This method teaches you to convert your Retail PlayStation 3 to a full DEX, allowing you to install and use official DEX firmwares.
Only a select number of people have used this method before, it was never really released for the public. Because Sony doesn’t really seem to care for the PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 3 scene at the moment we decided to document this method in a detailed guide. Without Thibobo (who wrote this guide) and Anonymous knowledge, time and patience this guide would not have existed.
Pro’s for running OFW DEX Firmware:
- Target Manager works better and most of the debug features are 100% functional;
- A converted console has almost 0 differences with an official testkit (unless the HDMI controller that can switch on/off HDCP).
Con’s for running OFW DEX Firmware:
- At the time of writing it is not possible to access PlayStation Network because the latest DEX OFW PUP file has not been leaked. (This can change in the future if someone with acces decides to share it [You know who you are :-)])
- You risk a brick during converting if you don’t follow the exact steps.
WARNING! Following this method is NOT without risks!
- If you flash an eID that is not properly modified you end up with a bricked console!
- When using this DechA section0 the min.version lowers, but the true min ver of your console still counts, if your true min.version is not respected = BRICK!
- If you convert on a 3.56 minimum firmware console there is no way back to partial DEX or CEX (unless you have a backup of your partial DEX / CEX flash and flash it with a hardware flasher).
What if I end up bricking my console?
You can recover your console by flashing the NAND / NOR with a proper backup of your flash memory.
This tutorial is written by @Thibobo (Follow him here) with the help of Anonymous.