How to Check Minimum Firmware Version

Discussion in 'PS3 - Tutorials' started by Tom Bombadildo, Jan 16, 2012.

  1. Tom Bombadildo
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    Howdy GBATemp.

    Recently (in fact a few minutes ago as I'm writing this) I've come across a need to find out the lowest possible firmware version my Refurbished PS3 could go. Well, while googling around and searching through the PS3-hax forums I managed to find a firmware checker utility that I feel may be of use to other members here on GBATemp for various reasons. As always, I take no credit for this, the source of this utility (or at least as far as I can tell) can be found HERE.

    What you'll need:
    Minimum Version Checker
    A USB Flash Drive
    PS3
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    WinRar

    Instructions:
    Step 1: Download the MinVerChk.rar (from the link provided above) and extract the .pup file using WinRar.
    Step 2: Put the PS3UPDAT.PUP onto the USB Flash Drive in the PS3/UPDATE/ folder.
    Step 3: Power on your PS3 and navigate to the "System Update" option in the settings
    Step 4: Choose "Update Via Media Storage"
    Step 5: Let the PS3 search for the update, once it's found it it will ask you if you'd like to run it. Hit "OK"
    Step 6: It should only take a few seconds, a message will pop up telling you what the lowest version firmware your PS3 can use!
    Step 5: Congratulations! You're done!
     
  2. jing90

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    well this is pretty cool, didn't know it existed
     
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    Neither did I...it's very helpful for used or refurbished consoles.
     
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    This will be quite helpful for my downgrading thread. I'll have people run this, and get back to me with the results. Thanks.
     
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    can i use this do downgrade from v4.00 to lower versions?
     
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    Oh, sorry no. You probably mistook my post. I'd have people run this on their PS3, to see if I can downgrade them or not.
     
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    ow srry misread it
     
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    I don't plan on downgrading and using CFW on my Phat 80GB since I plan on going online and using PSN+, but JUST for poops and giggles, I'll use it. :P

    It's actually pretty neat, because I'm curious. My old PSP could go down to 1.00... or was it 1.50...? I don't remember. lol