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How to Turn PS3 Demo / Kiosk Consoles Into Retail with JailBreak


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199w ago - Here is a guide I wrote on how to convert your Demo / Kiosk PS3 into a fully functional Retail PlayStation 3 console via JailBreak using PSGrade (or similar) so that so you no longer need to enter PS3 Demo Unlock Codes in.

Also, those interested may wish to read this guide on How to Turn a Kiosk into Retail PS3 Without Downgrade via Acid CFW or Convert PS3 Demo / Kiosk to Retail - No Downgrades or Reinstalls.

How to Turn PS3 Demo / Kiosk Consoles Into Retail with JailBreak

Requirements: You will need the typical DGF (downgrade files) and a USB board with PSGrade loaded, as well as a standard USB stick.

First, we need to be able to use the jig and to do so, we need the kiosk to not auto start when switch is flipped. You can use the public PSGrade (the only version out there, there is no special kiosk version)

First do the following:

  • Have a disc in the drive
  • Turn off the power switch
  • Turn it back on until you see the Blu-Ray light flash one or two times
  • Turn it off at the power switch (in the back)
  • Turn it on again at the power switch (in the back)

Now, when you turn the power switch on, the PS3 will still be in standby mode, so we can act as if we are going to jailbreak the unit. Instead of a PSGroove hex, we're going to use our dongle with the PSGrade hex. Go about the normal procedure for jailbreaking, by pressing eject and power. The console will panic and shut down the first time. When you turn it back on your controller should desync and the resolution will be super low.

The vsh (XMB) for kiosk does not have the red box. However, if you see the console is in low res and controller is not syncing until plugged in, then the unit is in factory mode. Now unplug the JIG and power down the console normally.

Format a thumb drive to fat32 and make sure only lv2diag.self from the lv2diag 1 folder and ps3updat.pup are in the root of the thumb drive. Plug thumb drive into the usb port that is all the way to the right (if the console was laying down horizontally). Now, just push the power button to turn on your PS3.

You are going to see a black screen and your memory card light is gonna flicker for roughly 10 minutes until the process is done. The console will shut down on its own when it finishes, so don't mess with it until it's done.

When the console finishes doing its thing, turn it back on and it will be in red box (service) mode. Now, unplug the thumb drive and delete the 2 files you put in there. Then, put the lv2diag.self from lv2diag 2 folder and then plug it back into the same USB port, that it was in before. Once its plugged in, reboot the console. It will now finalize the install and turn it into a full blown retail. enjoy




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2tailedfox's Avatar
#93 - 2tailedfox - 196w ago
Ok, If anyone would be kind enough to point me in the right direction, it would be much appreciated. I have read this guide, but I'm not so sure about the up/down grading part of it especially when it relates to breaking blu-ray play back.

I have 2 kiosk units. One is on demo firmware 2.30 and the other on 2.50. I also have a ti-84+ silver and an iphone (original). I'm thinking it would probably be easier with my calculator.

I want to simply switch these to retail. Upping the firmware isn't important to me other than maybe on one of them to make sure that I can sign into psn and play online with it before selling it, unless someone can promise me that it would do that so that I can make that same promise to whoever I sell it to. (I have no interest in playing online but others usually do).

Thanks again in advance.

CJPC's Avatar
#92 - CJPC - 196w ago
It depends, sometimes they are, sometimes they aren't- really depends on the seller, and if they know that the box can be converted or not.

morchus's Avatar
#91 - morchus - 197w ago
A quick question: Are DEMO models available for sale cheaper than the original PS3 ?

gabriel19's Avatar
#90 - gabriel19 - 197w ago
Quote Originally Posted by ajsd34 View Post
My system was 3.21 demo. I upgraded to 3.41 demo and then to 3.50 demo. From there I was able to JB and downgraded to the Modified 3.41. Then I JB again and went to 3.15 retail then did normal upgrades to 3.41 retail and now am at 3.50 retail.

I am just wondering if this hack will blacklist my demo model from using the PSN? I would really like to get full retail but I also want to remain able to chat online with friends. I have to know this before I can use this guide.

Thanks so much for your reply.

pelonicus's Avatar
#89 - pelonicus - 197w ago
Very nice guide - Thanks.

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