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August 4, 2012 // 1:30 am - Today PlayStation 3 developers mysis and eussNL on the Wiki have posted a method to get the PlayStation 2 (PS2) Software Emulator working on 3.55 CFW without a DRM-infected Cobra USB dongle for all PS3 Fat and Slim consoles.

Download: PlayStation 2 (PS2) Software Emulator Files for PS3 3.55 CFW / PlayStation 2 (PS2) Software Emulator Files for PS3 3.55 CFW (SRC)

To quote: Getting PlayStation 2 Software Emulator working

Method (on Firmware 3.55, without! Cobra-USB Dongle or Downgrade) for all consoles (fat & slim).

1. Replace following files on your consoles /dev_flash/ with the ones included in this archive p3dwik-ps2compatfiles.rar
2. Get into Factory Service Mode (FSM Tool/Dongle)
3. Insert your Original PS2 Game Disc
4. It will run.

Note: Backups won't work. You're getting the compatibility of the 2.60 software emulator with all of its bugs.

A possible compatibility lists:

  • tortuga-cove.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=57&t=530
  • ps3devwiki.com/wiki/Talk:Emulation#PS2.2FPStwo

PS2 Compat. flag

All consoles have hardware information. In GameOS you can call Lv2 Syscall 393 (0x189) sys_sm_get_model to get your consoles information. In Lv1/Hypervisor its in the repository nodes sc 0x5B lv1_get_repository_node with Parameters "sys","hw","config" usually noded as "sys.hw.config#0" or something.

Result examples:

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In binary formation:

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XMB checks this flag and if == 0, it will give following message: "This model of the PS3 system is not compatible with PlayStation 2 format software."

Those interested in running PS2 games on their PS3 console may also wish to check out the previous Open PS2 Loader v0.8 for PS3, PS3 USBLD Loader Source Code and USBAdvn Patcher and PS2 HDD Support & Discless ELF Launching from PS3 XMB articles as well.

Finally, in released news IngPereira has made available a PS2 DEX Boot 4.11 4.20 (Test) and below is also a PS3 EVO 1.0 video and release details by SONIC_BH for those interested, as follows:

Hi I just make a debug app that use some syscalls to do a reset into PS2 Lpar like boot_ps2 does, it should work on dex 4.11 or 4.20 but in these fw there is ps2 netemu instead of softemu so i need someone with an original disc of playstation 2 inserted on bd-drive and launch this test app and see what happens.

I am on 4.11 DEX but i don't have any original disc from PS2... This is basically the same thing that boot_ps2 does on 3.55 but there is a new emu file on dex 4.11 or 4.20 introduced on 3.70 with the use of PS2 Classics on PSN... This is not brick-risk, thanks to anyone who help me with this. Greetings...




1st - Download the file
2nd - Copy the file PS2 Evo v1.0.pkg to the root of a USB drive formated in FAT32
3rd - Install the .pkg from *Install Package Files*
4th - Insert a original PS2 disk on the BD
5th - Run the app and enjoy


PlayStation 2 Software Emulator on 3.55 CFW Without Cobra USB

PlayStation 2 Software Emulator on 3.55 CFW Without Cobra USB

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#377 - StanSmith - December 4, 2012 // 9:35 am
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Can I put in a request to DeanK for MultiMan. Can you restore the 8x4 screen to the way it always was as the new way is crap. You can no longer press O then quit, its got extra icons that crash the system (disc icon with no disc in the drive) and a huge refresh icon, its not needed.

I've just downgraded to 4.13 as all 4.14 so far has problems. The USB refresh when you choose a game and the 8x4 screen problems was enough for me to downgrade and not want to update till they are fixed. 4.14 does have some bugs fixed that 4.13 has but these problems out way the little bugs.

And HOW can I get it to stop telling me there is an update? I'm not going to update so I don't want to see that message everytime I load it up.

#376 - PS4 News - December 4, 2012 // 8:59 am
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Today deank has released multiMAN version 04.14.03 Stealth (20121204) for those interested, with details below as follows:

Download: multiMAN v04.14.03 Stealth (20121204) (APP_HOME - 18.55 MB) / multiMAN v04.14.03 Stealth (20121204) (Mirror) / multiMAN v04.14.03 Stealth (20121204) (Mirror #2) / multiMAN v04.14.03 Stealth (20121204) (Mirror #3) / multiMAN v04.14.03 Stealth (20121204) (Mirror #4) / multiMAN v04.14.03 Stealth (20121204) (Mirror #5) / multiMAN v04.14.03 Stealth (20121204) (Mirror #6) / multiMAN v04.14.03 Stealth (20121204) (Mirror #7) / multiMAN v04.14.03 Stealth (20121204) (Mirror #8) / multiMAN v04.14.03 Stealth (20121204) (Mirror #9) / multiMAN v04.14.03 Stealth (20121204) (Mirror #10) / multiMAN v04.14.03 Stealth (20121204) (Mirror #11) / multiMAN v04.14.03 Stealth (20121204) (Mirror #12)

For 4.30CFW ROGERO version 2.03:

How to install:

Method #1:

  • Copy installPKG.pkg and report_data.txt to the root of a USB stick/drive
  • Install "installPKG", reboot, install from the bubble
  • Start [* Install Package Files] standalone from the icon in XMB (not from /app_home)
  • It should look as in the screenshot
  • Press [START] to "Update and Load Stealth multiMAN"

Method #2:

  • Rename report_data.txt to anyFileName.self and Copy to USB stick or PS3 HDD
  • Use multiMAN mmOS, locate the file and double-click on it
  • mM stealth will install and start

Once you booted stealth mM at least once you can safely delete the 'regular' mM from XMB if you wish. You can delete the standalone [* Install Package Files] application from XMB if you wish.

How to load the stealth multiMAN:

1) Restart your PS3
2) Go go /app_home (which will change to the last game you loaded or to [* Install Package Files]) and press [X]
3) If you hold [SELECT] pressed it will load stealth multiMAN directly.

The updated [* Install Package Files] supports the stealth multiMAN and you can launch it by pressing [SELECT].

The stealth multiMAN supports online update which doesn't require PKG file installation and is a seamless process.

Q: Why is it stealth?
A:

  • It is not present in XMB (not present in /dev_hdd0/game/*) but spawned in /dev_hdd0/tmp/game_repo/ instead
  • Each time the /app_home (* Install Package Files) gets different TITLE ID and TITLE NAME
  • Every time you load a game it will change the TITLE of /app_home thus not looking suspicious
  • You can use mM while your XMB looks totally OFW (with no homebrew installed which may be detected)

I know that there are users on other than 4.30CFW firmwares that would also love to have the stealthMAN so I prepared an example PKG file.

It is for 03.40-04.30CFW and for those of you who LOVE to create non-working mM stealth versions with different title ids

Download: stealthMAN-[Greed Corp].pkg (BASIC - 22.03 MB) / stealthMAN-[Greed Corp].pkg (Mirror) / stealthMAN-[Greed Corp].pkg (Mirror #2) / stealthMAN-[Greed Corp].pkg (Mirror #3)

The package file contains:

  • EBOOT.BIN
  • data

If you wish to create your own stealth version, repack the pkg with your changes to the PARAM.SFO / CONTENT-ID. Do not modify "data" file! Any stealth version will be able to update online and is 100% compatible/feature-like the standard mM. Still, the best way to be really stealth is to be on 4.30CFW ROGERO ver 2.03 and use the stealth version above.

I try to support any reliable firmwares out there and these are 3.41/KMEAW/REBUG/ROGERO, no matter what the version/CFW is.

mM works on all - it is that some firmwares give some cool stuff and other firmwares give you some other. If you're a gamer - go for 4.30... If you're a 'tweaker' - use 4.21 REX. I'm on 4.21 REX but it doesn't mean anything, because I don't really have games or time to play.

Finally, from CaptainCPS-X: I have found something but I don't know if you could fix this issue, whenever I run stealth multiMAN from the new Install Package (not standalone) and I quit back to XMB I cannot access the "Install Package" option on the XMB again until I reboot the PS3.

Hope it can be fixed, thanks in advance! PS3 Model: CECH-E01 (BC / NAND) FW: Rogero CFW 4.30 (v2.03). Btw, the bug is not a permanent one, it happens when the following conditions are met:

1- After installing the new multiMAN Stealth and launching it at least once.
2- Remove multiMAN from XBM as recommended in the readme.
3- Remove the Standalone "Install Package" from XMB.
4- Load the new updated "Install Packages" from "app_home"
5- Load multiMAN by pressing "select"
6- Quit multiMAN normally

Now, everytime you do step 4 to 6 you will end up in the XMB without being able to access the "Install Packages" from "app_home" anymore. Unless of course you reboot the PS3, when you do that the "Install Package" will be mounted back to "app_home".

From deank: It is not a bug and that's how it works because /app_home can be either used by a game or the build-in [* Install Package Files]. The only thing I can change is to 'remount' [* IPF] if you quit mM without loading a game.

Download: multiMAN v04.14.03 Stealth (20121205) (18.54 MB)

You can start stealthMAN while holding L2+R2 to go to debug mode and then update from within the app.

  • "Do you want to enable [* Install Package Files] in /app_home?" prompt will appear when you try to quit mM
  • When downloading game updates after download completes it will open the menu to select PKG files for queuing

#375 - PS4 News - December 3, 2012 // 4:33 am
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Today the infamous Max Louarn's Cobra Team has announced they are officially entering the PS3 Optical Drive Emulator (ODE) market similar to PS3 3K3y as they apparently feel this is the next way they can con unsuspecting PlayStation 3 scene users into blowing money on unnecessary devices so they can profit as they did with the DRM-infected TB dongle months ago.

Short of a few images from their sites (cobra-ode.com / cobra-team.com) and brief description, not much is available on the device yet:

The website for the most advanced PS3 Optical Drive Emulator will be launched soon! Come back soon for further updates, details of features and information.

From their marketing frontman Gary Wayne Bowser (aka GaryOPA): "We all heard of the upcoming '3k3y' device, but now the market for installing an ODE in the PS3 scene world is heating up as the world's famous Team Cobra behind the Cobra-USB dongle is now going to be producing an Cobra-ODE for playing all your backup PS3 Blu-Ray Game Disc Images directly from any HDD without the need to have your PS3 console on 'custom firmware', which they claim will be 'most advanced PS3 Optical Drive Emulator' ever.

No more information is available at the moment, except what is on their official websites, but stay tuned as we bring you more exclusive news!"

His latest spin doctor attempt: "To the three people and dozens more that will reply causing a 'flame war'. Answer me this, how can HARDWARE be free? An ODE is not a DRM dongle it is interface between the ps3 and blu-ray drive, making the PS3 think it is talking to the actual blu-ray drive, not HDD, allowing you to use ORIGINAL FIRMWARE.

Even if the 'scene' released the info for FREE on how to do this, like the Glitch'ing on the X360, you would still have to build a PCBoard, buy the parts and solder it together, and flash an asic with the code, it might be little cheaper but still would cost money.

There is already CFW for FREE, this device is just another option for those wishing to play backups using OFW. No one is forcing you to read this topic or buy this hardware. Again it is not dongle. -- As for updating the firmware for cobra-usb dongle, i heard it was in the works, not sure if any update, i will ask."

Needless to say, those who preach about additional hardware being required to play PS3 games (silly wabbits ) with the advent of PlayStation 3 Custom Firmware a few years ago have vested interests in profiting from it. The same sheep who bought into TB will be suckered into this device that will mysteriously disappear once they cash in on the new fad they are peddling and then release free PS3 scene game cracks under various pseudonyms. In a nutshell: don't fall for these con-artists, save your money and wait for free PS3 scene solutions instead.

#374 - ricopico - December 2, 2012 // 9:19 am
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Is it likely that MM/Showtime will ever be updated to allow for BD iso playback from harddrive, akin to the cobra USB functionality, or is that something which a cobra is physically required?

#373 - StanSmith - December 2, 2012 // 9:06 am
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Another request for MM, can we get the updates to be updated like Showtime where they dont mess with the param.sfo as I have to keep editing it with every update and moving it back to where I have it. Showtime stopped that and it just updates and keeps the icon where it is.

And that 13 UPD didn't remove the disc icon when there is no disc in the drive, its still there. All the previous bugs I said about are still there. I guess I'll have to wait for the next version or downgrade. I'm going to downgrade now as its really annoying the way it is now.

#372 - PS4 News - December 2, 2012 // 12:27 am
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Apparently the 8x4 and list mode are fixed in the updated version 04.14.03 UPD CEX (20121202) added HERE now.

#371 - StanSmith - December 1, 2012 // 8:49 pm
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That latest 4.14.03 screws up 8.4 list. Instead of O exiting like it should it now changes all the game icons into settings and you cant get the games back unless you press L1 then R1. Even if you quit then reload MM its still that stupid menu.

Cam we get the O as EXIT again.

Another thing, its got a new empty box when highlighted says "Start game from disc (PSX/PS3)" but there is no disc in the drive. And the empty box next to that says "refresh" Do we need 2 more empty boxes? looks stupid especially when there is no disc in the drive. and if you press Triangle there is a refresh option there. Oh, I just found out the Triangle menu is also screwed, its now a side menu.
If it wasn't for the new working features I would go back to a previous version of MM.

So Apple have screwed with itunes and now DeanK is screwing with MM. I cant get a break can I. Looks like everything is getting screwed except for me...

It would be a thumbs up if it worked properly. I copied a game from NTFS to internal. Ok, so it read the NTFS drive and copied the game over but the game refused to run, when it tried to install it came up with an error. I ended up deleting that version and copying it over via FTP and now it works fine. SO it will read NTFS but its corrupt when it copies from USB/NTFS to internal.

And another bug report. When you download the update of MM it wants to reboot the PS3. NOT GOOD when you update it via Remote Play as it does reboot and turn on the PS3 kicking it out of Remote Play mode.

#370 - sorg - December 1, 2012 // 6:18 pm
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Thank you DeanK! Although i didn't find option for USB reset (neither in ini, nor in MM settings menu), MM now doesn't rearrange USB drives and works fine on Rebug

btw, 4.14.03 is out. Updated in MM.

#369 - ps33ps - December 1, 2012 // 4:55 pm
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how to skip verifying data? after installation CFW 4.30 and new mm i can't play in dragons dogma, i wait over 20 min and verifying data is still in progress, on earlier version mm and CFW 3.55 this process takes max 5 minutes

edit: ok i found

#368 - PS4 News - December 1, 2012 // 9:12 am
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Today deank has updated multiMAN once again to version 04.14.03 with the changes below, as follows:

Download: multiMAN ver 04.14.03 UPD CEX (20121201) (3 MB) / multiMAN ver 04.14.03 UPD CEX (20121201) (Mirror) / multiMAN ver 04.14.03 UPD CEX (20121201) (Mirror #2)

Changelog:

  • Totally reworked 8x4 display mode (compatible with all themes)
  • Added "Reset USB" option to "Settings" to disable USB bus scan/reset
  • Added new translation labels
  • Included latest installPKG standalone application

Update: Shortly following, deank updated multiMAN once more to version 04.14.03 UPD CEX (20121202) fixing a bug in the game list view present when moving up/down (it just toggles between the top and bottom entry) stating:

Download: multiMAN ver 04.14.03 UPD CEX (20121202).rar / multiMAN ver 04.14.03a UPD CEX (20121202).rar

You can take screenshots... Press the {PS} button, go to [Photo] column in real XMB -> Take Screenshot. I see that is wrong and got it fixed, thanks!

All fixed (both 8x4 and the list mode). The link in the post above is updated with the new one. Let me know how it works. You can also update online by starting mM while holding L2+R2 and update from the Home column.

Also when using 4x2, 8x4, 5x4x5 and XBDM modes and if you leave mM while in dash/home/settings it will return you to your games list on next launch External Game Data function is not to be used with all the games out there. Some work, some doesn't. I know exactly what the issue is, but it is impossible to overcome. Same goes for games with caching split files and/or using BD-Mirror function. I can give you the technical explanation if you wish but that won't solve anything.

Delete all installed game data, use a game disc, disable 'ext.game data' if enabled, disable direct-boot, and try again... Enable bd-mirror and try again... I have TFU (not the sith edition) but it works... It gives a black screen if you don't use game disc or without bdmirror.