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Post By mrdrifta
Post By onelifefailed
One honest question and I'll stop bothering.
One honest question and I'll stop bothering. –
I'm semi-new to this scene and to be frank I'm lost and more than a little confused. I've dug around for longer than I care to mention and my question boils down to this: I'm looking to live on both sides of the fence with a single ps3. I want it jailbroken to play backups/use as a (better) media center; and I would also like the freedom of playing online so... Is it at all feasible to think that I can have two internal HDDs (to be used seperately, not in conjunction), one hdd for cfw to keep my backups on, one ofw for regular use and online play? I know the steps to getting the system back to stock; the firmware reset via recovery menu, format of the hdd, reset settings to stock, etc... to avoid the risk of psn bannishment. My problem comes in when I try to find where the firmware resides? Is it strictly hdd related and whatever hdd I have mounted will be how the system will boot or is it likely more complicated than that?
I just want a kind answer to this query, sorry if it sounds mental but I just don't know if this is possible.
Your talking about dualbooting OFW and CFW? This is possible, but only with certain PS3 types and with some soldering skills. Look up Dual booting for further information. Though due to the release of OFW 4.00, this is not possible at this very moment untill it is verified it still works with this firmware.
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Hiya back Damanptyltd,
Thank you very much for your fast response and not laughing at the new guy! No idea why I haven't stumbled upon that yet, guess I didn't look hard enough. Sorry for taking up board space.
Sidenote: The E3 flasher seems a bit sketchy for me, I just watched the install performed by Chris from techtv and that seems a bit extreme for me.
And I liked what I read that Gref had posted awhile back about the dual boot from a single drive, but is it just as complicated if they were to be altogther seperate drives?
Last edited by onelifefailed; 11-30-2011 at 10:05 PM.
Haha no worries, you approached the question properly, and actually attempted to research your answer before screaming "1 N3ED ANS3RS PL0X.", in which case i have no issue helping
I'm not sure about this single drive method, and yes E3 is terrible, need to go with the likes of projskeet, though the installation is still pretty extreme. But their may be a clip on version for the slim now, but not too sure.
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If your fairly good with soldering (and you have a newer NOR flash ps3 -CECHHXX or newer) i would suggest using a Teensy++ as its so small that you can install it into the ps3 easily and put it completely back together and still access the flasher, and its cheap.
It takes about 45-60 mins to install one tidily into the ps3 and then once its closed it still looks fine, no need to keep opening your console to reflash.
No matter what your choice of flasher the process for dual boot is like so:
You should read these pages HERE and HERE and HERE
1)install system 3.73(4.0 once its been confirmed to still work).
2)Connect flasher and take a dump of your flash image(2 or 3 to check that they match and are good dumps)
3) Open dump in a Hex Editing program (HxD) and replace the ros and rvk,pkg,etc parts of your flash with the downgrade v2 patches.
Save new file as 3.55CFW or something different to your 3.73(4.0) file.
4)Remove your 3.73(4.0) harddrive and replace with the harddrive you want for your CFW 3.55. Restore the 3.73 software onto this drive.
5)Flash your 3.55 patched flash file (3.55CFW in my case) to the NOR chip in the ps3.
6) Boot PS3 into service mode and install a 3.55CFW with syscon checks disabled (i suggest Rogeros cfw v2-found on the downgrade with nor flasher ps3devwiki page)
7)exit service mode.
From here you should be able to flash 3.73(4.0) to your NOR and insert your 3.73(4.0) OFW harddrive. when you turn your ps3 on it should load 3.73 OFW.
Then when you want to play homebrew you just need to flash the 3.55CFW file back to the NOR and insert your CFW Harddrive.
I guess ill make up a full tutorial soon, ive already answered similar questions a few times now
Last edited by mrdrifta; 12-01-2011 at 12:00 AM.
Reason: adding links
You would need to solder a chip on top of the existing chip hehe
thank you all very much for your help, it is much appreciated on all fronts. I've got a lot to look into so I guess it's time to do some serious research now that I've been put on the right track.