General guidance on downgrading PS3
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Although i have been following scene for a while, i never actually tried to temper with my PS3 for unofficial customization which was mainly because of the limited CFW available and so much hassle with making games to work with it apart from the ones which were natively supported by it. BUT, things seems different now, after a very long time, we are finally witnessing scene coming back to life with the release of 4.00+ CFWs which will support all games release to date without any patching or much issues. I have general understanding for most of the procedures and been doing my research but still have few questions and would like confirmation on few things from the great dedicated minds here.
I am currently on OFW 4.30. I have already checked whats the minimum version i can downgrade my PS3 to using MinVerchk and that is 3.20, so im all good. Now, i would like get a hardware flasher to downgrade my PS3 to CFW 3.55 and then upgrade to CFW 4.30.
Now, the questions :D
1. E3 Flasher OR Progskeet, what are the benefits and disadvantages for each?
I am aware of the installation procedure for both of them which i am going to state but if there is anything i am missing then please let me know. E3 is solder less and provides external controls and management. It also provides DualBoot easy FW management. Progskeet, lots of wires to solder and have to open the PS3 to access USB interface for management but the whole modification is hidden inside the PS3. With E3, i do not like the whole external management with front access panel and eSata station for the HDD, especially, when it gets used by kids a lot of times. I am a bit concerned on the support for Progskeet, i struggled to find many tutorials and guidance online
2. If i have no issues with Soldering, would it be best to install Progskeet?
I know that switching between firmwares might be painful but then again i don't think i will be switching or will need to switch between firmwares much. I can prep another HDD for different CFWs. I do understand that PSN access is possible because of the upto date CFW and some spoofs still working but in next update, it can be a different story. I do a lot of online gaming so please keep this in mind when suggesting.
3. Can you please explain EXACTLY how the flasher downgrades OFW and how does it allow you to Dualboot, i.e NOR chip on the Flasher holds the 2nd FW ?
4. I have been trying to understand what exactly LV0,LV1,LV2 keys, bootldr terms means. What exactly is meant by term "signing". If you can please give absolutely simplified, few words description for these and how hacking these help would be great.