100w ago - Shortly after the PS3 QA Flag Method was revealed comes the QA Flagging Tools in PKG format alongisde a CFW355-OTHEROS++-SPECIAL.PUP which is confirmed working via QA Auto Flag with Flash, Run, and Reflash to PS3 CFW (Kmeaw, Waninkoko, etc) support coming soon.
Notes: These tools WILL format your PS3. Any and ALL PSN / downloaded data will be erased! The lowest firmware you can go to is what was originally on your PS3 originally!
If your ps3 came with 3.41 then that's the lowest it can go. If it came with 3.15 again thats as low as it can officially go! be warned if you go lower, you WILL brick!
1. Install CFW355-OTHEROS++-SPECIAL.pup (Doesn't matter what version you are 3.41, 3.50 etc etc)
2. Install qa_flag_extra.pkg
3. Run qa_flag (It will show up as this, that is fine)
4. If you hear the beeps, continue. If you don't hear the beeps go to step 10
6. Go into recovery menu and Update your ps3 with the firmware that you want (3.15, 3.41 etc)
7. Have it install and now you're done. You just successfully downgraded your PS3.
They have also stated via Twitter that they are working on a 3.56+ PS3 Firmware exploit, to quote:
Currently our main developers are working on 3.55 and below, I am working on a exploit for 3.56+ however. Anything key related and 3.56+ is currently not going to be answered. News will be released as we figure it out, If it works we will say so. It's still going to be rough to do anything though. We might save it for the new 3000 series of the ps3 though.
Stay tuned for more PS3 Hacks and PS3 CFW news, follow us on Twitter and be sure to drop by the PS3 Hacks and PS3 Custom Firmware Forums for the latest PlayStation 3 scene updates and homebrew releases!
Some PS3 Debug setting descriptions are detailed in HERE and also below from the wiki page: ps3devwiki.com/index.php?title=QA_Flagging
Setting - Value - Description
DTCP-IP - on-off - Digital Transmission Content Protection over Internet Protocol, a specification for copy protection of copyrighted content that is transferred over digital interfaces in home networks that adhere to IP. Allows you to turn it on or off for PS3.
ATRAC - on/off - Adaptive TRansform Acoustic Coding is a family of proprietary audio compression algorithms developed by Sony. Allows you to enable or disable ATRAC playback for your PS3 system.
WMA - on/off - Windows Media Audio is an audio data compression technology developed by Microsoft. Allows you to enable or disable WMA playback for your PS3 system.
NP Enviroment - enviroment - Allows you to change which environment your PS3 connects. Known enviroments are: C1-NP, D2-NP, D2-PMGT, D2-PQA, D2-SPINT, D3-NP, D3-PMGT, D3-PQA, D3-SPINT, D-NP, D-PMGT, D-PQA, D-SPINT, EI-NP, EI-PMGT, EI-PQA, EI-SPINT, HF, HF-NP, HF-PMGT, HF-PQA, HF-SPINT, H-NP, H-PMGT, H-PQA, H-SPINT, MGMT (Management), NP (Retail), PMGT, PQA, PROD-QA (Quality Assurance), Q2, Q2-NP, Q2-PMGT, Q2-PQA, Q2-SPINT, Q-NP, Q-PMGT, Q-PQA, Q-SPINT, RC, RC-NP, R-NP, R-PMGT, R-PQA, R-SPINT, SP-INT (Developer). There might be even more of different environments.
Fake Free Space (for CEX) - on/off - Use with Fake Limit Size to artificially set the free space on the PS3.
Fake Limit Size - X MB - Amount of free space left (in MB).
NP Debug - on/off
NPDRM Debug - on/off
Edy Debug - on/off - Edy is a payment service in Japan, allows you to enable or disable debugging for Edy Viewer.
Nav-only NP - on/off
Cdda Server - Production/Evaluation
Crash Report - on/off
Crash reporter Status - Ready/Busy/Never be called
VSH Crash Dump Generator - on/off
System Update Debug - on/off - Allows you to enable or disable system update debug, which lets you to downgrade with official Sony update manager.
Information Board QA Server - on/off
Format Marlin Personal Data - ?
PlaystationRStore Ad Clock - on/off
Geo Filtering for PlaystationRStore - Normal/Always Succeed/Always Fail
Remove Game License - ?
Home Debug - on/off
Delete Trophy Personal Data - ?
GameUpdate Impose Test - on/off
Network Emulation Setting - on/off
Auto-Off Debug - on/off
WLAN Device - on/off
NAT Traversal Information - on/off
Internet Browser Debug - on/off
SMSS Result Output - on/off
Adhoc SSID Prefix - PSP/?
Disc Auto-Start at System Startup - on/off - Allows you to start disc in-drive automatically when you start system on.
3D Video Output - Automatic/On - Allows you to set 3D Video Output automatic or always on.
Fake NP SNS Throttle - Off (60 sec)/ On (0,10,120,3600,closed)
Debug for HDD Exchange Utility
Fake Plus - on/off
Push Console Binding - on/off
Automatic Download - on/off - Set automatic download on or off. There's not info available what this does change. May be automatic system updates!
Motion Controller Calibration Result - on/off - Shows lastest results from motion controller calibration.
VideoEditor Delete Preset BGM - ?
Edy viewer - Payment service in Japan (manuals.playstation.net/document/en/ps3/current/settings/edyviewer.html)
Install Package Files - Will install the first (only the first) package it finds on the root of the USB stick, it will work only with properly signed packages.