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Remarrying PS3 Blu-ray Drives on 3.55 FW Without Downgrading

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152w 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
  • 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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#11 - hajo1 - 203w ago
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it works great, i have a fat 40gb with a other board and a other blueray drive, i downgraded it to 2.30 and it fixed all, i can play everything now.. upgraded to 3.55, all works fine.

#10 - imtoodvs - 203w ago
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just when i thought i could replace the dead single laser drive on my 40gb running 3.56 with a double laser drive, you hit me with a damn truth train... lmao. oh well i guess i'll wait till someone pops up with a drive for trade.

#9 - boarder1042 - 203w ago
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this is great news for those who lost their DRL1/DRL2 files during a downgrade. Also great for those who have a ps3 whose blu ray drive board failed.

Props. I'm definitely going to try this out.

#8 - IndyColtsFan84 - 203w ago
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A couple of facts that should be pointed out, their may be different models which will NOT work at all, due to the fact some BD Drives are designed for Dual-Eye lasers vs. Single-Eye lasers, and IDE vs. SATA drive hookup.

Also this most likely is only designed for the FAT 256mb NAND systems, as the 16mb NOR and Slim's use a different drive board marriage system.


#7 - zant - 203w ago
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wait, does this mean that we can potentially use the newer blu ray drives with the older PS3 systems? The old design of blu ray drives suck, the new ones are soo much better.

#6 - crazelunatic - 203w ago
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"Blu ray drive you many now kiss the mobo" *plays wedding music*

#5 - Kiriller - 203w ago
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Got ya, thanks CJPC, good to hear theres alternatives if bad things happen to the ps3.

#4 - CJPC - 203w ago
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Well, up until now, if your BD drive was broken (the board), or if you just wanted to build a PS3 from parts you could not, as the drive and mainboard were married together. A PS3 at times would not even work without a drive (programs would not run, etc). But now, you can just re-tie them together, instead of paying $150 for sony to do it for you (if they even would!)

#3 - Kiriller - 203w ago
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I've read the article, maybe it late or i just don't undetstand, but what's the purpose for "remarry ps3 bd drive"? in lamest terms please? thanks in advance!

#2 - PS3 News - 203w ago
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Thanks for the news proskopina and +Rep, I have moved it to the main page now as well!


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