Where is the firmware?
What chip on the PS3 holds the firmware? It must be held in some kind of on-board eeprom, is it possible to desolder one and then solder it onto another?
I have one PS3 with 3.41 and YLOD that I cannot resurrect and one with 3.60 that it spare so I would be willing to transplant!
On NOR models, 16mb is stored on a NOR flash, and the rest on the hard drive. On NAND models, all the firmware is stored on 2 128mb chips.
You can't transplant NAND/NOR like that. Each console has "personal" data on their flash. If you transplant the whole flash chip, the console will not boot because it cannot decrypt that personal data which is encrypted with a per console key (even if it did, you'd have to transplant the flash from the same model at least).
What you can do however is rewrite the static parts on the 3.60 console, effectively downgrading it to 3.55.
Thanks for the reply, I thought they may be somehow tied to a particular motherboard.
Originally Posted by Pereb27
How do you rewrite the static parts? Would that then allow CFW to be written?
Look for tutorials on the net. You will need a flasher such as ProgSkeet, and some soldering skills which I guess you have already :P
Originally Posted by eskay
Yes, you can write CFW to it.