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E3 Flasher for NOR Fat PlayStation 3 Console is Reviewed


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161w 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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moja's Avatar
#120 - moja - 162w ago
Yeah, if a wired install leaves in dual-boot, and they drop the price a bit I'll probably still be down for one.

GrandpaHomer's Avatar
#119 - GrandpaHomer - 163w ago
Quote Originally Posted by cfwprophet View Post
So why did they do a new Hardware only for the clip?

Well - most probably because to be able to actually switch the on board memory off and activate the "external" one they need to acces some extra "soldering" points which are not accessible directly by simply clipping on top of the chip. And they might be at the same time looking for another HW solution to allow that but they might not even find one.

Still - if you gonna open your PS3 and broke the warranty you can still solder a couple wires here and there (or most probably not even wires but just solder points from the clip ribbon to a few spots on the PS3 mainboard) - still better than soldering 50+ wires ...

racer0018's Avatar
#118 - racer0018 - 163w ago
Yes the other ones have been doing this for a while. However the only thing that they did was make easier to install and better for use with the hard drive station. But what I has heard for a owner of a web site that sells the product is that the refund level now for the e3 is high. After saying that the dual boot is gone people are asking in high demand for a refund. I have changed my order from 3 to 1 that I am going to get. Still have to test it and see what I can do with it.

But the demand is down so.. Maybe the price will fall soon. Or they will I hope find a way for the dual boot to work. Thanks

HeyManHRU's Avatar
#117 - HeyManHRU - 163w ago
That's a long procedure , I think it's fine if you're going to stay on one FW for a while. But couldn't you already do this using the Progskeet or Infectus?

Also I hope the email comes back with good news.

racer0018's Avatar
#116 - racer0018 - 163w ago
What this is saying is that the dual firmware they are talking about is:

Flash to 3.55 and then install a cfw. And then use the hard drive you want to use for cfw. Ok now to use Psn. You have to upgrade to ofw 3.72 and then use a different hard drive for that. So now if you want to go back to cfw, downgrade to ofw 3.55 and then install cfw and use the hard drive for cfw. Now to go back to 3.72 upgrade to 3.72 ofw and use that hard drive. And so on...

As I said before that it is a high priced downgrader. I have emailed them to find out if someone would not use the clip and use the solder way if one could still use the dual boot feature. And I am waiting an email from them. Thanks and I will let you know.

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