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224w 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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#81 - PS3 News - 223w ago
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Quote Originally Posted by cfwprophet View Post
First update is available.

[Register or Login to view links] have removed some rco's they only haved the normal text removed with some custom joke text like "System Update" to "System Downgrade".

Nice cfwprophet, and I have updated the main article and first post with it as well.

#80 - n4ru - 223w ago
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Really looking forward to this on 3.41.

#79 - cfwprophet - 223w ago
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First update is available.

[Register or Login to view links] have removed some rco's they only haved the normal text removed with some custom joke text like "System Update" to "System Downgrade".

This time i only used the "importend" rco's wich define some debug options.Also the gim's are untouched (unconverted) and lossy options dont used.At least all patched rco's does now mach in size (some needed a zlib compression and some other not)

Found the OtherOS option still present in the .xml and unlocked it.But we have no otheros module so the option will not work.But as next i will try to include the otheros module from a older fw version.

Geohot hase told us that he hase gained back OtherOS compatibility truth adding the otheros module from a older fw to the dev_flash of his ps3.
We will see...



Quote Originally Posted by DeViL303 View Post
Do you think you could customise the payload or make a small app to mount dev_hdd0 to usb001 and to mount dev_flash to usb002? I see that dev_hdd0 is mounted to usb when using patch to install game data to external on new managers/hermes v4 so it is very possible.

What we need is both the hdd and the flash mounted to external memory that is writeable because if we just replace flash files with those from another firmware using firm loader 0.3 the dev_flash does not match the HDD files and its very buggy/crashes very quickly if it boots at all.

For the payload this would be a unreach able goal because im not that good.(Not to time)

But for the firm loader i should be able to add a additional remount as long a source code for the app will be available.I toubt that it is. Beside that we dont know if this will work. Would be intersting to test this.

#78 - RMnTnA - 223w ago
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Great job on the hacked FW man!

#77 - doctorwho05 - 223w ago
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1. you need to dump your FW (dev_flash,dev_flash2,dev_flash3) to pc using ftp
2. then copy the files that cfwprophet has into use FW dumps on your pc
3. edit xreg file from your PS3 to enable debug then(i think) ftp it back to your dev_flash2/backups/ folder on PS3

then i guess reboot in JB mode.. I didn't do that and it fragged my FW i had to restore FW with OFW 3.41

I couldn't drag myself to ftp into my dev_flash2 folders

#76 - DeViL303 - 223w ago
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Do you think you could customise the payload or make a small app to mount dev_hdd0 to usb001 and to mount dev_flash to usb002? I see that dev_hdd0 is mounted to usb when using patch to install game data to external on new managers/hermes v4 so it is very possible.

What we need is both the hdd and the flash mounted to external memory that is writeable because if we just replace flash files with those from another firmware using firm loader 0.3 the dev_flash does not match the HDD files and its very buggy/crashes very quickly if it boots at all.
Quote Originally Posted by sharpie View Post
I need some help installing this to my PS3? idk if this is right but here is how my usb stick is setup:

Removable D\DEV_FLASH\PS3 Hacked FW files

Is there a more detailed tutorial or a video tutorial?

That is wrong , set it up like this: Removable D:\PS3 Hacked FW files

ie. Do not put firmware files inside a folder (dev_flash), just directly onto your memory stick.

Also before you copy hacked files over make sure you have a complete firmware dump on the usb stick for your firmware version (use comgenies file manager to copy your own dev_flash contents to the root of your usb stick).

If any files are missing or corrupt your PS3 will not boot and will give a ''reinstall firmware or try restarting'' message

#75 - cfwprophet - 223w ago
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Ok guys i finished the ATmega8 project.Its not possible to convert to the ATmega8 in case that the small usb loader works but for some tasks the jig will use we will need the usb.h lib again to be able to use the CDC.

Anyway the last days i come in contect with a developer of a new ps3 jig modchip.Called the ps3jig and developed as a dev board.You can use it as normal ps3jig to gain homebrew ability or as dev board to develop your own payload or bootloader.
I come to the prefileg to get some test samples and till and of the week (i hope) i will be able to test things before releasing.

Back to topic:
From today i have more time to focus on the xml project and will try to redo all the work and leav the pic's from the rco's untouched.After that i will focus on the 3.41 fw and mod this rco's.Maybe it can give better compatiblity as to time.

#74 - enohand - 223w ago
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you are already on 3.50, so therfore you cannot do ANY of the JB or mods, or run backups.. etc...

#73 - rustache - 223w ago
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[QUOTE=tillman;327071]no you need

#72 - tillman - 223w ago
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Quote Originally Posted by rustache View Post
excuse me guys i'm from Italy i don't understand very well... i just wanted to know if with this custom firmware i can use ps3 jailbreak and launch debugged games... i have a ps3 slim with 3.50 firmware, so i was wondering if i can solve the problem with this "acid" firmware... thank you everybody i hope i didn't bother!!


no you need

 

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