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January 31, 2012 // 2:26 am - 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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#173 - ConsoleDev - August 10, 2012 // 6:17 am
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At least maybe we can do this on a Kiosk FW higher than 3.55 that support Install Package Files natively

#172 - Tidusnake666 - August 10, 2012 // 5:45 am
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We have only 3.60 public key (for decryption), we can't encrypt anything with it

#171 - Sostanco - August 10, 2012 // 4:33 am
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question: we have 3.6 key.. encrypt pkg with those key and run it on this mfw it's possible? like ftp server and eiko dumper? so at la st we can dump root key from higer fw....

#170 - dk6621 - August 10, 2012 // 1:55 am
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I am noob to ps3. i read posts in this thread but, to be true, did not get much. i have cech-3003b, can i try something on it or still nothing feasible? also can there be a bit shorter post to try if possible.

#169 - Foo - July 29, 2012 // 4:01 pm
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For those who went to Kiosk and want back to OFW, there's a reverter: ^-^

I've had one person use this which he went from 4.20 Kiosk to 4.21 OFW with it so... your own risk.

#168 - hytrus2 - July 7, 2012 // 6:12 am
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and it stopped at 3.55. i'm waiting for newer cfw.

#167 - elser1 - July 7, 2012 // 5:45 am
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there is 3.41 cfw, there is no cfw public anyways that is newer than 3.55

#166 - goodone - July 7, 2012 // 4:09 am
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it seems that there will be a 4.00 CFW am i right mates ? but till now is there a CFW which i can install PACKAGES on it other than 3.55 CFW ?

#165 - pinoytechno - July 7, 2012 // 3:47 am
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thanks it's really help me out

#164 - ps3hen - June 29, 2012 // 7:41 pm
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I've just realised my PS3 is being super sensitive when It comes to FW, I've been doing testing with modifying my the update type (CEX/DEX/SEX) flag, manually and with MFW Builder, and my PS3 will only accept the original retail one (with CEX Flag). WTF