PS3: Install kmeaw CFW 3.55 with MultiMan for homebrew and backup loader support

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There is a newer firmware and guide to install CFW 4.40 Rogero CEX CFW (v1.02b). It's much easier to copy and load games, so there's no point to continue reading this out-dated tutorial.
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Homebrew support for the PS3 has become amazingly easy to install over the last couple of months. Now that Sony has finally put their foot down about it, the hacking progress has slowed.

Downloads

To install homebrew, you'll need the following ingredients:

*update 29/05/2011* You can use multiMAN for copying games.

Optionally, you can "Awesome File Manager" for copying files over to the PS3. I prefer this over the FTP function in multiMAN because all my stuff is connected via wireless which is a bit slow.

Note: A lot of older tutorials will also say you require LV2 patcher. This is no longer required as multiMAN includes it.

Note: If you do not want to download a pre-patched firmware package, then you can follow the steps on the first link under the Sources section.

Installation

Now the slightly worrying part. It's ok, this firmware has a very slim bricking rate compared to Waninkoko's first attempt. Currently runs fine on my fat PS3.

The following steps will require you to know how to update your PS3 firmware via USB. Do not download or install any firmware newer than 3.55! They are not hackable!

First, you HAVE to upgrade to 3.55 OFW (official firmware). Do not skip this part as you will risk bricking. When ready, proceed to installing kmaew's CFW.

  • Extract "PS3UPDAT.PUP" from "PS3_355_KMEAW_CFW.RAR" and place it on your USB in the "usb://PS3\UPDATE" folder.
  • While you're at it, extract multiMAN and BDEMU-355.pkg to "usb://".

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Your structure should now look like this.

  • Now you're ready to install CFW!
  • Install kmeaw the same way you install OFW. It doesn't need to be in recovery mode for this to work.
  • After the PS3 reboots, go to your "Game" menu.
  • You'll see a new option called "* Install Package Files"
  • Install multiMAN.
  • Install BDEMU-355.pkg.
  • Install Awesome File Manager.

Installing Games

Now you're ready to install games homebrew! Woohoo!

*update 29/05/2011* Mad noob, I didn't fully read the instructions for multiMAN.

* Proper structure:
/dev_***/GAMES/***GAME_NAME***/PS3_GAME/USRDIR/EBOOT.BIN

So copy the games onto your USB into a folder called "GAMES".

Once it's done, plug it in and start up multiMAN. The game should appear on the list of games. Press O to copy it over to your hard drive. It'll take a while.

Make sure that games go into "/dev_hdd0/GAMES", not "/dev_hdd0/game".

Now there are two ways of doing this.

multiMAN offers an FTP feature where you can connect to your PS3 and upload directly to the GAMES folder via FTP. If this works for you, enjoy!

I find it faster and easier to copy via USB. Whatever game you've downloaded, throw it anywhere onto the USB drive and use Awesome File Manager to copy things across.

*update 29/05/2011* Now optional, since I figured out how to copy via multiMAN. Skip to the "Running games" section.

(optional) It is a little tricky to use at first though, but here's the general instructions for Awesome File Manager.

On the left you will have the source file/folders, while on the right you have the destination folder.

  • While the left side is selected, press Up/Down to navigate around and X to dig into a folder.
  • Go into /dev_usb***, which will be your USB drive.
  • Find your game folder and keep the selection there.
  • Then press Right to highlight the destination folder. It should turn yellow.
  • Go to /dev_hdd0/GAMES

Now by default, normal mode will only let you copy from /dev_usb to /dev__hdd0/game.

  • Press SELECT to change it to Advanced Mode. The screen will turn red.
  • Press O to copy the folder over.
  • Press START to confirm (or Triangle to cancel if it was accidental)
  • Once done, exit via the PS button menu.

Running Games

The fun bit now that all the setup is out of the way.

Every time you start your PS3 you'll have to do this.

  • Make sure you have a legit game disc in the PS3. This is required.
  • Start multiMAN.
  • Select the game and load it.
  • The PS3 menu will appear again, but with one difference. Instead of the official disc you have in the PS3, it'll show as the game you loaded in multiMAN instead!
  • Now just start it as you usually would with a normal disc.
  • Enjoy!

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It's party time!

Problem: "multiMAN cannot enable BD-ROM emulator. Functionality may be restricted."

I got this error because I did not have BDEMU-355KM installed. As of multiMAN 1.16, deank removed those files from his releases.

Just make sure you install "BDEMU-355KM.pkg" and you'll be fine.

Note: If you're searching the web for that file, make sure it has the "KM" at the end!

We're using kmeaw (KM) CFW and not Wutangrza (WT) CFW. If you install the wrong one, things can only end badly.

Sources

*update 29/05/2011* Updated instructions on how to copy via multiMAN.

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91 comments:

  1. hello twig, must say i used your way of Installing kmeaw CFW 3.55 and it worked great without a problem, was actually the easiest step by step i found!
    was wondering with multiman 1.16.09 and kmeaw installed if i can now install a bigger internal hd, if so whats a good one to get,(and will i need to load homebrews again?)
    or can i use an external 500g hdd and format it to fat32, will that play a backed up game off the external hdd?

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  2. thanks ajk! glad to hear my guide helped.

    i believe the easier way is to get an external drive and plug it in via USB. as for that I haven't tried yet but I think multiman supports it natively.

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  3. i couldn't believe how much easier your small tut was, can u tell me how to use psarc, which is used for games to be played from external hdd where the file is 4g+ such as red dead and uncharted 2, i would like to avoid putting games backwards and forwards from external to internal hdd
    have looked and tried to make it work going from pszhack tutorials but stuffed if i can work it
    cheers

    cheers

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  4. ah sorry buddy, I don't have a spare HDD to try it on.

    Quick search shows me that the easiest way is to:
    - Format the external with NTFS
    - Copy the game over from PC to HDD
    - Load it with multiman since it has NTFS support

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  5. Thanks twig!! Hey btw, I got a bluray drive jammed PS3 and i heard rumors saying one earlier version of Multiman can run backups without a disc in! is that possible? Ohh yeah, One other thing!! What does this "BDEMU-355.pkg" actually do?

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  6. I'm not quite sure, I always have a disc in the PS3 regardless of what I'm doing (because I'm lazy to get the case for it lol)

    The BDMEMU-355.pkg file allows multiman (and other homebrew software) to allow ISO emulation. multiman won't start without it (I've tried)

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  7. hi, thanks for this info but i would like to ask something, can we still play online ? and it's possible to get banned from this? please advice

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  8. Hey Anon,

    No sorry, you will not be able to get online and Sony will probably ban your ass for it.

    There are work-arounds, but I'm not particularly interested with online play so never tried it.

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  9. thanks for replying, i tried to install "Awesome File Manager" but it doesn't work, it says, an error occurred durning the start operation, do you know why? is there something instead of this can copy the file from hdd that works? plus how do you copy games from multiman? im new to this sorry for asking to much question please help me

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  10. I couldn't find a way to copy using Multiman, which was why I wrote up a guide on how to use Awesome File Manager.

    I'm not sure why it isn't installing for you. It's some problem I never ran into so I can't exactly help you out there. Sorry!

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  11. Hai Twig,
    Your blog is a wonderful one. I read on the top that you love god of war 3. I tried god of war 3 with kmeaw lv2, gaia, multiman, ..... and when trying to use it discless or when trying to use any other payload (pl3 or syscall) in the lv2 patcher other than waninkoko pl, the app/home menu shows an error - an error occured during start operatio(80028F14). I have done intense googling, without any success.

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  12. Hey vistatech,

    Sorry I have no idea whats happening there. My GoW3 is legit so the disc runs without any problems.

    The problem may be you're trying to run an image file thats bigger than 4gb. Other than that I'm not sure.

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  13. Hi Twig !

    Must say.. awesome tutorial .. however i have a small problem with awesome file manager.. . its not working.. . any idea how to uninstall it from ps3.. ?

    Thanks & Regards,
    Puneeth

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  14. Thanks Punteeth,

    You can uninstall it like a normal game/app.
    Just select it in the XMB menu, press Triangle and select delete.

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  15. Hi twig!

    Thnx :) could do it :) i knw th previous question was a noob question.. . my ps3 is pretty new and hadn't explored it tat much :) thnx :) however i would like to describe d problem i am facing with awesome file manager.. .

    I installed the below things in the same order mentioned on my PS3
    1) 3.55 OFW
    2) Kmeaw 3.55 CFW
    3) MultiMan(multiMAN ver 1.16.14 FULL (20110407_180000).pkg)
    4) multiMAN [Last Game].pkg
    5) BDEMU-355KM.pkg
    6) ComgenieAwesomeFilemanager.pkg


    all installed successfully. Multiman is working fine.. however when i try to launch the awesome filemanager, i am getting an error..

    Plz help me.. .

    Thanks & Regards,
    Puneeth N

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  16. What is #4? I don't know what that is.

    And what error are you getting?

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  17. Hi Twig!

    #4 was inside MultiMan in the link provided above.. so i installed it. .!

    and the error i get on starting awesome file manager is :

    An error occurred during the start operation (80029519)

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  18. I'm assuming you downloaded from the links I provided.

    A quick google search gave me: http://www.ps3news.com/forums/ps3-hacks/ps3-custom-firmware-lv1-lv2-peek-poke-wutangrza-117159-40.html

    "I'm pretty sure that error 80029519 means your eboot isn't signed for 3.55. The firmware allows signed/unsigned PACKAGES to install but the eboot for homebrew still needs to be signed for 3.55."

    Sorry, apart from that I don't really know what's wrong.

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  19. Hi Twig!

    THnx fr d reply.. i never installed any e-boot.. if yu could guide me regarding this, it would be great!

    Thanks & Regards,
    Puneeth

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  20. eBoots are "application executables" for PSP/PS3.

    Try the new multi-man, I read it has some automated eBoot fixes.

    Try downloading AwesomeFileManager from the official site and see how it goes.

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  21. http://comgenie.com/filemanager/

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  22. Hi twig!

    Rhnx fr d reply.. . I haven't applied any geohot patch. Do i need to install any geohot patch before installing awesome file manager.. ? also is it ok if i install geohot patch over kmeaw 3.55?

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  23. Hi Twig!

    there are 2 versions of multiman BASE and FULL which one shall i use.. ?

    Sorry fr d trouble... i knw these are noob questions. ..

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  24. If you downloaded the pre-patched update file then you shouldn't need any geohot patches.

    Multiman base and full are the same, except the FULL version has thumbnails for each game.

    I use the base version because I don't care about thumbnails.

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  25. Hi Twig!

    In multiman, what is the significance of "options.ini" and how do i go about it.. ?

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  26. I'm not sure, I've never had to change any options before. Try looking at the multiman thread for information.

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  27. thanks twig will be sure to try this on my ps3

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  28. I'm just curious, why do you need AFM to copy via usb?

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  29. I couldn't figure out how to do it from MultiMan =\

    If you know how, please let me know! lol

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  30. You just plug in your flash drive/external HDD, open MultiMan, scroll to the game of your choice and press the circle button to copy, piece of cake. I have to give you props though, I followed your tutorial to the letter and it worked great. Except when I tried to run AFM, I kept getting an error I think because the version I downloaded wasn't signed for 3.55. Instead of trying to get that working, I figured if MultiMan could handle an ftp transfer, it could probably do usb... anyways, thanks for the tutorial.

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  31. Oh dude that is awesome. I'll update the post next time I get a chance to test it out.

    Thanks for that!

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  32. Heyy Twig!!

    Hi again :)

    Could you please make a tutorial on PS3 and NTFS with multiman.. .? i tried it on my ps3. I editted the USB.CFG file by adding my vendor id and product id. also copied it to the folder.. . however in MultiMan on pressing start + /\, the multiman freezes!

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  33. Hey Puneeth,

    Sorry I don't have a spare HDD to test it, but when I do I'll certainly do that!

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  34. Awesome, I figured out how to copy via multiMAN.
    Updated the tutorial accordingly.

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  35. I HAD A PROBLEM.WHEN I TRIED TO RUN MULTIMAN AND GAIA MANAGER IT TOLD ME THAT AN ERROR WAS OCCURED DURING THE STARTING OPERATION.PLEASE HELP ME.
    THANKS.

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  36. ps3 cfw kmew 80028F14.please help

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  37. I HAD A PROBLEM.WHEN I TRIED TO RUN MULTIMAN AND GAIA MANAGER IT TOLD ME THAT AN ERROR WAS OCCURED DURING THE STARTING OPERATION.PLEASE HELP ME.
    THANKS.[80028F14]

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  38. Who's instructions did you follow?

    From a quick search on the problem, it looks like you'll need to reinstall the kmeaw CFW.

    Use the pre-patched one in this tutorial because it works properly.

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  39. HEY TWIG CAN YOU PLEASE GIVE ME A LINK.THANKS FOR YOUR HELP.

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  40. I AM THE SAME ONE AGAIN.DO I HAVE TO REBOOT MY PS3.HOW?
    HELP ME PLEASE.
    YOU ARE THE BEST!!!!!!!!!!!!
    [I FOLOWED YOUR GUIDE]

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  41. I FORGOT TO SAY THAT I AM USING A PSP.

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  42. I don't know what you're doing or what the heck is wrong dude

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  43. ALL THE THINGS WERE A SUCCESS.
    THANKS.
    (DO YOU KNOW THE FOLDER STRUCTURE TO COPY A GAME TO A PS3)

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  44. Good to hear!

    Yes, it's in the tutorial.

    "So copy the games onto your USB into a folder called "GAMES"."

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  45. With multiman wt ful i cant play mw2 and dark void. Help me.

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  46. help twig.will cod black ops work to me.

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  47. i am playing my games from app_home,PS3_GAME.is that wrong?

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  48. @Anon/Anon:
    I don't play Modern Warfare or Call of Duty, they all suck.

    @Anon: I'm not quite sure what app_home is for. It seems to run stuff but I dunno why it exists.

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  49. i dont have a disk inside.i play my games there.should i have a disk inside.do you know any good sites to download games?

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  50. Yes, you need to have a legit disk in your PS3 to play games.

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  51. when i download games should i replace any eboots or param SFO's?

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  52. i have an hdd format NTFS.will i have any problems with multiman?

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  53. Sorry not sure about the eboots and external HDDs. Never ran into any problems with those before.

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  54. COULD YOU TELL ME A GOOD SITE TO DOWNLOAD GAMES?
    PLEASE.PLEASE.PLEASE.

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  55. Sorry buddy, you're just gonna have to find those yourself. Don't worry, it's not hard.

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  56. i run multiman with hdd NTFS.nothing happened.what do i do wrong?

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  57. um twig.can you please tell me if i need to create a FOLDER named dev_hdd0 and then GAMES in it.sorry for the so many questions.

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  58. Hey Anonymous,

    On your device (USB or HDD), create a folder called "GAMES" first.

    You do not need to create a folder called "dev_hdd0".

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  59. do all hdd's support FAT32.cause i wanna buy one with 500GB.

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  60. All HDDs are the same. You just have to format them to make it compatible.

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  61. hey twig,

    have u done a tut on QA flagging! 'have u looked into it at all, all i have read about it, seems it is going to be the way to go for playing games on 3.60++ in the near future!
    cheers and beers

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  62. thnks twig all the things were a success.

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  63. @Anon: Good stuff! That's what I'd like to hear =)

    @ajk1969: Sorry I haven't tried any of that QA flagging stuff. From what I've read it seems like its mostly for debugging and more useful for devs. Don't think I'd try it out until it becomes more useful.

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  64. http://wiki.gitbrew.org/index.php/QA_Flagging_Tools

    This seems informative enough to get you started if you're interested.

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  65. IF I NAME AN AMERICAN GAME WITH ANOTHER NAME Ex BLUS INTO BLES.WHAT HAPPENS.I DOWNLOADED A GAME AND IDONT KNOW IF IT IS US OR EUR.

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  66. Is there any way to play online?

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  67. I haven't tried it but take a look to see if Rebug firmware supports it.

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  68. Thanks alot for the help,I was able to install Multiman..:-D

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  69. i cant copy big files 22gb.what should i do?

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  70. Hello can i play jb games in 3.55 kmeaw?

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  71. could someone please tell me what the "needs br" function is in regero manager is?

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  72. hey twig! i hope u can help me.. i'm using multiman as well. i copied nba 2k12 from the original disc itself, i launched it but it didnt worked.. i decided to run the game on the blue ray instead bec im so desperate to play the game. it ended up upgrading the firmware from 3.55 to 3.70.. multiman is no longer working bec of my stupidity. is there a way to downgrade the firmware again to 3.55 so i can still play my other games that are compatible with 3.55 firmware??

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  73. Hey there,

    Yes there is a way, but for now it involves some soldering of hardware. I don't have any experience with it but I can point you in the right direction if you need.

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  74. yes pls show me to the right path.. hehe. i know it sounds too technical but i don't have any other choice.

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  75. Two methods here. Let me know how u go =)

    http://ps3.dashhacks.com/2011/08/31/video-e3-flasher-slim-3-70-3-55-downgrade

    http://ps3.dashhacks.com/2011/08/15/downgrading-ps3-firmware-3-70-3-55-with-progskeet

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  76. thank you twig but i guess the result will come later. its giving me a hard time understanding these method. and i think i will have to buy a device for the e3 flasher or progskreet something? wheeew! damn nba 2k12 i hate you hahaha!

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  77. hahaha good luck =)

    yeah it's pretty technical.
    if you're unsure, i'd show those instructions to someone that knows what they're doing or perhaps pay someone to do it for you.

    it'd be cheaper than bricking your ps3

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  78. Hi twig whats the deal with CFW 3.73 - DL link on mediafire(http://www.mediafire.com/?sm9fij9vdm4tbct#2). is that legit? is there even a 3.73?

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  79. Yes there is a 3.73, but as for CFW I'm not sure.
    I haven't really touched my PS3 for a few months now.

    As with most things, if you're not sure then don't install it.
    Wait for others to test it out first.

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  80. Sorry silly question but does the PS3 have to be chipped or the hardware altered for the above to work?

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    1. Nope, but you DO need to be on firmware 3.55 or below.

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  81. Hello Twig,i want to delete my multiman so that i can go online with my original games.Beside,i had updated my ps3 system to 3.73,so i cant play my fake games anymore.My question is,can i go online once i delete my multiman?,i want to go online with my original games,not the fake one inside multiman.Will deleting multiman affect anything on my ps3?

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    1. Hey Anon,

      Once you upgrade past 3.55 there is no more homebrew (aka multiman). There is also no way of going back, so you might as well just upgrade to the latest firmware to enjoy online play.

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  82. Thanks,does it mean i can now delete my multiman?

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    1. Yeah, if you don't need it anymore.
      It doesn't affect your PS3 if you uninstall it, in case that's what you're wondering about.

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  83. Thanks Twig:)Now i want to create psn account,thanks once again!

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  84. Oh ya one more thing twig,sorry for asking so much.wat is cfc kmeaw?did i need to remove it?how and where?

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    1. i dont know what CFC kmeaw is, but CFW kmeaw is "custom firmware".

      you can just install the official firmware over it and it'll be gone.

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  85. Sorryy my mistake,yap its cfw,thx for the info again,i can play online already,thank you very much

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  86. Hey man please get a new link for bde,u/
    The link is dead.
    Will i be able to play psp isos downloaded from net using ur guide?

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    1. Hey, sorry I don't have the file anymore so I can't re-upload it.

      If you can find the link, feel free to post it here.

      Not sure, this guide is for PS3 not PSP.

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