110w ago - I received my E3 Flasher a couple of hours ago from LighTake.com and here is my review.
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.
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.
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.
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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Below is another update on the E3 Manager for E3 ODE Pro which will be released soon.
The E3 Team shared a short Video they produced showing off the fact the E3 Manager is coming. Basically it looks like they figured out how to copy the way Cobra ODE v1.6 works, which I heard in the grapevine that 3k3y team is also looking at offering the same type of 'ISO Management' options as Cobra originally started:
We are pleased to announce that E3 Manager for E3 ODE PRO will be released soon.
E3 Manager will give the user a variety of styles of operation and brilliant dazzling theme background. Of course, like simple -to-use user can still use E3 OS for normal operation.
Here is E3 Manager demo video, the official version released soon.
E3 Pro ODE
We are pleased to announce that E3 ODE PRO works on the new super slim PS3 42XX console perfectly. We are pleased to inform you that E3 ODE PRO in the latest PS3 42XX series of ultra-thin machine worked perfectly.
New videos of E3 ODE PRO are available.
E3 Ode Pro 1.2 PS3 Ultra Slim 4k
E3 video Ode Pro 1.2 Ultra Slim PS3 by riderfou
Presentation of the operation of the chip PS3 E3 PRO ODE of Team E3. The chip E3 ode Pro allows playback of games in iso format, stored on a USB hard drive or USB flash drive support. No reboot of the PS3 as the video shows E3 Pro. The installation, however, requires an adapter QSB soldering on the motherboard of the PS3 Slim 2k5, 3k and 4k. PS3 Fat and PS3 Slim 2k are not snuff in charge because they are Downgradable CFW in via the E3 Flasher for NOR flash memory.
Recall the specifics of the E3 Ode:
No Eject and enter game automatically
No restart game and enter Automatically
Works on slim console include 25xx, 3xxx and 4xxx.
Easy upgrade and easy use.
Some pictures of the installation E3 ode pro 1.23
Ultra Slim PS3 disassembled
The chip, the ribbon cables, the qsb, cable power supply and USB port for connecting the USB media
E3 ode pro 1.2
The welds pretty qsb E3, is not it? yes
E3 adapter ode pro
Nice leds operation of the chip!
E3 chip ode pro
The chip in its place in the Ultra Slim PS3 4k
The much anticipated E3 Manager is now available. In addition to bringing users a new operating experience and visual enjoyment, the unique custom features of E3 ico and background will bring more fun. The user need update E3 OS to 1.3 version to support E3 Manager.
Numerous E3 ODE PRO user awaited E3 Manager officially released. In addition to bringing users a new operating experience and visual enjoyment, E3 Manager icon background unique custom features E3 will bring players more fun. Users only need to upgrade the E3 OS 1.3 to support E3 Manager.
yep your nor clip is loose and I use a couple of pennies as i am in England PMSL, but seriously this is the most common problem with the E3 Flasher, the amount of times I have had to take the board apart to make sure the clip is installed properly, especially as the dyn-001 boards I seem to always flash have small resistors either side of the Nor !
Once you have solved this problem, that is the main thing you EVER seem to face, oh cept putting the sd card in properly as its a right pain in the rear. Good Luck Buddy,
Its suppose to all light up at once. And when it disappears it means the update was taken. As for the sequence of blinking lights, it's because your nor clip is loose. Tape a couple nickels on the back to keep it tight with the board.
Because of wrong operation of E3 ODE PRO, user update PS3 official firmware fail, and turn into upgrade cycle. This problem happened because user not turn E3 ODE PRO into the correct PS3 BD DRIVE MODE. Now user can turn the E3 ODE PRO into PS3 BD DRIVE mode for fix this problem even can't start PS3 correctly.
The select mode on PS3 menu is not same for Europe and Asia console. The Europe user should Press X but not Press O to choose from E3 OS. We are sorry take inconvenient for those user, we will fix it in the next update of E3 OS.
After the hard work of the last few weeks , the E3 OS v1.23 is now available for download.
The important feature of this update is:
1: One update program for all slim console now
2: E3 ODE PRO mode and PS3 BD DRIVE mode is easier to switch
3: More stability and faster speed.
The new user manual v1.23 is also updated.
More boot disc type is supported by E3 ODE PRO, user can download the keys file and follow the instruction.