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February 15, 2012 // 3:00 am - Today PlayStation 3 developer CrashSerious has updated the previous PS3 FactoryServiceMode Tool to version 0.2 dubbed the No Downgrade Dongle with details below!

Download: PS3 FactoryServiceMode Tool v0.2 / FactoryServiceMode-v0.2.rar (Mirror)

From the included ReadMe File: Look ma, no Downgrade Dongle v0.2

In keeping with our Red Valentines theme this month... we release another red themed app. Tonight, in our second release we bring you a second handy app that continues our commitment to the removal or the need for ANY dongles. A simple app that should likely make it into everyone's PS3 tool set. An XMB application that places the PS3 into factory service mode. Now, You can now throw away that downgrade dongle! Also, as an added bonus we've included CEX and DEX versions of the pkg.

Psgrade was ported to all sorts of devices, even calculators ... none of those external devices are needed any longer! You may now re-purpose them!


When you run the app it will beep once and reboot if successful. Three beeps indicates a failure, report the contents of factory.txt in this thread for help. (Factory.txt will save to the USB flash if you put on in the right most USB port of the PS3.) At this point you will come back up in Factory Service Mode (FSM). Place the Lv2Diag.self on the USB the Lv2diag.self will perform its intended purpose automatically. So be aware of that feature should you not be expecting the PS3 to boot back into the non-FSM XMB.

This app will not work on any of the "reDRM" firmwares, aka Cobra or TrueBlue CFW.

1. Install the appropriate pkg for your system; FactoryServiceMode.gnpdrm.pkg for CEX and FactoryServiceMode.pkg for DEX. Leave the USB Flash Drive in the PS3.
2. Run the app and listen for the single beep, you should enter FSM automatically.
3. rename/copy the Lv2diag_exit.self on the root of the FLASH Drive to Lv2diag.self
Note: This release simply exits FSM. Do NOT use the RSOD Lv2Diag released earlier unless you have RSOD.
4. Place the USB Flash Drive in the right most USB port of the PS3.
5. Restart the PS3. When it boots up, you will be out of FSM.
6. Enjoy sticking it to the dongle makers in your own little way.


The app detects the firmware you are running on so it should work on all the firmwares supported by "one" previously. (3.15, 3.41, and 3.55. Basically, Ones that are lower than 3.56.) During creation of this tool, the open-source ps3toolchain, and a slightly modified make_self were utilized. All code is original and makes use of no previously released or copyrighted code, this Lv2diag.self is made 100% with the PSL1GHT SDK so it can be shared freely and without concern for breaking any laws in your country. So, "no sony code inside!"


Q: Can I use this with the RSOD fix self you released earlier?
A: You should only use the RSOD fix Lv2Diag.self to repair a RSOD PS3. Use the supplied Lv2diag.self packaged with this release to simply get out of service mode.

Q: I'm having problems... help!!!!?!?!?!?
A: Post the contents of the factory.txt, which is stored on the root of the USB flash drive where you put Lv2Diag.self, along with a detailed explanation and we will try to help you out. Without the contents of the factory.txt file... we will not be able to help.

Q: Why didn't you just name the release .self file Lv2diag.self and save us a step?
A: We intend to release more fun tools for you at some point, this just helps you keep them straight from the start.

Q: It doesn't beep a single time for me, it beeps 3 times and goes back to the XMB. Can you help?
A: We attempted to fixed this in the v.2 version of the app, ensure you have that one installed. If you do have that installed. Run the app a second time, without shutting down or restarting the PS3.

Q: I see this, "ERROR: failed to read EPROM", in the factory.txt error log. Can you help?
A: You likely heard 3 beeps. We attempted to fixed this in the v.2 version of the app, ensure you have that one installed. If you do have that installed. Run the app a second time, without shutting down or restarting the PS3.

Q: I see this, "ERROR: SS EPROM read error returned: 1, product_mode: 0", in the factory.txt error log. Can you help?
A: You likely heard 3 beeps. We attempted to fixed this in the v.2 version of the app, ensure you have that one installed. If you do have that installed. Run the app a second time, without shutting down or restarting the PS3.

Q: I see this, "ERROR: LV1 mmap hvcall 114 not available:", in the factory.txt error log. Can you help?
A: You likey have OFW (With Original PSJB Dongle even) or a reDRM Firmware. You will need to switch to a MFW to get this application to work.

Q: I see this, "ERROR: LV2 poke syscall not available:", in the factory.txt error log. Can you help?
A: You likey have OFW (With Original PSJB Dongle even) or a reDRM Firmware. You will need to switch to a MFW to get this application to work.

Q: I get a 80010505 error in factory.txt on the USB drive sometimes. HELP!?!?!
A: We noticed this on one Phat CECHG system in testing. but could not replicate it on other PS3's and it only occured after the initial run from a power on of the PS3. In this case, every time we ran it a second time the application worked with out fail. Try again and post the factory.txt if the problem persists.

Q: Could you have made this just a little easier to use?
A: Nope!

PS3 FactoryServiceMode Tool v0.2 Changelog:

  • LV2 restart logging overhauled (more verbose)
  • Added peek/poke test with error logging
  • Added hvcall 114 test with error logging
  • Copies Lv2diag_exit.self to dev_usb000 (user would need to rename to use it)

PS3 FactoryServiceMode Tool v0.2 Arrives, No Downgrade Dongle

PS3 FactoryServiceMode Tool v0.2 Arrives, No Downgrade Dongle

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#201 - mrlowalowa - February 6, 2012 // 4:29 pm
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You are my Hero nabnab

no seriously, really great work dude I'm so much impressed that someone started again with this stuff. Really believed the scene would die. And no just one year past after geohot's leak that would be really nice if we would get each year something like that

Just to noticed: I'm one of these person's who have an flasher (still in original packaged but I have one )

Greets from Germany ( the GRAFs' home )

#200 - mellss - February 6, 2012 // 4:07 pm
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Yes we can !

#199 - Nabnab - February 6, 2012 // 2:19 pm
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Before want to load a LV2kernel.self correctly, you also need to patch a certain sprx, just in case

#198 - cfwprophet - February 6, 2012 // 2:17 pm
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Nabnab it's bad and i'm sad to lose you but most things you say will not have any effect. The average user believe them and is not able to use his brain. So you know the private irc chat with real developers and not that scene donkeys where i am and then users like sanctumslayer post some things like in the other thread and believe that we just talk and dono understand what those so called scene devs really do and that they fake the whole scene.

But i will stop to talk about work and give them others a possability to steal work. If something is found or done i will release and slap the whole scene.

You can not even ask for help and tell some one on what you work in case of this scene fakers will steal work and put it on there way how good they are and to get more fame and as i said the average user don't understand and then diss the one they really try to help.

I've said it already in the other thread, they have the last months nothing done in case of drm dongles, no help of them, dean told that he is not working on mm anymore and that it is not of him and after we have told all this things and come closer to give the whole scene something good they quick release stuff and dean come back just to not get unmasked and as i said the average user just eat all that bs and attack with not knowing what is really going on.

I'm begging you don't release your infos. For what ? They just attack and call to use we only talk but dont deliver so for what you want to release your findings ? But its up to you

#197 - VGed666 - February 6, 2012 // 2:03 pm
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Thank you so much for all of your hard work Nabnab! Screw the haters, they don't know it.

#196 - Smacks - February 6, 2012 // 2:03 pm
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NabNab Thanks for all, and thanks for your hard work... If you need something in the future, please contact with me to be tester for anything. I'm waiting for your releases this weekend to test that.

All my support for great sceners like you!

From Spain...

#195 - Nabnab - February 6, 2012 // 1:49 pm
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Sorry for all, I will reveal all my works this week and i will leave the PS3 scene, i lost too much time and PS3 on that, i try to fix some stuff and i will reveal all, the method, etc...

You can say thanks to a certain team, etc... that they don't have any respect for other and want to be so famous and think with di... than mind, also don't trust anybody that sell the dongle (please) make business with free work, free stuff.

I was talking about something last weeks, they completely follow what i said and i receive some free insult from them and others.

About the PSP, it was a test to help anyone that have a PS3 up than 3.60+ and want to install a debug firmware (for the people who have a PS3 that come with a firmware up 3.60) and a possibility of free downgrade for the people that have a PS3 come down 3.60+ and want do downgrade

They don't want to reveal anything because that will kill the business they made

Not CFW 4.0 it's a lie
Not possibility to launch PS3 3.60+ it's a lie
Not possibility to have functionnality it's a lie

All is a lie from this dev that don't want to help you, that want to keep stuff for them, they use Sony SDK to make stuff, they use the SDK to boot and check everythings they want. they scared because actually if you put your PS3 into a debug, you would have a strong access to the system that allow you to launch everythings you want to use a syscall/payload that allow to execute self into kernel mode and with special attribute debugging the self you saw on the PS3 -> PSP/PS1/PS2 can be executed under debug, you can even make a pkg debug app of that...

You want to extract elf from a self, simple you take elf_builder and you make your own self with your own signature... don't need npdrm that can be boot under debugger mode. you want to launch game up 3.60+ -> debugger mode that allow everythings to be executed if you have a simple self (you don't need multiman, just a file manager) You want to disassemble a self -> use ppu-lv2-objdump

This is just the small part, everythings will be here this week.

After all that, i want to thanks everyone that supported me and my works, also thanks for your help guys to test and check everythings
I will reveal also what i did that the PS3 4.0 can detect the jig as a know device (it's simply, stupid and a fail of Sony)

Please don't trust some dev that lie to you... why some dev said that they leave the scene, stop that etc... it's just because they have enough stuff that they need it... they don't care to help.

Like a certain team don't do anything for few month, like this guy that many people respect and he said so much BS about some secret they want to keep... that make me piss off. First they don't thanks anyone, i post a big info and how to make something, they release and thanks to GRAF finally, they need to wait until now to say some stuff like that.

Forget about dongles you waste your time because anyway they make this with stuff from other and it's the same people that is behind some cfw, some free stuff... like to lie to you and laugh behind you, they are so dumb, they buy the stuff we sell that we make with free and crappy small code.

#194 - exxel - February 6, 2012 // 12:43 am
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Do the thing and ps3 just boot to xmb ? Unknown Usb Device

1- Version of PS3 (Phat)
2- Firmware of the PS3 3.41 (before rsod 3.55 downgrade to 3.41 using PS3 FactoryServiceMode Tool v0.1 and RSODfix Lv2diag.self v0.1

System settings tells 3.41 in recovery mode it tells u need fw 3.56 or later (Spoofed to 3.56 after downgrade) I need to downgrade again using my psp

3- Revision of PS3 CECH-L04 and psp 2, 5.50 GEN-D3

what am I doing wrong ?

#193 - SanctumSlayer - February 6, 2012 // 12:01 am
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If it's an testing issue like what happened with Waninkokos cfw, there are many people with modchips in the scene who would be willing to help you bring about such an achievement. You could even post it here with a disclaimer saying it's for testing purposes for people with modchips and these are the requirements/instructions. You would get to your ultimate goal of decyphering DRM dongle much quicker. Just my 2 gil, Kupo!

#192 - Natepig - February 5, 2012 // 11:13 pm
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Ok no worries I guess its better to be sure of everything so you don't end up like wanikiko.