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


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165w 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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jonasthern's Avatar
#69 - jonasthern - 83w ago
I enter Factory Service Mode by installing the FactoryServiceMode v0.2 tool (pkg file) from xmb. Then i start the remarry process from USB pendrive. It shows on screen "Drive Init Executing" and numbers, and the PS3 shutdown with no message, it simple shutdown. Then i enter FactoryServiceMode, but can't see any bluray icon, and that is my main problem, because with out it i can't play homebrews.

I'm i doing things right? At some point of the tutorial it's says Put a BD movie disc in and run it on the PS3. (This restores your DRL files!) , but i don't have any bluray movie disk.

Is this really necessary? I just want the bluray icon on the xmb, i don't want to watch bluray movies on the PS3.

modz4fun420's Avatar
#68 - modz4fun420 - 84w ago
what does it mean by run? Do I system update the files?

h82skate1968's Avatar
#67 - h82skate1968 - 108w 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 - 108w 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 - 108w 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.

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