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Guide: PS3 Slim CFW 3.55 to OFW 3.70 with 2 HDDs Fast Swap


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163w ago - Following up on the initial PS3 Slim 3.70 Downgrade and PS3 3.7x Downgrade for Slims and Fats with NOR Flash news, this weekend Italian PlayStation 3 hackers DiGiTaLAnGeL (linked above) have made available a guide to fast swap PS3 Slim CFW 3.55 to OFW 3.70 with 2 HDDs and ProgSkeet followed by a New Method - PS3 Downgrade v2 Supports all NOR Flash from TwoStone.

To quote, roughly translated: Today I'll write a tutorial to "fast-swap" between CFW 3.55 and OFW 3.70, using 2 HDDs... at the end of the tutorial, you'll be able to swap between the firmware just flashing a dump on your PS3 using Progskeet. (instead of downgrading and losing all data).

The first steps are not so easy, so take your time and go on, by the way, you must have some skill with Progskeet, and it must be 100% working on your console.

What we need:


We need 2 HDD because the NOR flashes stores some parts of the current FW on the HDD so we will need 2 HDDs, one is for 3.55, and one is for 3.70.. We will call those HDD "A" (for 3.70) and "B" (for 3.55) don't mix them up!

Starting with a PS3 Slim with OFW 3.70.

1. Plug in HDD "B", format and prepare it if it's required by the PS3 and you should have your 3.70 up and running.
2. DUMP your actual NOR and call it "original dump 3.70.bin"
3. Now flash your "downgrade.bin" (edited with the personal data found in "original dump 3.70.bin")
4. Turn on your PS3 and be sure that the PS3 is asking you to press the PS button (downgrade.bin flashed correctly )
5. Insert a 3.55 Downgrade dongle and enter factory/service mode.
6. Copy Lv2Diag.self by Jaicrab and the 3.55 NO CHECK UPDATE renamed as "PS3UPDAT.PUP" in the root of your USB Stick.
7. Plug in the USB Stick in the most-right USB port of your PS3 and wait for it to turn OFF.
8. Leave the factory mode using the other Lv2Diag.self
9. After the reboot, you need to configure and set up your system... now you have a fully working 3.55 CFW based on KMEAW "NO CHECK".
10. DUMP your actual NOR and call it "swap dump 3.55.bin"
11. Unplug HDD B and Plug in HDD A.
12. Turn on your PS3, plug in your USB Stick containing official 3.70 update and press start+select when asked.
13. When the PS3 reboots, check that the system is fully working and DUMP your actual NOR and call it "swap dump 3.70.bin".

NOW IT'S OVER! You should have "swap dump 3.55.bin" and "swap dump 3.70.bin" ... Now you just have to swap HDD and flash the corresponding dump:

  • HDD A = swap dump 3.70.bin
  • HDD B = swap dump 3.55.bin

WARNING: Do not install other CFW than the "NO CHECK" one... because it's used to make the "fast-swap" working... if you flash something different you will not be able to go between the 2 FWs. This CFW disable the Syscon checking at the startup... so it will not freeze or complain when the syscon says "3.70″ and your FW is 3.55

In case you wanna update your console with a future "3.80″ or-so firmware. Do not update your console when you are running 3.55 firmware! You have to go to "swap dump 3.70.bin" and then update as usual (XMB or recovery)... By the way, the downgrade is confirmed working only on 3.70... we haven't tested it on other FWs, you could lose the possibility to go back to 3.55!




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Geiz's Avatar
#87 - Geiz - 156w ago
is there an official video for this? everything on youtube seem fake.

Pcsx2006's Avatar
#86 - Pcsx2006 - 156w ago
A software solution will be more prominent for normal users but i hope in coming weeks/months there will be a software solution.

SwordOfWar's Avatar
#85 - SwordOfWar - 156w ago
It is my understanding that you CAN downgrade on newer firmwares, but it requires this flasher.

Someone reported before that a v3.70 or 3.71 was downgraded using a hardware flasher. That's why you see these new v3.55 firmwares with the syscon patched, so they will run even if the ps3 had a newer firmware installed before.

I haven't looked into it since I'm already on v3.55, but that is what I thought when I read some of the previous news articles few weeks ago?

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#84 - PS3 News - 156w ago
Following up on the QT Flasher for PS3 Test and Localized Versions for the ProgSkeet device, today PlayStation 3 developers uf6667, ago and bmx have made available the Winskeet40000 Rev 111002 software platform for Windows following by official Linux / Windows versions from [Register or Login to view links].

Download: [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] / [Register or Login to view links]

Below are the recent changes, to quote:

11xxxx:

  • New Qt GUI implemented
  • Linux and MacOS X support
  • Added predefined and user presets
  • Fixed ability to select invalid ranges
  • Added a file patcher
  • Flasher: Added support for canceling running operations
  • Flasher: Added USB device reset
  • Flasher: Added support for erasing as a stand-alone operation
  • Flasher: Added cycle period selection, should help with longer cables
  • Flasher: Added abort on error option
  • Flasher: Reodered operations, full read, full erase, full write
  • Flasher: Fixed bug with unreliable GPIO operation
  • NOR: Added new write mode "Dual word program"
  • NOR: Added display of total flash size
  • NOR: Fixed flashing of the second half of Samsung K8Q2815UQB and likely other dual chip NORs
  • NOR: Added erase block region configuration
  • NOR: Added selection of number of bytes for buffered write
  • NOR: Added support for Spansion S29GL128N90TFIR2
  • NAND: Made custom ranges work
  • NAND: Added Dual-NAND reading. Reads a block from two NANDs simultaneously, thereby doubling the speed.

Notes:

  • If you're using 16MByte SAMSUNG NOR, please use Sector Size: 4kB/ Sector Count: 4096 and check "alternate writing method".
  • Differential flash, if you haven't noticed yet, will skip unnecessary writes (compares data on chip vs data in file)

Finally, below is GlitchSkeet Rev 111216 via [Register or Login to view links] for those who wish to RGH with ProgSkeet (for XBox 360 users primarily at this time).

Download: [Register or Login to view links]

To quote: GlitchSkeet: is another bitstream written specifically for the ProgSkeet flasher, which will allow it to operate as a Glitcher like the many Glitch-Chips out there now that are used to perform the Reset Glitch Hack on the XBox 360 console.

The GlitchSkeet Bitstream currently have support for only the "Trinity/Slim" XBox 360 board model, It may need some more tweaking as well as adding support for other XBox 360 board models in later releases as time allows.

But anyway, all Skeeters/ProgSkeet owners have the right to test this Bitstream as it is in its current state.

Compatibility: This Bitstream is compatible with ProgSkeet v1.1 Crystal Blue only, ProgSkeet v1.0 Crystal White won't work.

Preparation: Short R12 and R9, Open R11 and R10

Pinout:

GP5 = I2C_SCL
GP6 = I2C_SDA
Adr0 = CPU_RST (you must add a Capacitor of 220pf/230pf/270pf between Adr0 & Ground)
Adr2 = POST_OUT1
Adr4 = DEBUG PIN / LED

N.B: the Injectus Jtag USB programmer is needed in order to update ProgSkeet with this Bitstream.

Credits to uf6667, Ago, bmx, nice69 and to all ProgSkeet Team members and testers.

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#83 - juschill - 158w ago
Been out of the loop for awhile hope this isnt the wrong place to post.. what I'd like to know is as of right now is there and way to downgrade or use a cfw for fimware 3.61?

if not should I stay on 3.61 or upgrade?

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