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February 9, 2012 // 1:20 am - I want to give everyone the heads-up on my Dual Boot PS3 (2 NOR Flashes with Switch for Brick Recovery) project and try and get some feedback...

For the last few days I've been busy unbricking/downgrading etc. The spare time I've had has gone into designing my own Dual NOR expansion board for the PS3

Basics are this: It allows you to install 2 firmwares - one on either NOR which can be easily enabled/disabled via switch on the mod board. Initially the NOR expansion will need flashing (Dump NOR 1 & flash NOR 2 with the image)

Could be used as a "Brick Backup" if for any reason you brick your onboard NOR, you have a second image on the expansion.
Primary use is of course to Dual Boot firmware without needing to use your programmer all the time - initial program would be a one-off.

Can be quite useful, hence the reason for designing it. I am quite aware of the fact there are other products available which function the same. This is my own design which is a fair bit cheaper than the current Dual setups.

Once final thing, please bear in mind this is a VERY early prototype atm and still in testing. More than likely there will be a few changes along the way, but updates will be regular (finally got my head round Cadsoft)

I've attached a 3D sample picture... please share your comments!


Project: Dual Boot PS3 - 2 NOR Flashes with Switch for Brick Recovery

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#21 - DemonoidMaster - February 9, 2012 // 5:03 pm
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but... will it blend ? that is the question.. JK JK, no my real question is

What if i wanted to have my current 4.10 OFW on one side and have a 3.xx CFW on the other... would it be possible ?? to just switch over to CFW when i wanna watch MKV videos or play some roms... and then to just go back to 4.10 with a flip of a button.

#20 - jd200 - February 9, 2012 // 11:43 am
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can you tell us the components list and pinouts diagram then i can make my own ?

#19 - Osirisx - February 9, 2012 // 11:40 am
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great work, i'm sure the final product will be more refined. with "external switches" so people don't have to open up the console every time. its early days yet but maybe an all in one dual boot/downgrader too?

#18 - racer0018 - February 9, 2012 // 10:07 am
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Sounds good. Can't wait to see the end product.

#17 - banie01 - February 9, 2012 // 9:46 am
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I'm nearly tempted to tell you hang on to my PS3 a bit longer to use as a test rig

That looks like an excellent solution for dual boot, great work Mushy!

#16 - mushy409 - February 9, 2012 // 7:10 am
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Ok guys, just a quicky before I disappear for a few hours - first prototype going into production today. I'll post more pics later on

#15 - Brenza - February 9, 2012 // 6:01 am
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wow, this seems to be very interesting!

I hope you'll find a simple and economic way to make it works solderless =)

#14 - pinoytechno - February 9, 2012 // 5:40 am
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can't wait bro i wanna try this on my CECHH12 PS3

could you upload the picture sir. to see the mainboard thanks and more power!

#13 - mushy409 - February 9, 2012 // 5:28 am
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Thanks for the comments everyone. I already have an external switch board in the works which will be included as part of the kit. As for the USB part, it wouldn't be possible (yet anyway) to do since programming the NOR requires around 50 something points soldering. Leave it with me though as I have a few ideas to work on for now. I'm thinking Atmel or Actel for the cpld as I have a little bit of coding experience with them. I'll keep you all updated!

#12 - ps3hen - February 9, 2012 // 5:15 am
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Looking forward to see where this goes....