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PS3 Acid CFW - XMB Custom Firmware XML Hack Pack Released

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219w ago - Update: Test 2 is now available, with complete details on the changes outlined HERE.

Here is what I call PS3 Acid CFW, an XMB custom firmware XML hack pack for the PlayStation 3 console.

I spend the last days in playing around with PS3 FW files and have modified some of them and hopefully unlocked nearly ALL Debug options.

I mainly have edited the RCO's and their XML's. It's phenomenal what can be done with a simple XML file.

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The Wii works on the same way, but anyway we can change the whole XMB via the XML's. It was a childs play to add some paths from one XML to another and add additional download paths for contents that before was only download able into one path. (eg PS3HDD or PS3 only games).

In my country nearly all chips that can be used to make a PSGroove are sold out. I still have some ATmega8 chips at home but I need to modify the source to get the thing running.

The LUFA software USB LIB doesn't support ATmega8 so I'm trying to use a other smaller soft USB but I will need some days more until I can compile the first hex.

Therefore, I am putting out these modified FW files for PS3 to let other guys test if you wish.

Be careful what you're doing and don't UPDATE. I tried to block every update option but as I said it's the first time and it's not sure that every thing works like it should. But together we will find it out.

• First download a PS3 FW Dump first (THIS is the one I used) so you can replace the files with the PS3 Acid CFW file linked above, and put only the folders from "PS3 Hacked FW files" on your USB stick into the dev_flash folder. Make sure to not have any additional files on it !!

• Extract the contents of dev_flash2.rar on your desktop. Use the xRegistry app (or PS3 Multi Tool) to edit the your own one and activate the debug options. I have set a bit flag but don't know if it will work in case that every reg file I have don't include one single bit flag. But as SKFU told us I have set a flag instead of a value.

• After that is done, put the xReg back on your PS3. Now insert the USB stick with our CFW and load the files with USB Firm Loader.

Let me know if it works and play around a bit, tell me what is working and what not. Currently only English and German should display ALL Debug options. Support for other languages will follow soon.

Below are a few things of what would be changed:

PS3 Debug Options activated:

• Hax_Home/PS3_Game/
• Install PKG
• Check
• Lock
• Unlock
• Chancel Purchase
• Delate
• Update via HDD
• Delate Update from HDD
• Title Store Preview (Store)
• Title Store Preview (In Game)
• Import
• Export
• Quick Sign Up
• Performance Bar
• No Memory Limit
• Quick Preview
• Owner Information
• Fake HDD Size
• CORE Dump
• Game Debug

PS3 System Hacks:

• Block Updates
• Block Online Updates
• Block Game Updates
• Unlocked Secret Debug Options
• Unlocked PSP Only (now you can copy PSP only tiles on any media)
• Unlocked Pocketstation
• Unlocked PS2
• Unlocked System Driver Pocketstation
• Unlocked System Driver PS2

I will now continue working on the ATmega8 mod and hope that I can get it small enough.

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#161 - cfwprophet - 212w ago
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Yea but one step after another. An installable cfw is more ahead then mkv or ntfs support.

But time will tell.

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#160 - Natepig - 212w ago
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It would be great either way for me as I use mkv2vob to convert all my movies, and although its a great program, I would love to remove it from the process altogether. MKV Support, NTFS Support, and a permanent rebootable cfw are the holy grail, ps3 wise, for me.

#159 - DeViL303 - 212w ago
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Adding codecs to the PS3 is going to be tricky, I think it will take alot more hacking and decrypting before that is possible and it may be completely impossible, I know its a different machine but look at the PSP , completely hacked for years and no extra formats have really been added to the built in media player (just some restrictions lifted), what happens on PSP is that homebrew media player apps are created that can handle more formats such as flac, flv and other xvid codecs that are natively unplayable , at the moment I think there is more chance of a homebrew media player app being released for PS3 that can play mkv etc.

For now I think this project is mainly focusing on getting full debug options working, while still retaining compatibility with all retail stuff like bluray movies , ps1 , ps2 games etc.

And of course developing the new HAXXX category into something great where all cool apps and extra options reside!

#158 - Natepig - 212w ago
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cfwprophet I understand that these things take time and applaud your time and effort thus far.

I was wondering if you could tell me if your cfw will incorporate mkv support and possibly some info on any other cool possible features?

#157 - bub16 - 212w ago
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come on guys you got to do it before the Spanish lol and good luck to you all hope it goes well.


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