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October 29, 2011 // 6:44 pm - I received my E3 Flasher a couple of hours ago from LighTake.com and here is my review.

Packaging:

The E3 flasher comes in a nice big box, it's actually bigger than I expected it to be and it contains 3 inner boxes.

The first box contains all the important stuff like the Nor flasher, main board and the cover board which connects to the pins on the main board.

The second box contains all the accessories and cables like the Esata USB cable which is not used with the E3 flasher at all and is probably for use with the PC or something like that it also contains the Esata cable which is used with the E3 flasher and the power adapter which didn't fit in my power socket because it wasn't the right shape (different region), so I had to go of and buy a power adapter converter thing so the Esata station will work.

For the accessories they included a power switch for PS3 slim users and a metal case for the main board to sit in where the HDD usually sits but a screw driver wasn't included like they mentioned.

The third box contains the Esata station and it is the biggest and heaviest box out of the three.

Installation:

I installed the E3 flasher a NOR fat PS3 (after I fixed a broken Blu-ray drive and the YLOD on it), I'll install it on a slim PS3 in a few days and tell you how it compared to installing it on the Fat PS3.

Installing the NOR flasher clip on the PS3 is the easy part, it fits on but not too well so I decided to add some sticky tape to it to hold it on so it won't break off. But then I had to find a way to connect the NOR flasher to the main board (which sat where the HDD usually is) without breaking it, I did this by slightly twisting the NOR flasher and connecting it to the main board making it look a bit like a ribbon, this way I won't damage it.

After all that I closed my PS3 like I normally would and I was done. It would have been nice if they added a guide on how to install it on a FAT PS3 the same way they had a guide on how to install for the Slim PS3 but they still added some pictures as a guide (which I have attached) so that still helped a little bit.

Downgrading:

Before I did this I had to upgrade my PS3 to 3.73 FW so it will work. Downgrading using the E3 flasher was by far the most confusing thing I've ever done with my PS3, first of all I needed to add some files (e3_downgrade.bin and update.bin) to a Micro SD card which they hadn't included. So I had to use my Micro SD card from my Nokia N97.

After following some more steps I had to put some more files onto a flash drive (UPDAT.PUP and Lv2diag.self) and then follow some more steps to downgrade (I won't go in depth because there are too many steps to mention).

I successfully downgraded my 3.73 PS3 after a very long and confusing procedure and then I installed multiMAN on it, mutliMAN and the games ran normally on it.

Overall:

I give the E3 flasher a 7/10

+ Easy to install.
+ Good packaging.
+ Smart Design.

- Confusing guides with bad English making it very confusing, would've been nice if the guides were in better English or better yet if they made a video. (Download the downgrade guide to see what I mean)
- No Micro SD included.

If you can find this product for around $50 and want to downgrade I suggest you buy it, hopefully there will be more guides on how to use the E3 flasher so more people like me won't be so confused.

Below are the pictures of the product, the ones with E3-tech on it are from the guide on how to install it on a fat PS3 and the rest are my pictures. I'm sorry I didn't take pictures of me installing it on the motherboard (I kind of forgot), I will next time I install it on my PS3 slim.

Also big thanks to LighTake.com, I got my E3 flasher shipped to me from Hong Kong to Australia within 4 days which was actually pretty fast.


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#768 - osx86x - December 21, 2015 // 8:31 am
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I've used an e3 flasher over the weekend on a my Killzone bundle that got accidentally updated by a friend. By far the easiest compared to other methods - even though there were some issues with positioning the clip. There are a few good youtube videos out there, just search and follow them

#767 - vvffrrtt - December 18, 2015 // 2:32 am
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well, this site has plenty also, E3 usually works on alot of cases i recommend a E3 better then catching a virus

#766 - minjikimii - December 18, 2015 // 2:01 am
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I been hacking~jail breaking but we all know that not all the ps3's UPDATPUP. Are most of the updates fake because each one I have used are all corrupted. So is a e3 flasher a more easier/only way of jail breaking?
-Kimi

#765 - sharred - December 4, 2015 // 8:39 pm
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It was the clip, lol. Problem solved!

#764 - metzen - December 4, 2015 // 8:38 pm
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Hi Sharred this is a common problem with the E3 product and tends to give you bad dumps. You need to have even pressure throughout the process of your dump otherwise this will happen.

You will also want to check the clip and see if the clip does not have bent pins. You might be better off buying yourself a new clip. Good Luck and please let us know what results you get.

#763 - sharred - December 4, 2015 // 7:45 pm
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Hi there, I just bought a cechk ps3 that was on Rogeros 4.4X custom firmware but then updated via Pro Evolution 16 to official 4.75 by accident.

I have used e3 on my friends ps3 and I am not a total noob but now i am experiencing a problem, Ps3 dump checker always failed on 88 of 138 checks. I updated to 4.76 and still have the same errors.

What should I do now? Is it possible that the clip doesnt fit very well or has to do something with the need of dehashing?

#762 - PS4 News - July 25, 2015 // 1:38 am
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Quote Originally Posted by chroncile View Post
Um, what happened to my thread?

I merged it into the ongoing E3 discussion thread since it revolved around one of their products, as this is where we keep / archive all of the related E3 topics.

If you want to start a new help thread you can when your ribbon arrives though.

#761 - chroncile - July 25, 2015 // 1:33 am
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So I just opened up my PS3 and sanded down the part of the clip that's close to a resistor on the board (even though it wasn't touching it), cleaned up the clip with some alcohol, added a rubber piece on top, a penny, and another rubber piece and then I noticed that the ribbon had a small tear in it.

I just ordered a new ribbon from eBay. Hopefully it gets here in less than 2 weeks unlike the E3 flasher kit which took 2 months!

As for the log file, it doesn't mention any errors. Everything is OK on it.

BTW, I tried adding pressure with my hands to make some backups before I took apart the PS3 and this time the dumps had 38 dangers instead of 42.

Um, what happened to my thread?

#760 - windrider42 - July 24, 2015 // 4:50 am
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There should be a log file also recorded on the Microsd card. You could send that txt file to racer as well.

You have determination. I remember your post now. But yeah you need verified dumps before flashing back, so do as said above.

#759 - metzen - July 24, 2015 // 1:48 am
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Misiozol is right. You need to get a valid dump from the E3 flasher. I know you say that you have enough pressure it sounds like you need to have more pressure applied. When you are making the dump you can apply even pressure with the clips with your fingers.

Please try this again and then run the verifier to make sure you get all good and no error. I used a Sd card plastic piece from a laptop and just applied pressure with that and worked on the third dump.

PM racer and you can also have him verify your dumps for you. Good luck and post back your results.