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PS3 Brick-Recovery Procedure from Rogero CFW 4.21 to CFW 3.55


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112w 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.

Requirements are:

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- [Register or Login to view links]

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: [Register or Login to view links]
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.

Notes:

  • 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!

Finally, in related news kiwitothemax has released a [Register or Login to view links] followed by MRDOTB releasing an [Register or Login to view links] and [Register or Login to view links] today with details below.

Custom Firmware Validator Database Update

Instructions:

1. Download the provided XML (odb_ps3_mod).
2. Move the XML into Custom Firmware Validator's 'databases' folder.
Simple. Should the database not load you can manually select it within the program.

Notes: PUPs added to the database - 3.55 DEX downgrader, OFW DEX 4.10/11/20/21, itskamel DEX MFW, _Exceedy_ DEX MFW's, Rogero DEX MFW's, Harryoke DEX MFW.

Updated Version 2.0 Rev5 Changelog:

  • added FAKE cfw Nodex
  • added all CEX CFW up to 4.21
  • added all DEX CFW
  • added missing DEX OFW
  • added missing CEX OFW
  • 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

To Do:

  • 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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#5 - Lando43 - 112w ago
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I'm sure Rogero know his thing, but don't install this yet until we know:

VERY IMPORTANT: Can you install future CFWs on this CFW? in other words, is it modified to accept 3.55 signed PUPs because ofw 4.21 obviously doesn't if this doesn't do that, you''ll be stuck on this FW without a hardware flasher. unable to install future CFW.

so if you don't have a flasher, DON'T INSTALL. It should work but we don't know about the future yet.

#4 - technodon - 113w ago
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must be installed from 3.55 before any asks.

#3 - windrider42 - 113w ago
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Definitely trusted.

#2 - G Sus - 113w ago
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thanks, been waiting for someone respectable to post something.

i'll check it out as soon as it downloads

#1 - technodon - 113w ago
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Following up on today's PS3 LV0 Keys leak news, PlayStation 3 scene developer Rogero has now updated his Rogero CEX PS3 Custom Firmware (CFW) to version 4.21 complete with a Dehashing / Syscon Reset tutorial for downgraded consoles below!

Download: [Register or Login to view links] / [Register or Login to view links] (Mirror) / [Register or Login to view links] (Mirror #2) / [Register or Login to view links] (Mirror #3) / [Register or Login to view links] (Mirror #4)

MD5: 418b6d659ba7201b04247618929e73ff
Size: 192 MB (201,814,594 bytes)

To quote: Rogero CEX-4.21 CFW v1.00 Free for All

ATTENTION

1- This CFW doesn't have LV1 checks disabled and can't be installed on Downgraded PS3 consoles unless you have Dehashed/Reset Syscon Properly (if you're not sure about your PS3, Dehash it anyway to avoid any risk)

2- Always make a NOR/Nand dump using multiMAN or memdump before installing this CFW to have a recovery backup in case of any bricks. Having a valid NOR/Nand dump is an essential step before upgrading, because you will always have a way to recover (using hardware flashers) when you have a valid dump.

A Hardware Flasher alone without a valid dump cannot fix your bricked PS3.

3- It's always better to have QA flag set (leave it Enabled) on your PS3 for safer upgrading/downgrading operations.
4- Always use the Recovery Menu while installing this CFW to avoid possible bricks (XMB update works, but Recovery Menu is safer).
5- TB CFW users must update back to OFW 3.55 before installing this CFW to avoid possible bricks.

v1.00 Info

  • This is a 4.21CFW spoofed to version 4.25 to allow SEN access
  • It can be used as a normal System Update from any 3.55 OFW/CFW/MFW
  • It was tested using a hardware flasher and no bricks or any problems at all were encountered
  • It can run games signed with Keys up to version 4.21 without any Eboot/Sprx patching needed
  • Games must be loaded from Disc Icon (with Original game in BD) and not from app_home
  • Current 3.55 homebrew application can't be loaded on this CFW, applications must be re-signed properly.

Downgrading back to 3.55 is always possible using the following steps:

  • Download the 4.25 downgrader PUP. Download: [Register or Login to view links] Size 176MB (184,595,263 bytes) MD5: 49d80e07fc1f5ca1b0840e02e94635db
  • Rename the downloaded file to "PS3UPDAT.PUP" and put it on your USB in: "USB\PS3\UPDATE\PS3UPDAT.PUP"
  • While on Rogero CFW4.21, go to System Update from XMB and install the 4.25 downgrader CFW.
  • Once installed, now put "Rogero CEX-3.55 CFW V3.7" on your USB in: "USB\PS3\UPDATE\PS3UPDAT.PUP" Download: Rogero CEX-3.55 CFW V3.7.PUP
  • Start the PS3 into Recovery Menu (or use Condor Updater for Slim consoles) and install "Rogero CEX-3.55 CFW V3.7" (from Recovery Menu, this is important)
  • Once the install is finished, you're now back on Rogero CFW3.55 v3.7 (from here it's better to dehash again before installing any other OFW/CFW 3.55)

Credits to eussNL and the PS3 Dev wiki for the valuable and always up-to-date source of information. Credits to Deank for his continuous efforts on Multiman and many other PS3 tools/fixes. You need to already be on 3.55 to install this. Installing from any firmware other than 3.55 will simply not work.

PS3 Dehashing/Syscon Reset Tutorial for Downgraded Consoles

For all owners of PS3 consoles downgraded from 3.55+ using hardware flashers and Rogero_CFW_v3.x

To "Dehash the PS3" (Reset the syscon) and have the PS3 back to normal safer mode like any original ( non Downgraded ) PS3, here are the steps :

1- After completing the downgrade process and having Rogero CFW 3.x up and running, make sure you have the Blu-Ray drive attached or the QA Toggle package won't work.
2- Download the Rebug QA_Toggle package from [Register or Login to view links] ([Register or Login to view links])
3- Put the "toggle_qa.pkg" on USB and Install it on the PS3.
4- Run the "Rebug Toggle QA" from XMB, the screen will go Black and you will see HDD Led activity then if all went fine you will hear one Beep and the PS3 will Restart back to XMB.
5- If you want to make sure QA flag was set, go to "Network Settings" then apply the following key combo (all at the same time):

L1 + L2 + L3 (press left stick) + R1 + R2 + dpad_down

You should see Edy Viewer, Debug Settings, and Install Package Files if done correctly.

6- Now that you have QA flag set, Turn Off your PS3 and Turn it back on but into "Recovery Menu"

This Step is very important, it have to be from "Recovery Menu" and not a normal Update from XMB or the PS3 will Brick.








Here is how to access it:

a. Turn off PlayStation 3.
b. Turn it on and keep Holding The power button down; The system will turn on and turn off once again.
c. Once the System has been shutdown, Turn it on again and keep Holding The power button down (you will hear 1 beep first, keep holding) until you hear 2 consecutive beeps
d. When you hear the 2 beeps take finger off power button.
e. You will be prompted to plug in your controller via usb and then hit the PS button
f. The Recovery menu will pop up.
g. Last Option #6 is what you must use "System Update"

Alternatively you can simply use CondorStrike's Updater package to enter Recovery Menu directly from XMB without going through the boot sequences. Download: [Register or Login to view links]

7- Now you must have any 3.55 OFW or CFW with original (non Patched) LV1 in your "USB:\PS3\UPDATE\PS3UPDAT.PUP", here's a link to 3.55-Kmeaw. Download: Kmeaw355.PUP

8- Select the last option of the Recovery Menu --> System Update, then when prompted press and hold "Start+Select" for 5 seconds to start the update.

Once finished the PS3 will restart into XMB with the Syscon hashes reset back to 3.55 in both "ros0" and "ros1" and your PS3 is back like any original/non Downgraded PS3 that can use any CEX/DEX Fw without having to worry about disabling LV1 checks.

For anyone who have bricked with Green Light and Black Screen, you can try entering Factory Service Mode using a PSGrade Dongle (any old jailbreak dongle flashed with the PSGrade hex file)

Insert the dongle then start the ps3 with (Power then Eject) and if the PS3 shuts off by itself after few seconds which means it entered FSM (Factory Service Mode) you can try inserting a USB stick with the proper "LV2diag.self" + 3.55downgrader.PUP used in the first days of downgrading, if things went right, this could fix the Brick... it worth testing... Please if anyone bricked and can test this method post back the result...

Download (for those who need it): [Register or Login to view links] / [Register or Login to view links] / [Register or Login to view links] / [Register or Login to view links] (Mirror) / [Register or Login to view links] (Mirror #2) / [Register or Login to view links] (MIrror #3) / [Register or Login to view links] (Mirror #4) / [Register or Login to view links] (Mirror #5)




















Finally, Raiyou (via bbs.duowan.com/thread-29238182-1-1.html) has posted what is believed to be the problem PS3 models (pictured below) that are bricking as a result of specific boards, mainly JSD as well as having a base version of 3.50 and above including the CECH2025's that have never been downgraded and are still getting bricks.

A PS3 Brick-Recovery Procedure from Rogero CFW 4.21 to CFW 3.55 is also now available for those who need it.

enjoy. great work, Rogero.. we love you!

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