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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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#23 - PS4 News - September 6, 2011 // 9:48 am
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I have now added the mirror to the first post and +Rep jamesnesc709!

#22 - jamesnesc709 - September 6, 2011 // 3:48 am
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can someone fix the links ?

i found a link: http://www.megaupload.com/?d=CCIIMAJY

#21 - bl0wme - March 31, 2011 // 5:11 am
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can someone re up the files? the link is dead..

#20 - Brenza - March 30, 2011 // 4:47 pm
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You can watch if the laser powers on. Usually when it does you just have to clean the lense, if it doesn't work so it's the board.

#19 - bl0wme - March 30, 2011 // 3:55 pm
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how do you determine if its a bad lazer or bad drive board?

#18 - Rob777 - March 19, 2011 // 1:03 am
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Hi sorry in advance if people annoyed by my noob questions. I have ps3 x 3. All dead drive or missing drives. They on 3.41 with ps3 break dongles. That is how I'm still playing backups... No cfw yet...

How do I get it into service mode? I have ps3 break dongle and am currently on 3.41. Is service mode the same as being jail broken? Please someone help, just can't understand these instructions fully but once I understand what service mode is I'll be fine I think.

Edit: I figured out service mode finally... If your dongle can downgrade then it will put you into service mode in the same process. I used ps3 break dongle, flashed with downgraded files and am now in service mode. Now to re-marry. Thanks.

This is actually quite simple once you understand everything. I have game playback now. I did get an error though everytime with every drive i tried. I then just rebooted and games worked. Some say BD not playable on this system but not too concerned about that.

#17 - rianchio23 - March 17, 2011 // 3:48 pm
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Ok so i downgraded my fat ps3 to 2.30 but can't get back into service mode... i'm using a ipod nano. i got into service mode first try before downgrading then powered down using xmb option... well on 2.30 there is no power off option in xmb.

i've tried turning off console using controller but when i turn back on i'm not in service mode still. i've tried it like 20 times with no luck... can somebody help please?

#16 - zant - March 15, 2011 // 11:26 pm
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kem-400a drives go for around 90-100.. kem410aca go for around 70-80.

#15 - xUb3rn00dlEx - March 15, 2011 // 8:05 pm
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Hmmm. Can anyone tell me what PS3 Drives are going for nowadays? I can see this as a great alternative to fix a broken blu-ray/laser drive for the people who aren't so tech savvy, but would this be more cost efficient than just replacing a broken laser? I understand if your board is fried than this is the way to go instead, but now wouldn't it be possible to just order the board alone too?

#14 - barrybarryk - March 15, 2011 // 5:20 pm
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I wouldn't worry about drive compatibility between dual lens and single lens drives as long as the interface is the same (IDE in this case) as that sort of low level control is carried out by the drives firmware (on the controller board) and not at a gameOS level (motherboard).