause is nothing more than mere envy, oppression, or dispute. So left out the date of publication and are linked to circumstances that you can slow down or speed up publication.

    We will inform you as the evolution of JFW and what their news, which I will quote them below:

    Percentage Level of Development

    -Core Central 100%
    -Payload Cobra 50%
    -Linux 90%
    -Preloader 90%
    -Categories xmb 90%
    -Managers 0%
    -TheGrid 90%
    -Services Packs 0%

    New categories such as Multimedia, PS # Loader, TheGrid, Homebrew put aside the typical native application.
    Photos, Music, Videos, TV disappear to make way for Multimedia.

    New Multimedia Category

    This new category gives rise to a union of native options like photo, music and video.
    This new category will appear the famous player Showtime, which already includes the possibility of a single application in many more options than what they offered us the categories natively native officers.

    -Listen to music
    -Being able to see videos like avi, mpeg, xvid, divx, MKV including
    -View photos
    -Demand movies

    New Category PS # Loader

    This new category was born to take charge from now manage the contents of the old sony consoles, this means that both PS1/PS2/Minis Games and Los saves these become part of this new category, freeing imnecesarios to GAME icon.

    It is also where you store the backups RetroLoader (aka modified cobrausb backup manager) responsible for managing the games ps1, ps2 and ps3

    New category TheGrid

    This new category includes the plugins manager, service packs.
    Thégra is the name of the loader plugins, these plugins will give the console first choices, which the imagination of every developer could unleash the potential of this charger.

    -Return of the online
    -Updating keys
    -Spoof Version
    -Disable devices
    -Mount Units
    -Plugins level conbinacion buttons on the six
    -Modification speedfun speed

    New Homebrew Category

    This new category includes all homebrew created to date, for it will have access to from where you can download OpenPStore the last hombrews etc. to be placed automatically at their place of origin and not as the previous game

    Cobra Payload as JFW DH Plugin

    At the moment due to problems outside the scene Jaicrab the development of this plugin been in a paused state

    New Linux Item

    The JFW DH was gonna be no less, that includes 2 options to use Linux back in the console, in this regard are:


    Preloader, recovery boot

    The JFW DH includes a preloader that is responsible for:

    -Back of the 3 RAW Flash to external media (USB)
    -Flashing copies from an external drive (usb).
    -Update the Preloader
    -Home of the flash write access (not necessarily more alejandro or substitutes)

    The advantages are not required reinstalling all the PUP (from hardware checks) do not need to do: composite or go through the recovery

    Services Packs

    These packs include the basics in order to use plugins, loaders, ftp, etc.

    Compatibility with games and applications

    -JFW DH uses a 341v2 core, this does not mean not being able to play all over now without patching.
    -The JFW DH is compatible with games that include between 3.56 down, including the current patched to 3.55
    -JFW DH runs natively games until 3.56 (original disks) without having to upgrade.
    -Psn-games that require npdrm 356, are also supported without upgrading (the current cfw not give this support)
    -No need for a valid signature on the executable
    -Not going to make a port to 3.55 of this JFW DH, since it includes much more than himself 3.55

    Members of the project:

    Alejandro (special collaboration) = Central Core, security, preloader
    Jaicrab = Core, central TheGrid, linux
    DemonHades = xmb Categories, Organization, Implementations
    DanteHades = Graphic Design, Theme
    PS_Juan = Remodeling Categorie, Tester
    Ing_pereira = Manager Creation, TheGrid
    Borrego = Tester
    Davje = documentation Editor
    PSmaniaco = tester and contributor

    Here’s a Video of it

    [VIA Demonhades]