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Review of the Maximus v1.0 Development Board
Review of the Maximus v1.0 Development Board –
When the story first broke about a month ago with the release of the PSGroove, the open version of the original PSJailbreak, the marketplace was suddenly on fire for number of great solid companies with an history in supporting the Video Gaming Console Scene to produce a good product for the ever growing number of PS3 owners wishing to Jailbreak their PS3 console.
So it was no surprise to see Maximus a good friend of mine from Mexico to step in and start producing an ATMEL board that could be useful for PS3 owners using the AT90USB162 chipset, as Maximus had already produced a number of high-quality products for 360 console.
Today, I finally got around to publishing some of my own personal reviews of these wonderful flashable ATMEL devices, that have so many great uses.
Maximus has designing and selling very well many other products for 360 console, so they have lot of previous customers and long history of stable production and design knowledge, and good network and support from a number of trusted resellers around the world, that have carried all of Maximus products.
It of course uses the common ATMEL AT90USB162 chipset that has 16K of flashable memory, and contains a non-eraseable bootloader, so the device will always be able to be erased and re-programmed on basically any PC with USB support.
Their is no tools or code supplied by Maximus, but being an ATMEL device you can use all the standard Flip software and drivers to flash the 16K of memory with your own custom code, or in my case a PSGroove one for my PS3 console so I can fully enjoy the complete usage of all the PS3 features!
On the board is a set of two little PUSH-buttons, marked HWB on the left and RST on the right. -- You need to use these to enter into factory DFU recovery operation (erase/read/flashing mode), so you can program your HEX code.
Putting the device into Flashable mode is easy, just plug it into your PC, press and HOLD the HWB button, then quickly press and RELEASE the RST button, and the same time you RELEASE the RST button, you also release the HWB button you were previously holding.
You know you have done it right because BOTH the GREEN/RED LED's will TURN OFF, and if everything works bang your PC should detect an AT90USB162 device, and then the first time you have to install USB device drivers which have been supplied by the ATMEL Flip software that you have previously installed on your PC.
For my review of course, I found a nice PSGroove complied hex using the latest "Hermes v3" PS3 payload.
Once I finished flashing it on my PC, I then unplugged it and plugged it into my PS3 which I used the older larger 40gb model, so only have to flip the power switch at the back, and then quickly press Power and then Eject to put the PS3 into USB JIG scan mode.
The Maximus has two nice very visible LEDs on it, one RED and one GREEN.
When the PS3 starts up, just the RED one lights up, and then once the PS3 has been Jailbroken, the GREEN one comes on, and at the same time the RED one will switch off, and then you can remove the Maximus which is a great feature, since my 40gb PS3 only has two USB ports, unlike the original launch PS3 models that had 4 ports.
Once the XMB came up, I then installed the latest Open Manager and tried out a few PS3 games, and everything worked like it should.
Overall, the Maximus is nice solid dongle for this usage, but the only flaw I found in my testing, is it was pain at times to get into DFU mode to flash, it is even harder to do if you only had like me REAR USB ports on your PC, but a short USB extension cable from the Dollar store solved this problem.
I end my personal review with a list of PRO's and CON's for this device:
* Very visible LED's so you know it is ON!
* Has 5 little holes on one side, for possible future use!
* Well-Built PCB Design, from a company with good history!
* Two large buttons to put into DFU mode to flash on your PC!
* No standard USB connector, everything is part of one thicker PCBoard.
* My unit seem to be little too thin, so it hangs down a bit on my PS3!
* Comes with no case, but I stole one from $5 chinese USB audio stick!
That's all folks, my many thanks to FoundMy for sending me one to review here on PSX-SCENE and to VGCRepairs for sending us a few that I been giving away to various homebrew developers in need a dongle!
Foundmy Online Shop: FoundMy
Official Product Website: http://www.avrusb.com
ATMEL Flip Software: Atmel Products - AVR Solutions - FLIP
NOTE: There is a new version 1.2 coming on Oct. 11, 2010 from Maximus, it looks great, comes in fancy case and 32K to play with, twice the flash size!
hey gary. How fast does Foundmy ships these devices in stock??? I need one of these deliver to miami but it need to be deliver in few days, not weeks.-please tell me your experience with them.-
They can use FedEx, so it is very fast, depending on customs since you live in the states and they are in Canada, you might be looking at most 3 business days.
Originally Posted by patmorita
Best to PM Terry at foundmy directly, and he could answer your shipping questions.
Also check out my friend's thread:
http://psx-scene.com/forums/f68/fs-2...vr-mods-68057/ (FS: 2 PS3 AVR Mods)
He has a couple of devices for sale, and just happens to live around the corner from you, so might you can reach a deal with him and get it by tomorrow!
Hey gary, i was wandering if you could lead me' to the right hex file (the one compatible with OM 1.16). There are so many releases that its hard to keep up to date. I mean the hex you used to flash you board. Cheers.
If for the Maximus I attached it already to the end of my review at the start of this thread.
Originally Posted by vimeo00
Thanks a lot mate, I've no plans today so I'll update my board and open manager too
Originally Posted by garyopa
Just stole your amazing case idea it fits perfectly
PS3 80GB FW 3.41 - Maximus AVR USB
PSP 1003 - 5.50 Gen D3
Core i7 860 @ 3.4GHz¦Gigabyte P55-US3L¦4Gb Dominator¦640GB HDD¦9800GTX+¦Windows 7 Ultimate 64Bit
Thank you for the hex file and review. I can confirm that this hex file includes working LED's on the device.
What do you exactly mean by this Gary:
I must be misunderstanding your statement here. Does it not fit good into a standard 2.0 USB Port? Therefore, weight is more shifted towards the back of the board when plugged into PC causing it to hang down?
* No standard USB connector, everything is part of one thicker PCBoard.
It depends on the batch of boards at least in v1.0 and in the ones I got to review.
Originally Posted by tonybologna
Some of them are about .5mm too thin, so the board hangs down a bit due to the weight of the big buttons at the end.
The problem with the Maximus is it is all one piece, the usb connection and PCBoard is together, normally the USB port is soldered onto a thiner type of PCBoard, and this connector is standard with metal casing around it, so it fits in all the time perfectly.
But the Maximus v1.0 design used a thicker PCBoard and make it shape at the end to fit into the USB port, so their is no standard metal around it.
The idea is great as long as the board is always cut right to the right thickest, a small drop by even a half of "mm" would cause it to feel loose when pushing it in and out of the normal USB port.
That was the only fault, I found it not a problem on the PS3 if it standing on its side, but if laying flat, at times it would lose connection or just fall out.
I hope that clears it up for you.
But v1.0 is old stock, all new models are v1.2 so hopefully I can review that product soon.