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used PS3 CFW buying advice
used PS3 CFW buying advice –
I'm considering buying locally through craigslist and then returning my cech-3001a (which makes me cry because it is in mint condition and I got it for around $170) to the pawn shop I purchased from. When buying a PS3 Slim 3.55 CFW, what should I look out for? how difficult is it to go back to OFW from CFW (and then back again)? finally, are there any obvious tests to weed out any hardware issues (opened console, bad BD, repaired YLOD, etc) that wouldn't be too ackward for the other person?
Thank you so much guys, long time lurker but it's my first post. I'm excited to get into the world of PS3 homebrew but a touch upset at sony for making a bad first step.
first thing, ask the seller if it is in full working order (this is a reasonable question to ask any seller when you are deciding to invest your hard earned cash). For example; Blu-ray taking/ ejecting/reading disc's, USB ports working, WI-FI working, PSU not faulty & Bluetooth working.
Secondly, if you turn the PS3 upside down & look at the top middle section, you will find a black warranty seal/sticker. If this is not intact, you will see a small rectangular section that can be removed to reveal a screw. If the seal is there, then you know that the unit has not been tampered with or repaired from YLOD, Blu-ray failure etc... Checking for this just looks like you checking what condition the casing is in, like scratches. If the seller can confirm it's in a fully working state & the seal is intact, then your good to purchase from that person. If the seal is not intact, then i'd be asking why.
Currently, if you upgrade above 3.55, then you will be unable to go back to 3.55 without purchasing a flasher and a downgrader such as e3. You can go From 3.55 CFW to 3.55 OFW & back to CFW though within minutes via the PS3's recovery mode. Both OFW & CFW can be found with ease & would just need to be put on a dongle to install.
Use this link if you ever require them:
Hope you get up & running soon
Last edited by chris20022009; 06-11-2012 at 05:43 AM.
great info I picked up a few spare PS3's as I've read the older 40gb thick ones will fail eventually. I looked at them and they don't have the stickers removed so I know it hasn't been opened.
I found this thread cfw-kmeaw-ofw-3-55-gaia-2-05-ready-install-pack-77294, but it's pretty old and hasn't seemed to be updated in a LONG time. Is that still the way? Also once your done what else do you need? I mean how do you load the games from the external drive? Seems like there is a tools and apps, but no info on what they do and why they are helpful. I guess a lot of guys post just assuming everyone know what this does and that does. Is there a FAQ or place for new guys to go to that's just getting started?
Once you install the cfw of choice all you really need is multiman, just get the newest full version. Multiman is how you load games from external and also how you backup games to the external. If you already have games ready to put onto an external hard drive you may need to look into creating the folder structure, and also be aware that the external hard drive should be fat32 which is easy to format yourself with freeware. One thing you can do is to use multiman to backup a game to your new hard drive before you copy any backups [that you already have] onto it. Multiman will create the folder structure for you. Then just put your backups into the folder where multiman puts your first backup. I think its called "game". You might look into getting the external data tool before you start backing up games, this will help to ensure that as much as possible of your data is on the external, saving space on your internal hard drive.
LGHT....i wouldn't bother with gia manager. It was good when it first came out, but is outdated now compared with multiman. Like felineswins said, all you need for a back up manager is multiman. It does everything and more lol. Once multiman is installed just have a play around to get the feel of how to use it or look for the multiman thread on here for FAQ's.
Your external hard drive needs to be formated FAT32 so that the PS3 can read it. Windows cant format large hard drives in FAT32 so i use a free tool called Verbatim_FAT32_Tool. Once your drive is formated, simply insert a game, boot up multiman & rip the game onto your hard drive. The destination folder will then be created on you hard drive for any other games that you might want to transfer yourself. Any game that has a file bigger than 4GB will be split up into smaller files because FAT 32 can only handle files smaller than this. These are known as split file games & can not be played as split. The easiest thing to do is to transfer the game to the internal drive when you want to play it.
If you come across games that require the firmware to be above 3.55, but below 3.60, then you can download & use Multiman's tool that can modify the eboot. You simply rip the game onto the external drive, plug the drive into your computer, boot the program up, then drag and drop the game folder into it. It then creates an eboot that you replace with the original one in the game folder. There should be threads on here that will explain it better if you ever need it.
If you require to play the newer games above 3.60+, then you will need to purchase a True Blue dongle for around the price of 1 game. There is currently around newer 120 games that can be played only through the use of a dongle ( for now ).
I am on hermes3.41 and I am able to play nearly all split games from external without any issues. Also I am able to use 3rd party controllers as well as do pretty much everything that someone using 3.55kmeaw can do. kmeaw3.55 may be the most popular, but that doesn't mean it's the best. The best cfw to use depends on what you want from it.