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July 8, 2011 // 7:27 pm - As a follow-up to the initial news on JFW DH PS3 CFW, today DemonHades has shared a video alongside some details via Bhaal of their upcoming JFW DH PlayStation 3 Custom Firmware in action.

To quote, roughly translated: Here is how we are editing categories and relocating to give it more content and content management deployments. It really is not no big deal, but that you may know the new categories that would incorporate this new Custom.

First before anything we want to clarify that this thread is dedicated to community members and therefore DHorg the comments made about what this information is or is no longer cause is nothing more than mere envy, oppression, or that are to dispute. For outside the dates of publication and that are linked to circumstances that can slow or speed up the publication.

We will inform you as the evolution of DH JFW and what their news, which I will quote them below: http://www.demonhades.org/foro/viewtopic.php?f=282&t=4826#p30151

Percentage Level of Development

  • Core Central 100%
  • Payload Cobra 50%
  • Linux 90%
  • Preloader 90%
  • Categories xmb 90%
  • Managers 0%
  • TheGrid 90%
  • Services Packs 0%

New categories such as Multimedia, PS3 Loader, TheGrid, Homebrew put aside the typical native application. Photos, Music, Videos, TV disappear to make way for Multimedia.

New Multimedia Category

  • This new category gives rise to a union of native options like photo, music and video.
  • This new category will appear the famous player Showtime, which already includes the possibility of a single application in many more options than what they offered us the categories natively native officers.
  • Listen to music
  • Being able to see videos like avi, mpeg, xvid, divx, MKV including
  • View photos
  • Demand movies
  • TV-Channel

New Category PS3 Loader

  • This new category was born to take charge from now manage the contents of the old sony consoles, this means that both PS1/PS2/Minis Games and the saves become part of this new category, freeing to GAME icon.
  • It is also where you store the backups RetroLoader (aka modified cobrausb backup manager) responsible for managing the games ps1, ps2 and ps3

New Category TheGrid

  • This new category includes the plugins manager, service packs.
  • Thegra is the name of the loader plugins, these plugins will give the console first choices, which the imagination of every developer could unleash the potential of this charger.
  • Return of the online
  • Updating keys
  • Spoof Version
  • Disable devices
  • Mount Units
  • Plugins level conbinacion buttons on the six
  • Modification speedfun speed
  • etc

New Homebrew Category

  • This new category includes all homebrew created to date, for it will have access to from where you can download OpenPStore the last hombrew etc. to be placed automatically at their place of origin and not as the previous game.

Cobra Payload as JFW DH Plugin

  • At the moment due to problems outside the scene Jaicrab the development of this plugin been in a paused state

New Linux Item

  • The JFW DH was gonna be no less, that includes 2 options to use Linux back in the console, in this regard are:
  • Install
  • Boot

Preloader, Recovery Boot - The JFW DH includes a preloader that is responsible for:

  • Back of the 3 RAW Flash to external media (USB)
  • Flashing copies from an external drive (usb).
  • Update the Preloader
  • Home of the flash write access (not necessarily more alejandro or substitutes)
  • The advantages are not required reinstalling all the PUP (from hardware checks) do not need to do: composite or go through the recovery

Services Packs

  • These packs include the basics in order to use plugins, loaders, ftp, etc.

Compatibility with Games and Applications

  • JFW DH uses a 341v2 core, this does not mean not being able to play all over now without patching.
  • The JFW DH is compatible with games that include between 3.56 down, including the current patched to 3.55
  • JFW DH runs natively games until 3.56 (original disks) without having to upgrade.
  • PSN games that require npdrm 356, are also supported without upgrading (the current cfw not give this support)
  • No need for a valid signature on the executable
  • Not going to make a port to 3.55 of this JFW DH, since it includes much more than himself 3.55

Members of the Project

  • Alejandro (special collaboration) = Central Core, security, preloader
  • Jaicrab = Core, central TheGrid, linux
  • DemonHades = xmb Categories, Organization, Implementations
  • DanteHades = Graphic Design, Theme
  • PS_Juan = Remodeling Categorie, Tester
  • Ing_pereira = Manager Creation, TheGrid
  • Borrego = Tester
  • Davje = documentation Editor
  • PSmaniaco = tester and contributor

1saludo and patience that good is worth waiting.

A short summary of JFW DH: State of the CFW from the translation details above:

  • Core 100%
  • Payload Cobra 50%
  • Linux 90%
  • Preloader 90%
  • Categories XMB 90%
  • 0% Managers
  • TheGrid 90%
  • Service Packs 0%

Preloader: The preloader can:

  • Flash dump the 3 partitions on an external (USB)
  • Restore partitions Flash via a dump on external media (USB)
  • Mounting partitions Flash write
  • The preloader can be updated.

TheGrid: TheGrid is a new category that includes a plugin manager, service packs, but also the name of the loader plugins. The plugins can launch tasks in the background.

Various details:

  • JFW The DH is based on the Firmware 3.41 v2 but is fully compatible with games requiring firmware 3.56 and earlier (3.55 patched games included).
  • Game discs that require firmware 3.56 or earlier without having to spend to update the console.
  • The PSN games that require a compatible NPDRM 3.56 without updating.
  • Executables do not need to be signed.

And the video of JFW DH: The video shows the personal side with a CFW Coldboot / Soundboot changed and a new category "RetroLaunch" Minis are supported and saves them (PS1/PS2 games and their backups will also be part of this category).

Those who wondered what the icon is black "JaiCraB", it must match the Firm USB Loader. DemonHades invites us to participate in their topic in order to advance the project as still no publication date.







Video: JaicraB's JFW DH PS3 Custom Firmware in Action

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#107 - PS4 News - December 7, 2011 // 8:46 pm
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Below is Cobra USB Firmware v4.3 and Multiman Cobra USB Manager v03.01.00 Update for those with the dongle and a cover pack.

Cobra USB Firmware v4.3 / Multiman Cobra-USB Manager v03.01.00 Update / mmCM 3407 Covers PSOne PS2 PSX Pack

Changelog:

  • Increased the compatibility of games in JB directory format (fix for the so called black screen games, that were only working in iso format). In Cobra USB, you don't need to set any special option or key combination in multiman for these games to work, just start them normally. Unlike in regular CFW, in Cobra USB these games work also in internal hdd.
  • At the request of customers, vsh.self of Cobra USB CFW can now be replaced by the ReactPSN one (only by the one of 3.55k folder) without loosing any Cobra functionality.

mmCM 3407 Covers PSOne PS2 PSX Pack:

  • A cover-pack, which includes 3407 PS1 and PS2 covers.
  • Most PS1 covers are for NTSC/US region, but it is a start.
  • All PSOne covers are 200x200 JPG and PS2 covers are usually 140x200.
  • To use the covers with mmCM, FTP or copy the .JPG files to /dev_hdd0/game/BLES80608/USRDIR/covers_retro/psx/.
  • Covers are named according to OPL name convention XXXX_999.88_COV.JPG.

Multiman for Cobra 03.01.00 changelog:

  • Improved loading of PSP ISO files when no disc is inserted
  • Added option "Detect Game Title in ISO Images" to allow using ISO filenames and *not* scan for game names in local database
  • Improved scanning for retro roms/iso and covers (populating the Retro column)
  • Support for ICON0.PNG for PSP ISO in Retro column
  • Support for cover art for PS2 ISO/CUE+BIN in Retro column
  • Support for cover art for PSX CUE+BIN in Retro column and for PSX discs
  • New THEME format (.thm). One theme - one file. Easy installation within mmCM without going to XMB to install theme pkg files.
  • mmTM - Easy to use PC application to create thm files from folders (separate download).
  • mmCM will try to read disc volume labels and display in VIDEO column (BD/DVD entry) and in other display modes.
    >>> ISO images created from such discs (BD/DVD/AVCHD) will get the disc volume label as file name for the ISO.
  • Fixed extracting ICON0.PNG from PSP ISO images saved on external USB drives
  • Added indication (rotating refresh icon next to the column icon) when mmCM is loading/extracting title thumbnails (XMMB mode)
  • Added support for PSX/PS2/PSP covers when browsing drives/folders in Retro column
  • Added pop-up notifications when new versions of mmCM, CobraUSB firmware and Showtime are available for download
  • Added pop-up notification when running low on disc space (less than 1GB on internal HDD)
  • Added pop-up notification when mmCM successfully connects to nethost folders during startup (/net_host# in File Manager)
  • Added support for downloading themes in a background thread (pop-up messages will notify user when download starts and completes)
  • Added support for copying big (4+GB) files in File Manager to USB drives. mmCM will split source file when copying to USB.
  • Added "Copy" function to SIDE menu for BD/DVD/PS2/PSP/PS3 ISO images (supports joining and splitting depending on source and destination drives)
  • Changed option "Link Video Library to Showtime" - it will only create links for XMB Video files, but will not start Showtime
  • Added shortcuts to BDISO and DVDISO folders when browsing internal HDD in VIDEO column (shown as "Blu-ray Video (ISO)" and "DVD Video (ISO)"
  • Added support for Blu-ray and DVD covers when browsing drives/folders in VIDEO column (for BD/DVD ISO files)
  • Added shortcut (virtual folder) "XMB Video Files" when browsing HDD/USB drives in VIDEO column
  • Easier overall access to BD/DVD/PSX/PS2/PSP/PS3 ISO/BIN images/folders in XMMB and XBDM display modes (when browsing drives/folders)
  • Added "Showtime Font Preference" option to select 10 different fonts for SHOWTIME media player (GUI and Subtitles)
  • Added "Extract ISO" option in SIDE menu for PS3 ISO images (to convert ISO games to folder format).

#106 - condorstrike - December 3, 2011 // 1:14 am
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Thanks Boss, this is nice update for Cobra users... and specially good for themers.

#105 - PS4 News - December 2, 2011 // 11:45 pm
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Here are some mmCM (multiMAN Cobra Manager) updates Condorstrike let us know about for those who own the Cobra dongle. To quote from http://www.tortuga-cove.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=77&t=668#p1852:

Download: mmCM v03.00.02 UPD (20111028).pkg / mmCM v03.00.03 UPD (20111202).bin / mmCM Theme Packer

Changelogs:

mmCM v3.00.02 Changelog:

  • Fixed loading of PSP ISO files when no disc is inserted
  • Added option "Detect Game Title in ISO Images" to allow using ISO filenames and *not* scan for game names in local database
  • Improved scanning for retro roms/iso and covers (populating the Retro column)
  • Support for ICON0.PNG for PSP ISO in Retro column
  • Support for cover art for PS2 ISO/CUE+BIN in Retro column
  • Support for cover art for PSX CUE+BIN in Retro column and for PSX discs

mmCM 03.00.03 with Theme Packer Changelog:

  • New THEME format (.thm). One theme - one file. Easy installation within mmCM without going to XMB to install theme pkg files.
  • mmTM - Easy to use PC application to create thm files from folders (separate download).
  • mmCM will try to read disc volume labels and display in VIDEO column (BD/DVD entry) and in other display modes.
  • ISO images created from such discs (BD/DVD/AVCHD) will get the disc volume label as file name for the ISO.
  • Fixed extracting ICON0.PNG from PSP ISO images saved on external USB drives
  • Added indication (rotating refresh icon next to the column icon) when mmCM is loading/extracting title thumbnails (XMMB mode)
  • Added support for PSX/PS2/PSP covers when browsing drives/folders in Retro column

Beginner's mmCM Theme Packer guide:

1) Modify/Create Images (refer to the images in the ORIGINAL MMCM THEME folder)

2) When you're done, drag & drop your theme folder to mmTM.exe (name the folder properly - the theme will get the same name in mmCM when installed)

3) You will get a ".thm" file - transfer it to your PS3 in /dev_hdd0/game/BLES80608/themes folder and test it (activate the theme in mmCM column -> Themes)

#104 - vacano - November 29, 2011 // 6:54 pm
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he deserves it, and i think that's why we haven't really hear from him..

Hey dean how about MULTICOBRA USB.

#103 - quotejoss - November 27, 2011 // 8:04 pm
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Well i hope cobra throws a little cash deans way.

#102 - PS4 News - November 27, 2011 // 8:00 pm
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He used to be called deanrr here so some people still use that name... for the most part he's known as deank though. Also, he replied stating the following, so it appears condorstrike was correct and he's fine with Cobra using it, etc for those following:

I'm actually glad that for the first time I see a clone/fork of multiMAN which has things and features ADDED. I've witnessed 4 or 5 releases of multiMAN, compiled by various users or sites, castrated and barely recognizable, renamed and published as 'original work' (there was no drama there, right?!), but this time some users get a better version, although limited to cobra dongle users. As I see it, the new stuff in mmCM is about cobra and it is nice that someone picked up on the 'garbage source-code' (as many qualified it numerous times few months ago), and managed to add useful features to it.

I don't care who uses mm's source, so just stop the drama. The license says 'you can do whatever you want with it' and it doesn't require that you include the modified source or anything. Check your English skills and re-read it. It requires that the redistributed package/version includes the license and it does - there is a ./usrdir/sys/LICENSE file in their distribution.

As I see it - cobra usb users got a new option and that's good - I like that now they can enjoy a multiMAN clone. Actually I feel kind of good that mm will reach more people. As for the mm 02.09.02 being the latest (not last) multiMAN version - well if I find something new to add - I'll add it. I spent a year adding stuff and features and it looks good to me as it is now. If I find time - I'll add more. If you find time to add something useful - add it - the source was there for 7 months and no one cared about that.

However, not all PS3 developers think he's on the level... some feel despite telling the public otherwise he's still on Cobra's payroll it appears: twitter.com/#!/CrashSerious/status/156446073739673600

CrashSerious: Huge thanks to deank for leaving the scene and selling out to Cobra

#101 - itwalksamongus - November 27, 2011 // 7:10 pm
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Quote Originally Posted by alwayshungry View Post
Those fooked dongle. Another great dev gone to the dark side. Again freaking dongles! Now i'm officially pissed off. Nice job deanr.

deanr?

Which manager do you use to play your PS3 games off HDD?

#100 - joffe - November 27, 2011 // 6:41 pm
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You can get PS2 emulator working on non-BC hardware, have tried it with a CECHK, which is quite near to slim hardware.

http://www.ps4news.com/forums/ps3-hacks-jailbreak/how-play-ps2-games-non-backwards-compatible-ps3-117709-12.html#post364065

Probably they found a way to launch the emulater and grabbed the best working one from any official FW.

#99 - mgkmgk - November 27, 2011 // 4:59 pm
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Quote Originally Posted by condorstrike View Post
ok, so there it is... btw, big props to this manager, as I've tested it thoroughly and works perfectly on my slim PS3, even PS2 games run, not all perfect, but close enough.

caw!

Surely not?

There hasn't been a sniff of PS2 emulation on the slim - we all know it doesn't have the hardware - but some suggested that it may be possible to get the flaky emulator working... are we really saying Cobra has cracked it?

#98 - Frago - November 27, 2011 // 3:43 am
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ok now i understand it, thanks