PS3 4.81 FERROX COBRA (7.3) CFW by Alexander [UPDATED v1.01+ Released]

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    Update [November 20 2016] Version 1.01+ Released (Bug Fix Cobra now fully operational)

    Following the release 4.81 FERROX Standard Edition CFW, Alexander has now put the finishing touches on 4.81 FERROX COBRA (7.3) CFW. This firmware comes with all the features of the Standard Edition plus has Cobra v7.3 and all the features like plugin support on boot, ISO support for PS3/PS2/PSP ect, NetISO Support (network loading/streaming of games and movies with ps3netsrv) . Checkout out the full details from Alexander..

    Official Support Forum for FERROX CFW:

    • (Google Translation)

      UPDATE v1.01 & v1.01+

      After considering the reports of some users, alexander updated version 1.01. Console on some fact was not syncing the controller to 'start, if you turn on the console via the Wireless Controller in the same mode. In fact, using the cable, or turning on with POWER button, the problem would not show up. Well, the problem was solved. This problem had previously seen on some firmware. The problem was in the TAR. On the advice of Developer Habib, and Evilnat collaboration, here we give the revision 1.01+

      CHANGELOG v1.01 +
      • Fixed the Controller to sync Boot via the Wireless Controller for PS button.
      • Fixed XMB InGame.

      We thank the users and developer who helped Test. If you aiutassimo more often at each other in the PS3 scene, between Developer and Tester, it would be a different story. Special thanks to Atreyu and Kozárov by PSX-Place site, for testing on older FAT Console. A big thank you also to our @mizio90 for the 'Installer. It must be said that the new version of the CFW was ready already for a while, but I did make late because of the 'Installer
      Thanks Habib and Evilnat for your cooperation to fixed the Controller's question.

    • This version does NOT have the Mod Graphics you saw in FERROX 4.80. However it will be added later, releasing a separate version, or a simple package.

      The Developer Alexander tells us that the Source Code of its Porting COBRA will be available soon in its Github.​

      • Built on the basis of 'OFW 4.81 SONY.
      • PSN / SEN Enabled.
      • Update from any possibility of CFW (CEX).
      • Ability to Upgrade from OFW 3.55.
      • Ability to Downgrade from any CFW with QA active Flags.
      • QA Flags active if previously enabled.
      • FEATURE - Added COBRA PATCH 7.30!
      • FEATURE - Compatibility PS2 games.
      • FEATURE - Compatibility with the 'latest version of ReactPSN.
      • FEATURE - RSOD Bypass Screen Console sufferers RSOD.
      • FEATURE - 4.81 Key to start games signed with 4.81 keys.
      • FEATURE - app_home / PS3_GAME.
      • FEATURE - XMB Support In-Game Screenshots.
      • FEATURE - Support Remote Play.
      • FEATURE - Integrated Package Manager, replaces the classic Install Package Files.
      • PATCH - LV1: Patched to remove the LV2 protection.
      • PATCH - LV1: Patched the CoreOS Hash Check to prevent Brick Console Downgradate non-Dehashed.
      • PATCH - LV1: Peek & Poke.
      • PATCH - LV2: Peek & Poke.
      • PATCH - PS3 BT Remote Patch.
      • PATCH - PS3 BluRay Disc Patch.
      • PATCH - Disabled Epilepsy Message to Boot.
      • PATCH - Disabled Cinavia protection.
      • Loading Plugin to Boot automatically, through boot_plugins.txt File to 'internal dev_hdd0
      • Support for ISO PS3
      • Support for ISO PS2
      • Support for ISO PSX
      • Support for ISO PSP
      • Support for ISO DVD
      • Support for ISO BluRay
      • Support for ISO Splittate on Fat32 Devices
      • Support for NTFS formatted devices (dear External Hard Disk)
      • NetISO support (Ps3netsrv) PS3-BD-DVD-PSX ISO / CUE / BIN

      These are the tests carried out by us on the console in our possession.

      • Download the CFW at the bottom. Rename the File .pup exactly: PS3UPDAT.PUP and confrontatene the 'MD5 with what you find at the bottom! You can use the Tool md5sums.

      • Take a USB FAT32 formatted, and create a new folder called PS3, inside this create another 'other still called UPDATE, and inside latter' inseriteci the PS3UPDAT.PUP File, which would be the custom firmware.

      • Insert the USB in the far right of the PS3 port.

      • Be sure to: Remove any disc from the player Ps3, Remove any games loaded with any Manager, Disable Internet Connection.

      • Ok. You can choose to install the CFW from the XMB or from Recovery.

      • On the XMB will just go into 'Settings' column, then 'System Upgrade' and choose 'With storage media'. Select the CFW and will start the process.

      • To enter Recovery Instead, turn off the console. Turn it back on by holding down the Power button until the console is turned off again. Now turn it back on by holding down the Power button until you hear two beeps very close. Then release the Power button! Recovery time from the menu, select 'System Update' and follow the instructions.

      • For a clean installation, you can install 2 times the CFW. You can also go back into Recovery and click Options for Rebuilding the Database and Restore the System File. So you'll have a setup more than clean and safe.

    Download (v1.01+): 4.81 FERROX [COBRA v7.3) CFW
    Md5: a90225408ba549db8102177100e3083c​
    DOWNLOAD v1.00 4.81 FERROX COBRA 7.3 CFW
    v1.00 MD5:

    Last edited: Nov 20, 2016


Discussion in 'PS3 News' started by STLcardsWS, Nov 2, 2016.

    1. STLcardsWS
      Link fixed if anyone tried in the last minute.
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    2. Redbeard990
      Okay so I have been a ps3 owner for about 15 min and I updated my firmware like an idiot before I looked for a soft mod. I now have 4.81 on a cechl01. Can I use this custom firmware without bricking it?

      So I need to Downgrade to 3.55 using OFW 3.55PUP then try to install this cfw of 4.81?
      Last edited: Nov 2, 2016
    3. DeViL303
      I can confirm Launchpad works with this, working on an update.

      P.S. There are some red icons in this from Rebug, Probably brought over with the package manager files, a bit of a hybrid.
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    4. bigbossu
      Unfortunally you can't, the only way to dowgrade from OFW is using proper hardware tools to get back in OFW 3.55 and then install CFW. This if your system is compatible of course.
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    5. bguerville
      You cannot downgrade an official firmware > 3.55 with a PUP. You must use a hardware flasher to do it.
      You cannot install a CFW on your cechl console running OFW 4.81 without using a hardware flasher, like Teensy or E3 along with a NOR clip, unless you are good at micro soldering, to first reprogram the NOR chip with the 3.55 fw. Then and only then you will be able to install your CFW with a PUP.
      E3 flasher will set you back about 45 to 60 bucks with the clip included whereas a Teensy is about 20 bucks & the 360 NOR clip about 30 or 40, there's a neat Teensy2ps3 pcb board costing 10 bucks which can come on handy is some situations. Roughly both flashers are the same price.
      Note that a decent professional will do the job, reapply paste, clean your console, then install the CFW of your choice for about 40 to 60 bucks too.
      You will need to acquire some skills as well to do the job yourself so if you feel comfortable with it all go ahead otherwise consider using a pro to do it for you.

      Please next time, don't post the same question in 2 threads at the same time, have some faith in us & some patience as well.
      We always answer every query from every user so posting a question once is enough!
      Also this is a downgrading post & therefore posted in the wrong forum & wrong thread.
      If you have anymore questions for us, just create your own thread in the right section. [emoji6]
      Last edited: Nov 3, 2016
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    6. DeViL303
      For those of you with OCD, Here are blue icons to replace the few red ones. Copy the 2 RCOs to dev_blind/vsh/resource/explore/xmb/ (at your own risk)

      Last edited: Nov 3, 2016
    7. Cuther
      Just played online with a backup of Ultra Street Fighter 4(using PSNPatch), works like a charm
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    8. dquestagod
      you need E3 flasher to do the downgrade there are videos on how to do downgrade with it. I do downgrading service. In Va
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    9. Alexander
      Yes, I've always liked, I wanted to enter it. For those wishing to modify them with the original ones :

    10. Cyber Ninja
      Cyber Ninja
      First off I would like to thank each and every DEVELOPER that posts here I have learned everything from here and there but mostly HERE !!!!

      So I'm just going to jump right to my problem
      I have installed 4.81 FERROX COBRA (7.3) WORKS GREAT SO FAR BTW
      Then installed Multiman 4.80 and instantly became mmcm SO FAR SO GOOD
      Installed SEN Enabler v6.0.3 [CEX-DEX] [4.81] THE NEWEST ONE I CAN FIND

      I am trying to play GTA5 ONLINE so I mount game with mmcm run SEN Enabler v6.0.3 [CEX-DEX] [4.81]
      then I sign in to PSN and start the game

      game only loads story mode and when I try to go to online from story I get this message

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    11. amair
      Upgraded to 4.81 FERROX Standard Edition CFW ,now i want to update to 4.81 FERROX COBRA (7.3) CFW. Can i do that on existing 4.81 FERROX SE ,steps will be same or do need to follow other steps.
    12. bguerville
      Just follow the installation instructions in the OP. Updating to Ferrox Cobra from Ferrox standard uses the usual pup update method from OP.
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    13. bitsbubba
      I want them all red dammit! [emoji14]
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    14. kozarovv
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    15. DeViL303
      Ah I see. Just so you know they are still blue on the ingame XMB in the PSN category.

      I have posted 2 RCOs above with all blue icons, These are modified RCOs specifically for this FW, I have taken the text files from the Rebug RCOs used in this FW and put them in with the images from the standard 4.81 RCOs, so the result is : ALL blue icons and it still has the correct text entries for Rebug's Package Manager, I also had to change the name of one icon in the package manager for it to match the category_game.xml of this FW as something must have changed along the line.

      Note: The explore_plugin_full RCO from Ferrox 4.81 NON Cobra is almost 200KB bigger than the one in this, not sure whats going on there, I need to investigate.
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    16. atreyu187

      So can your XMBPD and Launch Pad work on this CFW? If so does it require some tinkering to adapt? I haven't been keeping pace with the PS3 as I should but my GF is getting pissy not being able to use Hulu and Vue. I installed the vanilla variant of this and using PSNPatch to auto load plugins for fan control. I would much rather than work via Cobra. Normally I would just spoof but the new CA has me spooked so my slim we use for media purposes is on Ferrox 4.81 and I will be doing the Cobra upgrade tonight I hope as the webMAN plugin that comes with PSNPatch is dated but I don't game on it at all. Use it as a Vita PKG holder and streaming box for Movian and PSN video services.

      @Alexander any ETA on when the store and XMB mods will be released? I hate the plain look of the XMB.
    17. Alexander
      I think in a couple of days. We are doing a survey on cybermodding to know whether or not release it, as some users did not like much.
      Launchpad work in ferrox cobra.
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    18. DeViL303
      Yes they will both work on this CFW as long as it is running webMAN MOD. XMBM+ and XMBPD will work by installing the pkg from here and then using the category_game.xml that aldostools links to here (see his quote in the first post). If you use that xml you will maybe lose package manager though. This FW possibly used old versions of the Rebug xmls I think and that is why it doesn't have the entry for XMBM already included, or maybe just didnt want to include it.

      For Launchpad its not quite so simple, It does work right now as it is, but at the moment it breaks PS2/PSP support. really I will need to release an updated version of Launchpad with the correct sprx and cobra hashes. Will do that as soon as I can figure it out.
      Last edited: Nov 3, 2016
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    19. aldostools
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