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E3 Flasher for NOR Fat PlayStation 3 Console is Reviewed


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144w 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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#677 - buckchow - 21w ago
I'm following [Register or Login to view links] for the 5 double beep brick but my E3 card reader won't turn blue when I power up the PS3 and I can't get it into service mode.

The E3 should turn orange, then blue and a few seconds later the PS3 should shut down. Instead, the E3 turns orange, then turns off, and a minute or two later the PS3 eventually shuts down. Someone else with the same problem made a video showing the problem:





The E3 card reader turns blue when I drag e3downgrade 12.03.bin to the upgrader part of it, so it seems to be flashing okay. In addition to using the E3 device, I tried a couple of PSPs running PS3Jig and those both hung on the driver started message.

Anybody have any idea why the E3 card reader won't work properly in the PS3? It's a CECHA01 if that makes any difference.

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#676 - PS3 News - 23w ago
To quote, roughly translated: 2014-02-19:

The new E3 OS 2.1 and E3 Manager 2 release, all users will have the following functions after upgrade to E3 OS 2.1 and E3 Manager 2.0:

1. One key install official PKG file
2. PS1 game support
3. BD MOVIE ISO support to play directly
4. DVD MOVIE ISO support to play directly
5. Further improve the support folder format PS3 games

E3TEAM will add the following new function in the next upgrade E3 OS 2.2, and more new features do please look forward to!

1. Enhance the performance of E3 ODE PRO
2. Install Unofficial PKG file
3. PSN game support

E3TEAM as PS3 ODE industry pioneer,will vigorously advance and innovate,bring even more enriching experience for all users.

Download: E3 Manager 2.0 and Manual / E3 OS 2.1

Rough translation: About:

1) We are pleased to announce the long-awaited E3 OS 2.0 released. All users upgrade to E3 OS 2.0 will have the following functions:

1:The official version of 4K 4.55 solution. A special E3 boot disc to support user's original boot disc and all PS3 games in its HDD. The users can burn the BD E3 boot disc by themselves or give the generated ISO file to other guy to burn. (The supported original boot disc is listed in the keys file, this content can be added)

Please note: this function is only useful for 4K 4.55 user, other E3 OS 2.0 user play game is same as before, no need E3 boot disc.

2: Support folder format of PS3 games. Users can play games without converting into ISO game on PC. (EBOOT need original or re-signed)

3: Modified EBOOT can be run with E3 ODE PRO after re-signed in folder format game, just copy the eboot to the right directory to run. (E3TEAM will release a specially one-key re-sign software later)

E3TEAM is working hard to update one key installation PKG file feature, due to the delay of fixing 4K 4.55. It will be released in E3 OS 2.1 after testing well.

E3TEAM will provide solutions without the need of external USB drive to play PS3 game, so stay tuned!

Meanwhile, because of commercial confidentiality, E3TEAM's exclusive release of new features for how to achieve the way will be reserved. In the 4K 4.55 solution as an example, E3TEAM find the solution in 3 days after 4.55 released, and then release the testing video. Since the method of switching boot disc is commercial secrets, so we have reservations in the video.

Facts have proved that after E3TEAM released E3 OS 2.0 BETA version, other teams are starting to follow E3TEAM solution. For this reason, if the user causes misunderstanding, E3TEAM can only feel sorry. But in the future we will continue to use the functions reserved demo mode, please understand!

E3TEAM will do our best to provide the best user experience. All issues of interest to
the user, E3TEAM is trying to solve, and will be reflected in future product updates.

2) The new E3 OS 2.1 and E3 Manager 2 release, all users will have the following functions after upgrade to E3 OS 2.1 and E3 Manager 2.0:

1: One key install official PKG file
2: PS1 game support
3: BD MOVIE ISO support to play directly
4: DVD MOVIE ISO support to play directly
5: Further improve the support folder format PS3 games

E3TEAM will add the following new function in the next upgrade E3 OS 2.2, and more new features do please look forward to!

1: Enhance the performance of E3 ODE PRO
2: install Unofficial PKG file
3: PSN game support

E3TEAM as PS3 ODE industry pioneer, will vigorously advance and innovate, bring even more enriching experience for all users.

Update: 2014-03-04

We are pleased to inform you, the user's long-awaited one key install the unofficial PKG file function test is completed, will be officially released in 2-3 days. E3TEAM is currently stopped developing other functions and products, go to all lengths to bypass the 4K 4.55 verification with other ways.

We hope to publish a more convenient and simple way in a few months, please wait patiently. In addition, the new E3 official English forum open soon, will provide more assistance for English users.

Update #2: 2014-03-06

The one key install unofficial PKG software released, all E3 ODE PRO user can run it by copy this software, please read the manual. At the same time, the E3 Global Forum officially running, all E3 users can get help through this forum.

Download: E3-PKGINSTALL.zip

Update #3: 2014-03-27

The latest E3 ODE PRO Keys updates, support more games as a boot disc. E3TEAM has been hard at work on a better way to bypass the 4K 4.55 certification, please wait patiently.

Download: keys.zip

From Joonie86: It seems that if you make this homebrew with any fixed pkg in ISO format, I assume this will work on any ODEs. Unfortunately, I can't make SWAP disc for my 4k /OFW 4.55 at the moment, I can't test this.

Wondering if anybody wants to confirm this. If this this working, pkg install will be a lot easier than using IDC, multiman or other file manager.

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#675 - PS3 News - 23w ago
The E3 ODE OS 2.0 latest firmware update is released. The release includes bypass of the security measures introduced in the infamous ode-blocking 4.55 ofw from Sony. The bypass has a catch which is to create a Blu-ray boot disc for the games on the external hdd.

This means you must own or know someone who owns a Blu-ray disc writer which can be a real pain for some, but this is a measure for 4k ps3's only. A new feature implemented is the ability to boot games in folder format instead of iso which is a big plus.

Remember that for this you will need a original eboot or a resigned one. They will release a one-click resign software soon. Also in the next firmware they will release a pkg installer.

To quote, roughly translated: 2014-02-16

Download: E3 OS 2.0 official version / E3 OS 2.0 manual for 4k 4.55 user

We are pleased to announce the long-awaited E3 OS 2.0 released. All users upgrade to E3 OS 2.0 will have the following functions:

1. The official version of 4K 4.55 solution. A special E3 boot disc to support user's original boot disc and all PS3 games in its HDD.The users can burn the BD E3 boot disc by themself or give the generated ISO file to other guy to burn. (The supported original boot disc is listed in the keys file, this content can be added)

Please note: this function is only useful for 4K 4.55 user, other E3 OS 2.0 user play
game is same as before, no need E3 boot disc.

2. Support folder format PS3 games. User can play game without converting into ISO game on PC (EBOOT need original or re-signed).

3. Modified EBOOT can be run with E3 ODE PRO after re-signed in folder format game, just copy the eboot to the right directory to run. (E3TEAM will release a specially one-key re-sign software later)

E3TEAM is working hard to update one key installation PKG file feature, due to the delay of fixing 4K 4.55. It will be released in E3 OS 2.1 after testing well.

E3TEAM will provide solutions without the need of external USB drive to play PS3 game, so stay tuned!

Meanwhile, because of commercial confidentiality, E3TEAM's exclusive release of new features for how to achieve the way will be reserved. In the 4K 4.55 solution as an example, E3TEAM find the solution in 3 days after 4.55 released, and then release the testing video.

Since the method of switching boot disc is commercial secrets, so we have reservations in the video. Facts have proved that after E3TEAM released E3 OS 2.0BETA version, other teams are starting to follow E3TEAM solution. For this reason, if the user causes misunderstanding, E3TEAM can only feel sorry.

But in the future we will continue to use the functions reserved demo mode, please understand! E3TEAM will do our best to provide the best user experience. All issues of interest to
the user, E3TEAM is trying to solve, and will be reflected in future product updates.

Update: 2014.02.18

E3 OS 2.1 have following new function:

1: One key install official PKG file
2: PS1 game support
3: BD MOVIE ISO support to play directly
4: DVD MOVIE ISO support to play directly
5: Support folder format PS3 games(User can play game without converting into ISO game)
6: Further improve the support folder format PS3 games

E3 Manager 2.0 add the following new function (requires E3 OS version 2.1)

1: One key install official PKG file:

User copy the official PKG file into the root directory of game HDD, and then can click to install at the E3 manager in PS3

2: PS1 game support.

Put the PS1 game image into the root directory of game HDD, and then click to play at the E3 manager or E3 OS menu in PS3. (require .img format, please rename to .img if it is .iso)

3: BD MOVIE ISO support to play directly

Change the No-encryption BD movie extension into .bdiso, copy to the root directory of game HDD, and then can click to play at the E3 manager or E3 OS menu in PS3.

4: DVD MOVIE ISO support to play directly

Change the No-encryption DVD movie extension into .bdiso, copy to the root directory of game HDD, and then can click to play at the E3 manager or E3 OS menu in PS3.

E3TEAM will add the following new function in the next upgrade E3 OS 2.2 With a Big surprise: Playing PS3 game's without need for the external USB HDD ! We don't knew if they are talking about hacking the internal HDD & playing from it or just LAN gaming, let's wait & see.

And more new features do please look forward to!

1: Enhance the performance of E3 ODE PRO
2: Install Unofficial PKG file
3: PSN game support

E3TEAM as PS3 ODE industry pioneer, will vigorously advance and innovate, bring even more enriching experience for all users.

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#674 - RetroA - 24w ago
how do i downgrade ps3 4.55 with e3 flasher... my ps3 is slim and model number is cech-2501b??

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#673 - PS3 News - 24w ago
2014-02-06: E3 ODE Pro Update

We get feedback, after updating to 4.55, the 4K console does not work properly with E3 ODE PRO. E3TEAM are verifying this issue and will publish notice as soon as possible. We propose that 4K console user temporarily don't upgrade firmware 4.55 (Other models have not been a problem with feedback).

Update: E3 team posted they found a solution to the new authentication on 4.55, as follows in broken English:

2014-02-10: Am glad to tell you , using the latest exclusive technology, we have successfully bypassed the latest 4.55 ODE authentication mechanism. E3TEAM are working around the clock , this feature additions to the E3 ODE PRO, please wait patiently. In addition, we noticed some forums irresponsible words, which we strongly suggest , E3TEAM fully grasp all the core technology of PS3 ODE, we will update the unique new features for the benefit of the E3 users.

2014-02-12: E3 ODE Pro, the world's first PS3 ODE supports 4K 4.55 demo video released. We can know from the video, boot disc game and the actual running game is different game (boot disc game is call of duty: world at war,the actual running game is soul calibur 4).

Furthermore , E3TEAM master a variety of methods to bypass 4.55 verify ODE. The demonstration strong comeback against E3TEAM malicious slander guess. E3TEAM strong technical strength once again proved E3 ODE PRO as the world's first PS3 ODE not Langdexuming. We are urgent to debug E3 OS 2.0, all E3 ODE PRO user is about to usher the revolutionary new features in 1-2 weeks ! (include 4k 4.55 supports).

Meanwhile, the special USB harddisk adaptor of E3 ODE Pro released, Its main functions are:

1. Full metal case, better heat dissipation, more stable performance
2. Free sleep function, games run more smoothly
3. USB3.0/2.0 interface,fast transmission speed to 450M/S
4. Support SATA3 3.5/2.5 harddisk, the maximum capacity of up to 3TB

E3 ODE Pro on 4K 4.55

Video: [Register or Login to view links]

Here is a google translation: In order to meet the urgent needs of some E3 users, E3TEAM suspend other work, expedited launched E3 OS 2.0BETA version, only 4K 4.55 user testing. Other users please be patient E3 E3 OS 2.0 official version launch. Meanwhile, due to the 4K 4.55 delay progress in the development of new features, E3TEAM expressed extreme regret.

To prevent other users mistakenly E3 OS 2.0B, the upgrade process has been encrypted, there is a demand for user help.e3 at gmail. Please email to get the password.





Their update is just for 4k users... in order to you use it you have to email them and ask for the password... That was what I understood.

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