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February 2, 2012 // 10:33 pm - Following up on my previous release, after moja drew to my attention the inconvenience of having to downgrade to 3.55 and re-install a new PUP to get new features in my HFW I tried to look for a solution.

Download: PS3 4.00 HFW (Hybrid Firmware) v3 Pack Update (with XMB Manager 0.09 Beta built into the XMB Mod files)

Making a FW 4.00 compatible PUP was not an option. So I looked for another way. At the moment I'm quite happy with the base firmware of my HFW and the only real thing I would change to add new features would be in the XMB items.

Like new revisions of DeViL303's XMB Manager. So I did some experimenting with the XML files and found it is possible to use resources from external (other than the /dev_flash/) devices. So basically I've modified the XMB read XML instructions from a USB device.

This allows me to port revisions of the XMB Manager, and my 4.00HFW users can simply copy the files to a USB to use the newer version. No downgrade required to use XMB updates. I'm not likely to release another firmware a revision of my 4.00 HFW after this one for a while, unless something BIG comes along.

Instructions to install this PUP:

1. Be on a firmware 3.55 or less
2. Install the .pup through the XMB (Make sure you have a working hardware flasher as there is no other way to downgrade)

Instructions to prepare the XMB Mod for USB:

1. Create a Directory on a USB stick called "XMB"
2. Copy "xmb.xml" from the XMB Mod Package and copy it to the "XMB" directory on your USB stick

Instructions to use the XMB mod with my HFW:

1. Have the USB plugged anytime the XMB is loaded. For instance, when the PS3 is turning on and loading the XMB, or when you quit an application to go back to the XMB.
2. Once the XMB has loaded you can remove the USB stick as it is no longer necessary.

NOTE: The PS3 can operate without the XMB Mods. Not using the XMB Mods on the USB stick will not damage your PS3 in anyway. The only thing that will happen is that the XMB Mods will not show.

Obviously the ability to add items to the XMB is not restricted to the XMB Manager and it's updates, it is capable of adding any item or number items to the XMB provided they are entered into the xmb.xml correctly and are compatible with the relevant .sprx (for instance Network Settings will not work in the Game category as that cannot handle the item class "type:x-xmb/xmlsysconf").

Also I've configured the other categories to read from the xmb.xml too. (Although System Settings cannot be altered, as for some reason the XML file for it, is ignored) It won't be very hard for someone who knows about editing XMB .XML files to figure out how to take advantage of this.

BTW the XMB File Manager, now called the XMB Manager is modification of Team Rebug's "Package Manager", is now a collaboration project, involving DeViL303, Bitsbubba, PS3hen, Andreus , abuser and more! And as such should be credited for the XMB Manager and its progress. The official development page can be found here ps3crunch.net/forum/threads/2431-UPDATED-XMB-Integrated-File-Manager-Beta-v0-06c-%28WIP-POC%29

Just like before only retail signed .PKG can be installed with this. Have fun. THIS HFW WILL NOT ALLOW HOMEBREW!

Change Log:

Version 3:

  • Added the ability to read XML instructions from a usb device plugged in "/dev_usb000/" allowing users to add items to the XMB by modifying an XML file on the USB device.
  • Re-added "Install Package Files" to the XMB so the user is not forced to use XMB mods if they wish to install .PKG files.
  • Note: Still retains the features from previous versions regardless of whether XMB Mods are used or not.

Version 2.5:

  • Fix's Custom Icons/labels not showing in-game
  • Using Version 0.07 of the XMB File Manager (ported to FW 4.00 by me)
  • PSN content waiting to be installed/copied now only shows in the (Playstation Network Content) sub menu of the XMB File Manager (I noticed the XMB File Manager used the wrong internal link to show PSN content so I fixed this)
  • PS2 game discs show as "Playstation 2 Format Disc" instead of "Unrecognised Data" on Non-BC PS3s
  • The XMB File Manager uses a custom icon(see picture)
  • The "Playstation Network Content" now uses a (IMO) better icon

Version 2:

  • Adds "Debug XMB Items" to the XMB Column "PlayStation Network" (contains the Debug items found in this column, originally for DEX)
  • Removes the useless "PlayStation Plus" XMB item from the XMB Column "PlayStation Network"
  • Disables Cinavia DRM on all media except Blue-ray.

Version 1:

  • Adds DeViL303's "XMB File Manager" to the XMB Column "Game"
  • Adds "/app_home/PS3GAME/" to the XMB Column "Game" (has no function at the moment, but is here for completeness)



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#133 - ps3hen - February 8, 2012 // 4:22 pm
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For those using my 4.00 HFW, you may be wondering about my response to 4.10 OFW. Well at the moment, I can't really do anything as my nor flasher died - mid-downgrade.

I am ordering another one and when I get it I will look for a 4.10 solution. But until then I will keep the XMB Manager Updated for my HFW v3 users. In case you don't know, the XMB Manager, now known as the XMB Manager Plus (XMBM+ for short) is now nearing v0.10, which will feature many improvements (mostly behind the scene). I will have to tweak the interface to make it appropriate for 4.00.

Until I can find a solution, and for those who still want to remain on my HFW there is a 4.10 update by-pass for 4.00 made by cotojestwtf. Download here: http://www.ps4news.com/playstation-3-psn-news/ps3-system-software-update-4-10-arrives-details-and-new-tos/

More feedback here from me on it: http://www.ps4news.com/forums/playstation-3-psn-news/ps3-system-software-update-4-10-arrives-details-new-tos-122364-3.html#post408284

#132 - lilscrapy - February 6, 2012 // 8:22 am
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no work

well I'll have to get the same E3 Flasher to downgrade.

#131 - ps3hen - February 6, 2012 // 7:47 am
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Ok then try it

#130 - lilscrapy - February 6, 2012 // 7:45 am
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My PS3 is Slim an support downgrades at 3.41

#129 - ps3hen - February 6, 2012 // 12:09 am
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Ok your VSH is 'Shop' then you can't install CEX firmware under normal circumstances. Unfortunately my PS3 recently died, so I can't replicate the scenario and give a definite answer. This is what I would do, in the order I would have done it( I am assuming you have a PS3 with a NOR flash. Don't do this If your ps3 doesn't have a NOR flash) :

1/ (this is most likely not to work, but still worth a shot) I would use PS3MFW Builder to patch an (original) OFW 4.00 pup with (and only with) the "Patch firmware for installation shop/promo unit". IF you don't have that option in PS3MFW Builder you can download the task file for that here: "https://rapidshare.com/files/2110721203/patch_shop.tcl".

Once downloaded just put it in the task folder of PS3MFW builder and patch the OFW 4.00 pup. The modified pup you created should be installable from the XMB. Don't worry if this doesn't work it'll just give you an error and nothing bad will happen. If it does work your ps3 will be CEX(retail) and on OFW 4.00.

2/ If you have two hard-drives which are compatible with the ps3. I would do a HDD switch, (again this may not work). While the ps3 is off, take out the HDD you are using the ps3 with in demo mode, and put in another one (this other HDD must be blank or come from another PS3 or only have retail FW on it, also this HDD hdd will be formatted if it has not been used on this PS3 before) and turn on the ps3. It should prompt you to insert a usb stick with 4.00 or later FW. Put a original (retail) OFW 4.00 in the PS3/UPDATE/ directory on your USB. Follow the prompts, It will ask if you want to format the HDD, say yes.

Once its done it's preparations it should then install OFW 4.00 and when it finishes you will no longer be in demo mode. If this did not work go to "3/" otherwise keep reading. Now that you have one HDD booting into retail FW that works, swap this HDD with the Demo FW HDD. Synchronise your trophies with PSN and copy all your saves to a USB stick.

Swap the HDD to the Retail FW one. Make the same user accounts that were on the other HDD copy the saves to the relevant accounts. Then sign into PSN on the accounts you just created, Synchronise your trophies with PSN on each account that has a PSN account. Your PS3 is now running OFW 4.00 with the saves and trophies from your old HDD.

3/ If "1/" and "2/" did not work I would resort to downgrading my PS3 with a hardware flasher like the E3 Flasher. If you want to keep you don't want to format the original HDD (the one you are currently using with the DEMO firmware) use another hdd during the downgrade to 3.55 process. Once you have downgraded to 3.55.

Turn off the PS3 put swap the HDD already in the PS3 with your Demo 4.00 HDD. It'll say the PS3 cannot boot properly and require a re-installation using PS3 FW 3.55 or above. You can either Install OFW 4.00 or my 4.00 HFW v3. But if you still want to have homebrew you should install Rogero's 3.55 CFW v2 (most likely the same firmware you used in the downgrade procedure). Once installed you should not be running in demo mode anymore

I hope this helps.

#128 - lilscrapy - February 5, 2012 // 9:50 am
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new link for PlayStation 3 Firmware 4.00 Dev_Flash Dump please

#127 - pinoytechno - February 5, 2012 // 8:05 am
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this is not for OFW 4.0 guys! but someday it will compatible!!

i wish there will be a 4.0HEN for OFW 4.00!!!

#126 - lilscrapy - February 5, 2012 // 7:54 am
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here is... is Shop

#125 - ps3hen - February 4, 2012 // 11:26 pm
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How about you do the things we have asked so we can further diagnose what went wrong so we understand the situation and provide the best help possible. Worst case scenario, you will have to downgrade with a hardware flasher.

But I need to know if the vsh.self on your ps3 is the CEX or Shop version. You can this out by going into system settings and then to system information. Hold down 'L1', 'R1', 'left d-pad button', 'square' for about 3 seconds and then immediately press and hold down start. Somewhere on the first line it should either say 'CEX' or 'Shop'. Can you tell me which one it is?

#124 - lilscrapy - February 4, 2012 // 8:11 pm
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I'm in demo mode and I can not install any other FW someone can tell me how can I do??

Please HELP ME!!