Review of the Minimus 32k AVR
Based on the original Minimus, this new design comes with the more powerful ATMEGA32U2 chipset, giving you tons of flashable space, a whole 32K to enjoy!
Following along in the footsteps of the first wonderful Minimus product this one is also built in the same factory run by Team-Xecutor as such you get one well-designed and quailty-built dongle that will handle the stress of flashing all the latest payloads, and inserting in and out of your PS3 console when you wish to Jailbreak it!
The best thing about this latest version of the Minimus product, is that it uses the more powerful ATMEGA32U2 chipset, as such it gives the developer over twice the amount of space to work with, giving the end-user more features and being able to fully use the more advance and complex payloads that have appeared like the neat Marcan42's AsbestOS that allows you to finally load a version of Linux on your Jailbroken PS3 Console! -- This is not possible with older or smaller dongles that give the user only a tiny little bit of flashable space.
Their is no tools or code supplied by Minimus 32k, but being an ATMEL device you can use all the standard Flip software and drivers to flash the 32K of memory with your own custom code, or in my case a Hermesv4b 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, then release the HWB button you were previously holding.
You know you have done it right because only GREEN LED will be ON, and then your PC should detect an ATMEL device, and only the first time you have will have install some USB device drivers already supplied by the ATMEL Flip software which you must have installed already on your PC.
For my review of course, I found a nice PSGroove complied hex using the latest "Hermes v4b" PS3 payload, which I attached here for your usage, I also attached a nice "tutorial" on how to flash the device, that I grabbed from the official site for the Minimus 32K device.
Another good feature I like about the Minimus 32k device is that comes with a standard USB connector, so it plugs into my PC 100% like any normal device should, and the same with my PS3 console.
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 Minimus has three little LEDs on it, one RED and one GREEN, and another that is BLUE, but depending on how the developer programs the lights with the flash you use, might change the order or function of them, there is even a neat payload I see that "Blink's" the lights as your system boots up!
For the payload I used in my review that lights worked as follows:
When the PS3 starts up, both the RED and GREEN lights will be on, and then once the PS3 has been Jailbroken, the RED one goes off, leaving just the GREEN one on, and then you can then safely remove the Minimus if you so wish.
I then installed the latest Rogero Manager, which I find is one of the best managers available at the moment and tried out a few PS3 games, and everything worked like it should.
I end my personal review with a list of PRO's and CON's for this device:
* Has a standard USB connector, so it fits like a glove!
* Three nice LED's to know what mode your dongle is in!
* Two small buttons to put into DFU mode to flash on your PC!
* Well layout PCB design from a company with very long solid history!
* Has 24 clearly marked holes for adding your own fancy hardware on it!
* Previously no case! ** But now can order a nice professional case for it!
* There is none now! ** This is one solid, well-featured, quailty-built dongle!
Mine came with NO CASE, but I been informed that there is now a professional case available:
Now with the above case, this completes the Minimus 32K to be a totally professional product with no faults, and will bring you years of good solid daily usage on your PS3 Console!
That's all folks, my many thanks to FoundMy for sending me samples of this wonderful more powerful device, that is joy to use and program!
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