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244w ago - Just over a week ago SKFU reported on PS3 Custom Firmware, and today Spanish PS3 developer JaicraB has made it a reality and released a PS3 PS3 USB Custom Firmware Loader!

Download: PS3 USB Custom Firmware Loader v0.2

To quote from his site (linked above), roughly translated:

"This program allows to simulate the dev_flash from USB. Allowing a Custom Firmware. We may modify the files of our new dev_flash (USB) as we please, without running the risk of throwing away the PS3.

It is a beta version, probably find bugs. I will continue working on it when time permits me. Remember that suffers no risk to the console. All that is changed the new dev_flash'll be doing really USB.

Requirements:

• Syscall PEEK and POKE.

Installation:

1. Copy the "FTP server" the entire contents of the / dev_flash the USB (the root).
2. Copy the JaiC_USB_FIRM_LOADER.pkg also the root of the USB.
3. Install the package.

Use:

1. Insert the USB into the PS3.
2. Run USB LOADER FIRM. After a few seconds will return to the XMB. The new firmare is loaded.

You will see that whatever you do the USB will be launched. Ideal for amending RCO, exchange modules, as you imagine.

IMPORTANT!

Do not update while in Live Firmware Mode. It will reboot, setting the original dev_flash back, and then it will update! Do not update from USB FIRMWARE LOADER!"

PS3 USB Custom Firmware Loader v0.2 Released by JaicraB!

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#247 - BwE - 244w ago
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hrmmm - decent idea.

ill give it a shot when im done repairing my 60gb which just happened to have the ylod when i was testing this shit :P

#246 - hacked2123 - 244w ago
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Quote Originally Posted by sk group View Post
if it starts going again then would it start going with the ftp running?


Depends on how CJPC wrote it all, if it runs from RAM it should be fine.

What happens if you put the other PS3's hdd in a USB case, then run FTP? Will it interpret the CELL_FS?

#245 - BwE - 244w ago
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tried it with comgenies awesome file manager also, screen just comes up all corrupted when i try and axs the hd.. no can do.
Quote Originally Posted by Transient View Post
Thanks for trying. I'd also like to try the following:

- two identical HDD (same size, 100% cloned byte-for-byte)
- launch 3.42 update on HDD1
- power off after reboot (before 3.42 update)
- insert HDD2
- power on to see 3.41 working (as per the earlier user in this thread)
- insert HDD1
- FTP

well i've got a spare 60gb here - but my other ps3 is a 40gb, not sure if it will work with me so meh.

#244 - Transient - 244w ago
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Thanks for trying. I'd also like to try the following:

- two identical HDD (same size, 100% cloned byte-for-byte)
- launch 3.42 update on HDD1
- power off after reboot (before 3.42 update)
- insert HDD2
- power on to see 3.41 working (as per the earlier user in this thread)
- insert HDD1
- FTP

#243 - BwE - 244w ago
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ok i tried it - ftp doesnt connect.. and when you do it with the ftp already on it just doesn't work.

#242 - Transient - 244w ago
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On the original PS3s with the large flash, that's true. But on, for example, 40GB PS3 with the small flash, you can see that the firmware (or part of it at least) is really stored on the HDD.

My suggestion though was for the user with the PS3 that had 3.41, but had accidentally launched the 3.42 update causing the HDD to always show the flash update screen upon bootup.

#241 - BwE - 244w ago
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wait why is this important? dev flash is on the ps3 not the hd - changing the hd won't do anything useful.

#240 - Transient - 244w ago
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I'm not sure. I haven't tested it on a jailbroken PS3. I only know it resumes after unplugging the HDD because I use a cable to connect an eSATA drive to my 60GB PS3's internal SATA connector. Sometimes I accidentally bump it and knock it loose.

#239 - BwE - 244w ago
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if it starts going again then would it start going with the ftp running?

#238 - Transient - 244w ago
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If you take out the PS3's HDD while it's running it freezes, but when you reconnect it then it starts going again. That's on my 60GB anyway. I'm not sure how much time you have or about PS3s with the smaller flash memory.