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233w 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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#28 - CJPC - 233w ago
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Quote Originally Posted by ZCRISTIAN1980 View Post
haksam i put the lv2diag.self and the update pup file on my usb thumb drive but when i turn on my ps3 it just starts normal it doesnt take me to a black screen i tryed to put it in the last usb slot and still it wont read it did you just drop this file on the root of the usb or did you create folders for it?


You put it in the one on the far right (when your PS3 is flat), or the TOP one (when your PS3 is vertical?)

Furthermore, of course the stupid question here (but, have to ask) you have flashed a JB device with a Downgrade flash, correct?

#27 - ZCRISTIAN1980 - 233w ago
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haksam i put the lv2diag.self and the update pup file on my usb thumb drive but when i turn on my ps3 it just starts normal it doesnt take me to a black screen i tryed to put it in the last usb slot and still it wont read it did you just drop this file on the root of the usb or did you create folders for it?

#26 - xplatboy - 233w ago
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Hi all, I have an NTSC/U 60Gb demo/Kiosk PS3 and have used this method convert it into a retail machine. Everything went well and experienced no problems at all. All demo restrictions seem to be lifted at last. I do however now have a slight problem. I can get the machine into jailbreak mode no problem at all using any number of payloads available. I then install any homebrew app without a hitch. Problem comes when I attempt to load any applications, I just get a black screen and the PS3 is non responsive and needs to be shut down.

Not sure if this problem may be related to the issue regarding blu ray playback after downgrade, though obviously mine is a little different (just my luck) This is afterall the same sort of symptom you get if using a mismatched blu ray drive board iirc.

When I try to play a blu ray movie i was getting the prohibited message, after re installing 3.41 over 3.41 it now says "this video cannot be played (80029962). Disc based games do still run though.

So as it stands I effectively cant jailbreak because I cant use any apps so also cant attempt any file copies etc etc.

If anyone can shed any light on this I would be greatly in your debt. Sorry for the long post especially as its my first but though too much detail would be better thasn not enough..

#25 - Malax - 233w ago
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Quote Originally Posted by avojps24 View Post
have you tested all retail functionality? everything is good?

also , these demo units do not have psn access even if updated to latest firmware , correct?


They have PSN access if updated to the latest demo firmware, but no PSN store access no matter what. I know this for sure because I own one. I'm assuming this conversion fixes that among other things.

I've also heard of trouble with downloading patches to update games, which would make sense because that's basically just another form of PSN store download, right?

Quote Originally Posted by Haksam View Post
look out for game stores closing down, they always sell the demo consoles away to recuperate some money, this happened a lot last year!

but now that game store owners (will most probably) be informed about this exploit, they can convert them and sell them at full retail price (booo)


Uh, not likely. For the most part, from all accounts, these units were never supposed to reach the public. I've heard that technically they were owned by sony. Store owners might rent the kiosk or something, but I think the display and machines inside were supposed to be Sony's.

I can't wait to do this. I've been following the scene closely since I got one just WAITING for something I could take advantage of to release my ps3 from its prison. The jailbreak stuff is just a bonus.

#24 - Haksam - 233w ago
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look out for game stores closing down, they always sell the demo consoles away to recuperate some money, this happened a lot last year!

but now that game store owners (will most probably) be informed about this exploit, they can convert them and sell them at full retail price (booo)

#23 - dondolo - 233w ago
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where can i buy a kiosk

#22 - Haksam - 233w ago
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Quote Originally Posted by ZCRISTIAN1980 View Post
how to make the kiosk unit to not auto-start when switch is flipped on the back? my unit turns on when i flip the switch on the back.

did you really read starcube's guide on page 1?

i find it surprising this question would pop again, if you had trouble understanding his guide, then try another version written by me:

http://www.ps4news.com/forums/ps3-guides-tutorials/guide-jailbreaking-demo-ps3-115228.html

skip to Step 4.. I have successfully performed this on a 60gb PAL ps 3 kiosk unit, thats right, its the PAL version with only the PS 2 GS chip (no Emo Engine).

Also, I wanted to point out theres a slight error on the last few steps where we wait for 10 minutes for the update to finish and the console auto shutting down. The next step should be to PULL OUT all USB drives before turning on again.

If I left the USB stick with the ps3updat.pup it will re-update itself again for another few minutes and autoshutting down (very deja-vu situation and repeat itself until I pull out the stick)

so let me re-iterate,

- place in USB stick with lv2diag.self from the lv2diag 1 folder and ps3updat.pup
- turn on console, black screen for 5-10 minutes
- power light (green) will start to blink before auto shutting down (good sign!)
- once shutdown, REMOVE the usb stick
- now power on and it will still be in LOW RESOLUTION but with the additional red box (factory service mode, these are all perfect signs)
- switch it off using back switch or sync controller to do it
- follow the next step by deleting both the files in the USB stick and putting the lv2diag.self from the SECOND folder.
- After inserting the USB stick again on the last USB port, switch it on AND IT WILL PANIC SHUT DOWN (dejavu situation, just relax, this means its all done)
- Now remove the USB stick and power on, YOU WILL go through the setting up process like as though it was a brand new ps3, so change the resolution back to normal, complete the setup process and enjoy a new experience with your ex-demo ps3 console!

no more 4 digit codes to fill anymore yay

Quick FAQs:

What PS 3 did you test it on?
PS 3 Kiosk/Demo 60gb PAL release with 3.41 demo firmware

What jailbreak device can I use?
There's plenty of guides covered here, do some reading, and if you are already an expert on flashing psgroove using FLIP, you most probably can use PSGrade right now, just locate the right .hex file for your device posted here!

Will this brick my ps 3 kiosk console?
No, just follow the guide closely and ASK US if anything weird is happening, don't rage and do something stupid.

Will this erase my savegames?
IT DID NOT erase my savegames, my profile etc. However, its best you back up your savegames to an external hdd or usb stick before executing this process.

Did it screw up the Blu ray drive from playing BD movies?
No as well, this is happening for certain people but did not happen to me.

happy converting!

all credits to starcube for this excellent quickie guide!

#21 - ZCRISTIAN1980 - 233w ago
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how to make the kiosk unit to not auto-start when switch is flipped on the back? my unit turns on when i flip the switch on the back.

#20 - Mustadio - 233w ago
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I've got two demo units at home with me. Going to try this on one.

#19 - avojps24 - 233w ago
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Quote Originally Posted by starcube View Post
that's not the case, it runs as a full retail...

nope i only use MKVs and ps3 media server.

have you tested all retail functionality? everything is good?

also , these demo units do not have psn access even if updated to latest firmware , correct?