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


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216w 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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#38 - Haksam - 216w ago
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i am not exactly sure how you manage to run into this problem. Are you seeing these 2 options after JB?

/app_home/ps3_game/

install package files


can you load up psgrade hex file again and go into factory service mode and re-do everything again

make sure you complete the steps properly (especially the lv2diag.self from folder 1 then folder 2, it needs to be in this order)

when you wanna jailbreak after that, try using evilsperm's latest PL3 for your usb device, works flawlessly with gaia manager 1.04.

#37 - xplatboy - 216w ago
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Hi Haksam, I get the problem with any app at all. I have tried backup manager a number of open managers a few different ftp servers. Also tried gaia and multiman all with the same result of a black screen and PS3 not responding. Thanks

#36 - ZCRISTIAN1980 - 216w ago
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i got it to work guys, i am so happy, thank you so much.

#35 - Haksam - 216w ago
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Quote Originally Posted by ZCRISTIAN1980 View Post
ok now i flash the hex file and the ps3 wont turn on automatic with the back switch, but when it is on is not showing nothing on the screen.

do i now need to insert the usb drive with the files on it and turn the ps3 on?

i'm confused as to where you are at right now, can you please tell me what steps have you taken so far in bullet form thanks.

did this happen after you jailbreak with psgrade? "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."

ZCRISTIAN1980: Ok i think starcube might have missed a few details, i'm sorry i overlooked that situation!

here goes, when you first put your demo unit on standby (flip switch on and only red light remain), it would have meant, the CD IS STILL INSIDE THE DRIVE.

when you first jailbreak with PSGrade stick, your DEMO PS3 should panic shut down, and your CD would have been ejected.
now, before pressing power button on the front AGAIN, remove that CD, don't let it slide in, the disc drive SHOULD BE EMPTY
(If the CD is still inside the drive, when you turn on again it will always be blank screen.)

you should be able to boot in to PS3 main menu with low res.

#34 - ZCRISTIAN1980 - 216w ago
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ok now i flash the hex file and the ps3 wont turn on automatic with the back switch, but when it is on is not showing nothing on the screen.

do i now need to insert the usb drive with the files on it and turn the ps3 on?

#33 - Haksam - 216w ago
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Quote Originally Posted by xplatboy View Post
If anyone can shed any light on this I would be greatly in your debt. Sorry for the long post especially as its my first but though too much detail would be better thasn not enough..

hi there, could you elaborate what sort of apps you installed?

i have tested gaia manager 1.04 and playing a blu ray movie, both no problems at all, the limitations with a retail unit still exists. I am also confident to say PSN works if I upgrade to 3.55 (which Sony can dream on)
Quote Originally Posted by ZCRISTIAN1980 View Post
haksam i put the lv2diag.self and the update pup file on my usb thumb drive but when i turn on my ps3 it just starts normal it doesnt take me to a black screen i tryed to put it in the last usb slot and still it wont read it did you just drop this file on the root of the usb or did you create folders for it?

could you mention if you took all the steps from starcube? the guide isnt by me, its by starcube, I only added a few corrections on the last few steps and went more indepth as to what you should see.

read starcube's guide again, both the files need to be in root, fat32 format, no other files should be there and no folders. Also, when you said normal, is it in low resolution with black and white screen? (low resolution - the text is blur and everything is huge so the desktop is cut off at the edges of your lcdtv)

Quote Originally Posted by ZCRISTIAN1980 View Post
ok my jb device is the tensy ++ 2.0 , do i need to first install the hex files on the devise, when i turn on the ps3 and i eject just like when i jb my retail ps3. do i need to insert my devise on the last usb drive on the ps3?
do i turn the ps3 of from the back? and then turn it on and press eject ?
do i need to have a disk on the drive? because when i flash the hex file it still doesnt flash the hex.

ok Back to Basics:

PSGrade is a NEW type of hex file that should replace your PSGroove hex file.
PSGrade have only been released THIS WEEK. It is a NEW type of payload.
PSGrade switches your PS 3 to Factory Service mode when you try to jailbreak your ps 3.

On your demo PS3, follow the instructions on HOW TO put it in standby mode.

  • flip switch at the back on, insert any CD, flip it off
  • flip it on and wait for blue light to blink 2-3 times, flip it off
  • insert the PSGrade usb stick into last slot and flip it on
  • press power button in front and eject until CD pops out
  • your kiosk PS 3 should auto shut down, switch it on again and it will be in Low Res mode
  • follow the rest of the guide

#32 - CJPC - 216w ago
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Yes, check this post for the proper hex files, flash them to your Teensy 2.0++ using your computer, then turn the PS3 on with power and eject (with just the Teensy plugged in), it should then do its thing, and you can re-start the PS3 with the files on the USB drive and it will re-flash the PS3.

#31 - ZCRISTIAN1980 - 216w ago
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ok my jb device is the tensy ++ 2.0 , do i need to first install the hex files on the devise, when i turn on the ps3 and i eject just like when i jb my retail ps3. do i need to insert my devise on the last usb drive on the ps3? do i turn the ps3 of from the back? and then turn it on and press eject ?

do i need to have a disk on the drive? because when i flash the hex file it still doesn't flash the hex.

#30 - CJPC - 216w ago
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Quote Originally Posted by ZCRISTIAN1980 View Post
yes i put my formated fat 32 thumb drive on the far right usb drive, i installed both files that haksam sayed, my demo ps3 automatic turns on when i flip the switch on the back, do i need to disable that? please help
the kiosk ps3 is a 60gb with the 4 usb drives and ps2 playback

what do you mean by flashed a jb devise with downgrade flash?


To do this, you need to get your choice of a JailBreak device, and then flash it with the specific Downgrade Hex, so you can then use the files above to change your console to a retail (via way of the downgrade).

#29 - ZCRISTIAN1980 - 216w ago
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yes i put my formated fat 32 thumb drive on the far right usb drive, i installed both files that haksam sayed, my demo ps3 automatic turns on when i flip the switch on the back, do i need to disable that? please help
the kiosk ps3 is a 60gb with the 4 usb drives and ps2 playback

what do you mean by flashed a jb devise with downgrade flash?

 

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