its nice to find all the info in one place. Great thread well done
Below is a Cobra ODE Troubleshooting Guide by magneto also:
In case you have problems getting the COBRA ODE to work, or if it is unstable, then read the following troubleshooting guide first before creating a new thread.
- Make sure you used the right cables, the length may not matter but pay attention to the same-side contacts and opposite-side contacts cables, where same-side contacts has the blue side on the same side of the cable, and opposite-side contacts have the blue side on opposite sides of the cable.
- Make sure all the cables are connected with the blue side on the top.
- Make sure you pushed the cables all the way through, and they are securely in place. The cable must not come from an angle that would tilt the cable out of its connector.
- Make sure the power cable is connected in the right direction. The white cable can be plugged in both directions between the power supply and the PS3 motherboard, but only one direction will work. Refer to the pictures in the user manual for the way to install it properly.
- Make sure the ODE board is isolated from the drive. The COBRA ODE bundle comes with a sticker with the COBRA ODE logo on it, that's a double-sided sticker and must be used to isolate the board to avoid shorts which can cause failure or instability.
- Make sure the PATA/SATA and CECHL,2K/2k5,3k,4k switches on the ODE are set to the correct position.
- Make sure the QSB is soldered correctly, that all 8 contacts are soldered properly and there are no shorts between them.
- If using NTFS, make sure that NTFS partition is using a 4096 cluster size, and that all the files are correctly placed in the COBRA directory.
- If using FAT32, make sure the FAT32 partition is the first partition on the drive.
- Make sure you always "safely remove hardware" or eject in Windows before removing your HDD from your PC. Not doing that could cause the partition to be corrupted when you remove the HDD and may not work with the ODE until the partition is repaired.
- If the HDD is using too much power, make sure you connect it properly with the USB Y cable provided for that purpose. Connect the USB Y cable to a USB wall charger or a PC nearby.
Q: When I connect the power, the PS3's LED turns off
A: If on a SATA model, make sure you used the right side cables between the motherboard and the ODE and the ODE and the drive. Also make sure you connected the power cable in the right direction for the ODE. If an HDD is inserted, try using the USB Y Cable. Also make sure the ODE is properly isolated using the double sided sticker.
Q: PT works, but not EMU:
A: You used the wrong cable, for PATA, invert the two cables, for the QSB, use the opposite-side cable between the QSB and the ODE.
Q: EMU works, but not PT:
A: You are probably using the QSB and one of the pins on the QSB was not soldered correctly.
Q: When I insert the HDD, the PS3 shuts down:
A: The HDD uses too much power, use the USB Y Cable to provide it with additional power.
Q: I use the USB Y cable but the PS3 still shuts down when I insert the HDD:
A: Alternatively, you can connect a mini-usb cable to the mini-usb port on the clip-on PCB and use a wall charger to power the board.
Q: There is no disc icon when I boot the PS3:
A: Your cables are not connected correctly, or you used the wrong type or cable, or the QSB was not soldered properly.
Q: I get error 8001003E when I try to run a game :
A: You generated the iso with an old version of genps3iso tool. Download the latest version and regenerate your iso file.
Q: When I run the game, it shows error 80010007 or returns to the XMB directly:
A: You generated your iso using a modified rip. DUPLEX releases will modify the EBOOT.BIN which makes them invalid, there will usually be a EBOOT.BIN.ORIG file in the rip, simply replace the EBOOT.BIN with the original file and regenerate your iso.
TIPS AND TRICKS
- You can setup your HDD with a 10MB partition as the first partition and the second partition as NTFS taking the remaining space of the HDD. You can use the FAT32 partition for MCU updates and the NTFS partition for games, this way you can use the same HDD and do the update and go back to your games in one shot.
To Be Continued