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November 8, 2010 // 4:15 am - Below is a guide I wrote on PSX-Scene (linked above) and here on PS3News how to get Call of Duty: Black Ops working with PS3 JailBreak on PlayStation 3 Firmware 3.41.

Today a copy of Black Ops arrived "in the usual places" and it required 3.50 to play.

JonahUK pointed out that when the EBOOT.BIN was viewed with a hex editor it showed it was compiled with the 3.40 SDK meaning it was debug update time!!!

I extracted the EBOOT.BIN file and PRAM.SFO from the 1.02 debug update modified them and made a pack here: CODBO.rar / Mirror #1 / Mirror #2 / Mirror #3 / Mirror #4 / Mirror #5 / Mirror #6 / Mirror #7 / New Pack With All SFO Regions / New Pack With All SFO Regions #2 / New Pack With All SFO Regions #3 / Black Ops Pack 1.3

Here is a tutorial to get the game working:

(make sure you backup all your files first in case you do something wrong)

Step 1: Download the files and go to where you put your game and edit your pram.sfo to say 3.40 with PS3SFOEdit.





Step 2: Update the game to 1.02 using the retail update for your region.

Title ID - BLUS30591:

Title ID - BLES01035:

Title ID - BLES01032:

Title ID - BLES01033:

Title ID - BLES01031:

Title ID - BLES01034:

Step 3: After your update has finished, open comgenie or ftp and go to:

dev_hdd0/GAME/"Blackops"/PS3_GAME and put the eboot in the pack here

To clarify, in other words: dev_hdd0/GAME/"Blackops"(BLxxxxx)/USRDIR and put the eboot in the pack here

Step 4: Go to dev_hdd0/GAME/"Blackops"/PS3_GAME/USRDIR

Now if you have the BLES01032 version just use the SFO.PRAM file inc in my pack and place it in that directory overwriting the old one.

If you have another version of the game use PS3SFOEdit to edit your sfo to say 3.40 in advanced edit. SAVE IT then replace it.

To clarify, in other words: go to dev_hdd0/GAME/"Blackops"(BLxxxxxx)/ and copy the sfo.pram file to your pc.

To edit the sfo file use the sfoeditor i've inc in my pack click load and choose your PRAM.SFO file.

Click Advanced Edit where it says 3.5000 change this to say 3.4000 and press ok. press save and save it to the desktop or somewhere you will be able to see it easy. now either put it on a usb drive and copy it back with comgenie or ftp it back to the folder it came from.

Step 5: Double check everything, Then play.

The next part comes from hunter128 from here and seems to only apply if you have run the game previously and been prompted to update.

After you install the pkg launch a FTP server and go to /dev_hdd0/mms/db/ and search a file called metadata_db_hdd open it in a hex editor and search 3.50, and change to 3.41


Big thanks to teh reaper for testing this and confirming it working on external and internal HDD.

Also it seems that multiplayer freezes at the moment, but campaign and zombies works fine!

Update: To get MP working you can try This Method by netkas or use This Alternate Method by MexN00B.

This is the way that works atm I'm sure there will probably be a simpler way soon.

How to Get Call of Duty: Black Ops Working with PS3 JailBreak

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#329 - spawnofjago - December 1, 2010 // 3:50 pm
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Let me help, erase all COD:BO files from ps3 (game data utility,metadata,etc.)and start fresh by powering off then on. Download the 1.02 update from link for your region (mine was Title ID - BLUS30591:...pkg) and install .pkg (should now see it in game data utility).

Next, go to dev_hdd0/game/blus30591/PS3_game (note: this is game not GAMEZ section, two different directories), downloaded the Black ops pack from: and use the eboot right here (dev_hdd0/game/blus30591/PS3_game (note:this is game not GAMEZ section)).

Next go to hdd_0/game/blus30591/PS3_game/USRDIR (note:this is game not GAMEZ section) edit the param.sfo in this directory to say 3.40. Next go to GAMEZ/BLUS30591/PS3_GAME and edit this param.sfo to say 3.40.

Now all that is left to do is go to dev_hdd0/mms/db/metadata_db_hdd. Modify this with hex editor app by first using search to locate files saying 3.50 then changing them to 3.41 (note 3.41 not 3.40). Save all changes and VOILA!!! Black Ops!! +rep if you found this helpful!

#328 - therealest2006 - December 1, 2010 // 12:55 pm
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i've read through much of these posts got a headache now, i've got minmus avr usb v1, i am on 3.41, now please can someone tell me what spoof 3.50 fw i should use as i've used all i think of and none of them work on black ops original retail disc.

#327 - PS4 News - November 30, 2010 // 5:25 am
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That is correct, as detailed here:

#326 - izac01 - November 30, 2010 // 5:20 am
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Soo we aren't able to play online anymore since it got patched correct?

#325 - boilers183 - November 29, 2010 // 11:55 pm
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how exacly do you do this on an external? i have the USA version. and the file i downloaded. where do i put the file though?

i have the file from the top of the thread and black ops on my external (USA). what do i do from here?

#324 - naqdyuzen - November 27, 2010 // 8:40 am
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I have some question, hope anyone can help with it. btw i'm using hermes v4b with gaia 1.04. my game id is BLUS30591

- some of the links in the first post have different files in it. which one is the latest?
- my eboot.bin and the ps3xxx.self file if bigger (eboot 50mb, ps3xxx.self 20mb) than the one in the links. why?
- i try edit the metadata file using xvi32. but i can't save, need to save as new file. but my new file "type" is just a plain file while the original is a system file. how to change that?
- i don't play online, because my router if far and doesn't have wifi capabilities. does the update needed?

in short, i still haven't managed to play my backup yet.

#323 - mousetrap - November 25, 2010 // 10:56 am
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I got it to work had a mission to get the MeltaData file.. i never used FTP sever. so i used Comgenie Awesome Filemanager found the meltaData in the /dev_hdd0/mms/db/ I copyed it to my USB flash an took it to my pc that way. use File seek and search the file cause its hidden like crazy.

then once you find it right click on it and select windows content menu. and then click properties. (I have ftweak-hex) no other hex programes worked for me. then I went to hex and searched for 3.5000 and edited that to 3.4100 games works fine for me.

#322 - evilchan - November 22, 2010 // 3:15 pm
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Quote Originally Posted by cisco150 View Post
i got the fix try this:

Run PS3SFOEdit.exe then copy the param.sfo from black ops in the hdd or external to desktop, then with PS3SFOEdit edit it app.version 01.03 and save and overwrite it. then over write param.sfo in hdd or internal wherever you have game install and it'll run like if you install updates. i have include the ps3sfoedit plus a copy of a fix ready to go param.sfo for ver BLES01031.


I'm quite new to Jailbreaking and what not. However, like most people having issues with getting BO to work. I am constantly getting a black screen. I have PS3GROOVE and update the latest firmware which includes the 3.50 spoof. A few games i have that were not working now work. GREAT. BO still not working. My black ops folder i have on my external HD is name as LGGAME02 (Mean anything to you?) My other games folders are name BLESxxxx ETC.

I downloaded your edited sfo file and replaced it with my original BO sfo and i am still getting the Black screen (I have kept my original SFO file just in case)

Any help would be much appreciated.

#321 - judge33 - November 22, 2010 // 11:38 am
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when it loads stage 2 the screen is black and doesn't load, anyone know what to do?

#320 - IslaTurbine - November 22, 2010 // 3:22 am
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Quote Originally Posted by HondaGuySi View Post
Thanks for the info, everything worked, I just picked up a PS3 which had an older version on it, updated to 3.41, using hermes 4B with GM 103.1- Xplain.

One question tho, since I am unable-well wont update to 3.50, how would I make a PSN account in order to play COD online Method by netkas or the Alternate Method by MexN00B?

You can't. They've blocked the hack.