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September 27, 2011 // 12:28 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.

Update: Mysys has now shared a Blu-ray playback in DEX mode 0x800299D2 fix for those interested as well. To quote:

There you have it:

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From Joonie: AMAZING... !!! IT WORKS!!!!!! tested on REBUG 4.75.3 REX [DEX] w/ COBRA 7.1. Tested couple BDISO rip and loaded fine without any error.

From Dr. L Ron Bumquist: Here is all the files resigned for 4.65:

Download: 4.65.rar (10.03 MB)

Just use the three files detailed in the first post (above) for bd playback but I included the rest just in case you wanted them. Note to everyone these files are only for 4.65 dex.

Here are tested and working files for 4.75:

Download: 475.zip (10.03 MB)

This is what I used:

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Note the control flags I am using for bdj.self

From pinky: Here are my files. I'm not sure if they work, 'cause I couldn't test at all.

Download: PS3~dev_blind~bdplayer.zip

I forgot to mention that this is from 4.75.1 rex, but it should be the same for .3 unless. I just had the pup decrypted on my laptop to hex compare a few files.

From Dr. L Ron Bumquist: Just tested your files, Bd plays fine if I don't use your bdj.self. The other two files work great.

It seems you have the same problem I do with bdj.self or that file just doesn't work on 4.76 lite for whatever reason. I'll try again with a dex firmware later.

Finally, from Joonie: How to Change BD Region /w Cobra CFW Guide

1. multiMAN Method

1. insert your bd disc
2. launch multiMAN
3. go to the setting
4. set your bd movie region to EUR

5. go to video column
6. launch showtime from there
7. open bluray drive from showtime's file manager
8. try launching bdmv file from there
9. exit out
10. mount blu-ray disc from multiMAN
11. it will exit to XMB
12. try watch bd movie from XMB

If the 1st trial didn't work then repeat it. I had to do this twice to get it working... very weird.. [multiMAN seems to have bugs or not using cobra way of doing this properly, I highly recommend webMAN method over mmCM method]

2. webMAN *MOD* method

1. install the latest webMAN MOD 1.43.04 with updater [it will automatically update the webman that's bundled], make sure to enable webMAN before you update
2. go to the webman setting from either xmb or your own web browser
3. change your bd region from webMAN.
4. Reboot
5. DONE!! enjoy region B movie on NTSC consoles

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Tested on:

FW

4.46 ROGERO COBRA 7
4.75.3 REBUG REX /w COBRA 7.1
4.76.1 REBUG LITE /w COBRA 7.1

PS3

CECH-2001B
CECH-A01


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

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#3 - CJPC - March 15, 2011 // 3:03 am
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Well, up until now, if your BD drive was broken (the board), or if you just wanted to build a PS3 from parts you could not, as the drive and mainboard were married together. A PS3 at times would not even work without a drive (programs would not run, etc). But now, you can just re-tie them together, instead of paying $150 for sony to do it for you (if they even would!)

#2 - Kiriller - March 15, 2011 // 2:59 am
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I've read the article, maybe it late or i just don't undetstand, but what's the purpose for "remarry ps3 bd drive"? in lamest terms please? thanks in advance!

#1 - PS4 News - March 15, 2011 // 2:50 am
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Thanks for the news proskopina and +Rep, I have moved it to the main page now as well!