PS3 Softmod Guide - cFW3.55

Discussion in 'PS3 - Tutorials' started by Zorua, Feb 28, 2011.

  1. ankc

    ankc GBAtemp Regular

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    Hi Cyan

    thanks for your answer :)

    as you said it is possible to install CFW 4.30/4.31 but the current guide is based on CFW 3.55 and I heard here and there that 3.55 is the best as you might not be able to downgrade above it(unless you use an E3 flasher). so how do I play the newer games if I want to stick to 3.55?

    Thanks
     
  2. Cyan

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    There are different way to play new games requiring a higher firmware:

    1. install a CFW equal or higher (there's no big sticky tutorial to update to 4.x on gbatemp, but it's still evolving. Someone might write one once it's easier/more straightforward to install).
    It's not hard to do if you really want to update, and you can downgrade without hardware flasher if you followed the guides correctly (you need to start at 3.55 to add a debug menu to allow software downgrade later, then update and the debug menu will still be there)

    2. Wait for someone (usually released groups) to release a patch/fix for the game to work on older firmware (usually 3.40+). The file are decrypted and re-signed for 3.40

    3. Do the above patching yourself. You need the 4.x keys and a program to decrypt the files, then sign them with the known private 3.40/3.55keys
    Then when you launch a game from a higher firmware, multiMAN ask you if you want to patch the file setting for that game (PARAM.SFO) which contains the required firmware version. it will replace the value "4.x" by "3.40" (you can even to it manually in your computer, but multiMAN does it for you).

    Recent games have another firmware version check directly into the executable in addition to the PARAM.SFO file.
    but new version of multiMAN can patch it too.
     
  3. ankc

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    Thanks clears things up :)
     
  4. LittleRedRidingH

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    Most of the files are down :sleep:
     
  5. LittleRedRidingH

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    Where can I get OFW 3.55? The link is dead.
     
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    ALSO the link for MultiMan is dead
     
  7. urskog

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    Have a virgin 4.31 slim PS3 here I'm looking to install CFW on.
    Which version(s) out there are safe to use?
    I find a couple when I google search but none are on sites I trust (like this one), any tips for me?

    EDIT: The one from ps3jail.com seems to be the one most people say is working, even on OFW 4.31.
    Can anyone confirm?

    EDIT2: And now I find that the "CFW" from ps3jail.com is actually just the OFW so now CFW at all :/
     
  8. trumpet-205

    trumpet-205 Embrace the darkness within

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    You cannot install CFW on virgin (OFW) 4.31, period.

    What is your Slim model? Depending on the model you can buy and use E3 Flasher to downgrade to 3.55 and go on from there.
     
  9. Cyan

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    You can check if the custom firmware you found is a known and legit one, (or if the cfw you created yourself from an ofw+patch is correctly patched) with PS3 PUP Check
    Thanks to the extensive md5 hash from Aldo's tools website :)
     
  10. urskog

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    Seems like my only 2 viable options are:
    1: Wait until 4.31 possibly gets hacked
    2: Use an E3 flasher
    And option 2 is the more likely one, expensive stuff thou :)
     
  11. snakepliskin2334

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    i found a video if people find watching it easy
     
  12. Cyan

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    I wouldn't recommend a youtube tutorial (in general), and even less when it's only showing the TV screen all the time without future supports and better explanations. but, it's up to the user to decide if he wants to take the risk to follow a random video which is not even made for what he is looking for.
    That video is initially for GeoHot Custom Firmware 3.55, some CFW can be installed like that, and other might require the recovery menu.
     
  13. blaisedinsd

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    I have a phat ps3 so my understanding is that it is hack able. I am wondering though if there are downsides to hacking, would I be blocked from psn or online play? I have playstation plus so that is a deal breaker.
     
  14. jing90

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    no you won't be blocked from playing online, you only need to stay on the most recent cfw or have a spoofer.
     
  15. blaisedinsd

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    So it looks like the hardware to downgrade the PS3 to a hackable firmware is pretty expensive.

    Couldn't I just use 3k3y?
     
  16. Puppy_Washer

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    Can someone please create a more updated guide? I'm entirely new to this and I'd rather not use files and methods from 4 years ago.
     
  17. Cyan

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    If you need a copy of OFW 3.55, I have a MEGA link on my thread in that section about OFW 3.55
     
  19. yakhem

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    The description thing under your profile pic made me laugh. Thanks for the guide.