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December 3, 2010 // 10:16 pm - Today we received word and videos from bx1199 of the E3 Team and sk group that has made available an E3 Card Reader PlayStation 3 Firmware 3.50 downgrader, while PR0r also let us know that OzModChips (linked above) is now offering an Infectus PS3 Mod 3.50 Firmware downgrade service as well.

Download: E3 Card Reader 3.50 Downgrader / E3 Card Reader 3.50 Downgrader Guide

With this bin you can get the PS3 into service mode and downgrade using the previously released files to downgrade to 3.41 and below.

To quote from their page: "Thank you for using E3card Reader PS3. Today we will bring you a big surprise: the E3-Downgrader for E3card Reader. Yes it's THE downgrader which can turn your 3.5 PS3 down to any version you wanted, i.e. the 3.41.

It's no time limit, no PC software need to download, no need to write any emails, no need to wait and after all it's FREE. Yes, it's true. We can even proved that today it's not the day one of you need to go on board of some you know what ships, that of cause because we are Chinese. You can review the videos by click here (, download the upgrade file by click here ( and download the 3.41 FW package by click here (

Password : iLoveE3
please note that it's case-sensitive.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us.

Best Regards

E3Diy Group
E-mail: [email][email protected][/email]"

Moving on to the related OzMod news, their site has also been updated today to include a new 3.50 downgrade service using the Infectus PS3 Mod. Unfortunately this is only available to Australian's as an overnight service and isn't available to international customers. At $94.99 is this really worth it though? We know a free version is right around the corner and is only a matter of days away.

From their page: With the help (well they did almost everything) of a developer, we are finally able to offer a service which allows us to restore firmware 3.15 on a Fat console. This firmware version will bring the ability to install Linux back to the console!

It is no secret that the PS3 is popular console and its current advertising tagline is that the console "Only Does everything". Unfortunately it came under fire this year when they start removing advertised features. The biggest uproar was over the removal of the option to install linux on 3.21 firmware and above.

It has caused Sony to be caught up in a bunch of legal battles worldwide. 1 of them was in Australia. The Australian argued in court that it was unfair to remove an advertised feature with a firmware upgrade.

There is always the option of not upgrading, but many people did not think the option would just dissapear! When you agree to Sony's terms and conditions, which would take you about 5 hours of non stop reading, they pretty much can do anything to your console. Unfortunately, regardless of what is fair and what is not fair between normal people, when it goes to court its just a bunch of words, and who can argue the best to the judge! Politics aside...

The whole downgrade this was done a while ago by Team Infectus, and we have figured out how to do it on newer consoles. It will involved us opening your console, soldering a million wires, extracting your NAND, patching it, and flashing a new NAND on. It doesn't matter what firmare you are on currently (we test on a 3.5 console) we can bring it back on 3.15

So far we have tested a couple of consoles, and it is working well. 1 thing to make sure you know... We only really extract the KEYs from your NAND. So everything else will be wiped clean, as the donar NAND we flash on is just a normal factory settings NAND.

Please make sure you backup all of your important content. Profiles, save games, etc!!! Everything, and I mean everything will dissapear.

Not sure what happened if you do a full backup and retore. we woudl guess that it wouldn't work, because the firmware is loewer on the restore, not higher!

Geohot also proved that its possible to have custome updates. Befroe he left the PS3 scene he said he was working on getting linux on 3.15 for Slim consoles. We hope the developer who is working us will be able to do the same thing, but no luck yet.

From 3.15, you can go to any firmware you want. Since 3.15 is the last firmware before all of this mess started, we will just put it to there.

  • 3.15 firmware is the last firmware that Linux can be installed on
  • 3.21 blocks Linux and doesn't really bring anything new.
  • 3.3 and 3.4 are just small updates, nothing major
  • 3.41 is the most famous firmware I guess, the one that got us into trouble and made us all sad pandas with no money.
  • 3.42 is like 3.41, but they removed some feature
  • 3.50 add 3D for movies etc, but stops you from being able to use a lot fo 3rd party USb devices, like controllers etc.

Please don't email us about the possibility of helping you with customise your ps3. We are just putting 3.15 back on, the rest it up to you!

This process takes us about 4 hours currently!! All consoles will be done overnight, not on the spot. We should be charging more for this, but we think it will be popular and we hire great solderers!

Videos: Infectus PS3 Mod and E3 Card Reader 3.50 Downgrader

Videos: Infectus PS3 Mod and E3 Card Reader 3.50 Downgrader

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#22 - Kiriller - December 4, 2010 // 6:13 am
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Oh my god, thank you so much devs! Now time to get me the sweet e3 and start pulling my 3.5 to 3.41 and jailbreak the bad boy Much appreciated devs, really you guys deserve a good vacation in any sunny destination you please

#21 - hackerxide - December 4, 2010 // 5:52 am
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Thanks, yea I understand now I just saw his youtube video with tutorial, it feels great to join the jailbreak community.

My opinion on this item, it is a must buy for anyone who has a ps3 with FW 3.42 or higher.

Is there anyway sony could patch the downgrade?

#20 - PS4 News - December 4, 2010 // 5:38 am
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Quote Originally Posted by hackerxide View Post
would it be possible to post a little tutorial for newbies like me

According to dcemureviews ( the process is the same as the PSJailBreak one outlined HERE pretty much.

Process is exactly the same as the PS Jailbreak...

How to downgrade firmware 3.42/3.50 or above to firmware 3.41 with E3 Card Reader :

1. Insert E3 Card Reader device that has been reprogrammed as downgrader into your console
2. Turn on the console using the same boot method as all other jailbreaks: Press power then immediately press eject. Your console will turn on and E3 Card Reader will light up red LED followed by blue LED
3. Turn off system via menu
4. Remove E3 Card Reader dongle and turn on console to make sure you are in Factory Service Mode. You will see a huge red box on the screen saying Factory Service Mode.
5. Load any blank FAT32 USB flash drive device with 2 files in the root directory:
1. Modified 3.41 PUP
2. Lv2Diag.self (File 1)
6. These must be the only files on the USB key and must be placed in the main (root) directory.
7. Insert flash drive into the last USB port to the right — the first USB port in from the right side if you’re facing the console. Turn the PS3 on and you will see black screen but the PS3 HDD light will flash.
8. The process takes 3-4 minutes for the system to install the old firmware. Towards the end, the power button on the console will start flashing green and then your console will power off.
9. Remove the flash drive and turn on the console, you will still be in Factory Service Mode. Please verify you have downgraded successfully to version 3.41 by going to "System Information".
10. (Optional) – If you wish to downgrade to any older firmware you can follow step 4, 5, 6 using any regular firmware PUP. (You do not need to use modified custom firmware now that you are on 3.41).
11. Insert USB flash drive back into your PC and delete the PUP and Lv2Diag.self file (File 1) and copy the other Lv2Diag.self (File 2) to the root of the flash drive.
12. Insert USB flash drive back into the same USB port on the PS3 and power on your PS3. After 10 seconds it will power off.
13. Remove USB flash drive and turn on your console again. You will be out of factory service mode and back in retail mode with your chosen firmware version installed. You will need to go through setting up settings configuration.

To go back to E3 Card Reader jailbreak device, just drag back the normal .bin files.

#19 - hackerxide - December 4, 2010 // 5:33 am
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It would be awsome if the video did go further and show us the ps3 at a lower FW, I believe this is true.

#18 - jacobbones - December 4, 2010 // 5:23 am
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On the acekard site they had some japanese youtube site video of person using the device, but the video ends with the person getting the console to show factory mode or something.

Like you I am new and have no real idea though.

#17 - hackerxide - December 4, 2010 // 5:19 am
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I'm not trying to go off topic, but I just bought the e3 card, would it be possible to post a little tutorial for newbies like me, and most site that sell the e3 have not updated the info saying it can be used to downgrade but this post says so, so can't wait to do this.

Keep up the good work!!!

#16 - jacobbones - December 4, 2010 // 4:58 am
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Ayyone know if the Jailbreak E3-Card Reader & USB Dongle actually works if you are version 3.5? I am new to this, recently learned of jailbreak while looking at DS flash carts. My ps3 is version 3.5 so I was unable to try any of the other jailbreaks I saw.

But saw the E3 Jailbreak and they are listed as being a 3.5 downgrader. I watched the video but not sure if it downgraded or what was going on.

Just wondering if anyone has tried one of these, or can point to more info as I'd like to get one if it works on 3.5

#15 - mushy409 - December 4, 2010 // 4:48 am
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Quote Originally Posted by xUb3rn00dlEx View Post
Eh, quick pessimistic question here. How easily would this be patched by a future update? 3.51 for instance.

From what I've read and what I understand, sony would have to revoke all their JIG master keys which would effectively lock them out of their own system. Would possibly be an expensive move to replace all the current JIG hardware...

Could be wrong, can someone add to this?

#14 - xUb3rn00dlEx - December 4, 2010 // 4:28 am
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Eh, quick pessimistic question here. How easily would this be patched by a future update? 3.51 for instance.

#13 - Brenza - December 4, 2010 // 4:16 am
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Awesome, i'll buy an E3 Card Reader, I thought the first was the WiiKey team but i was wrong! =D