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104w ago - Today PlayStation 3 developers mysis and eussNL on the Wiki have posted a method to get the PlayStation 2 (PS2) Software Emulator working on 3.55 CFW without a DRM-infected Cobra USB dongle for all PS3 Fat and Slim consoles.

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To quote: Getting PlayStation 2 Software Emulator working

Method (on Firmware 3.55, without! Cobra-USB Dongle or Downgrade) for all consoles (fat & slim).

1. Replace following files on your consoles /dev_flash/ with the ones included in this archive p3dwik-ps2compatfiles.rar
2. Get into Factory Service Mode (FSM Tool/Dongle)
3. Insert your Original PS2 Game Disc
4. It will run.

Note: Backups won't work. You're getting the compatibility of the 2.60 software emulator with all of its bugs.

A possible compatibility lists:

  • tortuga-cove.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=57&t=530
  • ps3devwiki.com/wiki/Talk:Emulation#PS2.2FPStwo

PS2 Compat. flag

All consoles have hardware information. In GameOS you can call Lv2 Syscall 393 (0x189) sys_sm_get_model to get your consoles information. In Lv1/Hypervisor its in the repository nodes sc 0x5B lv1_get_repository_node with Parameters "sys","hw","config" usually noded as "sys.hw.config#0" or something.

Result examples:

In binary formation:

XMB checks this flag and if == 0, it will give following message: "This model of the PS3 system is not compatible with PlayStation 2 format software."

Those interested in running PS2 games on their PS3 console may also wish to check out the previous Open PS2 Loader v0.8 for PS3, PS3 USBLD Loader Source Code and USBAdvn Patcher and PS2 HDD Support & Discless ELF Launching from PS3 XMB articles as well.

Finally, in released news IngPereira has made available a [Register or Login to view links] and below is also a [Register or Login to view links] video and release details by SONIC_BH for those interested, as follows:

Hi I just make a debug app that use some syscalls to do a reset into PS2 Lpar like boot_ps2 does, it should work on dex 4.11 or 4.20 but in these fw there is ps2 netemu instead of softemu so i need someone with an original disc of playstation 2 inserted on bd-drive and launch this test app and see what happens.

I am on 4.11 DEX but i don't have any original disc from PS2... This is basically the same thing that boot_ps2 does on 3.55 but there is a new emu file on dex 4.11 or 4.20 introduced on 3.70 with the use of PS2 Classics on PSN... This is not brick-risk, thanks to anyone who help me with this. Greetings...





1st - Download the file
2nd - Copy the file PS2 Evo v1.0.pkg to the root of a USB drive formated in FAT32
3rd - Install the .pkg from *Install Package Files*
4th - Insert a original PS2 disk on the BD
5th - Run the app and enjoy






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#179 - PS3 News - 128w ago
Another multiMAN Cobra Manager (mmCM) v04.01.03 update for those with the dongle and the changes, as follows:

Download: [Register or Login to view links] (4.88 MB)

17 - 02 - 2012 Changelog:

  • Changed: 4x2 display mode is rewritten to use XMMB engine which makes it 5x faster and allows access to all content (Games/Music/Video/Photo/Retro/ISO)

  • Added "4.11" option in "System Firmware Version" to spoof reported version to the latest OFW 4.11

  • Added support for loading network PSX/PS3/BD/DVD ISO/BIN+CUE images to lastGAME2 application

  • Added proper support for covers in "Coverflow" mode, without affecting XMMB and other display modes (covers in Coverflow/4x2 modes and icons in BOARD mode)

  • Added PIN-protected option "Reset Options to Default" in SETTINGS (press [TRIANGLE] to access it in the SIDE menu). Default PIN is "0000".

  • Added support for forcefully resetting mM to default during boot if L2+R2+L3+R3 buttons are pressed

  • Changed: PIN-protected options will not prompt for PIN code if using the default PIN "0000". If "Parental Level" is set, games which require higher level will still require PIN.

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#178 - PS3 News - 128w ago
Below is another multiMAN Cobra Manager (mmCM) v04.01.02 update for those with the dongle and the changes, as follows:

Download: [Register or Login to view links] (4.52 MB - Can be used to update 04.xx.xx to 04.01.02) / [Register or Login to view links] (106.18 MB - 3090 covers - showTIME lastGAME bdRESET ebootFIX ebootMOD ps3SERV)

13 - 02 - 2012 - Changelog:

  • Added support for creating ISO/BIN+CUE images from PS2 CD and PS1/PSX CD *directly* to remote host

  • Added automatic extraction of thumbnails after ISO/BIN+CUE is created (PS3/PS2/PSX/BD/DVD)

  • Added support for displaying coverart/jacket for Blu-ray and AVCHD discs (if /HDAVCTN or /BDMV/META/DL folders contain jpg jacket-image)

  • Added support for creating ISO files from folders to remote host (ISO is cached to internal HDD and then moved to remote host)

  • Improved FTP transfer speed (up to 10MB/s over 100Mbit connection)

  • Improved transfer speed from and to remote hosts (/net_host) (up to 10MB/s over 100Mbit connection)

  • Improved scanning of remote host content folders

  • Added support to set "External Game Data" for games/applications installed under /dev_hdd0/game or /dev_usbxxx/GAMEI (RELOAD.SELF required)

  • Fixed few issues introduced in 04.01.01, related to displaying/refreshing Retro/Music/Photo columns

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#177 - PS3 News - 129w ago
Today Cobra has released mmCM version 04.01.01 update (20120209) for their dongle with details below, as follows:

Download: [Register or Login to view links]

Note: In order to install this Update package, you must first be on version 04.01.00.

09 - 02 - 2012 Changelog:

  • Increased max number of entries for directory listing in file manager to 3584 (from 2560), fixing issues with PSX/PS2/PS3 covers
  • Optimized scanning for network content (ISO/CUE+BIN) (Video, Music, Photo and Roms are also supported)
  • Added "4.10" option in "System Firmware Version" to spoof reported version to the latest OFW 4.10
  • Added support for creating ISO images from PS2 DVD, PS3 BD, Blu-ray and DVD discs *directly* to remote host (remote file system must support 4GB+ file sizes)
    --> You can now create backups of your games and movies directly to your PC and play them remotely! (Blu-ray movies/DVD-Video titles may require additional decryption)
  • Added support for extracting ICON0.PNG for network PS3 ISO games, which don't have .png/.jpg thumbnail in the remote folder (when game ISO is loaded)
  • Added support for extracting coverart (/BDMV/META/DL) for Blu-ray ISO movies, which don't have .png/.jpg thumbnail in their folder (when movie ISO is loaded)
  • Added support for installing PKG package files from remote host (clicking over a .pkg file from /net_host folder in File Manager)
  • Added "Network" device-browse entries in PHOTO, MUSIC, VIDEO and RETRO columns to enable browse/view/playback functions for remote content
  • Added support for loading RETRO games (ROMS) from remote host
  • Added support for thumbnails for ROMS, PSX, PS2, PSP, BD and DVD titles
  • Added new game titles to internal database (PSX/PS2)
  • Fixed an issue which caused mmCM to lock during boot (on boot screen)
  • Fixed a potential issue which may have caused creating invalid *split* ISO files from PS3/BD discs (when output exceeds 4GB and is stored on USB)

NOTE 1: Playing video content from remote hosts requires caching to local storage

NOTE 2: For best compatibility with remote content, the following content folders are automatically created in the root folder served by ps3netsrv:

! - BDISO - for Blu-ray movie titles in ISO format
! - DVDISO - for DVD-Video titles in ISO format
! - PS3ISO - for PS3 games in ISO format
! - PSXISO - for PS1/PSX games in ISO or CUE+BIN format
! - PSPISO - for PSP games in ISO/CSO format (NOTE: Currently used ONLY for storing backups and not to play games)
! - PS2ISO - for PS2 games in ISO format (NOTE: Currently used ONLY for storing backups and not to play games)
! - MUSIC - for audio files in MP3 format
! - PICTURE - for image files in JPG/PNG format
! - VIDEO - for supported video files
! - ROMS - for supported RETRO games (gen/fba/vba/snes/fceu emulator subfolders)
! - PKG - for installable package files (.pkg) (NOTE: You can install packages from remote host in File Manager mode)
! - GAMES - for PS3 games in folder/jb format (NOTE: Currently used ONLY for creating/storing backups and not to play games)

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#176 - PS3 News - 130w ago
Today Cobra USB Firmware v5.0 and mmCM v04.01.00 Full is released for those who have the dongle, with details below:

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04 - 02 - 2012 Changelog of Cobra USB Fw 5.0:

  • Added support to play isos from a PC using network connection. No more waste of time copying between PC and ps3, play directly from the files on your computer!

Requires to run the supplied ps3netsrv server application (it is inside mmCM 04.01.00 download) on the PC, a version for windows and linux is provided (mac users can use the windows version with wine

Note: when using wine, we recommend to run directly the command line ps3netsrv.exe and not the gui).

Currently the following items can be played from network:

  • PS3 isos
  • PSX cue+bin or isos
  • Blu-Ray isos
  • DVD isos

Currently the following items cannot be played from network:

  • PS3 games in JB directory format (planned for 5.1 release)
  • PSP isos (planned for 5.1 release)
  • PS2 isos (planned, but we cannot estimate the version)

Although Cobra doesn't restrict the isos from being loaded through wifi, wifi is too slow for most uses, we recommend to use a wired connection.

  • Optimized a bit the read of PS3 isos (15-20% gain in external disk, not noticeable in internal disk)

  • Added dynamic firmware version spoofer capabilities. You can set the spoof in mmCM settings. As Sony release new firmwares, the spoofer can be updated by updating mmCm, without need of updating Cobra USB fw. No system files are modified by the version spoofer, all take place in ram.

Changelog of mmCM 04.01.00:

  • Changed: Nethost PC server application "ps3serv" is replaced by new windows/linux application "ps3netsrv"
  • Added support for playing PS3 and PSX games in ISO/CUE+BIN format from remote net_hosts (PCs connected to the LAN)
  • Added support for playing Blu-ray and DVD-Video movie titles in ISO format from remote net_hosts
  • ! NOTE: For best performance and compatibility of the new net_host interface, a WIRED network may be required (Wi-Fi is also supported)
  • ! NOTE: Root folders served by remote hosts must contain /PS3ISO, /BDISO, /DVDISO and /PSXISO folders to enable remote content
  • Added new option in SETTINGS column: "Network Servers" for setting up to 10 remote nethost IP:PORT values
  • Removed: *nethost* settings from options[_default].ini are ignored and no longer supported
  • Added new option in SETTINGS column: "System Firmware Version" for "spoofing" current FW version to 4.00 or higher
  • Added support for thumbnail images for remote BD/DVD/PS3/PSX ISO/BIN+CUE files (*.jpg / *.png)
  • Added support to copy files from one net_host to another
  • Added support to delete folders from remote net_host
  • Added support to view files in TextViewer from remote net_host folders
  • Added support to copy games and ISO images to remote host from SIDE menu ([TRIANGLE] in XMMB/XBDM/BOARD display modes)

Finally, below is a usage guide from coveman via: tortuga-cove.com/forums/viewtopic.php?f=77&t=2509&p=4828#p4828

1) Pick a folder which will be used for sharing: I created a folder called H:\PS3_ROOT
2) Created the subfolders for different type of content: BDISO, DVDISO, PS3ISO, PSXISO, PSPISO, PICTURE, VIDEO, MUSIC
3) Double click the ps3netsrv_GUI.exe to start the GUI
4) Click the box under "Folder to share" and selected my folder H:\PS3_ROOT
5) Click [Start] button

s3nint3!If everything is okay, a black window will appear with message "Waiting for client..."

s3nint3!6) Go to my PS3 and in SETTINGS -> Network Servers I added my PC as /net_host0. I set the IP address of my PC and used the default port 38008. Make sure that you find the IP address of your computer and even better - using a STATIC IP ADDRESS will make it easier for you, because it will not change between PC restarts.

s3nint3!7) After you complete step 6 - you should see the messages in the black-box "Connection from xxxx" where xxxx is your PS3's IP address.

In case you don't have "Connection from..." message, make sure that your WINDOWS FIREWALL is either disabled or it allows incoming connections to the selected port (in our case the default 38008). Also check if you entered the IP address correctly.

That's it. I guess I was helpful!

Tip: If you want to save yourself a bit of time next time you need the ps3netsrv, just create a simple .bat or .cmd file (I created one called ps3.cmd) and save it in the same folder where ps3netsrv.exe is saved. You can see mine in the first screenshot.

Just put this single line in your cmd/bat file and save the file:

ps3netsrv.exe . 38008

Pay attention that there is a DOT "." before the port. You can also use any other path and replace the dot if you wish, but that's not necessary. The next time you can simply start the ps3.cmd by double clicking on it and you won't have to use the ps3netsrv_GUI.exe.

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#175 - Malleco - 130w ago
We're getting there... But don't pay for a dongle, with patience all comes free...

And then there will be PS4 and we started over again...

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