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Video: PS3 4.00 HFW (Hybrid Firmware) v2.5 Update Arrives


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164w ago - Following my previous release, today I have returned with another update for my PS3 4.00 HFW (Hybrid Firmware) to version 2.5 with details below.

Download: PS3 4.00 HFW (Hybrid Firmware) v2.5 Update

I'm not going to make you re-download another 180MB PUP file, Instead I've decided to release a patch which has all the tools required to patch my Version 2 pup to be Version 2.5 (although when the link for the version 2 pup gets taken down I'll release a version 2.5 pup). The patch files can be downloaded here:

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

Patch Instructions:

How to install the 3.2 Update Patch for my 4.00HFW:

1/ Install PS3MFW Builder v0.2.1

2/ Copy the 'change_xml_files.tcl' file to the 'task' folder of PS3MFW Builder

4/ Put my "modded FW 4.00(releasev2).PUP" as the "Original fw" and whatever you want as the "Modified fw"

3/ Uncheck every thing except "PS3HEN's 4.00HFW Patch 1"

4/ In "PS3HEN's 4.00HFW Patch 1" link each file on the task page to the ones in the "Dev_flash files to be patched" folder in this package

5/ Select "Build MFW"

Hooray Its built!

The task file used here was originally written by RazorX, but modified by me so it can be used to install my patch.

.PUP Installation Instructions:

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)

Change Log:

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)

A video demonstrating the XMB mods:





Video: PS3 4.00 HFW (Hybrid Firmware) v2.5 Update Arrives

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#10 - technodon - 170w ago
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yeah, i know. i just didn't know if people knew that it was possible to mod firmware 4.00 by modding dev_blind on 3.55 then swapping hard drives and updating to 4.00.

will have sony breaking down my door tomorrow

#9 - lionsfan420 - 170w ago
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Not to mention he installed a DUPLEX PSN release. LMFAO!!!

#8 - cfwprophet - 170w ago
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To run unsigned code you first need JailBreak mode cause this puts your PS3 in Debug mode which allows you to run and instal debug signed stuff. After that you need keys to decrypt files, change them and resign it. Without the 4.0 keys you cant decrypt, change and resign them. Sooo...what you have done is on the lowest level and can be done from every one. No offence meant.

#7 - technodon - 170w ago
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Shortly after the PS3 Firmware 4.00 Dev_Flash dump by UpSilon I have posted my method and video (below) for PS3 Demo / Kiosk console owners.

Download: PS3 Firmware 4.00 Dev_Flash Dump for PS3 Demo / Kiosk (150.85 MB - dev_flash-KIOSK400.rar)

WARNING: Modifying dev_flash can be very dangerous! USE AT YOUR OWN RISK!!!

For this you will need two hard drives a e3 flasher or similar device to downgrade your PS3 (assuming that your on firmware 4.00 and you have an e3 flasher)

  • downgrade to 3.55 using the downgrade tools from e3
  • once booted back into the xmb turn off the console
  • swap hard drives turn on the system, press the PS button and you will be asked to reinstall the firmware
  • place the pup file from the e3 downgrade tools in the normal PS3/UPDATE usb folder and follow the on-screen instructions to reinstall the firmware
  • then install dev_blind.pkg & Blackb0x FTP from install packages
  • run dev_blind then BlackB0x and FTP into the console
  • goto /dev_blind delete everything and replace them with the files included in the download when finished copying
  • press the ps button and the console should reboot and and ask to reinstall the firmware again, switch off the console and swap the hard drive back
  • turn on the console press the ps button twice
  • the console should boot back into 3.55 Rogero
  • goto system update and install 4.00 OFW
  • once installed turn the console off again and swap hard drives back and you should boot into a modified 4.00 kiosk firmware.

NOTE: This only allows installation of retail signed packages and is not modified to run unsigned code..

To Unlock the XMB: Hold L1+R1+Select+Square simultaneously. When the security settings icon is selected. It will ask for you to input a code (four digit code). Enter 0000 if that doesn't work try 0219. With a video here:




Quick note: If you want to play games online you need to download and install the update via install package files cause kiosk doesn't download game updates. I just use charles to hijack the links and download them from a second PS3. Or you could boot the game and download them on 3.55 before you copy dev_flash and update to 4.00

Can install retail packages on 4.00 KIOSK firmware, can't mod to run unsigned code yet.. maybe you can?

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#6 - cfwprophet - 170w ago
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NO !! I can tell you from my work. Yes you can emulate but not everything is working in case of some files are only loaded douring boot up and cant be changed after it or with a cold boot.

You can do some tests and exermine it but a COMPLETE emulation over a existing fw doesnt work. And its not only dev_flash !! Some files need to be placed onto the hdd and some of them need to be placed into the flash.

You can emulate (i will say) the half of the flash but not the hdd part. Its more likely you can do some mods on files and quick test them even if your not on real FW 4.0.

Good for dev's and modders to create the first steps and parts of a 4.0 CFW

#5 - sangimed - 170w ago
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A freakin' good news thanks Mister Upsilon

#4 - Brenza - 170w ago
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don't care about 3ds, but men, good work!!!

#3 - landon - 170w ago
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If I understand corectly this, he mean that on a PS3 in CFW 3.41/3.55 & using a hombrew which allow-us to mount a dev_flash fw image, we could load the dev_flash 4.00 = the firmware 4.00 without installing-it !! just from a USB drive !! a virtual machine !!

Like using this Jaicrab USB Firmware loader: jaicrab.blogspot.com/2010/09/ps3-usb-firm-loader_22.html

But is this really possible, was it done before !!! launching OFW 4.00 without installing-it !! it seems to be so hard in my mind, am I wrong ?

#2 - Natepig - 170w ago
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Its good to see another talented dev who seems interested in the Ps3.

#1 - PS4 News - 170w ago
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A few weeks back PS3 Firmware 4.0 was released, and recently French PlayStation 3 developer UpSilon has made available a dump of the dev_flash contents for others who wish to examine it alongside a previous version below.

Download: PlayStation 3 Firmware 4.00 Dev_Flash Dump / PlayStation 3 Firmware 3.73 Dev_Flash Dump

To quote, roughly translated: UpSilon, French developer already known to have deciphered some files on the console of Nintendo 3DS, ext today through his blog, the dump dev_flash firmware 4.00.

For information, dev_flash is a very sensitive part of the PS3 NAND which contains many key information such as firmware, the numbers of encryption running games and other programs, or other important files firmware. The dump of this part could therefore, if a developer managed to unpack, to facilitate the establishment of a CFW 4.00.

Upsilon also announced it has started working on the reactivation of the Service Mode (Jailbreak) on 3.56 + firmware.

From UpSilon's page: Here is a dump of the version 4.00 dev_flash.

I had previously leaked dump my firmware 3.73 (Available for download in the "Download"), but my site was still under construction and I lost much time to update it due to the time I devote to my studies (Terminal LAC) and I did not have much time was devoted to the scene.

During the holidays I am responsible, but I will try to give as much information as possible waiting for a response from Kakaroto. I shared these dumps to get the attention of developers to program an emulator we dev_flash.

For those who want to test dumps on 3.41JB with "FIRM JaiCrab Load" because you can try on my side, I used "CFWLoad 1.0" in 3.41JB (PL3). Emulation looked heavy, I could not leave the program because after a few seconds the console would have been totally blocked. I thought at first the problem was my jailbreak. However, this was not the case, because after I tried with a 3.41 dump (edit) and loading it well.

I finally concluded that the emulator should help the dev_flash home to work, for this reason that when you make a NAND emulated with SHIFT it resets everything to ultimately make a regular MAJ that will change the real dev_flash your console. Attention, the emulator does not emulate completely dev_flash stored in your USB drive. (Internal HDD etc ...).

If developers are interested in these dumps, I hope they will do something. I for my part I work on the Factory / Service Mode firmware higher than 3.56 and the Nintendo 3DS.

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