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E3 Team to Release PS3 CFW v4.30 Free Soon with Game Manager

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113w ago - Today the E3 Team announced they (and likely several other teams) will be releasing a PS3 CFW v4.30 for 'free' soon (since the PS3 LV0 / Bootldr / Appldr Keys etc are in the wild) with their own Game Manager as well.

Download: [Register or Login to view links] / [Register or Login to view links] / [Register or Login to view links] / E3 Fun Flash Downgrade Process

E3 CFW 4.30.pup (192.2 MB - 201,540,219 bytes)
MD5 .PUP: 6FB3A01F02A1EE97178241D9B38DA49E

E3MANAGER430.pkg (11.3 MB - 11,885,312 bytes)
MD5 .PKG: F3B12BDCC400078A12683C9EDF83ADB8

Update #2: An anonymous user called Soon has shared PS3 LV0 for 4.30 / 4.25 and LV2 of 4.21 decrypted, and with his LV0 4.25, LV2 4.25 and LV0 4.30 dumped & decrypted (below) and states that the E3 CFW should not be installed.

Download (Passwords Removed): [Register or Login to view links] / [Register or Login to view links] / [Register or Login to view links] / [Register or Login to view links] / [Register or Login to view links] by PatrickBatman

Mirrors: [Register or Login to view links] (Password: soonconsolecrunch) / [Register or Login to view links] / [Register or Login to view links] (Password: consolecrunch)

To quote (via consolecrunch.com/lv0-4-25-lv2-4-25-and-lv0-4-30-dumped-decrypted/) are: Ok guys let's take a big step there is the lv0 4.25 decrypted (elf) you should able to find the keys for the lv2/lv1/appldr

Boot Loader SE Version 4.2.5 (Build ID: 4859,49406, .Build Date: 2012-09-10_13:48 :01)..SDK Version

And here's some cool info:

  • The people WHO don't have the E3 don't install the cfw 4.30 it lock you to 4.30 and you can go back to older firmware without e3
  • The E3 team patch the Lv0 of the 4.30 and i saw no really good things about it... careful seriously
  • Ok let's give more stuff after the Lv0 4.25 decrypted, the LV2 dump 4.21, here the LV0 4.30 decrypted too
  • Again i recommend to not install the E3 4.30 firmware they lock you and they patched the LV0 badly that to force you to use the E3 product in the future

Additional Information: The files are said to contain..

  • Boot Loader SE Version 4.2.5 ...(Build ID: 4859,49406, .Build Date: 2012-09-10_13:48 :01)........SDK Version
  • 4.2.5 sys.lv0.version. 4859 sys.lv0.revision sys.lv0.address. sys.lv0.size sys.flash.fmt sys.flash.ext sys.flash.boot sys.wake_source. sys.ac.sd sys.ac.misc sys.qaf.qafen sys.hw.config sys.hw.config_ve rsion sys.hw.model_emu late sys.cellos.flags sys.cellos.spu.c onfigure sys.ac.misc2. sys.sata.param sys.ac.product_c ode sys.boot.gos
  • Boot Loader SE Version 4.3.0 ...(Build ID: 4878,49489, .Build Date: 2012-10-17_17:48 :21)........SDK Version
  • 4.3.0...sys.lv0. version.4878

PS3 4.30 VSH.self Decrypted (from above) by PatrickBatman details, as follows:

4.30 VSH.elf - Old way to patch vsh.self was... Dont know this still applies:

[Register or Login to view code]

Patch vsh.self by youself for new CFW

[Register or Login to view code]

Update: From their page: 2012-10-28

The E3TEAM has released the latest E3 CFW4.30 for free. The bricking issue has been improved. Just download [Register or Login to view links] ([Register or Login to view links] / [Register or Login to view links]) and enjoy. (Pass is [Register or Login to view links])

Here we mention to E3 flasher users that you do not need to solder a wire to use the latest upgrade.bin file to unbrick a console.


  • You still need to be on CFW v3.55 or OFW v3.55 to install this new CFW v4.30 from the E3 Team.
  • It is best if downgrading to follow the normal steps and dehashing like with Rogero just to be sure of no bricks.
  • E3 will be releasing an upgraded E3 Flasher 'update.bin' (firmware) to handle direct downgrading to CFW v4.30. (Beware: Their hardware required, just one of many strings now disclosed)

From their page (now removed as they claim they weren't ready yet ): 2012-10-26

1: E3TEAM released the latest E3 CFW4.30 free, it's improved the brick problem. We will release the new game manager if none brick matter happen. Just download [Register or Login to view links] (dead link now) and enjoy. (PASS is [Register or Login to view links])

Here we mention E3 flasher user that you needn't solder wire with latest upgrade.bin file to unbrick console.

From IRC comes some common sense: [+impacted] wow, one step solution for e3, release a cfw, brick a few consoles, sell a few flashers

Not sure why anyone would want to use a for-profit commercial company's free "bait" (with undisclosed strings attached) PS3 CFW and Game Manager (likely 'locked' to their CFW) over a truly free and open-source PS3 scene one though, as they could pwn, brick and lock your PlayStation 3 console at any time and you would be at their financial mercy to get it fixed, updated, etc similar to how people didn't fall for the recent BlueDisk CFW scheme.

If they truly wanted to help the PlayStation 3 scene they would simply release updated PS3 MFW scripts so people could make their own PS3 4.30 Custom Firmware without the need to worry about hidden DRM bundled in or downloading 170+MB files.

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#181 - HeyManHRU - 164w ago
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Thanks for the guide man , I agree the clip on is very hard to install but I would recommend you put some tape over it so it doesn't come off. Also I hope your mother gets better soon.

#180 - racer0018 - 164w ago
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From the first time I installed it, the clip was really loose. I have been reading that there has been alot reports like this. I have been doing some think about maybe traces the softboard and seeing where to wires go on the ps3 and using the soldering gun to put it on. Thanks

I got the clip to work on the ps3. I used a little pick and bent out the pins in the clip and got it work.

OK for the guide.

What is needed is the tools to take the ps3 apart.

A downgrade dongle, this could be the e3 reader, psdowngrade, etc...

  • E3 flasher
  • MicroSD card

First you install the e3 flasher following the guide that is on the e3-tech website. Now I found this out by messing around with the e3 flasher that it will not backup the firmware on 3.56. I had to update to 3.72 to get it work.

After you get the e3 installed, make a backup using it. Install the microSD card into the proper spot on the e3 flasher front part. By having the switches, ps3 mode, ofw, microsd, ps3 flash, lock, in the down postion. Have the backup switch in the up postion. After the ps3 is booted up in the xmb, hit the start button. Wait for all the led lights to light up from 1 to 8. Once that one is done, take out the microSD card and read it in a computer and save the backup in a place safe in case you ever need it. OK now for the back up. All the files that you will need is in this thread.

OK the first step is to download the file e3_downgrade.bin from the website. Copy it into the root of the microSD card. Set the switches for the e3 with all down except unlock. Then bootup the ps3 and wait for it to get into xmb. Once it gets there, press the start key on the e3 board and wait for all the lights to come on 1-2-3-etc... into all 8 are lite. From there restart the ps3.

The system will tell you to plug in the joystick. Do not do nothing else at this time. Just unplug the ps3 and wait for the next step.
Plug in the downgrade doggle that you have ready into the near usb port to the blu-ray player. Press the power button and the eject buton right away to reach the factory mode. The ps3 will turn off after a while.

Next copy the files from the Enter and exit factory service mode file v1.2, there are two steps in this download. You need the one in the first step. There should be a Lv2diag.self and PS3UPDAT.PUP to the root directory of an usb drive with nothing on it. Plug the flash stick into the usb port closest to the blu-ray drive. Turn on the ps3 and this should take about 4 mins to install everything again.

Now put the usb file back into the computer and erase all the files from the usb. Go into the file that you downloaded and put the step 2 files onto the usb drive. From here plug the usb drive into the 2nd port the one closest to the blu-ray drive. Now turn on the ps3 and wait for it to get done. It will turn off by itself. Once it is done pull out the usb drive and turn on the ps3 and then you will have downgraded the ps3 and you are ready to go.

So I went a little more into to see what the e3flasher was made out of. I went ahead and bricked the ps3 to see if the backup that I made would work. I followed the guide that they have posted by soldering the wire that they told me to from the ps3 mainboard to the e3flasher. Set all switches to down put the fun flash one like it said and hit restore. Waited for the porgess to stop. Once it did I went ahead and turned on the ps3 and nothing happened. It is now stuck with a black screen. I still have the dump off the e3 flasher.

SO now I will be looking for a mod with a proskeet that you would be willing to help me finish what I started. I have sold my proskeet for reasons of helping out a friend and money is a little low because of my mother being in the hopsital and being by her for a while. But if there is a mod that would be will help pm me and we can see if the read is any good and if someone could figure this out. Thanks all for reading.

#179 - sindymendler - 164w ago
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i don't know where they are

#178 - HeyManHRU - 164w ago
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Well thanks for the update racer0018, it was also very hard getting the clip to stay on when I installed it. Hopefully the E3 team will do a better job next time on their flasher.

#177 - racer0018 - 164w ago
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Well my install didn't go very well. I thought i installed it right. However the clip is really loose on mine and it will not do anything. I have tried to place it on there just right about five times and nothing. I have also tried to do with the ps3 taken apart and everything hooked up to it.

I have contacted the place that i got it at and seen if they could help. I also contacted e3 and seen what they can do. I will wait and see what they have to say and post back. Sorry can't make a guide without it working. Thanks


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