This is a guide for those that have bricked their PS3, and don't have a valid bios backup.
The truth is you cannot unbrick without a valid bios backup. So what you have to do is get one.
I know your probably thinking "but my PS3 won't turn on" or "but my PS3 is bricked, how can I get a valid dump?"
Well, the answer is, you can still get a valid dump from your bricked PS3.
To unbrick and you don't have a valid dump of your nor, you need to get a valid dump of the nor. Or at least a good enough one, that if it is patched with Rogero's Nor dump patcher it will be good enough to install firmware in Factory/Service mode.
So to get that valid dump follow these steps:
- Find a pic of your motherboard [Only registered and activated users can see links. ]. Solder a wire from nor tristate on motherboard to SBE on e3 ribbon cable. This will keep your PS3 on with the first switch up on the flasher. Or you can solder a wire from nor tristate to a GND point on the motherboard. Both will halt the nor and keep the PS3 on for flashing.
- Now you need to try and get a valid backup. It is still possible even if you are bricked. Depends on what you did, and if the important info has been flashed over.
- So to try and get some backups, keep switch 1 up, and put switch 3 up, the rest down.
- Reseat the clip and get it on good. Or solder the e3 linker to know for sure you have a good connection.
- Validate your backup dump. Follow [Only registered and activated users can see links. ] to validate your dumps. I know that guide can be confusing, also look at [Only registered and activated users can see links. ] that helped me understand how to validate my dumps. Then you can get someone with experience to double check your dump [Only registered and activated users can see links. ].
- After you get a good enough backup, you can patch it with [Only registered and activated users can see links. ]. To patch it, put the bkpps3.bin in the folder with PS3_Nor_Dump_Auto_Patcher_v0.01.exe. Then drag n drop the dump onto PS3_Nor_Dump_Auto_Patcher_v0.01.exe. It will then apply the patches for you.
Click here if you still cannot get a good dump
DO NOT CONTINUE UNTIL YOU HAVE A VALID BACKUP!!! If you try to continue without a valid backup, you may flash over the info we need to unbrick the console. If that info is not gone already.
- Then put switch 3 down and leave the rest as they were.
- Flash the patched dump.
- When it is done flashing, turn the ps3 off.
- Put all switches down on flasher. If you soldered from nor tristate to GND instead, you need to remove the wire now.
- Turn PS3 on and you should see the connect controller screen.
- Then cut the power by pulling the plug or by the power switch.
- Insert downgrade dongle into the right most USB port.
- Plug PS3 back in, and press power then eject.
- Wait for the dongle to communicate with the PS3 and the PS3 will shut off automatically.
- Put [Only registered and activated users can see links. ] (RENAME TO PS3UPDAT.PUP) and this [Only registered and activated users can see links. ] on the root of a FAT32 formatted USB stick.
- Replace the downgrade dongle with the USB stick, in the right most USB port.
- Wait for about 4 or 5 minutes for the firmware to install, and the PS3 to shut off by itself.
- Now put this [Only registered and activated users can see links. ] by itself on a FAT32 formatted USB stick.
- Put the USB stick in the right most USB port and press power on the PS3.
- Wait for about 30 seconds for the PS3 to shut off by itself.
You should now be unbricked. and if you used Rogero v3.7 follow the [Only registered and activated users can see links. ] steps.
Don't do any flashing until you get the clip on good, and get a valid dump. This is very important. If you flash over the info needed for a valid dump, it will never be recovered. Thus making your PS3 a permabrick.