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January 12, 2012 // 10:20 pm - Today MultiMAN Cobra Manager (mmCM) version 04.00.00 has been released, and those interested in updating multiMAN without the DRM-infected dongle can now do so as is it not required for non-Cobra multiMAN functionality on the PlayStation 3 console.

Download: multiMAN Cobra Manager (mmCM) v04.00.00 Update (20120112) / multiMAN Cobra Manager (mmCM) v04.00.00 Full (20120113) (184.72 MB) / multiMAN Cobra Manager (mmCM) v04.00.00 Full (20120113) (Mirror - 184.72 MB)

Previously multiMAN developer deank stated to the PlayStation 3 scene that he was not in bed with Cobra (aka Max Louarn), however, some PS3 developers such as CrashSerious appear to think otherwise, to quote via Twitter:

"Huge thanks to deank for leaving the scene and selling out to Cobra [/satire]"

Below is the multiMAN Cobra Manager (mmCM) v04.00.00 Full (20120113) changelog, as follows:

13 - 01 - 2012

  • Added support for jpg/png covers for BD/DVD ISO files in "Coverflow" mode
  • Added PIC1.PNG/SND0.AT3 (background image and music) support to lastGAME and "PSP Launcher" for PSP ISO files
  • Improved performance when extracting CSO to ISO and when creating ISO files from folders
  • SIXAXIS gyroscope affects screensaver mode (wave/tilt the controller to navigate the starfield)
  • Improved "Coverflow" display mode
  • Added preparations for experimental support for multi-disc PSX games in CUE+BIN or ISO format for up to 4 discs. ("Required Cobra USB/FW update will be announced when PSX multidisc support is available")
  • mmCM 04.00.00 will work without CobraUSB dongle connected (click HERE for more information). New mmCM users will have to install mmCM 04.00.00 FULL version..

Changelog for non-Cobra users updating from multiMAN 02.09.02 to multiMAN/mmCM 04.00.00:

  • Added function "Create ISO from folder"
  • Support for *.0/.31, *.001/.032, *.66600/.66631 split file formats
  • Join split files in file manager (select and copy the first file to get the rest joined)
  • New display mode "XBDM" - XBOX Dash Clone
  • Added option "Detect Game Title in ISO Images" to allow using ISO filenames and *not* scan for game names in local database
  • Improved scanning for retro roms/iso and covers (populating the Retro column)
  • New THEME format (.thm). One theme - one file. Easy installation within multiMAN/mmCM without going to XMB to install theme pkg files.
  • mmTM - Easy to use PC application to create thm files from folders (separate download).
  • multiMAN/mmCM will try to read disc volume labels and display in VIDEO column (BD/DVD entry) and in other display modes.
  • Added indication (rotating refresh icon next to the column icon) when multiMAN/mmCM is loading/extracting title thumbnails (XMMB mode)
  • Added pop-up notifications when new versions of multiMAN/mmCM and Showtime are available for download
  • Added pop-up notification when running low on disc space (less than 1GB on internal HDD)
  • Added pop-up notification when multiMAN/mmCM successfully connects to nethost folders during startup (/net_host# in File Manager)
  • Added support for downloading themes in a background thread (pop-up messages will notify user when download starts and completes)
  • Added support for copying big (4+GB) files in File Manager to USB drives. multiMAN/mmCM will split source file when copying to USB.
  • Changed option "Link Video Library to Showtime" - it will only create links for XMB Video files, but will not start Showtime
  • Added shortcut (virtual folder) "XMB Video Files" when browsing HDD/USB drives in VIDEO column
  • Added "Showtime Font Preference" option to select 10 different fonts for SHOWTIME media player (GUI and Subtitles)
  • Added support to extract PSP CSO (compressed ISO) files in XMMB/XBDM display modes and File Manager (extracted image is saved in /dev_hdd0/PSPISO)
  • Added shortcut to ISO folder when browsing external USB devices (PSP connected with memory stick /ISO folder, containing CSO and ISO files)
  • Added music playback fade-out when leaving multiMAN/mmCM
  • Added download progress indication in XMMB/XBDM modes - Web column. An entry will show current download filename and percentage of completion.
  • Added TextViewer in File Manager (supported files colored in light blue). Supports viewing of ANSI/UTF plain text files.
  • TextViewer controls: L1/R1 - PageUp/PageDown, L2/R2 - zoom out/in (50%-250%), R3 - change font, UP/DOWN/LEFT/RIGHT - scroll/pan, L1/R1+SELECT - skip to start/end of file
  • Added support for browsing Video, Games, Favorites and Retro (ROMS/PS1/PS2/PSP) in "Coverflow" display mode. Change content mode with UP/DOWN.
  • Improved performance when extracting CSO to ISO and when creating ISO files from folders
  • SIXAXIS gyroscope affects screensaver mode (wave/tilt the controller to navigate the starfield)
  • Improved "Coverflow" display mode

MultiMAN Cobra Manager (mmCM) v04.00.00, No Dongle Required

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#214 - smokyyuwe - June 19, 2012 // 2:23 pm
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Hey Boss, a new version of multiMAN mmCM v4.04.00 is released (it came up via update option -

Download: mmCM v04.04.00 Base (20120619) (25.34 MB) / mmCM v04.04.00 Base (20120619) (Mirror)

multiMAN v4.04.00 (available through the update option in multiMAN) / SVN

What's New:

04.04.00 -

  • Fixed something that annoyed some users of 5x4x5, 42 and XBDM display modes: After restart (or going to mmOS and back) game modes 5x4x5, 42 and XBDM will display the last selected entry (game/video/music/photo) and will *not* reset to dash mode
  • Added option to "Default Display Mode" setting: [Disable]; If there is no display-mode-lock it will make mM start in the last used display mode
  • FTP session timeout set to 1 minute

mmOS related:

  • Added context menu when desktop is selected (to Refresh, Create New Folder, Show Desktop, Reset mmOS, Restore Wallpaper)
  • Added "Permissions" to context menu when single folder is selected (to reset folder access permissions)
  • Double clicking on .p3t (PS3 theme) will copy/install the file/theme to PS3 XMB themes system folder (/dev_hdd0/theme); user can later install it from XMB
  • Added support for creating shortcuts to /net_host PC shares
  • Folders created on the desktop now open properly
  • Desktop shortcuts to /ps3_home/video, music and photo now have proper icons and open the virtual folder and not the /dev_hdd0/* one
  • Desktop shortucts to games/executables (EBOOT.BIN/.SELF) can be used to boot external apps or mount games

Game Compatibility / CFW Related (KMEAW/REBUG/ROGERO 3.55CFWs):

  • Improved compatibility for the so-called "Black-Screen-Games" (BSG) which *until now* required the "BD-Mirror" option and worked ONLY from external usb HDD (otherwise game would lock/loop/error during load).
  • Now users of the listed firmwares can use the "BD-Mirror" option for game backups stored in the INTERNAL HDD. It may improve the compatibility of over 100 games (some older titles, some newer), for example AC1 / Colin Dirt 1 / Prince Of Persia / CoD / MW / Tomb Raider, incl. titles which had sound issues.
  • A partial list of some games that may gain from the new option can be found here: (by GotIt4Free /
  • It is now possible to set "BD-Mirror" option for games in Internal HDD and it enables the new functionality. The option works both with PS3 Game Disc in the tray and in discless mode from /app_home.
  • The option is available in the "Game Settings" menu for each game in the list

Some of the games that have been tested by Tortuga-Cove member GotIt4Free which are now working on Internal HDD are:

  • AC/DC LIVE: Rock Band
  • Apache: Air Assault
  • Assassin's Creed
  • Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood
  • Blazing Angels 2: Secret Missions of WWII
  • Blitz: The League II
  • Brain Challenge
  • Brunswick Pro Bowling
  • Cabela's Dangerous Adventures
  • Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare
  • Call of Duty: World at War
  • Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs
  • Colin McRae: DiRT
  • Colin McRae: DiRT 2
  • Condemned 2: Bloodshot
  • Dragon Age: Origins
  • Eat Lead: Return Of Matt Hazard
  • Enemy Territory: QUAKE Wars
  • Everybody's Golf: World Tour
  • F.E.A.R. 2: Project Origin
  • Fit in Six
  • Golden Axe: Beast Rider
  • Green Day: Rock Band
  • Hot Shots Golf: Out of Bounds
  • Iron Man 2
  • James Bond 007 Quantum of Solace
  • Man vs Wild
  • Medal of Honor Airborne
  • Modern Warfare 2
  • Nail'd
  • NBA Ballers: Choosen One
  • Pinball Hall of Fame: The Williams Collection
  • Prince of Persia
  • Prince of Persia: The Forgotten Sands
  • Prison Break: The Conspiracy
  • Pure
  • Racquet Sports
  • Rapala Fishing Frenzy
  • Rock Band
  • Rock Band Song Pack 2
  • Rock Band Track Pack: Classic Rock
  • Rock Band Track Pack Volume 2
  • Rock Revolution
  • Rorona No Atelier Arland No Renkinjutsushi
  • Saints Row 2
  • SEGA Mega Drive Ultimate Collection
  • SEGA Superstars Tennis
  • Shaun White Skateboarding
  • Shaun White Snowboarding
  • Sonic & SEGA All-Stars Racing
  • Sonics Ultimate Genesis Collection
  • Summer Challenge
  • Surf's Up
  • The Godfather The Don's Edition
  • The Lord of The Rings: Conquest
  • The Tomb Raider Trilogy
  • Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Vegas
  • Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Vegas 2
  • Tom Clancy's SplinterCell Double Agent\
  • Tomb Raider: Underworld
  • Tornado Outbreak
  • Venetica
  • We Dare
  • Williams Pinball Classics
  • Winter Sports: The Great Tournament 2010
  • Winter Sports: Go for Gold 2011
  • World Series of Poker 2008
  • WWE SmackDown vs. RAW 2011
  • Zumba Fitness Join The Party

Most of the games listed above used to only work from Ext. HDD and with problems, but with this new release, they should work fine from Internal HDD now and without errors.

Finally for Rebug CFW support deank has made available a quick update: Start multiMAN by holding L2+R2 and then go to the UPDATE menu and re-download the update.

#213 - mushy409 - June 16, 2012 // 9:13 pm
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Every developer has the right to protect his/her work by using dongle protection (most of them pretty poor at best).

As seen many o' times over on the GSM scene, dongles are being cracked/hacked/exploited for their contents. It's only a matter of time. Look how quickly all the other dongles were phased out - in what, about 12 months (less I think) we were pretty much dongle free (except FSM)

#212 - ps3hen - June 16, 2012 // 4:37 am
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I'm glad someone can see how much 'work' exists in zadow's releases.

From Wololo (via PS3 Zadow's release a useless repost?

Yesterday I posted what appeared to me as a massive breakthrough in the PS3 scene, a bunch of files decrypted from the Cobra dongle, one of the DRM encrypted piracy dongles for firmware 3.55. The files had been released by user zadow28, who seems to have a fairly good reputation on some of the scene’s websites.

I have been contacted since then by several veterans of the PS3 scene, who told me these files are, in essence, garbage.

They didn’t explicitly tell me the word “fake”, but rather, it seems the files posted by Zadow are basically useless information, which in addition has been publicly available for a while. None of them told me “where” that information actually can be found, which for now I interpret as “it is so useless that we will not even bother to tell people where they can find the information in the first place”.

I do not have the tools, the knowledge, or the time to confirm if Zadow28 is a fraud, but I can say I am seeing a pattern I’ve seen in the past on the psp and the vita scene: unknown guy gets semi famous by posting lots of garbage that looks like the real deal, famous devs call him out for a faker, random people start some conspiracy theories about old devs trying to get all the credits, other random people tell the old devs that they should collaborate with the new guy instead of bashing him, old devs have a hard time explaining that it is impossible to collaborate with a dude who has the IQ of a banana. (I’ve been through that so I know how people like kakaroto feel.

So, if I’m to choose a side, I’ll go and trust the old dudes. If they say it’s useless, I guess they’re right.

From defyboy: Thanks but these were mostly available already. With the exception of your IDA DB of course.

Why do I constantly find things newsed as a release when it's just copies of the stuff the developers made available on the wiki long ago. This isn't a gift for developers, it's another cry for attention. The developers either already have this stuff, or know exactly where to get it.

I made a mirror on the wiki for anyone who wants his files:

From euss: At least I won't be needed to give zadow unself/ungpkg with sources and precompiles like his last readself2/3/4/5 fail (so much better to use scetool anyhow)... (which btw are all on wiki, /files and gitorious too)

I do not know who incepted this thread with nonbased remarks about Atmel AVR/Micochips PIC, but they should look closer to the content and what is needed for such target. There is nothing AVR/PIC related inside the filesets, just plain unself/ungpkg'ed files which where ran through IDA and exported i64/db files. It also does not make any sense to even /want/ it as a dongle, because if you have the PPU/SPU changes, it would make alot more sense to distribute it as patches (MFW Builder TCL) or live patcher: payload (payloader3) then a stupid dongle.

From CrashSerious: First, I've had some concerning health issues and haven't touched this for several months. Also, priorities were re-alligned in the process and haven't had a chance to pick it back up. So I have nothing to report... on to the main reason for posting.

I had a big long email started (about halfway done) detailing every file in there and just gave up due to the number of things that were junk.

Mostly, it looks like files we already have, unselfed eboot.bins (congratulations on using unself or scetool), a corrupt ida database, some meaningless/worthless logs and who knows what else.

I did look at the corrupt idb to make sure it actually "looked like"an idb. It actually did at a glaqnce--- so at least it's not like the last time and he was trying to pass off a linux binary as lv0 decrypted or some crap like that... oh wait... he did do that, didn't he defyboy .

Probably a better use of my time if I stopped dissecting the gift any ways. Zadow’s files are still available here if you want to give them a look, but it’s probably not the breakthrough I initially thought it was.

Finally, from flat_z: I am very sad looking at all news sites about ps3... when they keep posting any "shocking" news about such noobs as zadow28 and exposing him as the greatest hacker in the world

#211 - Ezio - June 16, 2012 // 1:13 am
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Hmm, cobra dongle payload hasn't been completely reversed by zadow, because he simply doesn't have the skills for doing that stuff, what he released is something anyone can do on their own, so it's of zero utility to get payload hacked.

#210 - niwakun - June 16, 2012 // 12:39 am
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yeah, with the improvements he done on MM I think he deserves to work on something that he can get something. He release stuff for free for over a year already, but I do hope that dean wont get mad on us who uses the dongle-less cobra.

#209 - SwordOfWar - June 16, 2012 // 12:31 am
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I already have a Cobra, but if this leads us to a hybrid CFW with both features then it will surely be nice to be dongle free again.

#208 - elser1 - June 16, 2012 // 12:26 am
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i didn't know dean from multiman was behind the cobra dongle and selling it. i dont think its bad at all in his case. he deserves something he gave us multiman for hmm sake.. lol

i won't be using a Z pirate version of cobra out of respect to him but i don't really need cobra anyways. this guy is ding good stuff decrypting the dongles. thanks for the news

#207 - racer0018 - June 15, 2012 // 9:33 pm
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The perfect Cfw would have them all built into it. But this a start. Good job.

#206 - smokyyuwe - June 15, 2012 // 8:35 pm
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That's funny. I came on to see if I could find a way to make multiman play ps2 games without the dongle (I have a b/c ps3, so getting the dongle just for backed up ps2 games seems.. a little pointless).

#205 - NTA - June 15, 2012 // 6:51 pm
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I wonder how deank feels about this lol

Quote Originally Posted by BiMode View Post
Does multiman 4.03 support playing ps1/ps2 iso format for regular CFW?

I highly doubt it.