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E3 Flasher for NOR Fat PlayStation 3 Console is Reviewed


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148w ago - I received my E3 Flasher a couple of hours ago from [Register or Login to view links] and here is my review.

Packaging:

The E3 flasher comes in a nice big box, it's actually bigger than I expected it to be and it contains 3 inner boxes.

The first box contains all the important stuff like the Nor flasher, main board and the cover board which connects to the pins on the main board.

The second box contains all the accessories and cables like the Esata USB cable which is not used with the E3 flasher at all and is probably for use with the PC or something like that it also contains the Esata cable which is used with the E3 flasher and the power adapter which didn't fit in my power socket because it wasn't the right shape (different region), so I had to go of and buy a power adapter converter thing so the Esata station will work.

For the accessories they included a power switch for PS3 slim users and a metal case for the main board to sit in where the HDD usually sits but a screw driver wasn't included like they mentioned.

The third box contains the Esata station and it is the biggest and heaviest box out of the three.

Installation:

I installed the E3 flasher a NOR fat PS3 (after I fixed a broken Blu-ray drive and the YLOD on it), I'll install it on a slim PS3 in a few days and tell you how it compared to installing it on the Fat PS3.

Installing the NOR flasher clip on the PS3 is the easy part, it fits on but not too well so I decided to add some sticky tape to it to hold it on so it won't break off. But then I had to find a way to connect the NOR flasher to the main board (which sat where the HDD usually is) without breaking it, I did this by slightly twisting the NOR flasher and connecting it to the main board making it look a bit like a ribbon, this way I won't damage it.

After all that I closed my PS3 like I normally would and I was done. It would have been nice if they added a guide on how to install it on a FAT PS3 the same way they had a guide on how to install for the Slim PS3 but they still added some pictures as a guide (which I have attached) so that still helped a little bit.

Downgrading:

Before I did this I had to upgrade my PS3 to 3.73 FW so it will work. Downgrading using the E3 flasher was by far the most confusing thing I've ever done with my PS3, first of all I needed to add some files (e3_downgrade.bin and update.bin) to a Micro SD card which they hadn't included. So I had to use my Micro SD card from my Nokia N97.

After following some more steps I had to put some more files onto a flash drive (UPDAT.PUP and Lv2diag.self) and then follow some more steps to downgrade (I won't go in depth because there are too many steps to mention).

I successfully downgraded my 3.73 PS3 after a very long and confusing procedure and then I installed multiMAN on it, mutliMAN and the games ran normally on it.

Overall:

I give the E3 flasher a 7/10

+ Easy to install.
+ Good packaging.
+ Smart Design.

- Confusing guides with bad English making it very confusing, would've been nice if the guides were in better English or better yet if they made a video. (Download the downgrade guide to see what I mean)
- No Micro SD included.

If you can find this product for around $50 and want to downgrade I suggest you buy it, hopefully there will be more guides on how to use the E3 flasher so more people like me won't be so confused.

Below are the pictures of the product, the ones with E3-tech on it are from the guide on how to install it on a fat PS3 and the rest are my pictures. I'm sorry I didn't take pictures of me installing it on the motherboard (I kind of forgot), I will next time I install it on my PS3 slim.

Also big thanks to LighTake.com, I got my E3 flasher shipped to me from Hong Kong to Australia within 4 days which was actually pretty fast.




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#696 - bionut - 1w ago
Hello,

i downloaded this iso (thepiratebay.se/torrent/9449794/NES_Emulator_w__ROMs_[Cobra_ODE]_PS3), but i can't put another ROMS in it.

The description isn't very usefull... i extracted the iso, put the roms in the folder but after i rebuilt the iso the E3 manager doesn't detect it on the HDD.

Does any of you know how should i do this?

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#695 - PS3 News - 3w ago
Welcome aboard overloadfull and I moved your post to our ongoing E3 product support thread

Also from the E3 Team, roughly translated:

We remind E3 ODE PRO users, 4K 4.55 double guide way still applies to 4K 4.60. User can play all PS3 games through the combination of 2.0 and 2.0B.

In addition , the second generation E3 ODE PRO are tense testing. E3TEAM continued efforts in R & D , hope to add more new features , allowing users to get a better experience. The new E3 ODE PRO will be available in 1-2 months, please please look forward to.

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#694 - overloadfull - 3w ago
Hi guys, my first post here

PS3 FAT 40 GB
CECHJ04 (NOR)
Motherboard: DIA-002
If you need more data let me know

Well, I did the update and it went well then I was about making the first dump and I got 10001100 in the blue lights. I opened my Ps3 again to adjust the NOR clip with some pression and I even filled a bit the sides of the clip.

I'm turning the Ps3 on and the ventilator starts going insanely fast and immediately I hear 3 "PI"s and a red light flashing (when I turn on the console it gets to reach the photosensitive epilepsy warning).

Now, it happens everytime I turn on the console. I though it could just be overheating but it's too coincidental... I don't know . What should I do?, sold instead of using NOR clip?, sold only SBE nor trisate?

Greetings!

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#693 - wayaonline - 4w ago
I use E3 ODE Pro on my 4012a ps3.. it runs great.

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#692 - T3KN0GH057 - 6w ago
I'm new to the whole playstation modding scene. I just downgraded my PS3 to 3.55, and now I'm just completely confused. I've been reading through info on custom firmwares and modded firmwares for a few days and it's only served to leave me even more confused.

Firstly let me explain my setup as it is, and then explain my goals.

CURRENT
Mod: E3 Dual-Boot Mod
PS3 Firmware: 3.55 OFW
E3 NOR Firmware: 3.55 OFW
PS3 HDD: 160GB
E3 HDD: 2TB

GOAL
Mod: E3 Dual-Boot Mod
PS3 Firmware: X.XX O/C/MFW (Access to PSN)
E3 NOR Firmware: X.XX C/MFW (whichever suits my intent better)
PS3 HDD: PSN Downloaded Games
E3 HDD: Copy all my disc Games. Plus some kind of video player that supports subtitles and Samba (Windows File Sharing- PS3's media server options are very disappointing)

Question 1: What's the best CFW or MFW to flash to the E3 given my intent
Question 2: Once a C/MFW is Flashed what's the next step towards my goal
Question 3: I intend only to use the PS3 flashed Firmware to go online is there a safe custom or modified firmware capable of this or will i have to move to the latest OFW
Question 4: Best Backup Manager to use (given that all backups will be run from the E3 Firmware Harddrive)
Question 5: Is Showtime the only Media Center option?

thanks in advance!

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