Today PlayStation 3 scene developer Kakaroto
has ported his PS3 homebrew manager Eleganz
to the Cobra ODE with details below.
To quote: Hi everyone, A while ago I've promised I'd port Eleganz to Cobra ODE if it ever gets released. I finally got time to take care of that, and I think it would be great if it worked as I think Eleganz has a lot of potential but noone is using it apparently.
So anyways, I've ported it to work with COBRA using that manager library they released, but since I don't have an ODE and don't plan to, I have to depend on you guys to test it for me.. and I suppose there are people here who have the ODE and are willing to test it.
You can download the eleganz.iso from this URL (https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/...64/eleganz.iso
) and replace your manager with it.
Could you please test it and let me know if it works or if it has any bugs (like not showing the list of games or not selecting them properly). I've tested this a bit on my DEX system so I think it should at least run without problems but I don't know about the integration with cobra.
I've also included in the iso comgenie's file manager and showtime and it should be able to run them without problems, but I'm not sure if it will work from dev_bdvd. As they are bundled with Eleganz, they shouldn't require a reboot or anything. You can extract the iso and add any other homebrew you'd like in the /dev_bdvd/PS3_GAME/USRDIR/HOMEBREW/ then recreate the iso and it will appear in Eleganz and should be able to run it.
Oh, something else I'd like you to test. While testing Eleganz, I've noticed that I had a bug when you quit the application, and it caused the PS3 to reboot, I thought that it might be used to cause the ode to load your game selection without having to do the reboot manually, so after I fixed the crash, I've added a bug on purpose to make the application crash, forcing the PS3 to pseudo-reboot.
If you chose the "Quit" option from Eleganz's menu, it will quit normally, but if you choose the "Quit game" option from the in-game XMB, it will crash and reboot. Assuming that the cobra integration works, can you please also test doing that. Select a game then select the quit game option from the in-game XMB and see if it does load the game or if it still shows Eleganz in the XMB.
Let me know about your results and if you found any bugs so I can get them fixed before official release.
: It works and loads game without any problem. Comgenie's file manager also works but after that you can't switch to manager again I guess or I couldn't find the way. Sorry didn't try that before. But tried it now. It works. It's good in a way. It's automatic. Just quit game and after a while it loads.
But well, if I say how much time it takes to load it, I would say it's between eject disc and shut down the system option. I'm close to my ps3 so ejecting disc is faster and better option for me. But it's a cool option nevertheless. If you could remove the bug and add it as an option after you choose the game, it would be a great deal.
And I don't know much about the use of homebrews in CFW but navigation between menus seems a little bit "slow". I mean its nowhere close to the speed of navigation in XMB. Like I said I don't know much about it, but just saying it because of feedback. It's still much faster than ODE version of multiman.
: Cool, thanks for the feedback! There is no way of going back to eleganz once you start a homebrew other than quit and reopen it. It's kind of the same as with the god of war collection, once you chose god of war I, you need to quit and reopen it in order to access the main menu again.
So it lists the games and loads them without problem ? and launching homebrew works! It's great news ! How about that "quit game" from xmb, does it work in loading the game you selected or does it still show Eleganz when it returns to the XMB?
Cool! Great news! I was hoping it would do it, but I wasn't sure the ode would detect that as a reboot or not. It's a bit slow yes because the ps3 needs something like 10 seconds to detect that the app is 'frozen' and then it's a reboot. I think it's faster than an actual reboot, but it's mostly convenient that you don't have to do it manually. I was wondering if I'd make that an option or not, but I don't think it's necessary.. if you don't want the reboot, you can just choose the Quit option from eleganz's menu instead of the in-game xmb.
If you think it's worth adding it as an option I'll try to find a way to do that. As for the speed, yes it's slow because I'm using the software renderer. I used the RSXGL one (hardware accelerated) initially, but igor from tortuga-cove IRC reported that it didn't work in SD.. it was rendering 1080p and showing only the top-left part of it on his 480p TV. So I switched to the software rendered which does the auto-scale automatically. I will fix that by rendering in the right resolution of your screen and switch back to RSXGL which should improve performance.
Thanks a lot for testing and giving me the feedback! Let me know if you find anything else that needs fixing before I release. Update
: Cool, thanks I've updated it with a new icon and added some more homebrews to it. I used the latest version of their library so I already knew about the ode version and I put it there already. It shows up at the top of the list of games as "Cobra ODE v1.0" or whatever your version is. I thought about showing the iso filename but I don't really see how to do that without making the UI ugly. I don't think it's really important anyways.
Thanks! The crash to reboot was actually accidental, I wanted to use the syscall to reboot but it didn't work probably because a normal app doesn't have the necessary permissions to use it. I had a bug that only happened when you quit and that's when I noticed that fake reboot and thought it might work! Feel free to use the same technique in your app.
Cobra ODE Review by racer0018
For starters I would like to thank cobra (aka Max Louarn and Gary Wayne Bowser) for allowing me to test their new product. I will have to say that they have been in contact with me for awhile after I sent a request to test the product. I received it in a bubble wrap envelope and it was damaged during shipping, so it took me some time to find out what is wrong with it and fix it. It all came down to the main board was bent a little and damaged a trace in the board. After I had fixed it I was ready to start testing.
The first ps3 that I did try it on was a model # cech2501a that could be downgraded to 3.40. The install wasn’t hard to do, just remove four resistors and then use the board supplied.
Then I had to connect the ribbon cable that came with the unit and finished by putting the ps3 back together. I went against what the install guide said on where to put the ribbon at when putting the ps3 back together. I figured this way worked better for me. I then finished putting the ps3 back together into it ended up looking this.
I was ready to start testing. I formatted the external hard drive to fat32 and converted a game to iso with the GenPS3ISO program that can be download from their website. I also had to create folders on the External hard drive one called: COBRA and inside of that the cobra.db and the manager.iso files went into. Also another folder called PS3_GAMES and inside of that is where your iso converted games went into.
The cobra worked great on that ps3 and really didn’t want to stop there. I went ahead and installed it in a cech2001a, cech4000 model, cech3001 model and a launch model cech01a. The same above it all worked out great. However there was something that I did run into and that is on the cech2001a I used the stock ribbon cable that came with the ps3 and used it for the cable that went from the drive to the cobra and the ps3 wouldn’t get power at all.
So I took that stock one out and used a cable that they sent with the unit and it worked great. I also have had problems with updating some games and then that don’t work on the cobra, on a side note about that cobra has released an update and has fixed this. I have been playing on line and no ban as of yet. Some of the pros:
Some of the cons:
- Easy install
- Some models no soldering, other models little soldering is needed.
- Stay on ofw.
- Easy way to convert files from old folder format to iso with the program they supply.
- Have to take apart the ps3 on some models to solder.
- Do have to take the time to convert all your games to iso
- The restarting when switching from emu mode to normal mode, also when loading a backup. Some of this is fixed in a new update that they released
Overall this is a great unit, the unit does cost a lot but worth it in the end. I will do some more testing with it and then post up more as I find out the new updates work with this unit.
Finally, from Bassflower
comes a Step by Step Tutorial for Cobra ODE - 2,5k , 3k & Superslim video:
After Hours of Work I finally got the Cobra ODE working in my Superslim. Watch the video even when I speak german... I think pictures do say more than words Update 2
: From kakaroto
: I've updated Eleganz to use the latest version of the library that was just released. The download link is still the same:
I've also bundled with it ESKISS and SGT Puzzles. Can you guys do a quick test of it, and if all is good, tomorrow I'll release it officially.