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December 8, 2010 // 12:46 am - 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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#88 - ajsd34 - December 21, 2010 // 7:10 pm
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I have not tried the Dev_flash3 fix yet. Not sure where to find it or do it. I tried upgrading to 3.50 and it did not help. I also tried to downgrade to 3.21 then up to 3.41 then to 3.50 as another poster suggested and it did not work. I just tried to do the hddo file replacements that was also suggested and that did not work either.

Open for more suggestions.

#87 - Haksam - December 21, 2010 // 5:04 pm
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hmm i wish i could guide you through more thoroughly before you jumped onto the conversion part so hastily. it seems from all the reports blu ray playback only affects 3.50 -> 3.41, whether retail to retail or demo to retail (i guess based on your experience).

for all other people converting, you do not need to be on 3.50 demo to convert to retail. 3.41 demo to 3.41 retail works exactly the same, as well as for any other versions below that.

after a successful conversion (not downgrading), i think from there upgrading to retail 3.50 should not cause any bd playback issues. have you tried dev_flash3 fix ? or did upgrading to 3.50 again fix the issues?

#86 - ajsd34 - December 21, 2010 // 9:11 am
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My system was 3.21 demo. I upgraded to 3.41 demo and then to 3.50 demo. From there I was able to JB and downgraded to the Modified 3.41. Then I JB again and went to 3.15 retail then did normal upgrades to 3.41 retail and now am at 3.50 retail.

#85 - Haksam - December 21, 2010 // 8:43 am
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Quote Originally Posted by ajsd34 View Post
Thanks for all of your help.

hi there, did you convert to 3.41 retail from 3.50 demo firmware?

#84 - ajsd34 - December 20, 2010 // 9:55 am
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Thanks for all of your help.

#83 - xplatboy - December 20, 2010 // 9:52 am
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Glad ya got it figured out and are not at retail.

As for BD playback as far as I am aware there is still no proper fix as such, it is being worked on still.

What you can try is FTP'ing the contents of DEV FLASH 3 folder from another system. This is however only a temporary fix, and it is thought that even though BD playback works again after doing this if you attempt to play a newer BD movie it will not work, though that in itself is yet to be confirmed I believe.

I used blackbox ftp to copy a number of dev flash 3 over to my ntsc/u machine and finally got lucky with an ntsc/j. If you do try this I would strongly suggest you make a backup of your own dv flash 3 files first, or if not comfortable sit tight and wait for a proper fix once more is known.

Cheers n merry xmas!

#82 - ajsd34 - December 19, 2010 // 7:33 pm
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When I turn the power off in the back with a Game in the drive I turn it on and then off again when I see the Blu-Ray light flash twice. Then When I turn the switch on in the back the PS3 front light is red and does not auto start.

Then I put my Teensy ++2 with PSGrade Hex in the Far Left USB port and then push the power button. The PS3 turns on for about 5 seconds and then turns off.

After it turns off I remove the Teensy ++2 from the USB port and power on the PS3 from the front power button. From there nothing is different. Everything is the same.

Figured it Out and I was able to get it a Retail PS3. However I have the same issue as a lot of people were I get error code 80029962 when trying to play Blu-Ray. If anyone has a fix on it please point me in the right direction.

#81 - xplatboy - December 19, 2010 // 6:00 pm
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What problem you having getting into service mode?

#80 - ajsd34 - December 19, 2010 // 5:02 pm
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I seem to be having a very difficult time putting this PS3 into factory mode. Could some one please give me a little help?

#79 - ajsd34 - December 17, 2010 // 11:29 am
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Thanks for the clarification.