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Project: Dual Boot PS3 - 2 NOR Flashes with Switch for Brick Recovery

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141w ago - I want to give everyone the heads-up on my Dual Boot PS3 (2 NOR Flashes with Switch for Brick Recovery) project and try and get some feedback...

For the last few days I've been busy unbricking/downgrading etc. The spare time I've had has gone into designing my own Dual NOR expansion board for the PS3

Basics are this: It allows you to install 2 firmwares - one on either NOR which can be easily enabled/disabled via switch on the mod board. Initially the NOR expansion will need flashing (Dump NOR 1 & flash NOR 2 with the image)

Could be used as a "Brick Backup" if for any reason you brick your onboard NOR, you have a second image on the expansion.
Primary use is of course to Dual Boot firmware without needing to use your programmer all the time - initial program would be a one-off.

Can be quite useful, hence the reason for designing it. I am quite aware of the fact there are other products available which function the same. This is my own design which is a fair bit cheaper than the current Dual setups.

Once final thing, please bear in mind this is a VERY early prototype atm and still in testing. More than likely there will be a few changes along the way, but updates will be regular (finally got my head round Cadsoft)

I've attached a 3D sample picture... please share your comments!

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#26 - Liloolil - 141w ago
Hi. Awesome project. Keep up the good work

Instead of an external switch board, would it be possible to use one of the buttons on the PS3? For example you could use the Power button to start the PS3 with OFW, and the Eject button to start the PS3 with CFW? Or use the PS3 controller to start the PS3 with CFW?


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#25 - GrandpaHomer - 141w ago
Quote Originally Posted by DemonoidMaster View Post
but... will it blend ? that is the question.. JK JK, no my real question is

What if i wanted to have my current 4.10 OFW on one side and have a 3.xx CFW on the other... would it be possible ?? to just switch over to CFW when i wanna watch MKV videos or play some roms... and then to just go back to 4.10 with a flip of a button.

Well that's the idea indeed but I doubt it wowuld be possible (at least any time soon) without swapping the hard drives as well (or at least having the external enclosure with dual hard drive and semi-automatic switching between them) - either way - no sharing of the (internal) hard drive data between both FWs.

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#24 - moja - 141w ago
Awesome mushy, thanks for your development! I love promising soldering projects, especially nand/nor tools! Are you using an acid-etched prototype? +rep!

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#23 - shummyr - 141w ago
Very Nice job, I love it, I cant wait to see the end result and will be happy to help where I can

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#22 - mushy409 - 141w ago
That's the main point of the design - easy switching between firmwares. Will be updating pretty soon... Need a coffee first tho

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