30w ago - Following up on his Rogero CEX PS3 Custom Firmware (CFW) v4.21 release that bricked many PS3 consoles, PlayStation 3 homebrew developer Rogero has now made available a PS3 Brick-Recovery Procedure from CFW 4.21 back to CFW 3.55 using Rogero PS3 NOR Auto Patcher v0.01 as outlined below.
To quote: Brick-Recovery Procedure from CFW4.21 back to CFW3.55
After Testing with some bricked Slim consoles (from updating to CFW4.21) with different friends and testers around the world, I can confirm that Bricked consoles can be recovered back to CFW3.55 even if you didn't have a NOR Dump/Backup.
1- A Hardware Flasher so you can read/write to the PS3 NOR flash
2- A Dongle with PSgrade payload (any old jailbreak dongle + PSGrade hex will do) used to Enter Factory Service Mode (FSM)
3- Rogero CEX-3.55 CFW V3.7
Recovery Procedure :
1- Dump the current NOR Flash of the bricked PS3 at least 3 times using a hardware flasher (Progskeet / E3 / TEENSY++)
2- Verify that it is properly dumped and you have a valid dump by comparing your dumps or following these steps: Validating_flash_dumps (via ps3devwiki.com/wiki/Talk:Validating_flash_dumps)
3- Patch the dump using Rogero PS3 NOR Auto Patcher: PS3_Nor_Dump_Auto_Patcher_v0.01.rar
3- Flash the Patched Dump back into the PS3 NOR using the Hardware flasher.
4- From this point you can continue as a normal Downgrade Procedure by entering Factory Service Mode using the dongle and Flashing Rogero CEX-3.55 v3.7 from the USB stick.
I didn't receive any Brick report from any FAT PS3 that updated to CFW4.21, so it seems FAT consoles are not being affected by the bug.
Apparently only the last downgradable Slim models are affected (CECH-25xx with Datecode 1A and base FW version = 3.50)
I also know that there are also few Slims that bricked with model CECH-20xx but 90% of the reports were model (CECH-25xx with Datecode 1A and base FW version = 3.50).
The Brick may be caused by the boot-loaders not being written correctly into the NOR during the Update process.
Please note also that all the above info may not be 100% accurate, things are still being worked on so nothing is confirmed at all and I don't promise anything about an updated CFW.
CECH 2504B BRICKABLE Slim
CECH 2501B BRICKABLE Slim
CECH 2501A BRICKABLE Slim
CECH 2511A ACCEPTABLE Slim
CECH 2004A ACCEPTABLE Slim
CECH 2504A ACCEPTABLE Slim - possible bricks
CECH 2011A ACCEPTABLE Slim
CECH 2001A ACCEPTABLE Slim
CECH 2104A ACCEPTABLE Slim
CECH2004B N/A N/A
CECH 2101A ACCEPTABLE Slim
CECH 2004B ACCEPTABLE Slim
CECH-2504A BRICKABLE Slim
CECHJ 04 ACCEPTABLE Fat
CECHL 01 ACCEPTABLE Fat
CECHG 01 ACCEPTABLE Fat
CECHL 11 ACCEPTABLE N/A
CECHK 01 ACCEPTABLE Fat
CECHL 04 ACCEPTABLE Fat
CECHK 11 ACCEPTABLE Fat
CECHH 01 ACCEPTABLE Fat
CECHG 04 ACCEPTABLE Fat
Note: This isn't set in stone. Have a hardware flasher or know how to recover even if your console model is acceptable. Make a multiMAN NAND/NOR backup and ensure QA flags are set!!! Hope you have a great time!
added missing Glevand's CFW 3.55 (included test releases)
added missing Rogero's CFW 3.55
added some missing checksums for some firmwares
old, translated databases are moved to ./outdated folder
add missing CEX OFW (the ones from BD-ROM)
add missing SEX/DECR OFW
PS: For checking if CFW is safe or not please, click on lightbulb icon. There's always brick tag which inform user about danger or not, even if description saying that already.
Updated Version 2.0 Rev7 Changelog:
Another update. To Rev7. Just unpack it and replace folders/files from v2.0 Rev6.
Added latest CFWs.
Added missing CFWs from kiwitothemax's mod.xml.
Added missing DECR OFWs
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You still got one more shot, the E3 is not too difficult. If you are comfortable taking your ps3 apart completely then you should not have problems. Depending if your PS3 has NAND or NOR you will have to determine this yourself... soldering is not required for the NOR flashing as there is a device that hugs the chip. as for the usb device I am not sure how it works i believe it has some of their own code that allows you to actually do the downgrade.
Ok so I got 1 last shot at this. I guess is probably difficult but not impossible right? I have had my PS3 CFW installed by someone else so I never knew what is it and it was a long long time ago. I suppose all that left is now to embark on a journey of discovery in order to fix my ps3. I just hope that my mistake would at least help someone else not doing the same stupid decision.
So case in point, I have been reading around and they talk about this E3 thingy. Can i replace some of those things with what i have? or do I have to buy it from them? Also would you happen to know something on soldering perhaps a few tutorial (there are some on youtube)?
Sadly enough, after all this reading you will need an E3 or a downgrade device if you are on OFW 4.25. A new exploit is needed to launch an Update. Whats even more sad is the fact you can go buy a 3.55 ps3 somewhere online for the price of those flashers.
Getting a new ps3 is a better choice making it less of a hassle for for people who don't know what the eff they're doing when they go to install these things, either damaging there consoles or having a device not work properly.
I'm sure a new exploit will be released its a matter of time.. the news we have is great for a future standpoint but we still need the in betweens.