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


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179w 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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#65 - michael040990 - 178w ago
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and i wanted to be original darn lol great minds think alike also if you didn't want to go through all the trouble of the dual nand you could always hock your infectus up permanently to your ps3 and then make a new mini usb port on the back of your ps3 buy cutting and wiring up a male usb to female mini usb then use a usb to mini to cook it to your computer when you need to flash.

i wish i could afford one of these chips i'm thinking about putting all the information i read about in this fourm and others in one organized website dedicated to downgrading and mods i need help extracting all the pertinent information though.

#64 - HeyManHRU - 178w ago
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Something like what you just said was supposedly accomplished, look here - [Register or Login to view links]

... and look on page 6 in the same thread I linked you to.

#63 - michael040990 - 178w ago
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when all is done im going to make a chip switch i'll buy a identical nand set and put 3.70 on the original and 3.55 on the copy soldered to a daughter board also a hard drive cable split when you flick the switch it changes from one harddrive plus nand to the other harddrive and nand no need to reflash every time. how does that sound.

#62 - marmar - 178w ago
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I think imma do it too

#61 - Marsupilami - 178w ago
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I've got a PS3 with CFW3.55, can I install CFW3.55 no check and then swap the HDD and install OFW3.70?

I don't have Progskeet and I don't want to have it btw...

#60 - michael040990 - 179w ago
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ok first off i would like to say hello this is my first post here at ps3news and i am excited to be involved in any projects. that being said, would it work if you take the same model ps3's one with firmware 3.7 and the other at 3.55 and dump the 3.55 nand firmware and write it to the 3.7 nand chip using something like INFECTUS or progskeet will that downgrade from 3.7 to 3.55? or is there more details about it i need to know/edit?

#59 - trykenter - 179w ago
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I think my PS3 is old enough to try to crack open.

Thanks!!

#58 - mushy409 - 179w ago
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Think you're confusing this method with the 3.70 NOR downgrade method - as I stated earlier, this method work ONLY with the 256Mb NAND consoles CECHA up to CECHG (phattys)

The other guide doesn't involve the Infectus as it doesn't support NOR flash. You'll need to be looking into buying a progskeet...

#57 - joffe - 179w ago
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Quote Originally Posted by adrianc1982 View Post
I hope we get this method for the fat ps3s, but somehow I doubt it since they have the complete flash in the ps3 and not on the hdd. Correct me if I'm wrong...

This method should also work for CECHH and later FAT models - they have also 16MB NOR-flash. Fatties CECHA..CECHG need another method.
Quote Originally Posted by adrianc1982 View Post
But great fo those ps3 slim users because they can go ofw and back to jb mode with a couple of hours of work...

Swapping HD and flashing proper image.bin won't take hours. Cool would be to glue a PCB with 16MB NOR flash and connector to HD so you would swap the proper flash the same time you swap the HD
Quote Originally Posted by HeyManHRU View Post
There is no need to use this tutorial if you have Kmeaw CFW.

With this method you can use CFW with it's advantages or swap to 3.70 and go onlline.

#56 - mushy409 - 179w ago
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Quote Originally Posted by clementz View Post
How about new type of ps3 slim? Does this working with the new ones?

No, the Infectus downgrade method is for the older NAND consoles. The new consoles are NOR based which require a progskeet or similar to interface with the flash.
Quote Originally Posted by tysinb View Post
can we make CFW from this just wondering?

No, no, no.... This is simply to downgrade your console to the 'special' firmware versions (for jailbreaking/installing CFW) such as 3.41 or 3.55 (or whichever you choose)

 

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