PS3 Jailbreak User Guide

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Brief User guide for PS3 jailbreak

by modrobert

This is a brief guide how to get started with PS3 jailbreak and basic operation.

Legacy information: What is referred to here as "PSJailbreak or clone" is what most people simply call "USB dongle" these days.


First time installation

On the computer

  1. Download PSJailbreak Backup Manager, or the latest multiMAN.
  2. Copy the file manager.pkg to the root (top directory) of a FAT32 formatted USB flash stick or hard drive using a computer.
  3. If this USB hard drive or flash stick is intended for game backups then create a directory called GAMEZ on it. This is where you can copy the backups (PSJB) created with the backup manager.

On the PS3

  1. Verify that you have PS3 firmware (OS) v3.41 under Settings->System Settings->System Information in the PS3 XMB. If you haven't installed it already then check this wiki how to update safely. If you have PS3 firmware (OS) v3.42 (or above) jailbreak will fail, however, there is a way to downgrade from firmware v3.50.
  2. Make sure there is no Blu-ray disc inserted and remove any connected USB devices from the PS3.
  3. Power off the PS3 completely for at least 10 seconds:
    • If you have the fat PS3 model (old) then use the switch on the back of the console to power off.
    • If you have PS3 slim then pull the power cable from the back or use an extension cord with switch on it.
  4. Insert the PSJailbreak or clone in an USB slot on the PS3.
  5. Power on the PS3 for standby mode (don't use the touch button yet):
    • If you have the fat PS3 model (old) then use the switch on the back of the console to power on.
    • If you have PS3 slim then insert the power cable in the back or use an extension cord with switch on it.
  6. In rapid succession using one finger; first press the power button and then press the eject button on the PS3 front panel. Now wait for a few seconds, there should be a led on the USB device that will let you know if the jailbreak worked. If fail it usually means you did not press power and eject fast enough, or that there were USB devices connected besides the PS3 jailbreak, or perhaps a Blu-ray disc inserted which interrupted the process. Just go back to step 3 and start over.
  7. When the PS3 XMB (OS) has loaded. Insert your USB stick or hard drive with the backup manager.
  8. Use the controller to navigate to "Game" and then select "Install Package File". The entry "manager.pkg" should be visible, select that with the "O" button on the controller and install the Backup Manager.
  9. You should now be able to select "Backup Manager" from the PS3 XMB menu in the "Game" section. Done! Have fun...

Basic operation on the PS3

This requires that you completed the steps in the #First time installation (see above).

  1. Make sure there is no Blu-ray disc inserted and remove any connected USB devices from the PS3.
  2. Power off the PS3 completely for at least 10 seconds:
    • If you have the fat PS3 model (old) then use the switch on the back of the console to power off.
    • If you have PS3 slim then pull the power cable from the back or use an extension cord with switch on it.
  3. Make sure the PS3 jailbreak device is inserted in an USB slot on the PS3.
  4. Power on the PS3 for standby mode (don't use the touch button yet):
    • If you have the fat PS3 model (old) then use the switch on the back of the console to power on.
    • If you have PS3 slim then insert the power cable in the back or use an extension cord with switch on it.
  5. In rapid succession using one finger; first press the power button and then press the eject button on the PS3 front panel. Now wait for a few seconds, there should be a led on the USB device that will let you know if the jailbreak worked. If fail it usually means you did not press power and eject fast enough, or that there were USB devices connected besides the PS3 jailbreak, or perhaps a Blu-ray disc inserted which interrupted the process. Just go back to step 2 and start over.
  6. Wait for the PS3 XMB (OS) to load, at this point you can connect any external USB hard drive (or flash stick) with game backups.
  7. Under the "Game" section you select the "Backup Manager" entry by pressing "O" on the controller.
  8. Insert an original game disc (any game will do).
  9. Select the game you want to play by pressing "X" on the controller.
  10. After the Backup Manager exits to PS3 XMB (OS), check for the disc icon of the selected game title in the "Game" section and use "O" on the controller (as per normal PS3 operation) to launch the game backup.
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