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Discussion in 'PS3 - Hacking & Homebrew' started by Devin, Apr 4, 2013.

  1. Devin
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    Going to review the E3 Flasher for PS3. I thought I would have gotten a PS3 that I could downgrade by now. But apparently I might not be able to.

    So in order to complete my review of the E3 Flasher. (ETA of it's arrival is 12 days.) I will need someone to lend me their PS3, let me open it, and take pictures as I install the E3 Flasher. "But what do I get out of this?" Well let me tell you. You get your PS3 downgraded to OFW, or CFW 3.55. At which point you can mod the PS3 to play downloaded games and such.

    "What do I need to do?" Check your PS3's model number below. If it says NOR, and has a base firmware of 3.50 or less, you're good. Post in this thread. I'll randomly pick someone.

    Phat PS3
    Slim PS3
     
  2. mechadylan

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  3. Devin
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    Devin "Local Hardware Wizard"

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    Well so far it looks like you're the only one to post. I'll give it another 24 hours till I lock in you in as the only candidate.
     
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    I so wish mine wasn't NAND.

    (Oh, it's a CECHB, I could have sworn it was a CECHA. Not that it makes a difference.)
     
  5. Devin
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    Wish they came out with that NAND clip.
     
  6. mechadylan

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    Wow! Kinda surprised no one else is willing to be a guinea pig for this. I hope I win, but here's a courtesy "bump" out of good sportsmanship in case others have missed this thread just to keep it fair.
     
  7. DarkShinigami

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    id enter if i wernt paranoid of voiding warranties oh well.
     
  8. mechadylan

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    @Devin Any preference as to slim or phat? I also have a slim CECH2501A that shipped with 3.50 but I don't see it listed in your "Slim PS3" link. I'm willing to sacrifice either or.
     
  9. trumpet-205

    trumpet-205 Embrace the darkness within

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    Umm.. PS3s that are eligible for downgrade are way past official Sony warranty anyway.
     
  10. mechadylan

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    Yeah. I noticed that too.
     
  11. DarkShinigami

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    No it's a store warranty(used) which they will swap my ps3 for a working same model if mine craps out
     
  12. jefffisher

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    i have a ps3 that needs downgrading.
     
  13. Cyan

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    Mine is still OFW 3.41 :ha:
    no need to downgrade.

    I guess the idea is to downgrade one which is past 3.56 but can go down to 3.55 or less.
    I thought your new topic title would appeal more users than your trading topic.
    Maybe wait until this weekend to see if other users are interested in downgrading their console to install CFW.

    I would be more interested in a "un-brick my PS3 Please" thread, in case I brick it by trying new CFW ;)
     
  14. Devin
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    Pft you know I'd unbrick anyone's PS3 for free. If something wrong happens let me know.
     
  15. Coto

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    a few tips devin:

    the e3 has a onboard NOR so you actually can dual boot

    there is an adapter (where you plug the E3 NOR cable that goes to NOR), that instead serves as E3 NAND adapter, that comes with 40+ pins you need to solder to NAND ps3s

    while using the E3 NOR cable:

    1. you always need to ground to TRISTATE point on PS3 motherboard to E3 NOR CABLE, specifically on SBC AND NOT ANY OTHER.
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    2. here's the ps3devwiki page where shows you how the E3 is handled through its switch panel:

    http://www.ps3devwiki.com/wiki/E3#E3_-_Coverboard_-_switches


    3. UPDATE your E3 using this bios: http://www.mediafire.com/?h4m3iyvqwy448sw (i've uploaded just for you, it's tested on three different slim ps3's [not ultra!] that had both spansion and samsung NOR chips), it allows you to work with various PS3s as E3 is locked down to one PS3 once you have used it

    http://www.ps3devwiki.com/wiki/E3#Update_E3_Flasher

    usage: if you soldered tristate properly to SBCE point on E3 NOR cable, you leave the 1st switch (flashfun mode) on and all the others off, you tell the console to be stuck, and prevent accessing any routines to NOR (if NOR is intercepted by any read/write routines from the PS3, you'll possibly won't be able to read/write any contents to NOR, so you need to prevent the PS3 from doing it, or you could mess it up bad)

    once flash fun mode is enabled (you'll see a green light led[on the ps3's led] like it'd be running the OS, but it's not, instead it's showing a black screen without doing any activity -- helps with bricked PS3s), so you pretty much can do read / writes to NOR.

    Also, a behaviour not described in the wiki: You could always enter flash fun mode, once there, you press the reset button on the E3 (changing the switches on E3 panel before, so you effectively perform another operation on the same power cycle) and you can do whatever you want, without having to turn off the PS3 or reboot, like, reading to NOR/NAND,--*reset button*> writing a new NOR/NAND -->*reset button*-->, perform a E3 update [from both micro SD or USB]-->*reset button *-->etc

    4. error codes: while reading NOR/writing NOR/updating E3/etc you'll find blue led lights [like a success % bar, on the E3 switch panel!] aren't increasing one by one like they should, but they will sometimes blink while others not, that's an -error-, keep in mind that most errors occur because of a poorly fit E3 NOR adapter on the NOR itself, so you'll need some electrical tape, clean both NOR points and E3 NOR adapter with a toothbrush and press a bit further so it's tightly fit.

    http://www.ps3devwiki.com/wiki/E3#Error_Codes

    http://www.ps3devwiki.com/wiki/E3#IFI0_Tag_missing_at_offset_200
     
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  16. mechadylan

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    Not sure if wishing or throwing hat in the ring?
     
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    If you're still taking applicants, I have a slim CECH-2501B that came on 3.50 currently on latest OFW.
     
  18. Devin
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    Yep, still pooling applications. Since I have no confirmed applicants.

    Except Jeff.
     
  19. chrisrlink

    chrisrlink your friendly neighborhood serial killer

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    damn it i have a NAND model (80 gb phat) that sucks
     
  20. Delta517

    Delta517 Its okay...Im a ninja ;)

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    I would have loved to enter, but I live far away in Norway so shipping would be a pain :'(
     
  21. Devin
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    :/ Ending this Wednesday.