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


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152w 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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h82skate1968's Avatar
#67 - h82skate1968 - 94w ago
If anyone is having problems with the remarry process as I did this is how I was able to remarry 2 different machines with completely new drives and boards. One is a CECHA01 and the other is a CECHL01. One on 3.50 and one on 3.55

Followed this guide which is a very good guide. Although I kept getting NG and starting over trying to find out what bad hardware I had.
Finally I figured I'd just finish the process regardless of drive-init fail.

1- I put units in FSM with my e3 card reader (started with main power switch off)
2- Built USB thumb drive as per the instructions
3- Drive Init reports NG (here I stuffed the disk in the drive and did not remove it for the rest of the process)
4- Powered off the unit (using on off button)
5- Powered on the unit (using on off button)
6- Let Blu-Ray play for a couple minutes (never saw a picture)
7- Powered off the unit (using on off button)
8- Took the unit out of FSM
9- Power on the unit (using on off button)
10- Grin ear to ear while watching Dark Of The Night.

As I read the guide NG means that the process failed. I don't understand why but I was able to marry 2 units nor do I care they work and I am very happy.

Thanks to the creators of this process.

soggy's Avatar
#66 - soggy - 95w ago
At last got my blu ray drive to play movies As i was on kmeaw 3.55 cfw i put it to factory service mode and tried every blu ray movie i had which is a lot lol till i found 1 that played after that every movie played that i had don't if this will work for you but worth a try.

Also updated to REBUG 4.21.1 REX EDITION through xmb system update and blu ray movies still play.

h82skate1968's Avatar
#65 - h82skate1968 - 95w ago
As far as the NG goes I've been getting it on 2 units with replaced BD boards. I finally just inserted the newest Blu-ray disk I own while disk init was still on the screen then powered off the PS3 with the power button to get out of disk init then powered back up with the disk still in the drive and the Blu-ray showed up in XMB then started to play.

It worked fine. I've spent all day trying to figure out why I was getting NG but it worked anyway.

soggy's Avatar
#64 - soggy - 95w ago
Hi sorg,

I have linux installed on my ps3 but cant play blu ray movies any chance you could write a small tut.

any help would be great thanks

sorg's Avatar
#63 - sorg - 95w ago
Finally! Thanks to Glevand! I guessed all these games with remarrying BD drive are not relative to movie playback ability.

I've tried all ways of restoring DRL files, remarrying - all was in vain. The problem is that i completely don't know from which BD DRL1/2 was used before corruption. I even installed linux and started to experiment with HRL in hope it will help.

So, now i know these hashes of DRL/CRL is a key of problem. It even doesn't depend on BD drive. You can get another BD drive, remarry - it won't resolve BD movie playback unless you'll find exactly the same DRL1/2 files as they were before deletion. So, it's simply hash inside system of files from dev_flash3.

So, you can take ANY VALID DRL file (it can be any version - lower, higher - doesn't matter), calculate SHA1 checksum and write it to VTRM FLASH using Glevand guide. That's all you need!

My mess with linux on PS3 wasn't useless and i could follow the guide quickly

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