Did it again. I got my new P3Free and it didn't come with the jailbreak but I was able to load this hex via usb. (P3FREE_V2.0_PIC Firmware [F2] for the [F1] P3FREE update only_[NOT NEED BD TO BOOT]). It worked for two days. On day three, no lights, no jailbreak, nothing. :( I tried to load the hex again but it wasn't recognized by the pc. This P3Free has a slider switch and a button on the end. What does the slider switch do?
It is a good thing I already had my Fun-Pic + Prog Bundle ordered, so I can reprogram the two that have already (soft) broke.
Those are the steps I have been doing.
What do you mean unplug? What and when are you unplugging?
I brick my p3free, while trying upgrading to the new hermes with psn support. I plug in the PIC programer. The PIC programer is detected.. its said JDM programmer or something like that.. but when I try to program is said PIC not found.. any help would be appreciated.
The same thing has happened for me. Working for 2 days and now nothing... No lights and p3free updater doesnt work, where do you buy the programmer to reload the bootloader on? Anyone know of anywhere in Australia? Or from a store that may sell them? Also there doesnt seem to be a serial port on my PC or Laptop.
IC2005*Smart*Shop has them and you need a serial port find a comp with one.
I was going to purchase a serial port PCI card...
Does the fact that the P3Free has no lights mean that it could be fixed with the PIC Programmer or does it mean that it is dead? As mentioned it was working fine for 2 days, then all of a sudden nothing... No lights and PC wouldnt recognise it.... Not sure how it happened either... I turned off PS3 via controller with P3free in it and then when I went to boot it up a few hours later it wasnt working...
When you reflash the bootloader, change the config settings to enable Hardware Brownout Protection @ 4.5V as seen in the screenshot above.
By default, if its even on, its set at 2.0V. The operating range of the standard 18F pics is ~4-5V (only the low voltage ones work at less than 4V)
What happens is, you turn your PS3s mains power off, and the voltage on the USB port slowly drops as the internal capacitors of the PS3s usb circuitry discharge.
The PIC doesn't function properly at these lower voltages and can jump around the program memory (sometimes hitting the write/erase functions of the bootloader) or it can even misinterpret normal commands as something else.
Brownout protection puts the device in a RESET hold state when the voltage drops too low.
astrogal: where in Australia are you? I've got all the programming stuff here in Perth (Thanks Patrick!)
Just checked, my P3FREE sample has BrownOut Protection disabled.