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January 26, 2012 // 4:07 pm - Below is a work-in-progress (WIP) of PS3 3.60+ games booting on PlayStation 3 Custom Firmware (CFW) 3.55 and 3.41 without a dongle for those interested in experimenting further with it.

What you need ?

1- PS3 3.55 CFW Rebug or 3.55/3.41 with Debug
2- Debug Dev_Flash (Also allow to have the debug options on retail)
3- Backup of your own CFW DEV_Flash (make a dev_flash path on your USB Device)
4- A File Manager
5- EBOOT.BIN of your games (also from Paradox)

What you need to know

Rebug normal in Debug mode 2

  • You need to put your PS3 in boot mode -> debugger mode (and not system software mode)
  • We're gonna use the debugger mode to debug the self execution we don't need to have NPDRM, anyway the debugger don't know how to Debug the Self NPDRM
  • Release mode -> Development mode
  • All the content type configuration -> Development mode

Dongle uses modified sprx/modules/lib related to the Debug files to be loaded when you boot the PS3 on CFW.

Almost all the EBOOT Paradox don't have NPDRM -> it's a simple self (fake sign header) renamed to EBOOT.BIN (like i was explaining many times) -> call function to the debugger -> sprx/modules loader.

Let's do a small test to be sure that you understand.. take whatever EBOOT Paradox, open with editeur hexa, check the first header ->

[Register or Login to view code]

You can see that is a standard Self without NPDRM only have a fake sign header.

Rename this file EBOOT.SELF than .bin transfer your self on your usb stick/storage, launch a file manager, add the self to the path of your game and execute your self after that, self will load on the path APP_HOME of your XMB.

If you launch that with the debugger mode, it execute without problem and the debugger don't need to have NPDRM (anyway the debugger don't know how to read Self NPDRM)

Why we need debug_devflash

We need that to replace some specific temporary file to allow to boot on debugger mode and reload the XMB, also the backup of your dev_flash CFW it's here to put back your files (that allow to reboot without crash).

I don't put all now put this is one of the step and WIP of game 3.60+ boot on 3.55/3.41. Remember that the dongle use also standard Self to be load on a debugger mode.

PS3 3.60+ Games Booting on 3.55 / 3.41 CFW Without Dongle WIP

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#205 - ismailoo93 - January 16, 2012 // 1:40 pm
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And who gives you the right to say that we don't care for 4.00CFW ? What about people who are stuck in OFW 4.00 & can not use the E3 flasher ??

#204 - pr0p0sitionJOE - January 16, 2012 // 1:24 pm
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OK, after reading all this, basic question raises: Can we play new games without any dongles now?

I don't see any new games released on 3.55 or 3.41. Now we talking again on methods and scams. I don't care if they used "snake oil" inside - It works and thats all I care.

If someone releases new games working on CFW (no dongle) then OK, until then we can discuss until new PS4 arrives. Sadly, this is how its gonna end up. People just wanna play new games and that's the bottom line.

PS - Again one team comes out exposing scam from another team by such manner that tells the world things that shouldn't be public. They should have just release new games working without dongles, if they know how. Whats the point telling us (end users) this.

Again, Sony will patch this up and good bye for more new games again.

#203 - GrandpaHomer - January 16, 2012 // 12:57 pm
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People with Vita will most certainly care

#202 - MimmoD360 - January 16, 2012 // 12:37 pm
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It's nice to see that people are happy when the scene is moving forward thx to talented devs but personally i think is better for the non-technical people to just sit and wait.

You could just play some of the games which are fully working on 3.55 now I think people spend more time writing post about PS3 CFW instead of actually play with the PS3.

#201 - spunkybunny - January 16, 2012 // 12:30 pm
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I haven't bashed any newcomers. I'm still waiting for her to release something that will actually help the scene instead all I hear from her is the same as the next fake poster. I'm glad I haven't heard from that loser for a while, hope she left the scene but I think she's quiet as she's the one behind the TB dongle.

I'm glad Team Ac1d are here to piss off the dongles. It's about time someone fight back against them as they are not needed or wanted in the PS3 scene. With all the crap and fakes we go through on a weekly basis the last we need is some crap DRM dongle.

I'm also going to sit back and see what happens with Team Ac1d as I cant really help until I know something new.

#200 - DeViL303 - January 16, 2012 // 12:17 pm
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OK. I'm going to sit back now (stop posting) and wait for a release from Team-AciD as theres not much point in me testing on my one and only PS3 when I have no flasher, yet. Gonna send a PS3 to Mushy409 tommorow morning which I might do some testing on afterwards if there isnt some nice progress by then.

Best of luck to you, your gonna need it!

I wonder will vhs.self from a PS1 FW1.00 let me play some old VHS tapes on my PS3 !

#199 - cfwprophet - January 16, 2012 // 11:56 am
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Why ? Cause peoples in the ps3 scene just bash every one that comes new to the scene but maybe isn't new to hacking things. I talked with a lot of peoples the last day and there wasn't only one who have some potential in background. But as far they enter a scene they get dissed, bashed, discriminate, insulted as lier and even much more things.

They are peoples out they start to write private messages to them and call them eg. a cancer or a taliban or something else. The PS3 scene have to stop to act like that and i'm pretty sure there will come more good hackers, coders back. Before insulting some one ask how it works, what he have done and also if he is willing to show us something. Give respect to new comers.

And don't think that the actual higher dev's of PS3 scene doesn't know the stuff about how dongles work and some other things we try to teach you and woke up the scene.

Video: 4.0 VSH.SELF and SPRX's to 3.41 Firmware (via

Since there is quite a wild allegation concerning the appldr and its function as well as from various dev's the scene said no one will use the data on a 4.0 FW 3:41 I can even here the first video made ​​and uploaded.

In the early morning is one of the first things I do go out and buy a usb stick so I can prove all the more accurate. Have time for just the phone and not a usb stick. But as I said is that the first thing I'll do tomorrow, or rather in a few hours to get a USB stick and install Hermes CFW 3:41 checksum after 4.0 vsh.self installing their sprx's checksum and boot with the ps3.

Sun, meanwhile, once blathered enough. All who believe it can not even rip the meantime mouth and then in a couple of hours is available as idiots

#198 - spunkybunny - January 16, 2012 // 11:33 am
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Exactly, nobody cares for 4.00CFW, all we want is a way to play the latest games. As soon as the games come out there is a way to play them on the Xbox360 so WHY is it taking so long for the PS3 scene to catch up?

I'm guessing the dongle makers want to drag it out even longer.

#197 - MimmoD360 - January 16, 2012 // 11:33 am
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No rush, just take your time

#196 - cfwprophet - January 16, 2012 // 11:30 am
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I will talk with him what we can give you about games. But i would more prefer to give you games that was already tested and NON working without doing more patches. So you can exclude them and test others.

And i also guess it will be ok that we tell you with which files you should be careful to play around on higher fw to prevent the scene for bricks a bit more. But it could be that it will in deep night europe time. Cause i have to work then already and it for sure will be 23:00 or 24:00 in the middle of the night.