Below is the Cobra ODE v1.6 update and related details, as follows:
21 - 10 - 2013: Cobra ODE News - Update
The much anticipated 1.6 firmware update is now available for download.
The biggest feature of this update is the addition of the new auto-eject feature. You can now switch games without rebooting and without ejecting discs. All from the comfort of your couch. The new auto-eject feature does not require any modifications to the ODE, nor does it require any new accessories or soldering, it is now available to all ODE users, from all models, with the simple update of your Cobra ODE.
We have also added periodical polling of the HDD to prevent hard drives from going to sleep mode which made some games freeze if they had been paused for a while. The HDD polling can be disabled or configured from the cobra.cfg file.
When Cobra ODE was first released, we had seen a huge amount of positive feedback, although many users had two major concerns, the first being the use of homebrew to achieve game selection, and the second being the need to reboot or eject discs in order to switch games. With the Cobra ODE browser support which was added in v1.5 and the auto-eject feature added in v1.6, we have resolved both of these concerns for our users. Today, the Cobra ODE looks like a brand new device with a completely new user experience, which we think will make most of you happy.
The Cobra Team is the first to bring true "no eject, no reboot" feature to the PS3 ODE world for all models and we will continue to bring you new exciting features in the future.You can now grab the 1.6 update form the downloads section. Please refer to the user manual for updated instructions on how to use the auto-eject feature.
We are also releasing an update to ps3genextra tool which generated the Cobra ODE Browser, please use this version with the 1.6 update.
Concurrently, we are releasing an update to the Cobra ODE Manager which adds support for the auto-eject feature and in parallel releasing an update to the third party integration library which allows third party managers to use the auto-eject feature.
Finally, below is a guide from magneto on How to Unbrick Your Cobra ODE, as follows:
For those rare users who have bricked their device by cutting power while the bootloader or fpga1 was being updated, here is how you can fix it.
First, there are four methods to unbrick your ODE, only one will work for you depending on what your situation is, so please read carefully and follow the instructions appropriate for your situation.
For v3 and v4 boards (3.0, 3.10, 4.20, 4.20 QSV and 4.30), it is possible that either the flash is corrupted, if you interrupted a bootloader update, or that the FPGA1 is corrupted. If the FPGA1 is corrupted, it is likely that it will hold the MCU in RESET mode which will prevent the MCU from powering.
If when you connect power to the ODE, you see the clipon PCB flash green very quickly then turn off, then the MCU powered itself but couldn't start the bootloader, you will need to unbrick the ODE using your PC, follow the instructions in the unbrick using USB method section. If you do not see any green light quickly flashing, then the MCU is not powered and is probably being held in RESET, follow the instructions in the unbrick using RESET method section.
For v5 boards, if an error occured when updating the fpga image, then the device may be bricked. It can be restored to factory settings easily, make sure you follow the unbrick method for v5.x boards.
If you followed the right instructions carefully and could not fix the issue, then it is possible that the ODE is damaged.
Unbrick method for v5.x boards
- Remove power from the ODE
- Short the R6 pins. This means put a wire between the two solder pads of R6. You can find R6 on the lower right corner of the main chip, just below the yellow component in this image: cobra-ode.com/images/V5_QSV.jpg
- Put power back to the ODE
- You can now stop shorting R6.
- The ODE should then unbrick itself by restoring the FPGA to factory settings, it will now accept a new update from a USB 2.0 device.
Unbrick using RESET method for v3.x boards
- Power the ODE
- Short the pin 3 and pin 8 of the U5 component. The U5 component is the chip with 8 pads in the top left corner of the board, as seen in this picture: cobra-ode.com/images/MainBoard.jpg. The pin 8 is the one in the top right corner of the U5 component, adjacent to the corner of the EXP connector, while pin 3 is the on the other side, closest to the border of the board, the third pin counting from the top.
- As soon as you short pin 3 and pin 8 of U5, the MCU should power up and the clipon PCB light will blink green. Keep those pins shorted while you update the fpga1.dat again using a USB stick.
- Once the fpga has been restored, and the update completed, you can stop shorting pin 3 and pin 8 of U5, then power cycle your ODE.
Unbrick using RESET method for v4.x boards
- Power the ODE
- Short the TP3 and TP4 test points under the RST label. It is located in the top left corner of the ODE, as seen in this picture : http://www.cobra-ode.com/images/4_30A.jpg
- Stop shorting the TP3 and TP4 points
- If the ODE did not boot, then short the TP3 pad with the eight pad of the U5 component. The eight pad is the one in the top right corner of the U5 component, adjacent to the corner of the EXP connector, as seen in this picture : http://www.cobra-ode.com/images/4_30A.jpg
- As soon as you short TP3 and pin 8 of U5, the MCU should power up and the clipon PCB light will blink green. Keep those pins shorted while you update the fpga1.dat again using a USB stick.
- Once the fpga has been restored, and the update completed, you can stop shorting TP3 and pin 8 of U5, then power cycle your ODE.
Unbrick using USB method for v3.x and v4.x boards
You will need:
- A PC
- A USB-A Male to USB-A Male cable
- A USB stick or HDD formatted in FAT32
- Zadig appication
- dfu-util application
- unbrick.rom file
You can download Zadig here: http://sourceforge.net/projects/libw...60.7z/download
You can download dfu-util here: http://dfu-util.gnumonks.org/release....7-binaries.7z
You can download unbrick.rom here: http://www.sendspace.com/file/cwbzn5
You will first need to create a USB-A to USB-A cable. A USB-A connector is the standard USB connector that connects into your PC. This is what a USB-A connector looks like: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:US...r-Standard.jpg
You can make such a cable by cutting two USB cables and then connecting together the green, red, white and black wires of the two cables to create a USB-A to USB-A cable.
Instructions for Unbricking the ODE
- Turn off the power on the PS3
- Wait 5 seconds
- Turn on the power on the PS3
- Immediately connect the USB cable from your PC to the clip-on PCB where your HDD would normally go
- Your PC should detect the USB device as a "USB device with DFU capabilities"
- Let windows finish installing drivers for the USB device
- Open Zadig
- Select "List all devices" from the menu
- Select "USB device with DFU capabilities" from the list in Zadig
- Select "WinUSB" for the driver
- Select "Install driver" or "Replace driver"
- Wait until Zadig successfully installs the WinUSB driver for the USB device
- Open a command prompt by typing "cmd.exe" from the start menu
- Go to the directory where you extracted dfu-util
- Run the command : dfu-util.exe -d 0471:df55 -D C:\Path\To\unbrick.rom
- Wait until it finishes uploading the unbricking firmware successfully
- Disconnect the USB cable from the PC
- Reconnect the USB cable from the PC
- The light on the clip-on PCB should turn Blue now. If it doesn't not, then something went wrong, go back to the beginning and make sure everything is done correctly
- Disconnect USB cable from clip-on PCB
- Copy ldr.rom and mcu.rom to the root of the FAT32 USB stick
- Insert the USB stick into the clip-on PCB
- LED should turn purple and flash a few times until it becomes solid red or solid green depending on whether your USB stick has the cobra manager and database
- Your device is now unbricked, you can use it normally.
If something is unclear or does not work for you, let me know. I have only tested this on a Windows 7 machine, and I don't know if I missed any steps in case my system is set up differently.
Updates: Added link to LPCXpresso for the DFU driver and added USB ID identifiers. If you wish to manually brick the device in order to use this method to flash it, then you can short the SPI Flash chip to force it to enter DFU mode and use the above instructions to flash your device.
Shorting the SPI Flash chip will not permanently brick the device, it will only brick it as long as it is shorted. If you reboot the device without shorting the pins, it will work again as it did before.
To short the SPI Flash, you can use a screwdriver or anything metallic like some change (money) and connect it to the three pins closest to the inside of the board.
The SPI Flash is the chip in the corner of the board between the JTAG connector and the EXP connector and it has 6 pins, 3 on each side. Short the 3 pins that are closest to the EXP connector then connect the power to the board, and the LED will very briefly flash green before turning off. Without shorting those pins, the LED will flash green slightly longer before turning off.
Cobra ODE IDPS Dumper (Dump Your IDPS using Cobra ODE - Unofficial) by atreyu187
I hereby present to you the (Unofficial) Cobra IDPS dumper. A friend of mine (which i shall not name) found a way to dump the IDPS on OFW. I created a neat cobra package from this. You can put this in your PS3_GAMES directory and run it from XMB.
Download: Cobra IDPS Dumper.zip
1. Put a fat32 formatted USB key in the USB000 (most left) or USB001 or right port
2. Run the homebrew program, and it will exit again to the XMB
3. IDPS.bin is on your USB drive.
For now this IDPS.bin is not very useful (yet) but we might need it in the future.