I am new to this forum and this will be my first post. I have found a way to install the debug firmware on a retail ps3 this method has been tested with a 40gb and 80gb system and worked on both. Please use this method at your own risk and be sure you understand every thing in this post.
I have no test files to try the debugging features out with and I am shure Sony will block this method if it gets big. I will hope some of the devs can send me some apps to try out like the eboot decryption and hdd backup loader so I can confirm this firmware is fully operational so I give this method in those hopes.
1 ps3 system
2 ps3 hdd same size
1 retail firmware upgrade
1.80 Or 2.15 debug firmware
First format both hdd’s to the ps3 system.
Put debug firmware on a USB stick and start the update the update will first copy the files to the hdd this is good. Next you system will restart and should take you to screen that reads reads push ps button to begin update (this is past the screen that reads update will start in 30 sec and counts down just push x to continue on) at this point power off the system using the switch in the back. Do not begin the update as it will error out.
Next remove the hdd you just copied the debug firmware to and put in the second hdd. Copy the retail update to a USB stick and start the update when you get to the accept licenses screen don’t push any thing remove the hdd with the system powered on and put in the hdd with the debug firmware on it. Next accept the license agreement and the system will install the update when your finished you will have the debug firmware on your system go to system settings and check version number and you will see the debugging options.
Note for this to work your system must be below or at 1.80 for the 1.80 debug update... and below or on 2.01 for the 2.15 debug update. Just use the next version up from your current firmware version for the retail update.
I also ask the devs to grant me access to all forums and downloads