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?
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.
- 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.
- 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
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)
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.
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).
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.
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!
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
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:
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.
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:
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)
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”.
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.
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
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) 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) 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) 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.
(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) 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
GaryOPA 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
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.
If your a noob (and I assume most of you are), it may be a good idea to have some what of a idea on what NAND/NOR is. It is basically the PS3 flash memory. If you want to get a better understanding of the PS3 system and its various components, you should check this out.
The PS3 has 256 megabytes of flash memory to store firmware, using two NAND 128MB Samsung flash chips. The installed firmware data is interleaved between the two flash chips for speed. To prevent errors, Error Correcting Code Checksum (ECC) is added/used on the data in the PS3 flash chips. In newer PS3, a single 16MB Spansion flash chip is used.
Because of the smaller flash chips in later versions, newer firmware versions allow for the firmware data to be partially stored on the harddrive (instead of totally inside the flash), making the flash purely responsible for holding data involved in the critical booting up process. This allows for cheaper flash chips, while using the harddrive for later bootup stages.
To summarize now we are going to be downgrading a PS3 via NOR flasher, so the PS3 MUST have NOR memory most PS3 units have NOR now, the stock/initial PS3s (phat) that were released had NAND, there is a chart linked above so you can make sure. As of now, all SLIMs have NOR memory so your good to go .
First thing is first you have to install ProgSkeet. You can install Teensy++ board as well, or any other ProgSkeet clone but I don’t know how they work and I assume you need to substitute the tools/files for Teensy++.
So there are plenty of good threads to first checkout related to ProgSkeet, for starters this is what ProgSkeet is:
ProgSkeet is your one and only solution to your flashing needs. Whether it is NAND, NOR or any other kind of non-volatile memory – just solder, plug in and operate!
Works on various other devices (in addition to PS3) and consoles including Xbox 360 and Wii.
Here is a sample image of some ProgSkeet installs (gets you an idea what your getting into):
THERE IS CURRENTLY A SOLDERLESS CHIP IN THE MAKING, BUT AS OF NOW (8/20/2011), YOU MUST SOLDER AND PERFORM THIS METHOD IF YOU WISH TO DOWNGRADE FIRMWARE 3.70
Make sure your PS3 first has NOR memory, all SLIM PS3′s do, the older “phat” PS3 have NAND. Check if your console has NOR memory here.
Find the right pinout for your PS3 motherboard HERE. (Scroll down to “Pinout Gallery“). Additional ProgSkeet pinouts HERE. Teensy++ Pinouts located HERE.
Gather soldering tools, resin, and wire.Recommended gauge for wires: 24 (anything from 20-26 AWG is fine). Keep them at ~20cm each. – Note: 40/80 wire Floppy cables won’t work, to see a full list of compatible wires see this table.
Here are 2 “prep” videos for your ProgSkeet:
STEP 4 – The NOR Dumping
Now the actual work begins and the part you all have been waiting for, the NOR dumping!
Install Microsoft Visual C++ 2008 SP1 Redistributable Package (x86) [Download Here]
Restart your computer.
Launch the ProgSkeet Dumper
Plug in your ProgSkeet and wait for for the jingle/beep
Insert the following values for the NOR: if you have a SPANSION branded flash memory on your PS3 then: NOR Sector Size = 128kb / NOR Sectors = 128. If you have a SAMSUNG branded flash memory on your PS3 then NOR Sector Size = 4kb / NOR Sectors = 4096.
After getting the correct values inserted, select output and then press DUMP, and you should have the exact dump generated as seen in Part B.
Now comes the last, and actual flashing part. Make sure you follow all the instructions above to the letter, and if you have any issues report them before continuing.
From the ProgSkeet flasher you downloaded in step 1, flash the file you generated in step 2 #5: downgrade.bin.REV to your PS3 (make sure your PS3 is on during this process).
If you flashed your PS3 correctly, your PS3 will reboot and show this message: “Push PS button”. DO NOT PRESS THE PS BUTTON!
Turn off the PS3 console as we will now place it in Factory/Service mode.
Copy these files to the ROOT (not subforulder!) of USB Mass Storage Device-: **WARNING: Make sure that this is a USB stick formatted to FAT 32. DO NOT use your MP3 player, phone, or anything except a USB stick as the timings are crucial for the downgrading process! If your having issues, we recommend you reformat your pen drive/usb drive with THIS tool.
Kmeaw CFW PUP File (3.55) [Download HERE or Mirror]
Insert to right most USB port on PS3
Now turn on your PS3 and leave it alone, the PS3 should turn off by itself in 10-15mins.
Unplug your USB from the PS3, and turn the console back on. It should boot to the XMB menu, once it does this turn your PS3 off again.
Now copy and replace this file on your USB: Modded LV2Diag [Download Here]
Insert once again to the right most USB port on your PS3
Turn on your PS3, it should turn off by itself in about ~20 seconds.
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 .
Don’t use any USB Mass Storage Device with enhanced functions as: encryption, fingerprintreader, U3, pincode etc.
Don’t use USB Mass Storage Devices with a long initialisation time (e.g. some MP3 players)
Don’t use multipartitioned USB Mass Storage Devices, only use 1 single primary FAT32 partition.
Make sure they are formatted according to specifications with FAT32 (e.g. HP USB Format Tool – or TOKIWA / Ridgecrop FAT32 formatter)
Most USB Mass Storage Devices that’ll work effortless with PenDrive Linux, will also work with the PS3 (for downgrading, upgrading, storage of your Game dumps and any normal filestorage under the XMB). Those USB Mass Storage Devices are most likely also the ones giving you the least problems under more exotic platforms like PSX/PSone, PS2/PStwo, Xbox/X360, Gamecube/Wii etc.
The libusb-win32 Kernel Driver needed for the the flasher to get access to the USB port was not installed. Make sure you unpacked the drivers_xxxxxx file and installed the Progskeet driver (VendorID:1988 / ProductID:0001 in case you need it).
In case of “the application has failed to start because its side-by-side configuration is incorrect” make sure Microsoft Visual C 9.0 runtime is installed and “Windows Installer” is not disabled (set to manual or automatic) in Services.msc
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
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)
a cold beer (this is important)
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%
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
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.
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)
-Return of the online (running)
-Update of keys (working)
-Mounted units, several readers virtual
-Plugins level conbinacion buttons on the six
-Modification speedfun speed
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
If you would like to provide us with a better translation use this
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!!
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.
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
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.
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:
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
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
-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
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