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September 2, 2010 // 2:23 am - Update: chesteruhi has now made available a PSGroove BlackCatUSB Fixed Leds hex code version recompiled with working leds- the blue led now lights up once exploit is running blue led turns off basically lets you know you did everything right.

We touched upon this in our previous article, and now comes more details on a PSGroove PS3 exploit port for BlackcatUSB devices alongside a few videos of it in action.

Courtesy of chesteruhi comes the necessary PSGroove BlackCatUSB hex code which he has confirmed as working with BlackcatUSB Flash Memory Programmers.

To quote: "All BlackcatUSBs (from version 1.2 on) use the same microcontroller (AT90USB162) and use the same software, drivers, and avr firmware. The only difference in the pcb versions is cosmetic.

So the BlackcatUSBs will all work no need to worry which one your buying, I have confirmed this. So purchase away before there all gone!

I have attached the blackcatusb hex for flashing and the manager pkg."

Following up on this news, Forum user thinnpikkins has gave it a try and shared two videos of it in action with us below along with the BlackcatUSB Flash Memory Programmer specs!

BlackcatUSB Flash Memory Programmers


• Fast 16MHz RISC processor
• 16KB programmable memory
• 2 DIP switches for mode changes
• Upgradeable firmware over USB
• On board reset button
• Universal CFI Flash programming support
• SPI Mode 0, 1, 2 compatible
• USB 1.1 / 2.0 compatible

This product includes:

• A BlackcatUSB Flash Programmer
• A standard USB A-B cable
• A 10-pin IDC interface jumper cable
• A 10-pin solderless adapter (not bulk packs)
• A regular 10-pin IDC header
• Free future software updates
• Free domestic and international shipping!

Videos: PSGroove PS JailBreak PS3 Exploit BlackcatUSB Port

Videos: PSGroove PS JailBreak PS3 Exploit BlackcatUSB Port

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#48 - PS4 News - October 1, 2010 // 11:50 pm
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Quote Originally Posted by rd8719 View Post
anyone know where i can find a psgroove 1.1 hex with fixed leds for blackcat?

You would have to check some of the newer PSGroove threads for updated hex codes... I'm closing this old one now.

#47 - rd8719 - October 1, 2010 // 4:46 pm
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anyone know where i can find a psgroove 1.1 hex with fixed leds for blackcat?

#46 - luffyone - September 23, 2010 // 7:07 pm
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Finally my blackcat arrived, funny thing I got impatient yesterday and ordered a maximus and both got delivered to my door today with 1 hour difference!! Damn, oh well, I have another option just in case now.

#45 - Drakhen - September 18, 2010 // 2:12 am
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I am having a tough time trying to move the hex the the black cat, here is what is going on... I have been watching the video from page 2 post # 11 and I make it up until the 4:13 mark is where I have the problem. I end up getting the found new hardware wizard coming up in windows:

Please wait while the wizard searches at90usb162, Cannot install this hardware, crm.atmel.ftp.ispexception, could not open usb device.

#44 - luffyone - September 17, 2010 // 1:00 am
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Here still waiting for my blackcat, has already shipped and left the US now. Hope its gets to my door not too long from now.

#43 - Tension113 - September 11, 2010 // 12:37 am
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Thank you for posting this! I was starting to go insane.. I have both a fat and a slim ps3.. The fat worked fine with the 6ft cable that came with my Blackcat.. but the slim would not work no matter how many times I tried.. Didn't even think about the cable since the fat ps3 worked with no problem...

After reading this, I scoured the house looking for cables.. found 2 more 6 footers.. tried em.. didn't work.. then finally found a 3 footer and that's what it was..

Are others getting the slim to work with the 6ft cable?

#42 - el414 - September 10, 2010 // 5:12 pm
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Yes After working on this all night following all directions for multiple boards and tring different hex and stuff. I found the problem with the 1.5 board... This is something stupid 2.. The ps3 need a short usb cable hooked up with this blackcat... I have tested a few sizes and the one I got to work was a 3fter. I then had gone back and tested different hexes and most of them work correctly... I hope this helps out cuz it was driving me nuts cuz I knew I was following the directions correctly and watching the videos exactly..

well at first the cables i was using to the ps3 were 5 and 6 ft er and they flashed alright... but the console never got exploited... The I found a 3ft cable and i hooked it up and it worked,,, So yea Id say anything shorter than 3ft would work... Thats if you get it to flash with the other previous steps...

I am able to flash using the Flip 3.4.1 with any of the cables lengths..To flash switches have to be placed towards the tcisno 1.5... then I hit the button to put into program mode... After the flash was successful I put the switches back in to the on position (Towards the usb port).. After I had flashed the black cat my PC always saw a generic usb hub... But with the ps3 I needed to use the 3ft cable for it to recognize the exploit...


#41 - justice91423 - September 7, 2010 // 11:57 pm
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I had the same results. The LED Fix hex file did not work but the original worked fine.

Note: I have had the PS3 crash on boot ones using this.

#40 - ldh888 - September 6, 2010 // 2:52 am
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I just got my blackcat in 1 hour ago, It worked.. but strange, when I tried use that led fix hex file,but my ps3 just popup a message with unknown usb device, so I change back with the thinnpikkins hex and work out fine!

#39 - malibuman - September 6, 2010 // 1:23 am
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Quote Originally Posted by proskopina View Post
1. Put the black cat in DFU mode by flipping the switches to 1 and 2 then connect it to your PC and press the reset button on the blackcat.
2. Open up device manager
3. Click Action in the menu bar and add new legacy hardware
4. Click install the hardware that I select manually.
5. Highlight Show all devices and click next
6. Click Have Disk, then browse to C:\Program Files (x86)\Atmel\Flip 3.4.1\usb\
7. Select atmel_usb_dfu.inf
8. After the driver installs just hit the reset button on the blackcat again and it will show up correctly.
9. Now open up Atmel Flip and select device at90usb162 from the little microchip in the top left
10. now click the usb icon and click usb, then click connect.
11. Load the hex file and flash.
12. flip the 1 and 2 switches back to operational mode and your done

I want to thank you for that little tutorial. I was having trouble with my blackcat yesterday and remembered reading this. That done the trick.