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my Review of Pic-Fun(a.k.a P3Free+/P3FreePlus)
my Review of Pic-Fun(a.k.a P3Free+/P3FreePlus) –
for those asking what's the difference between P3Free and Pic-Fun(P3Free+), refer to these images.
LEFT: Pic-Fun(P3Free+) RIGHT: P3Free
so where do we start? i was chosen to receive the review kit by patrick(thank you) and it was sent to me from HongKong.
the noticeable difference of Pic-Fun to its older brother P3Free is that aside from the button you press when upgrading, there is a switch that you could move to put RC6 to GND(used for other schematics). And the leds are now inside the dongle. (refer to pics above)
the first thing i did was plug it into my laptop and test it for upgrading. the dongle came to me with a demo firmware(hex/payload) so it still doesn't have the capability to jailbreak my PS3.
but don't fret, it's really easy to upgrade.
Fact: Pic-Fun(P3Free+/P3FreePlus) is preflashed with USBHID bootloader for upgrading via USB.
to upgrade the Pic-Fun via USB, just follow the steps in their SITE.
Note: when upgrading via USB, make sure the switch is on the far left side, away from the button
For hex/payloads, you can use THESE (iLLNESS's PSGrooPIC Hexes and Information Thread) hex. I tested all hex that is in that post and it works. But since Pic-Fun comes with a programmer, you could hard flash other hex that fits its specifications. (beware of flashing different hex for I have no idea what would happen if you flashed the wrong one)
for hard flashing, you need to have a programmer that has FPC port, better yet get their programmer and follow THESE steps.
Note: you cannot use usb-to-serial to hard flash it since you will not get enough power to program.
okay now we're set!
i simply followed the steps needed to jailbreak my PS3(slim) and unsurprisingly it works. (never doubted it)
tried playing 3D Dot Game Heroes discless using PL3 that i downloaded from iLLNESS' thread, and it works.
so let me end this review with the PROS and CONS that I personally experienced with this dongle.
- Support is SUPERB!
- up-to-date hex/payloads (get the latest hex/payloads from iLLNESS' thread)
- after-sales support (Pic-Fun has a yellow sticker to know if you have an original Pic-Fun)
- easy to upgrade (you don't have to be a rocket science genius to upgrade it)
- can be used for other schematic (using the switch) [please do not ask me to elaborate on this for i will not]
- i dunno, unless a mandatory payload comes that needs more than 24Kb then that would be a problem.
Acknowledgement: i would like to thank patrick for giving me the opportunity to review their product.
Disclaimer: I do not work for P3Free and same goes to iLLNESS that was mentioned in this review.
Last edited by dualdeath; 10-25-2010 at 08:12 AM.
(I'll try to answer questions about Pic-Fun as best as I can)
Question and Answer:
Q: Why can't i use a usb-to-serial adapter for programming?
A: When programming, you need about 13Vpp. A usb-to-serial adapter only gets 5V from the USB port. Plugging the dongle on the USB port gives another 5V which sums up to 10V only. Simply not enough power.
Q: Where do i get hex/payloads for Pic-Fun?
A: HERE (iLLNESS's PSGrooPIC Hexes and Information Thread)
Q: When i plug it into my computer it's not detected by USBHID software. What do I do?
A: be sure that the switch is on the far left side and away from the button. Next, press the button to enter programming mode. If it's still undetected, do a hard flash. (refer to instructions here)
Q: Can I flash different payload/hex in Pic-Fun?
A: yes and no, yes you can by doing a hard flash and no if you're gonna do soft flash. (personally i suggest you just stick with soft flashing iLLNESS' compiled hex/payloads)
Q: while upgrading via USB it says "Verify Started" and my Pic-Fun just keeps blinking red light, what do i do?
A: it's normal, just unplug it and try it on your PS3.
Last edited by dualdeath; 10-24-2010 at 10:22 AM.
Just one thing though, "works on both fat and slim" ..... isn't that the case with all of the jaolbreak devices? Don't really see it as a pro for this particular device. :P
yes its .
anyway i have test mine too so far 2 pic-fun an and 2 max-pic and they works fine .
omg ... :d
- it's too easy to use there's no challenge.
actually there still 2 left gunna program it tonight one pic fun and another max-pin
wow you have 4 in total for jailbreaking. 2 is enough for me, i use Pic-Fun for PL3 and Max-Pic for hermes..
i always use backup because the first one (any product) always died in my hands .lol
so in order to get one work there should be some victims .lol
in this product no one died .lol
i dunno if that sounded bad, but it was supposed to be good.. lemme remove all the other pun intended comments..
Originally Posted by patrick
i am sure its all good .lol
My p3free/picfun in "PICPgm Programmer" says it has 44kb of flash memory. What is the correct amount 32 or 44?
Originally Posted by dualdeath