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June 24, 2011 // 5:40 pm - Shortly after the PS3 QA Flag Method was revealed comes the QA Flagging Tools in PKG format alongisde a CFW355-OTHEROS++-SPECIAL.PUP which is confirmed working via QA Auto Flag with Flash, Run, and Reflash to PS3 CFW (Kmeaw, Waninkoko, etc) support coming soon.

Download: PS3 QA Flagging Tools / PS3 QA Flag Reset / PS3 QA Flag Extra (Advanced) / PS3 Get Applicable Version / PS3 Get Token Seed / PS3 CFW355-OTHEROS++-SPECIAL.PUP

For those curious, the PS3 QA Flag Extra (Advanced) has a few other flags / tokens set but it's not for general use.


What we have tested on so far:

  • 3.55
  • 3.41


Set QA Flag to Standard:

  • Run qa_flag.pkg if you hear a beep, it worked. If not dump your debug messages via udp_printf on linux and send to us to fix.
  • Reboot the ps3
  • Go to network settings (Do not enter it) and hit or hold
  • L1+L2+L3+R1+R2+down on the dpad
  • QA auto flagging is now done.

Reset QA Flag to Default:

  • Run reset_qa_flag.pkg
  • If you hear a beep it worked. If not dump your debug messages via udp_printf_client in linux and send it to us.
  • Reboot the ps3
  • QA Flag is now set to default (Off) Your PS3 is now normal again.

Git Repository:


PS3 Downgrade:

Tools Needed:

  • qa_flag_extra.pkg
  • Firmware you want to downgrade to (3.41, 3.15).

Notes: These tools WILL format your PS3. Any and ALL PSN / downloaded data will be erased! The lowest firmware you can go to is what was originally on your PS3 originally!

If your ps3 came with 3.41 then that's the lowest it can go. If it came with 3.15 again thats as low as it can officially go! be warned if you go lower, you WILL brick!

Installation Process:

1. Install CFW355-OTHEROS++-SPECIAL.pup (Doesn't matter what version you are 3.41, 3.50 etc etc)
2. Install qa_flag_extra.pkg
3. Run qa_flag (It will show up as this, that is fine)
4. If you hear the beeps, continue. If you don't hear the beeps go to step 10
5. Reboot
6. Go into recovery menu and Update your ps3 with the firmware that you want (3.15, 3.41 etc)
7. Have it install and now you're done. You just successfully downgraded your PS3.

They have also stated via Twitter that they are working on a 3.56+ PS3 Firmware exploit, to quote:

Currently our main developers are working on 3.55 and below, I am working on a exploit for 3.56+ however. Anything key related and 3.56+ is currently not going to be answered. News will be released as we figure it out, If it works we will say so. It's still going to be rough to do anything though. We might save it for the new 3000 series of the ps3 though.

Finally, in related news varaques has made available what he calls Varaques 3.55 PS3 CFW based on PS3MFW Builder which features the following:

  • Other+OS Support
  • Q&A Flag Support
  • Custom Boot Logo
  • Custom Theme
  • 3.66 Spoofed
  • LV1 & LV2 Patched
  • Run Unsigned PKG's & More

Shortly following, he made available Kmeaw CFW with Other+OS and QA Flag Support via MFW Builder. Simply put it in the root of your PS3 storage device as follows : PS3/UPDATE/PS3UPDAT.PUP

PS3 QA Flagging Tools and CFW 3.55 OtherOS++ Special PUP

PS3 QA Flagging Tools and CFW 3.55 OtherOS++ Special PUP

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#75 - elser1 - June 24, 2011 // 8:09 pm
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now if only we had the keys for 3.6+ fw.. is it true that if the keys for 3.61 are made public, then that is it.. sony cannot change from then on.. the metldr keys i mean..


#74 - PSGamer24 - June 24, 2011 // 7:47 pm
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Does this work with 40GB fat console?

#73 - lele0o0o - June 24, 2011 // 6:31 pm
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all license for my dls deleted after qa

#72 - daveshooter - June 24, 2011 // 6:08 pm
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Well I have started the install from 3.41ofw and so far so good, I did read what is being patch and all is good.

md5 is E46F9CDC9B471B7BCA6CED201D6F49CB for the pup, and please test it before installing.

#71 - PS4 News - June 24, 2011 // 5:41 pm
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Quote Originally Posted by daveshooter View Post
Boss it would not let me Rep him, can you do one from me please.

Done, and promoted to the main page now as well.

#70 - jd200 - June 24, 2011 // 5:21 pm
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thanks man i was trying to do this the long way with red ribbon disc and other os, this pkg is lot faster cheers

now to test all 70 psn games.

#69 - daveshooter - June 24, 2011 // 4:41 pm
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Respect to you man. +rep to you also..

Boss it would not let me Rep him, can you do one from me please.

#68 - NTA - June 24, 2011 // 1:10 pm
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You will understand when the time is right haha.

#67 - young blade - June 24, 2011 // 8:56 am
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Guys I dont understand what this QA stuff is about..

#66 - TUHTA - June 23, 2011 // 10:32 am
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Guys who already gone thru the Linux installation tutorial above??

Send me PM i need your help please... i'm very close to finish... but can't install some things.