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ProgSkeet PS3 Hardware Flasher Project is Announced

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171w ago - Today PlayStation 3 developer uf6667 has [Register or Login to view links] news announcing a new PS3 hardware flasher project called ProgSkeet.

Currently the official site ProgSkeet.com doesn't offer any details beyond the ProgSkeet PS3 Install Diagrams and ProgSkeet Multi-Console Install Diagrams, however, he did provide some pictures (below, with high-res HERE) of the ProgSkeet device and the ProgSkeet Drivers, ProgSkeet Flasher Software and ProgSkeet Flasher Software Update followed by some more updates in THIS ongoing Forum thread.

Based on them, ProgSkeet appears to utilize an Actel A3P125 IC (datasheet [Register or Login to view links]) which is common among modchips due to its security, and offers enough address lines for at least 2 (if not more) NANDs with 16 general purpose lines and boasts 125,000 system gates with 133 maximum user I/O lines. It also offers JTAG pads, presumably used for programming the device.

Upon completion, ProgSkeet will allow users to downgrade and jailbreak their PS3 similar to the Infectus Mod along with backing up and reflashing the console's memory.

More details will be posted as they become available on the ProgSkeet project, with a video now posted below and a ProgSkeet Review for those interested.

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HeyManHRU's Avatar
#40 - HeyManHRU - 160w ago
The E3 allows Dual booting with 1 hard drive, you just need to format it every time you switch firmwares, which is kinda annoying.

GrandpaHomer's Avatar
#39 - GrandpaHomer - 160w ago
I'd say must users like you would incline to the solution customized to PS3 with added bonus of dual boot. Sadly - the hard drives would still need to be swapped - I can hardly see any other solution alowing using two FWs on a single hard drive ...

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#38 - elser1 - 160w ago
i doubt i'd use a flasher on any other device but who knows.. i'm dying to get on of these to tinker with but i'm not mucking round soldering on ps3s that are still new and under warranty.. LOL

i want the clip version and when theres one that works i'll grab it and review it for you all from my point of view.. i've never had exp with nand nor and didn't even know what it was 6 months ago.. LOL

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#37 - GrandpaHomer - 160w ago
Quote Originally Posted by OGroteKoning View Post
When jailbreaking way back when, the code was ported to all kinds of devices - Teensyy, iPod, calculators, etc. Do you think someone will do the same with this method?

As said above - the problem is not in the software but the hardware - you need some way to conenct to the flash / nand / nor chips on board and that couldn't be resolved purely by the seftware.

There we'll basically two directions / group of users - one universal, very versatile solution which will support wide range of devices including PS3s but indeed would be less customized and adapted to fit nicelly into the PS3 like progskeet and then other group dedicated mainly to PS3 use with additional bonus of being capable handling other devices as well - good example is the E3 Flasher indeed. It's up to each of us to chose what benefits them best and hope that suppliers of the device will support it with new hw revisions and FWs coming...

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#36 - CJPC - 160w ago
Well, if you are talking about using a calculator to reflash the PS3's flash chips - no. However, there was NORway which can sort of (at least reflash) for you. Of course, its lots of soldering, and it may not even do what you need.

There are actually a TON of uses for a nand chip reader, especially if the clip is good (soldering can get annoying to a nand flash). You name your electronic device, you could possibly get a chance to tinker inside!

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