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228w 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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#58 - TargTrainer - 227w ago
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So what does this mean for the prospects of running full-on debug firmware on a retail unit? Is there more to it than just bypassing the normal updater, or is this (in theory at least) going to give us that option?

As someone who's looking at the PS3 as a development target, being able to install debug firmware would be pretty excellent.

#57 - Haksam - 227w ago
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Quote Originally Posted by ajsd34 View Post
Great. Another question. If I want to play 3d movies I think I need to be on Firmware 3.50, after I make this a full retail PS3, If I upgrade to 3.5 will it convert it back to a demo unit?

I don't think you will find a solid answer very soon as most ppl would prefer staying at 3.41 (for most obvious reasons)

my theory is that the retail conversion is a permanent effect and retail firmware will always update with retail pup only (if you stick in a usb stick containing a 3.50 demo/kiosk firmware, your ps3 should be rejecting it)

if you decide to try, please let us know if it was a success, also have a psgrade usb stick around just in case.

#56 - xplatboy - 227w ago
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If it was the dev flash 3's from the NTSC/J machine you wanted Gumbie then here they are.

Not wanting to go too far off topic about bd issue but it seems like this fix may get you up and running in the short term but it seems if you get the bd playback problem it is actualy due permissions being altered on the revoke data in some way during the downgrade process, therefore while this will work for now newer BD movies apparently wont.

I cannot test this theory as that machine is NTSC/U and I am in UK so not got any NTSC but my region free worked fine after using these files.

If these don't do the job for you lots of others have been posted. Sorry to wander off topic as I said. Good Luck!
Quote Originally Posted by ajsd34 View Post
Great. Another question. If I want to play 3d movies I think I need to be on Firmware 3.50, after I make this a full retail PS3, If I upgrade to 3.5 will it convert it back to a demo unit?

No if you follow this guide and convert you will be fine if you update using retail pups via USB. If you update via internet it would still be fine except you would then be on 3.55 so dont do that.

I even installed DEV FW 2.80 and tinkered with it for a while, my experiment didnt work tho, but then had to use service mode to go back to retail again.

#55 - ajsd34 - 227w ago
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Great. Another question. If I want to play 3d movies I think I need to be on Firmware 3.50, after I make this a full retail PS3, If I upgrade to 3.5 will it convert it back to a demo unit?

#54 - Haksam - 227w ago
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Quote Originally Posted by ajsd34 View Post
I just got my fat 160gb Kiosk and it has firmware 3.2 on it, do I need to upgrade to 3.5 and then downgrade or do I just need to upgrade to 3.41 and then do the JB?

you don't need to downgrade, theres a modified 3.41 update bundled in this guide.

you'll end up at 3.41 retail when you are done.

#53 - gumbie - 227w ago
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Quote Originally Posted by xplatboy View Post
If that payload was one of yours then many thanks Gumbie, it worked great while I used it.

Yep it was all mine (and Kakaroto with PsGroove no less) I seriously had no idea how many Kiosk units were in the wild until I sent it out

On a side note, if you can email those files over from dev_flash3 it would be much appreciated, or send them somewhere I can retrieve them.

Current battle is a retail unit that will ONLY allow 3.15 or 3.50 to be installed on it, no 3.41 for some reason... we shall see muwhaha

Edit: As a side note for owners of older consoles (with 256meg flash) you don't even need the HDD in the machine to upgrade/downgrade. It will moan later when you plug the HDD in though.

#52 - ajsd34 - 227w ago
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I just got my fat 160gb Kiosk and it has firmware 3.2 on it, do I need to upgrade to 3.5 and then downgrade or do I just need to upgrade to 3.41 and then do the JB?

#51 - Haksam - 227w ago
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the blu ray playback occurs more with people downgrading from 3.5.

congrats!

#50 - shawnmos - 227w ago
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Thanks for this. Worked perfectly on my fat 40gb kiosk ps3. Didn't even have problems with blu-ray playback.

#49 - xplatboy - 227w ago
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If that payload was one of yours then many thanks Gumbie, it worked great while I used it.

Seems like I kinda jumped the gun in celebrating. The black screen issue happened again but I believe I know know what the problem is.

Turns out out it is related to the bdrom which is a little iffy in that machine, it every once in a while seems that the loading mech goes out of sync, it wont accept a game or any other disc when you try to insert it. If eject is then pressed it churns itself for ages much the same way as when you do a drive reset. After that it works fine for disc loading once more.

It turns out that if the drive is having one of its out of sync moments it causes the black screen issue I explained earlier. It may sound odd but I have tested and tested my theory enough time to be sure about it.

Maybe the drive doesn't issue a "ready" status or something like that. Anyway just thought Id spread the info in case it happens to anyone else.

On another note regarding my bd playback, I had tried replacing dev flash 3 files posted with no luck, I then used dev flash 3 files from an NTSC/J system I have and it cured the problem for me.

Thanks All.

 











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