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


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155w 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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metzen's Avatar
#47 - metzen - 132w ago
Hello I have a couple of questions in regards to the Blu-Ray Drive Remarry Process that maybe someone can answer.

I picked up a spare CECHG01 40GB Phat PS3 Unit with a bad bluray drive and the seller provided me with the original BluRay Drive board. I got the typical error message when trying to upgrade to KMEAW 3.55 CFW without the BD Board so I connected that and I was able to upgrade successfully. I'm currently on 3.55 KMEAW CFW and loaded up Multiman and also installed some test games that I could install from a pkg. Everything works great.

Purchased a BluRay Drive from Ebay with working laser and still has a warranty and when I installed I made sure that all the cables were secure and cliped down correctly. I insert a cd and the cd indicator spins in the XMB but I get no CD indicator appear. Would this be because I haven't married the drive?

I have the Service Mode pkg installed and that works correctly and I am able to get into service mode and exit correctly. I am not sure how to execute/run the marry process when in service mode from the thumb drive once in the service mode. Keep in mind I am using a seperate thumb drive to try and execute this but am puzzled by step 5 in the instructions which states "Put the created USB Mass Storage device from step 3 into port 0 (closest to the reader) and Run" What exactly am I having to run because I goto the install package folder and no pkg's appear in there under factory service mode. Would it be the power and eject during startup prior to Service mode?

I am basically wanting to make sure that my problem is just not being able to marry the drive with the existing board or if I could possibly have a bad bluray drive and would need to return. I've heard mention of the ribbon cable being a culprit at times but I really don't beleive this to be the case. It appears connected in correctly.

Thanks in advance for any suggestions.

Msb12i's Avatar
#46 - Msb12i - 132w ago
It's a step in the good direction...

Still useless if you don't have a 3.55 console...

desirlena's Avatar
#45 - desirlena - 132w ago
Cheers! Nice to see

tilla's Avatar
#44 - tilla - 132w ago
Nice to see they're still going at it, shame I can't get it to work still. While in service mode after running the remarry program, it still tells me my system is not authorize for BD playback. Anyone with some insight here?

NTA's Avatar
#43 - NTA - 132w ago
Sweet. Putting in that extra effort

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