Here is a little piece of news we skipped over when our PS3 Reference Tool arrived.
One of our resident PS3 DEV's CouRieR extracted the flash of a PS3 Slim (CECH-2000) European console with Firmware 2.75 a few months back by removing the chip, and dumping it with an external reader along the lines of the BeeProg.
The chip, a Samsung K8Q2815UQB, is a 128 Megabit flash chip. The dump, which weighs in at 16.0 MB (16,777,728 bytes), is quite similiar to that of a later model PS3 with the smaller flash.
Earlier generation Fat PS3's, those that sported dual 1 Gigabit flashes, had two copies of the PS3 firmware along with a full AES filesystem (for /dev_flash) on the flash.
The PS3 Slims, like later generation Fat's, have the AES filesystem (/dev_flash) on the Hard Disk Drive, and mounted virtually (like a loopback) with only one copy of the firmware.
Both the Fat and Slim PS3 systems feature everything that one would expect: a bootloader, corresponding core operating system LV1/LV2 SELF's, along with corresponding isolated SPU code - all encrypted of course.
Since everything is encrypted, and tied per box, the Slim's flash is really no different from that of a Fat PS3 - makes you really wonder what the "hardware differences" that made OtherOS incompatible were.
Finally, for those who'd like to take a peek, here is the PlayStation 3 Slim's FileList Dump Log!
Next week we will share some exciting PS3 Service Mode information, specifically on what we got in the mail a few days back! Then we will take a tour of the PS3 TOOL XMB as promised last week.
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