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191w ago - Following up on his Guide to Remarry PS3 Blu-ray Drives to other consoles, today PlayStation 3 developer Mark Webber has shared another on how to recover Blu-ray drive playback on 256MB FAT PS3 consoles.

To quote: Ok, so finally....

How To Recover BD Playback On 256meg Fats

  • You will need to QA flag your PS3
  • IF you are on 3.55: Using the special 3.55 downgrade PUP by Jaicrab, then down again to 3.15 or 3.41 using stock PUP files
  • Follow this guide to QA flag your PS3

By ps3nemesis: (EASY QA FLAG INSTALL)

NOTE BEFORE YOU ATTEMPT THIS OR ANY MOD TO PS3 FILE STRUCTURE PLEASE BACK-UP YOR dev_flash 2 FOLDER AND THE WHOLE OF dev_hdd0/home AS THIS IS WHERE YOUR PSN / DLC/ PSONE LICENCES ARE KEPT. ALSO MAKE AN EXTRA BACK-UP OF dev_hdd0/home/act.dat .

PLEASE ALSO BE AWARE THAT SOME PEOPLE ARE STATING THAT THE TROPHY SYSTEM GETS MESSED UP !!! FOOLS RUSH IN...

Note: Only works on Otheros++ 3.55 or 3.41 CFW at the moment, so you'll have to reflash to it, then go back to your cfw's (i.e 3.55 CFW > Otheros++ > QA Flag > 3.55 CFW )

Requirements / Installation Instructions:

  • PS3 on OtherOS++ 3.55 CFW PUP
  • Rename it to PS3UPDAT.PUP
  • Install the firmware
  • QA Auto Flag .PKG
  • Install the qa_flag.pkg
  • Then run the qa_flag program
  • If you hear a beep, it worked.
  • Restart ps3
  • Go to network settings (Do not enter it) and hit or hold L1+L2+L3+R1+R2+down on the dpad
  • QA auto flagging is now done
  • Turn on the 'system update debug' in the debug settings
  • Play a BD disc with the highest MKB version you can get..Latest release from Blockbuster or whatever.

Note: It may start to play and then you get no video output to the tv. This happened a few times to me. Just power off, accept the "naughty boy" messgage from Sony and try again until it plays.

If it keeps doing this, you need to change to AV or component leads since your TV seems to not be 100% HDMI/BD compliant. I have tested this on several (at least 5) PS3's with 100% success rate.


Guide: Recovering Blu-ray Playback on 256MB FAT PS3 Consoles

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#41 - tilla - 168w ago
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Tried again but still no dice. However this time the remarry program DID Pass successfully, it just wouldn't play the BluRay in factory service mode afterwards

#40 - NTA - 168w ago
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Hooray for anon devs

#39 - mukumuku - 168w ago
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In slims you can change the whole disk drive without the need of this? Because I've seen some ebayers selling drives for slims. I am not sure if I should buy just a lens or a drive for a damaged slim I got last week.

#38 - Reborn - 168w ago
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It shows a lot of promise and may be useful for broken BD disc drives but I wont risk screwing anything up until people figure out how to restore the DRL files while re pairing the drive on every fat console.

Before anyone suggests to me to try the DRL gen and the old method of restoring them I will say that I have tried several times and I can't get my BD playback to work so I wont bother to go through the tedious process of getting the MKB files from every blu-ray I own just to "try" to get it to work again.

Still I really like to see progress in fixing broken consoles drives so they can play their favorite games again. I am never paying $150 dollars again for $0NY to screw me over when the laser dies out. That much is great news! A big Thank you goes out to all who created these modified .self files and also to those who made the tutorials and those who continued to improve upon the first release. =)

#37 - niwakun - 168w ago
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in step 4, it just matter that you need your PS3 to enter in FSM right? So I can just use the homebrew here that puts PS3 into service mode without any dongles.

#36 - Neo Cyrus - 168w ago
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I'm actually surprised this wasn't released long ago, this was a serious problem... and a serious jerk move by Sony to begin with.

#35 - tilla - 168w ago
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Update: Got an NG error, not sure why that might be - my BluRay works perfectly normally.

#34 - elser1 - 168w ago
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i don't watch blu rays anyway but this is a great step forward it seems.. excellent work!!

#33 - tilla - 168w ago
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Been waiting for something like this, rather than going through every BluRay in my collection to guess which did it.

#32 - kaindarkheart - 168w ago
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Is there any risk of bricking the console? because i have 2 ps3 slim that need a new BR units.