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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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soggy's Avatar
#64 - soggy - 100w 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 - 100w 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

Bigbones87's Avatar
#62 - Bigbones87 - 106w ago
You can't remarry on 3.56 or anything above 3.55. You have to enter factory service mode to remarry and there is no way to exit fsm on anything above 3.55

swiftfox's Avatar
#61 - swiftfox - 106w ago
i need help remarrying a new bored with my ps3. the ps3 is on 3.56 and i haven't been able to find anything on it has anyone got it to work on 3.56

DSWiiLOrd1o1's Avatar
#60 - DSWiiLOrd1o1 - 107w ago
Quote Originally Posted by madrigal77 View Post
I got a pink "NG" like the picture below. What does that mean and how do I fix it?


I have the same problem... is there any fix for it? did you fix it?

Never mind I got it! I checked the config and it was trying to install the pup file I had. Make sure the freedbd and install systemsoftware are set to 0.

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