E3 Flasher for NOR Fat PlayStation 3 Console is Reviewed


129w ago - I received my E3 Flasher a couple of hours ago from LighTake.com 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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kaiya's Avatar
#654 - kaiya - 35w ago
awsome good to know thanks

niwakun's Avatar
#653 - niwakun - 35w ago
yep you can remove it once you're done downgrading the PS3. Keeping it will only benefit you for quick swap between OFW and CFW. But no one do that anymore.

kaiya's Avatar
#652 - kaiya - 35w ago
okay i have a question about the e3 flasher... sucessfullly backed up/flashed and downgraded my console...

now can i remove the clip and put the drive back in normally?? or do i have to keep it rigged up to the esata dock?

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#651 - damar19 - 37w ago
hi ps3news

so i have dex to cex semi brick and i have e3. in the past i enter FSM with e3 card reader dongle having 0% problem.. now the dongle is not working !!

the led in the dongle when i put it in PS3 and press power + eject button the red led not turning to blue ! that mean it's not working i don't know why -_-

i try to put ResetToKarnel boot but same result i also tried Blue ray fix but same result

#note i have a flasher and i have bbkps3 for OFW 4.46 and i have e3 flasher my PS3 is fat model CECHJ serial

my problem is the same in this video:





the video is not mine just to be clear but i have the same problem in the video, sorry for my bad english

plz help me in my problem

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#650 - PS3 News - 39w ago
Today the E3 Team has unveiled their PS3 E3 ODE (Optical Drive Emulator) for PlayStation 3 3K/4K units to arrive next month complete with a demo video below.

To quote, roughly translated: E3 ODE, the Optical Drive Emulator made by E3TEAM, will be on the market at the beginning of next month. It will support all PS3 models including the 3k and 4k consoles.

Please note:

1: The beta hardware shown in the video is based on PC, so the data translation speed is slow, about 100K/S.

2: The official retail version will be a small board, and can run games direct from USB stick and the speed is similar to your original Blu-ray optical drive.

3: It will for sure work independently with NO need of a PC.

4: E3 ODE works on any OFW on all PS3, include 3k and 4k console.

5: We will also release an special E3 ODE CFW for E3 ODE, so homebrew can run on it directly (include 3k and 4k).

6: E3TEAM always tries do its best for our users, later on we will go public with our final special price, we are sure the retail price will be lower than USD70.

7: We will release more details and videos later.

Here is video to demonstrate our beta hardware running on a 4K console:
















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