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232w 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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#48 - PS4 News - 232w ago
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Heh indeed, I suppose we could call the UserGroup something nicer... but for experienced people who are just new to this site that still wouldn't ease the pain much.

#47 - gumbie - 232w ago
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Quote Originally Posted by PS3 News View Post
Update: I checked the permissions.. they seem OK for Newbie class users starting new threads HERE.

You have no idea how much that hurts

#46 - PS4 News - 232w ago
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Hmm.. you should be able to make new threads in the Member News area, I guess I will have to look into that if you can't.

Update: I checked the permissions.. they seem OK for Newbie class users starting new threads HERE.

#45 - gumbie - 232w ago
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Quote Originally Posted by PS3 News View Post
If you have any Dev stuff to post you can stick it in the member news and we will move it to the Dev section if needed, but ya, hex codes would generally go in the PS3 Hacks section.


Not quite what I meant
I did the Kiosk psgroove hex (Mark Webber)
Right now I am 1 step away from having it done for the debug 3.41 units as well...
I'll post what I need into the news section and see what happens.

I can't post into the news section, I cant edit my own post after 3 minutes either so I will post it here and see if anything happens.

I need a someone with a debug console running 3.41 to do a wireshark dump and send the pcap file to me.
My unit has a dead BD board so the final dump cannot be done due to it needing to launch an installed app then pressing the PS button.
Of course with the dead board, it just crashes so cannot be done.

I need someone who meets these criteria:
1: Has a brain
2: Can run wireshark connected to their debug PS3
3: Can save a file
4: Can email said file (or place somewhere I can get it)

I will supply a hex file that is almost complete for the board of choice (no PIC boards please) that will assist in the dumping of the pcap file.

Once this is done, psgroove will be on debug units.

#44 - Haksam - 232w ago
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Ok thanks, will give it a shot when I get home and update results. Thanks again.

Ok went through the whole process from start to finish again. Still same result regarding any homebrew applications. So what I did was update to 3.50 from usb, the went into service mode and downgraded back to 3.15. I then hunted around for a 3.15 hex and found xoeo-custom-pl3-3.15-test-hex, installed that on my x3max and now homebrew is launching fine again. will at some point attempt 3.41 again.

Cheers again Haksam much appreciated.

great to see it working again for you.

if i recall, the 3.41 pup in the DGF folder is a modified pup, maybe it wasn't compatible with your unit? not too sure but good to know about this problem.

#43 - PS4 News - 232w ago
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If you have any Dev stuff to post you can stick it in the member news and we will move it to the Dev section if needed, but ya, hex codes would generally go in the PS3 Hacks section.

#42 - gumbie - 232w ago
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Good to see my hex file is in use

And to think, I can't even post in the dev section of this site.

#41 - xplatboy - 232w ago
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Ok thanks, will give it a shot when I get home and update results. Thanks again.

Ok went through the whole process from start to finish again. Still same result regarding any homebrew applications. So what I did was update to 3.50 from usb, the went into service mode and downgraded back to 3.15. I then hunted around for a 3.15 hex and found xoeo-custom-pl3-3.15-test-hex, installed that on my x3max and now homebrew is launching fine again. will at some point attempt 3.41 again.

Cheers again Haksam much appreciated.

#40 - Haksam - 232w ago
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i only managed to grab a generic no name AT90USB162 (not even a teensy 2.0 cause there were all sold out over here)

but it works with any compatible .hex file thrown at it and thats all that matters

#39 - xplatboy - 232w ago
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Yes when in jailbreak mode I have the /app_home/ps3_game/

install package files appears on the xmb under game icon. I am at work for a few hours yet but will try the entire procedure from scratch again when I get home.

I do get the same result no matter which payload I use and no matter which device I use. I have an E3 and x3max and a trusty AT90USB AVR too, these all give same result whether with PL3 or Hermes etc.

Anyway will try it all again when I get home but which device is recomended for most stable result?

Thanks for your help.