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Remarrying PS3 Blu-ray Drives on 3.55 FW Without Downgrading


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145w ago - Following up on the previous article, today some anonymous PlayStation 3 developers have shared details on remarrying PS3 Blu-ray drives on Firmware 3.55 without the need for downgrading the console any longer.

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From the included ReadMe file via the PS3 Developer Wiki (ps3devwiki.com/files/lv2diag/remarry/remarry-3.55/), to quote:

PS3 Remarry Guide for 3.55 Firmware

1. Have the console on a working 3.55 firmware

2. Download the Remarry files (remarry-3.55.rar) and unpack to root of USM Mass Storage device. The following line is already changed from 1 to 0:

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This will make sure the drive init PUP is not installed, thus preventing RLOD because of syscon hashes on downgraded consoles.

3. Download official firmware <=3.30 as drive init PUP and put it root of USB Mass Storage device

Content of USB Mass Storage device should be thus be:

MD5: / SHA1: / CRC32: / CRC16:

  • Lv2diag.self C48E5EBFC00ABD89094CB73A2B0BEA59 / D229AC694910272DDEA9276B9FD4A2664800638C / C2D0A2B0 / 5327
  • manufacturing_updater_for_reset.self 9E3C9024E9243478D21C78E1C9DF2376 / 922EA202CA2EA36EBF2B5054605E17409B9A56E6 / 93F18A95 / EA0D
  • fdm_spu_module.self 33E8D3C12349CFD203930FD0C237054D / F660FD6EBEB12DC7F52B4E707A1F0D1BD05DF9F3 / 85701A9B / B75B
  • PS3UPDAT.PUP
  • cfg/standalone.cfg

4. Put the service mode JIG/dongle/PSGrade into port 0 (closest to the reader) and get into factory service mode.

5. Put the created USB Mass Storage device from step 3 into port 0 (closest to the reader) and run.

  • Drive Init Executing means it is starting the remarry process
  • Drive Init Failed with big pink letters 'NG' (No Good!) means the process failed. Most likely solved by fixing the communication issue with the drive.

6. After you run the initial remarry process, do not take it out of factory service mode.

7. Put a BD movie disc in and run it on the PS3. (This restores your DRL files!)

8. Then you can take it out of factory service mode.

9. Launch as normal.




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#16 - zant - 196w ago
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kem-400a drives go for around 90-100.. kem410aca go for around 70-80.

#15 - xUb3rn00dlEx - 196w ago
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Hmmm. Can anyone tell me what PS3 Drives are going for nowadays? I can see this as a great alternative to fix a broken blu-ray/laser drive for the people who aren't so tech savvy, but would this be more cost efficient than just replacing a broken laser? I understand if your board is fried than this is the way to go instead, but now wouldn't it be possible to just order the board alone too?

#14 - barrybarryk - 196w ago
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I wouldn't worry about drive compatibility between dual lens and single lens drives as long as the interface is the same (IDE in this case) as that sort of low level control is carried out by the drives firmware (on the controller board) and not at a gameOS level (motherboard).

#13 - zant - 196w ago
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what about the MGS4 80gb BC systems that have a double lens laser? they have the same exact motherboard as the normal 80gb BC, but they use a different drive. Would this allow the other Motorstorm 80gb systems to use the double lens drives from those systems (NOT THE SLIMS).

#12 - bl4cXh4td3m0n - 196w ago
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I just wanted to say thank you to everyone out there who made this possible. I have just finished restoring a 40g PS3 CECHK01 to working condition from two seperate CECHK01 consoles.

I now have very high hopes for the second as well, because of this method. I hit a wall 5 months ago with these puppies, today i got my fix... one is 100% fully operational and purring quiet as a kitten now. Thank you again. Great work!

 

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