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Guide: Recovering Blu-ray Playback on 256MB FAT PS3 Consoles


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157w ago - Following up on his Guide to Remarry PS3 Blu-ray Drives to other consoles, today PlayStation 3 developer Mark Webber has shared another on how to recover Blu-ray drive playback on 256MB FAT PS3 consoles.

To quote: Ok, so finally....

How To Recover BD Playback On 256meg Fats

  • You will need to QA flag your PS3
  • IF you are on 3.55: Using the special 3.55 downgrade PUP by Jaicrab, then down again to 3.15 or 3.41 using stock PUP files
  • Follow this guide to QA flag your PS3

By ps3nemesis: (EASY QA FLAG INSTALL)

NOTE BEFORE YOU ATTEMPT THIS OR ANY MOD TO PS3 FILE STRUCTURE PLEASE BACK-UP YOR dev_flash 2 FOLDER AND THE WHOLE OF dev_hdd0/home AS THIS IS WHERE YOUR PSN / DLC/ PSONE LICENCES ARE KEPT. ALSO MAKE AN EXTRA BACK-UP OF dev_hdd0/home/act.dat .

PLEASE ALSO BE AWARE THAT SOME PEOPLE ARE STATING THAT THE TROPHY SYSTEM GETS MESSED UP !!! FOOLS RUSH IN...

Note: Only works on Otheros++ 3.55 or 3.41 CFW at the moment, so you'll have to reflash to it, then go back to your cfw's (i.e 3.55 CFW > Otheros++ > QA Flag > 3.55 CFW )

Requirements / Installation Instructions:

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  • Rename it to PS3UPDAT.PUP
  • Install the firmware
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  • Install the qa_flag.pkg
  • Then run the qa_flag program
  • If you hear a beep, it worked.
  • Restart ps3
  • Go to network settings (Do not enter it) and hit or hold L1+L2+L3+R1+R2+down on the dpad
  • QA auto flagging is now done
  • Turn on the 'system update debug' in the debug settings
  • Play a BD disc with the highest MKB version you can get..Latest release from Blockbuster or whatever.

Note: It may start to play and then you get no video output to the tv. This happened a few times to me. Just power off, accept the "naughty boy" messgage from Sony and try again until it plays.

If it keeps doing this, you need to change to AV or component leads since your TV seems to not be 100% HDMI/BD compliant. I have tested this on several (at least 5) PS3's with 100% success rate.




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boarder1042's Avatar
#9 - boarder1042 - 185w ago
this is great news for those who lost their DRL1/DRL2 files during a downgrade. Also great for those who have a ps3 whose blu ray drive board failed.

Props. I'm definitely going to try this out.

IndyColtsFan84's Avatar
#8 - IndyColtsFan84 - 185w ago
A couple of facts that should be pointed out, their may be different models which will NOT work at all, due to the fact some BD Drives are designed for Dual-Eye lasers vs. Single-Eye lasers, and IDE vs. SATA drive hookup.

Also this most likely is only designed for the FAT 256mb NAND systems, as the 16mb NOR and Slim's use a different drive board marriage system.

And finally DO NOT TRY THIS ON v3.56 consoles, as YOU CURRENTLY CAN'T EXIT SERVICE MODE!

zant's Avatar
#7 - zant - 185w ago
wait, does this mean that we can potentially use the newer blu ray drives with the older PS3 systems? The old design of blu ray drives suck, the new ones are soo much better.

crazelunatic's Avatar
#6 - crazelunatic - 185w ago
"Blu ray drive you many now kiss the mobo" *plays wedding music*

Kiriller's Avatar
#5 - Kiriller - 185w ago
Got ya, thanks CJPC, good to hear theres alternatives if bad things happen to the ps3.

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