Project: Dual Boot PS3 - 2 NOR Flashes with Switch for Brick Recovery
I want to give everyone the heads-up on my Dual Boot PS3 (2 NOR Flashes with Switch for Brick Recovery) project and try and get some feedback...
For the last few days I've been busy unbricking/downgrading etc. The spare time I've had has gone into designing my own Dual NOR expansion board for the PS3
Basics are this: It allows you to install 2 firmwares - one on either NOR which can be easily enabled/disabled via switch on the mod board. Initially the NOR expansion will need flashing (Dump NOR 1 & flash NOR 2 with the image)
Could be used as a "Brick Backup" if for any reason you brick your onboard NOR, you have a second image on the expansion.
Primary use is of course to Dual Boot firmware without needing to use your programmer all the time - initial program would be a one-off.
Can be quite useful, hence the reason for designing it. I am quite aware of the fact there are other products available which function the same. This is my own design which is a fair bit cheaper than the current Dual setups.
Once final thing, please bear in mind this is a VERY early prototype atm and still in testing. More than likely there will be a few changes along the way, but updates will be regular (finally got my head round Cadsoft)
I've attached a 3D sample picture... please share your comments!
I think it's nice to have an alternative product to those already available on the market, especially if as you say, it costs quite a bit less and works just as well. Futher you consider that if it is also easy to use, more people will be interested in buying this future product. Good work!
To have a alternative product is every time nice. How about to combine the allready posted suggestions and do a tiny second PCB which hase a switch and a usb port to quick flash the NOR and jump between them ? For the connection between main and tiny pcb you can use a flat ribbon cable.
Not really sure what those of you sugesting to "make it USB compatible" exactly mean but if you hope in some kind of USB Dongle without need of opening your PS3 and / or soldering (considerable amount of) wires on the mainboard then I can tell you right away - forget it.