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January 23, 2011 // 12:00 am - As a follow-up to his previous work, this weekend zouzzz has made available Custom Firmware Maker v1.1b for PS3 followed by v1.2b and 1.3 which allow users to create their own CFW for the PlayStation 3.

Download: Custom Firmware Maker v1.1b for PS3 / Custom Firmware Maker v1.2b for PS3 / Custom Firmware Maker v1.3 for PS3

Version 1.3 includes the following updates:

New / fixed:

  • Fixed problem creating the Wutangrza LV1/LV2 Peek And Poke Fw.
  • .NET Framework Version 4 is required.

As this is an update of the executable, if you do not have all the files from previous versions, you must download the archive of 1.2b and simply replace the executable with that from the archive 1.3.

To quote, roughly translated from French: Zouzzz proposes a new version of its utility that lets you create a firmware based on 3.55 official with either changes in CFW Wutangrza, Kmeaw, Waninkoko peek and poke.


  • Download the official 3.55 fw
  • Creating different custom firmwares
  • Verification (after downloading and creation) of the MD5sum

New / fixed:

Custom Firmware Maker v1.1b for PS3 is Now Available

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#24 - barrybarryk - January 23, 2011 // 6:21 pm
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um i only need 1 video, 1 audio and 1 subtitle track for my files, compatibility is more important to me because I have multiple devices all running off a central NAS where my media is and when im copying media to portable devices I dont like to have to transcode or remux my files again.

its not just the ps3 that doesnt play mkv's, compatibility is generally poor all round thats why i convert them. If it was just the ps3 i'd just stream them apart from the bloated filesizes for additional audio tracks i'm never going to use.

#23 - Bishoff - January 23, 2011 // 6:06 pm
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I get 5.1 surround with my mkv's streamed there mate.

#22 - KrisFluke - January 23, 2011 // 5:36 pm
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Yeah go ahead and use PS3 Media server with your HD files if you don't like surround sound or 24p playback.

#21 - Jokergod2000 - January 23, 2011 // 4:49 pm
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I used to convert my .mkv files awelll. Problem is you lose your ability to do anything with them afterwards. A .mkv is like a .zip file it has extra audio tracks, subs etc in it, in a raw "untouched" format (original encoding setting when ripped from the disk).

When it is converted to a .mpg you lose all that. It's like printing a word documet to paper, what you have on paper is usable but not as good as the orriginal (you can't make any changes).

Use PS3 Media Server. It converts .mkv to .mpg as you play it over the network and does not touch the orriginal files.

#20 - itwalksamongus - January 23, 2011 // 4:29 pm
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I would wait. If you are in no hurry. I would like to go to 3.55 too but there's just too many variations and bugs, I'm waiting until it sorts itself out like on the Wii.

#19 - Tepoo - January 23, 2011 // 2:25 pm
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exactly those tools will crash the scene. everyone will have to check the md5 sums now before installing a cfw, because you can never know if you have a fake firmware or the original one from like hermes, kakaroto or who ever.

i dislike those tools, they don't help, they only flood the scene with 0skill cfw's without need of existing.

#18 - barrybarryk - January 23, 2011 // 2:00 pm
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I dont see a new file system being supported anytime soon, none of the patches or additions to the firmware have been anywhere near as complex as adding another file system from scratch.

It would be nice to see an xbmc port though lol maybe next year, but for now the built in streaming is enough for me, it handles all the most common formats only mkv is missing but I always convert mkvs to a more compatible format anyway, hardly any devices support them.

As for this program since it patches original firmware to the already known variants well I can just skip a step and download a safe patched version already

#17 - malmeida - January 23, 2011 // 1:37 pm
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Quote Originally Posted by jesreb View Post
Any suggestions would surely be appreciated and help clear things up for me.

Yes, there's a CFW for you which is the one I have installed sucessfully in my fat one.

But first you must check if your ps3 model is a 16mb mem so that it won't brick.. Mine is a CECHH, so no problem!!! There's another thread here at ps3news that has a list of some brickable and non-brickable models, check it out ok??

I installed the Kmeaw CFW following this steps:

1 - Updated from 3.41 to Oficial 3.55 via USB in normal mode (not jailbreaking it);
2 - After updating, went into Recovery Mode (search ps3news too, easy to find how to do it) and updated with the Kmeaw FW 3.55 via USB;
3 - Installed Multiman 1.13.01 and installed multman 1.13.02 update via USB.
4 - Done!!!

That's it!! Simple and it's working fine for me!!!

But remember: Check the model of your PS3, and when updating to Kmeaw FW do it in Recovery Mode!!! This is a must, ok??

#16 - hayman - January 23, 2011 // 1:21 pm
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wow nice one thanks, is it possible to make a program for direct play of MKV files... ?

#15 - denazgull - January 23, 2011 // 11:17 am
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My obsession is be able to use my PS3 (Playstation personal computer - remember?) like a real decent media player, like installing Plex, Boxee, or XBMC. All the effort have been into playing games, which i always could since i bought console. Don't get me wrong, i love to backup my games and make use of the internal 500Gb, but i would love to see all the PS3 potential in another ways.