63w ago - While everyone is awaiting further details on PlayStation 3 Custom Firmware 4.21 from the Red Power Team, today multiMAN was updated to version 04.06.00 followed by v04.06.01 adding PS3 4.21 CFW support among the changes outlined below.
Added support for 4.21CFW (CEX) (syscall 6-10 required):
"Standard" BD-Emulator option (sc36) (Hermes not supported yet)
Direct Disc Access (LV1&LV2 patched for Storage Manager access)
Raw access to optical media (PS1 backups & Showtime access to BD/DVD/CDs)
BD-Movie Region Changer
BD-Mirror for INT/EXT games
! Not fully tested with Red Power's 4.21CFW (Hermes payload used and syscall 1021 required)
What's new in multiMAN 04.06.01:
Added support for 4.21CFW (DEX) (syscalls 6-7 required):
"Standard" BD-Emulator option (sc36)
BD-Mirror for external / USB games
Finally, below are some related comments on the multiMAN v04.06.00 update as follows:
From Lightyear: multiMAN has supported 4.21 for a LONG time. now it's just CEX 4.21 support... it's really not that different. and deank releasing mm that supports 4.21 does NOT mean a completely 3rd party scene group is working on a new 4.21 CFW! they are not even working with dean... they have their own backup manager, according to their posts. *facepalm*
FWIW, multiman automatically worked on 4.21... dean didn't change anything to make that happen. someone just tested it out and realized it worked. just like PSX support. that was just a native thing that someone just "discovered" was working one day.
From deank: I see no mentions of DEX in the "What's new"/change log, quite the contrary. And - no - the mM update server is not hacked.
I just woke up and read some posts about some chinese shtty dongle for 4.21... Just to make it clear - the mM update has nothing to do with it and doesn't need a dongle if used with 4.21cfw. It is a pure speculation I guess, because there are a lot of people around who won't allow another dongle to surface anyway. I don't believe that their dongle (which I doubt it exists at all) will see the light of any day!
Why do you ask me about their stuff? I don't know any of them nor do I know what they're going to do. Someone leaked a file from their 'promo system' (the eboot.bin they use to launch that old multiMAN version), I took a look at it, I saw what patches they use for 4.21 and implemented some of them in mM and added syscall36. As simple as that - that way nothing is hidden in 'their system/manager' and is available in the regular public mM version. I know for sure that their firmware uses hermes because I saw how the payload and stuff is loaded in that leaked eboot.bin, hence I mentioned it in mM's changelog.
I already posted what I think few pages back. In addition to that - I think it will be a huge mistake if they decide to sell dongles.
I added some additional checks to make mM recognize when it is running on peek/poke-enabled 4.21CFW. Then it adds syscall36 just like it does on 3.55, which means that games should work without patching.
When asked why update MM to a hypothetical 4.21 his reply was quite arrogantly: Because I can, no other reason.
Also from deank when asked why 4.21 CFW support was listed if not fully tested yet: Ah, just don't tell me what and where I should put.
Finally a few weeks later he partially comes clean, revealing what used to be open source code and making the following statement for those interested.
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mmCM 03.00.00 (3108 PS3 Covers, 2020 PS2 Covers) (showTIME, ps3SERV)
PS3SERV PC app: To be used with mmCM file manager /net_host# network folders.
SHOWTIME PLAYER: Included as SHOWTIME.SELF in mmCM USRDIR/sys folder to enable playback of video files
BROWSER.SELF: Standalone WWW/FTP application
Condorstrike from http://tortuga-cove.com/ps3/1189-exclusive-two-great-forces-collidemultiman-and-cobra believes deank is not working for the Cobra USB Team and has stated the following on the IRC logs below discussing it:
"We don't have confirmation on that, truth be told... we haven't spoken to Dean in a while, he did tell me a while back that he was going away for a while.
So from my understanding as far as I know, this is Team Cobra's app using Multiman's open source project... so for now, I'd say it's not Dean."
Update: The man himself deank has now made an official statement on the merging of multiMAN and Cobra.
Also, Team Cobra have released a quick update to mmCM to fix a minor bug that was present in mounting PSP ISOs without a disc in the drive. mmCM v03.00.01 update is available now ONLINE ONLY to Cobra USB users via the intergrated update system.
[Abkarino] deank had joind cobra team?
[eussNL] Cobra ~=~ TrueBlue
[eussNL] so if it supports the replaced sub_28fe30 and new section 0x80000000007f0000 that Cobra uses, it means Trueblue support is around the corner...
[middleman] i see deank sold out eh, that mustve been the big news tortuga was talking about
[TehRuler] no wonder he's been hiding
[middleman] yeah, went in hiding to make multiman for cobra, blah
Finally, below are the changes, as follows:
Added MultiMan for Cobra in the download section.
Support for games with split files.
Bugfix: special keys of bdremote weren't working in showtime.
Multiman for Cobra changelog:
Full ISO and CUE+BIN support (incl. create ISO from folder)
Full Cobra support (PSX, PS2, PSP, PS3, ISO, BIN, CUE, BDM, DVD)
PSP UMD game support when PSP connected in USB+UMD mode
Support for *.0/.31, *.001/.032, *.66600/.66631 split file formats
Join split files in file manager (select and copy the first file to get the rest joined)
Mount ISO files in File Manager (to browse/copy contents)
New display mode "XBDM" - XBOX Dash Clone
Support for games with split big files (from external hdd)
BD/DVD Region options in SETTINGS column
Support for PS2 game covers (OPL format, i.e. SLES_123.45_COV.JPG) in /covers_retro/psx (over 2000 covers included)
Integrated Dongle Updater (in mmCM XMMB column)
Option to turn on blue/green dongle leds or turn them off completely
Integrated PSX, PS2 and PSP database for names and IDs (over 13000 entries) (for PSX/PS2 discs and PSP ISO/UMD files)
Finally, http://www.ps3iso.com/psn-uploads/93782-reactpsn.html#post471885 has made available a http://www.multiupload.com/02SJME58PG based on the http://www.fileserve.com/file/QfxsVDt/Cobra and details on how it was done below, as follows:
Unself the vsh.self (try using MAGIC PKG 1.0), then HexEdit the vsh.ELF and replace the 8 bytes at the following addresses:
=====patch 8byte in vsh.self for reActPSN=====
version addr old data new data function
3.55retail 0x30b230 4b cf 5b 45 -> 38 60 00 00 // fixed allow unsigned act.dat *.rif
3.55retail 0x30ac90 48 31 b4 65 -> 38 60 00 00 // fixed act.dat missing after reboot
=====patch vsh.self by youself for new CFW=====
Then use self_rebuilder (also available in Make PKG 1.0), to rebuild the vsh.self
Drag and drop the original vsh.self and the edited vsh.elf
I take no responsibility for any damage or brick of your console... I'm just passing the info.
New firmware update, mainly focused on improving PSP support.
Improved compatibility with psp games. Some of the games that crashed early now run.
Added support for PSP savedata. Please note that in the previous release, savedata worked for isos that were generated from psp minis games. However, those savedata are incompatible with this new firmware. You can see psp savedatas under the ps3 savedata section in the XMB, not under the minis one. If savedata still doesn't work in some game, please send us a message to our support email address.
Cobra USB Manager will now give an error when trying to load a prometheus patched PSP iso, as those aren't compatible with the PSP emulator.
Added Cobra USB PS3 Updater to the download section. With this tool you can update the dongle using the PS3, require Cobra Firmware 4.0+ to work. Refer to the manual for instructions.
Below are Cobra Manager v4.0.1 and GenPS3iSO v2.0 updates, with the changes as follows:
Small update to Cobra USB Manager and genps3iso to fix an important bug. No firmware update.
Under certain circumnstances, Cobra USB manager and genps3iso would output an incorrect PS3 iso. This bug only affected a few games. In Cobra USB Manager, this bug only happened when creating an ISO from a PS3 game in jailbreak directory format, it didn't happen when dumping an ISO from an optical disc.
Note: If you get a corrupt data icon when installing Cobra USB Manager v4.0.1 revert back to version 4.0 for the time being.
Cobra Manager v4.0.1 (fixed) 13-10-2011
Cobra USB Manager 4.0.1 download was corrupted, and it has now been fixed.
Today Cobra USB Firmware 4.0 for PS3 is released for those who own the device... with the changes detailed below as follows: 04-10-2011 - Cobra Firmware v4.0
Added initial support to play PSP games in iso format. Please read the user manual for instructions. The emulator is not perfect and it currently fails in saving/loading data, but there are several games playable at full speed. We've fixed some bugs in the emulator, and it loads now more games that it originally did. In the future, we will continue to improve the compatibility of the emulator and fix the savedata issue.
A new version of cobraflash has been released, and is required to install firmware 4.0, that uses a new format. You can find it in the download section. Drivers remain the same, there is no need to update them.
New update format is more secure against bad writes, and it will be compatible with cobra updater for PS3 which will be released along with firmware 4.1.