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PS3: Software modification guide with custom firmware to upload copies …

The moment that many were waiting for has arrived. Here is the guide to upload backup copies up Playstation 3 without use of USB dongle, modchip or other. It is a modification exclusively software, which is implemented on the console's original firmware and without disassembling anything. After the recent discoveries of Sony's private key, the community of modders and developers got to work to make it possible to execute any type of code on "retail" PS3 (those on the market).

ps3 firmware modification

Currently, with this change firmware, you can play online on the Playstation Network (PSN) and upload all backup copies from a hard disk connected via USB to PS3.

Caution! This guide is always valid but now dated. To update or go directly to the latest available custom firmware (4.50), read the new update guide with Rogero and Multiman.

PS3 Rogero CFW 4.50 and Multiman 4.50 modification guide.

The procedure is much more immediate and simple than that described in this article.

Tutorial sections

  1. Premise
  2. Required files
  3. Update the PS3 to firmware 3.55
  4. Firmware patch 3.55 kmeaw
  5. Installation of custom firmware 3.55 kmeaw
  6. Installation of MultiMAN
  7. Starting backup copies
  8. Conclusions
  9. FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)
  10. Appendix

Updates:Added important note for last update with Rogero CFW 4.50. Inserted paragraph Appendix with fix of permissions and recovery menu. Added short demonstration movie. Added paragraph for md5 verification. Added procedure for autopatch. Added mini-guide for the use of OpenSplit. Added new. version of Gaia Manager 2.06.Added new version of Gaia Manager 2.07.Replaced Gaia Manager with MultiMAN 1.16.08 and modified other info.Updated version of MultiMAN (02.09.00) Updated version of MultiMAN (04.03.03) and removed BDEMU-355KM pkg

GiardiniBlog, the staff and author of the article, take no responsibility, follow the instructions at your own risk. In this blog we are against piracy. Use only backup copies of games that you regularly purchase and own.

1 – Introduction

The guide is based onfirmware 3:55 (the last one at the time of writing) and works on all consoles (Slim or FAT, old or recent). Not excluded that in the future Sony can release updates to prevent the execution of their own backup copies or that takes steps to prevent access to online gaming. It is strongly discouraged to update the console for future firmware. We will write here on the blog and via Twitter and Facebook if there are news about it. Here is a demonstration movie (the movie refers to Gaia Manager, but basically the same as MultiMAN):

Modification PS3 Custom Firmware 3 55 Gaia Manager & Backup Copies

2 – Required files

First we download the firmware 3.55 original, the patch to be applied and the program to be installed on the console to upload backup copies.

3 – Update the PS3 to firmware 3.55

If you don't have 3.55 firmware, the first thing to do, update the console.

The update takes place via USB and, after downloading the original firmware PS3UPDAT.PUP (md5 = ca595ad9f3af8f1491d9c9b6921a8c61) we move it to a folder on a pen USB (of any size) in the path PS3 UPDATE leaving the name of the file unchanged.

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We connect the USB stick to the Playstation 3 and turn on the console. Let's move on to the menu Settings -> System Update:

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Press X and choose as the update method "updates via storage media"

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At this point it should find the original firmware file that we copied (if it doesn't appear, you have entered the wrong path or file name):

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We press on OK to confirm. We accept the terms of the contract, moving with the joypad to the right and start copying the files for the update.

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After the restart, the update will be installed

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Now that your console is up to date, you can proceed with applying the patch and installing the custom firmware.

4 – 3.55 kmeaw firmware patch

To modify (patch) the firmware, we are going to use bsdiff (you can download it in step 1) for Windows. Unzip the program into a directory, for example C: bsdiff and put in the directory, the files "PS3UPDAT.PUP"(The 3.55 firmware we used) and the patch file"patchfile"

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Click on START -> Run and write cmd by clicking on OK

In the command prompt that opens, type cd C: BSdiff (for example) to move to the directory where the program was unpacked.

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To apply the firmware patch, type bspatch.exe PS3UPDAT.PUP PS3CFW.PUP patchfile

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At this point, you have created the file PS3CFW.PUP (md5 = 2be5e87a22bf1e7f48e98fcabd38977b) which represents the modified firmware with which to update the console. To check the MD5 on Windows and be sure it corresponds with the patched file, you can read the paragraph Appendix.

If for any reason, you have problems performing the procedure indicated in this point, I propose an alternative in Appendix for theautopatch firmware using a special tool (for Windows only).

5 – Installation of the custom firmware 3.55 kmeaw

Now that you have the modified firmware ready for installation, you have to repeat practically what you did in step 2. Take the pen USB, and in the path PS3 UPDATE delete the file PS3UPDAT.PUP (if any) and copy the modified firmware PS3CFW.PUP

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Rename the file PS3CFW.PUP in PS3UPDAT.PUP otherwise the console will not find it and you will not be able to continue with the update. Start the PS3, choose Settings -> System Update with the USB stick inserted and the screen displayed, I will have to show you that the new firmware found on firmware 3.55-kmeaw:

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Continue accepting the contract and wait for the copy of the files, the restart of the PS3 and the subsequent installation.

WARNING! If the PS3 shows a message informing you that it cannot proceed with the installation because you already have the latest firmware, you must install the update from the recovery menu of the console. To access the recovery menu, see the paragraph Appendix.

Congratulations, your console now updated with the firmware 3.55-kmeaw which allows the installation of both signed and unsigned software and the ability to upload backup copies from a external USB hard drive formatted in FAT32!

6 – Installation of multiMAN Backup Manager

You now have two new menu submenus in your console Game, among which "Install PKG Files?Which will allow you to install any type of homebrew or third party program. To install programs on PS3, just copy it to the root (in the main directory) of the USB stick and it will be automatically found from the console.

For example, let's copy multiman which allows us to perform backup copies and also carry out the dump (the copy from Blu-ray to hard disk) of our original games.

Unpack the archive of multiman that you downloaded in step 1 and copy both files in the USB stick. It is necessary to install BD-EMU together with the program multiman to make your backup copies:

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All games must be in a directory GAMES (or GAMEZ) of the hard disk.

Plug in the pen again USB to the console and press on Install PKG Files in the menu Game.

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You will be shown a list of possible pkg to be installed on the console. Select the one related to multiman copied just before. Continue with theinstallation. Select the file later BDEMU-355KM.pkg and install also the latter (necessary for blueray emulation).

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7 – Starting backup copies

Take a hard drive with a lot of space (games occupy an average of 15, 20 GB) and connect it to the console. You can also use the PS3 internal hard disk (see also notes included in the paragraph Conclusions of this guide). start multiman from the menu Game and you can manage all your backups from there.

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To make a dump an original game on hard disk (and then save it in the directory GAMES) just insert it into the reader Blu-ray and press the key OR and then decide the destination (internal or external hard disk).

If we already have a game saved on our computer, just copy the game directory directly to GAMES (or GAMEZ) so that multiman will be able to view the list.

To start a backup copy, both from internal and external hard disk, just select the title from the list and press X. You will be returned to the main menu of the Playstation 3. Enter a any original game (it doesn't matter which) to start the backup copy from the menu 🙂

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8 – Conclusions

With this custom firmware, the PS3 will be able to run a large number of programs (ftp servers, emulators, linux, etc). As for backups, for now, support with multiman, provides for the use only of a hard disk formatted in FAT32. This means that many games, which have files larger than 4GB they cannot be booted from the external hard disk in any way. This type of games must necessarily be copied to the console's internal hard disk before it can be started. In reality it is possible to use the hard disk NTFS but only to copy a game to the internal hard disk (starting games directly from NTFS partition is not possible).

The system is continuously improving and other versions of multiman (and this post will be updated constantly) and updates from custom firmware. You will find everything always updated at the top of this guide or in future articles that we will publish on the blog.

9 – FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)

Q: Is it possible to restore the console to the original firmware?A: Yes, from the PS3 recovery menu (hidden) and putting the firmware in the usual PS3 UPDATE path in a connected USB stick. To enter the recovery menu see the paragraph Appendix.

Q: When I try to start the backup manager, the console freezes and I have to unplug it to restart it.A: There could be permission problems due to the use of other programs or the PL3 payload. You can proceed with a fix of the permissions (see Appendix).

Q: When I try to start a game, the screen is completely black.A: Maybe a compatibility issue. The programs are continuously updated and possibly firmware updates will be available on this page. It is possible to try with other backup managers.

Q: Is it possible to play online on the PSN with this firmware?A: Currently possible with some methods that allow spoofing (firmware falsification), so that the console continues to have firmware 3.55 but is updated to version 3.60 (the last one at the time of writing). However, there is always the risk that Sony will release new updates or identify the modified consoles and limit their online game (ban on the console).

Q: Are there alternatives to MultiMAN?A: Yes, there are several backup managers, I have added and used MultiMAN for the guide because it is the most stable and compatible with most titles.

10 – Appendix

9.1) Check the MD5 of the custom firmwareAfter patching the original firmware (version 3.55), you can check that you have performed the procedure correctly. Download md5sums to check themd5 of the file PS3CFW.PUP. Drag the firmware file over the icon md5sums.exe and check that the output is 2be5e87a22bf1e7f48e98fcabd38977b in the case of patched firmware. Up MacOS you can open the terminal and write md5 PS3CFW.PUP.

9.2) Enter the Restore menuFrom console off: hold down the power button until the console turns on and off again, release the power button. Press the power button again and wait until you hear two consecutive beeps. At that point, connect the joypad and press the PS button. You will have this screen in front of you:

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If you have problems updating the PS3 to custom firmware (or you want to restore the console to its original state using the original firmware) you have to select System Update from this menu. At this point insert the USB stick with the firmware in the correct path (PS3 UPDATE PSUPDAT.PUP) and press start + select together, following the instructions on the screen.

9.3) Fixing of permitsTo proceed with an automatic permissions fix (if you have black screen problems for example), download the FIX_CFW_355 package. Insert it into the USB stick and from the menu Install PKG Files install it. Then start it from the menu like a normal program; the screen will go black and after a while you will return to the menu.

9.4) Firmware AutoPatchTo facilitate those who fail to patch the original firmware with the procedure described, a small program has been created that will apply the patch to the original firmware for you. Download CFWPatcher.exe and install it on your computer (Windows only). Start the program (with administrator permissions if you use Vista / 7) and you will have the following screen:

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  • Click FILE on the left of the writing ?Select OFW PS3UPDAT.PUP File?And choose the original firmware.
  • Click FILE on the left of the writing ?Select where to save Modified PUP To"And choose the first name file (use PS3CFW.PUP if you don't want to confuse) and the route where the modified firmware will be saved.
  • Click again on FILE on the left of the writing ?Select Patch File " and choose the file patchfile that you downloaded.

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Click on EXECUTE bottom right and wait for the procedure to complete. Finally, check that themd5 both as shown in the figure.

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9.5) Large files

To get around the problem of large files on external disk formatted in FAT32, the use of the program is recommended OpenSplit.

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