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September 27, 2011 // 2:28 pm - 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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#43 - NTA - March 9, 2012 // 6:01 pm
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Sweet. Putting in that extra effort

#42 - PS4 News - March 9, 2012 // 5:33 pm
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Following up on their previous 3.55 release, today the anonymous PlayStation 3 developers have shared details on remarrying PS3 Blu-ray drives on Firmware 3.15 and 3.50 without the need for downgrading the consoles.

Download: Remarry PS3 Blu-ray Drive on 3.15 FW / Remarry PS3 Blu-ray Drive on 3.50 FW / Remarry PS3 Blu-ray Drive on 3.50 FW (Mirror) / Remarry PS3 Blu-ray Drive on 3.55 FW / Remarry PS3 Blu-ray Drive on 3.55 FW (Mirror) / Remarry PS3 Blu-ray Drive on 3.55 FW (Mirror)

Changes: Small error fixed, FDM is resigned proper now for all versions (3.15, 3.50, 3.55)

From the included ReadMe files via the PlayStation 3 Developer Wiki (linked above), to quote:

Remarry guide for 3.15 firmware

1. Have the console on a working 3.15 firmware

2. Download the Remarry files (remarry-3.15.rar) and unpack to root of USM Mass Storage device. The following line is already changed from 1 to 0:

[Register or Login to view code]

This will make sure the drive init PUP is not installed, thus preventing RLOD because of syscon hashes on downgraded consoles.

3. Download official firmware

#41 - tilla - March 7, 2012 // 10:20 pm
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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 - March 7, 2012 // 5:32 pm
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Hooray for anon devs

#39 - mukumuku - March 7, 2012 // 7:54 am
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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 - March 7, 2012 // 1:27 am
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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 - March 7, 2012 // 12:13 am
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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 - March 6, 2012 // 11:54 pm
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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 - March 6, 2012 // 11:15 pm
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Update: Got an NG error, not sure why that might be - my BluRay works perfectly normally.

#34 - elser1 - March 6, 2012 // 10:51 pm
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i don't watch blu rays anyway but this is a great step forward it seems.. excellent work!!