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230w ago - Here is a guide I wrote on how to convert your Demo / Kiosk PS3 into a fully functional Retail PlayStation 3 console via JailBreak using PSGrade (or similar) so that so you no longer need to enter PS3 Demo Unlock Codes in.

Also, those interested may wish to read this guide on How to Turn a Kiosk into Retail PS3 Without Downgrade via Acid CFW or Convert PS3 Demo / Kiosk to Retail - No Downgrades or Reinstalls.

How to Turn PS3 Demo / Kiosk Consoles Into Retail with JailBreak

Requirements: You will need the typical DGF (downgrade files) and a USB board with PSGrade loaded, as well as a standard USB stick.

First, we need to be able to use the jig and to do so, we need the kiosk to not auto start when switch is flipped. You can use the public PSGrade (the only version out there, there is no special kiosk version)

First do the following:

  • Have a disc in the drive
  • Turn off the power switch
  • Turn it back on until you see the Blu-Ray light flash one or two times
  • Turn it off at the power switch (in the back)
  • Turn it on again at the power switch (in the back)

Now, when you turn the power switch on, the PS3 will still be in standby mode, so we can act as if we are going to jailbreak the unit. Instead of a PSGroove hex, we're going to use our dongle with the PSGrade hex. Go about the normal procedure for jailbreaking, by pressing eject and power. The console will panic and shut down the first time. When you turn it back on your controller should desync and the resolution will be super low.

The vsh (XMB) for kiosk does not have the red box. However, if you see the console is in low res and controller is not syncing until plugged in, then the unit is in factory mode. Now unplug the JIG and power down the console normally.

Format a thumb drive to fat32 and make sure only lv2diag.self from the lv2diag 1 folder and ps3updat.pup are in the root of the thumb drive. Plug thumb drive into the usb port that is all the way to the right (if the console was laying down horizontally). Now, just push the power button to turn on your PS3.

You are going to see a black screen and your memory card light is gonna flicker for roughly 10 minutes until the process is done. The console will shut down on its own when it finishes, so don't mess with it until it's done.

When the console finishes doing its thing, turn it back on and it will be in red box (service) mode. Now, unplug the thumb drive and delete the 2 files you put in there. Then, put the lv2diag.self from lv2diag 2 folder and then plug it back into the same USB port, that it was in before. Once its plugged in, reboot the console. It will now finalize the install and turn it into a full blown retail. enjoy


How to Turn PS3 Demo / Kiosk Consoles Into Retail with JailBreak

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#108 - PS4 News - 216w ago
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Only those that can be JailBroken, so 3.55 and below at this time.

#107 - STATECOFFEE - 216w ago
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can this also be done with 3.56 firmware demo's ??

#106 - Ecualoko - 219w ago
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can i do it with a 3.50 demo version?

#105 - agmarco1967 - 223w ago
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Got a demo\kiosk PS3 from a secondhand shop but it's on FW 3.55. Anyone had tried to downgrade already?

I have a Amazebreak and a PS3 USB jailbreak dongle and I know it can downgrade from 3.55 but I' am not sure it works with kiosk firmware.

I got a kiosk 3.41 FW file on my PC so maybe I can use that first and then use the method to make it retail?

#104 - McNuggets - 224w ago
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Hi, I know the guide by Haksam states that it will only work for 3.41 and lower but I've been getting mixed reports that it will work for 3.50 demo? I have a 3.51 demo unit that I wish to downgrade, any help would be appreciated. BTW is the psgrade jig for all version and not specific to 3.41? Thanks.

#103 - PS4 News - 224w ago
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You would need to get one of the compatible boards and then, following the included instructions, simply load the PSGrade hexcode on it that is linked in the first post.

#102 - misterm - 224w ago
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When you say "USB board with PSGrade loaded", what exactly do you mean? and how do I go about getting one?

#101 - bahlsie - 225w ago
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I followed the guide and it worked perfectly. Finally my PS3 looks like a real PS3. Now to figure out some of the other fun stuff I can do by jail breaking.

#100 - Haksam - 226w ago
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Quote Originally Posted by 2tailedfox View Post
I wanted it in there just in case my buyer wanted it. Turns out he didn't. I followed the guide on page 1 so now they are both on 3.41 (modified?). He has the one I sold him, but I have mine. I didn't test blu-ray because I don't have any movies, but the netflix disc seems to work. now I just need to resolder on the optical audio jack on mine. I only paid $100 each for them


i got mine for less than 100 a long time ago, but that was a lot of haggling and at that time, no one knew what to do with them (if you catch my drift )

but good job! lol

#99 - 2tailedfox - 226w ago
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I wanted it in there just in case my buyer wanted it. Turns out he didn't. I followed the guide on page 1 so now they are both on 3.41 (modified?). He has the one I sold him, but I have mine. I didn't test blu-ray because I don't have any movies, but the netflix disc seems to work. now I just need to resolder on the optical audio jack on mine. I only paid $100 each for them