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November 7, 2012 // 4:42 am - Following up on his previous update, today HDMadness has released PS3 ErmaC 4.30 CFW v1.2 which includes improved XMB Stability and he is pleased to confirm no PlayStation 3 flashers are necessary from this release onward.

Download: ErmaC 4.30 CFW 1.2.rar / ErmaC 4.30 CFW 1.2.rar (Mirror) / ErmaC 4.30 CFW 1.2.rar (Mirror #2)

PUP MD5: 90EF8FD8F6D2B2DA106C38DD08DC9C66

Below are the details, to quote: Hello m8, New version released, we can now leave the flashers alone...

  • More Stable than any other 4.30 CFW out there
    (Tested with numerous PS3, slim and phat models)
  • Can run games with the latest updates signed with Keys up to 4.30 without any patching needed
  • PSN enabled
  • Cinavia protection disabled

Changes since 1.1:

  • Some small bugs fixed (XMB oriented)
  • Removed some icons from XMB (they were not needed and helped improving XMB stability), including PSHome. No more "demo mode", if you still want to use PSHome please install 'PSHome_ErmaC_4.30_CFW.pkg' included in the package
  • A few cosmetic changes

*This CFW will not brick your PS3 System or Harddrive if you install it properly. Use it with caution, the author of this CFW will not be held responsible for any damage that may be caused to your system.

You need to be on 3.55 cfw or ofw to install ErmaC CFW. Please downgrade using the proper procedures and after downgrading please install and run 'toggle_qa.pkg' on your PS3 before upgrading again to the new version.

Use exactly the same precautions on upgrading/downgrading used on other CFWs to avoid any complication. Enjoy!

*Thanks to for their continued support.

Finally, below is a demo video from the last release in action for those who missed it.

PS3 ErmaC 4.30 CFW v1.2 is Now Available, XMB Stability Improved

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#218 - cr0n - November 14, 2012 // 5:01 pm
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It's more stable and less buggy than rogero, that i can tell you. Rebug 4.21, that's the better new cfw all around, it offers a lot (perhaps too many for the common user?) of options and perhaps the most stable of them all. For game compatibility this ErmaC and Rogero might be equal on performance and the best options since no patches are necessary to play the latest games.

#217 - ppr2012 - November 14, 2012 // 12:26 pm
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how is it different from other 4.XX cfw which has same keys till 4.31.. how is different in terms of performance and game compatibility?..

#216 - PS4 News - November 14, 2012 // 11:16 am
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Either a flasher yourself or someone who has one correct, but with the backup it's fixable at least should anything go wrong.

#215 - SeraphinEveles - November 14, 2012 // 9:55 am
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just to clarify, even with the backup i would still need flasher to recover from a brick wouldn't i?

#214 - PS4 News - November 14, 2012 // 5:22 am
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I'd check out THIS guide as it covers making a NOR/NAND dump using multiMAN or memdump before installing any CFW to have a recovery backup in case of any bricks. Also another worth a peek is Itskamel's n00b Guide (scroll down). Always better to be safe than sorry

#213 - SeraphinEveles - November 14, 2012 // 5:02 am
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ok, so, what are all the steps i should take then? just so i can have a -perfectly- clear guide on how to install this.

#212 - PS4 News - November 14, 2012 // 4:54 am
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Well, since version 1.2 HDMadness has officially removed the "flasher required" warning and thus far there haven't been any brick reports... of course there is always a risk (even installing Sony's OFW updates) of bricking, but ErmaC CFW is basically the same safety wise as the others now.

#211 - SeraphinEveles - November 14, 2012 // 4:43 am
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so are we calling this one safe to update to? i own a CECH80gb with 3.55 Kmeaw, and i don't want to risk bricking if people still think it's too risky.

#210 - G Sus - November 12, 2012 // 10:25 pm
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safer to downgrade to 3.55 it explains the safest install in the notes at the beginning of the article..

anything you do other than that is your own choice.

#209 - cdkane - November 12, 2012 // 10:25 pm
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For me the media controls cut off at the top and scene selection does not work properly. No images. Wish i had known of this before.
Anyone know a fix?