BwE, aka betterwayelectronics, has released another update to his NOR validator application. This update addresses a bug and added validation to EID4. Also on the cards is a new release called BwE NAND Validator. As the name suggests this app will check your NAND dump and attempt to warn you of any inconsistencies. Do take note that these tools come with no warranty as there is no way to validate dumps 100%.
BwE NOR Validator Changelog:
- 1.31 – 27/05/2013 : added eid4 + fixed bug in entropy (note: possibly final version, unless adding firmware revisions/new consoles)
Download: BwE NOR Validator v1.31
BwE NAND Validator Release Notes:
Created/Started by BwE on the 3rd March 2013 (Because I was pressured to).
Greetz/Credit: EussNL, Judges, No0bZiLLa, Rogero, Rebug, deank, 3absiso, AFP, SCE & PS3 Dev Wiki (+ Its Contributers).
This all in one validator/patcher will patch for 3.55 and will output the results of 2799+ validations via HTML.
1 – Place your .bin/s in the same folder as the validator.
2 – Run the validator and press Start.
3 – A console will appear asking you to select your dump (if you have more than one in the folder).
4 – Make your selection and or select if you watch to patch it.
5 – Wait patiently.
6 – Press Enter at the end to launch the output.
After selecting your dump and choosing which patch you want it will begin to process the validation. Once it is finished it will give you a brief count of the results, after this you simply press enter to exit.
The program will then open a html output illustrating everything that has been validated. Scroll through or use the menu at the top and read each section.
If a validation says ‘warning’ or ‘danger’ investigate it yourself manually using a hex editor, or contact somebody knowledgeable. Only corruption messages will show you the exact offset to look at, everything else won’t so this is where you have to read/learn about it on the ps3devwiki.
Some validations will tell you that you need to patch it (e.g. ROS0 / ROS1 errors or warnings), if this is the case then do so (don’t forget to rename the patched dump) and re-validate the patched dump (you can move the original unpatched dump to make sure it is checking the patched one).
If your dump has any ‘danger’ messages in the per console sections (find them in the menu) then there is a good chance its completely ruined and unfixable. Also, if your dump has a large amount of ‘danger’ messages then there is a serious issue – bad wiring can be discovered if you have any repetition in the dump.
As this is the first release, give extra care to each alert and use at your own risk! This program will only as good as the NOR validator after tedious updates ;)
Report any bugs or issues to
or directly to BwE @ irc.efnet.org #ps3downgrade or irc.ps3sanctuary.com #ps3hax
Give credit if you are using this for other people!
Using this program is NOT a 100% way of validating your dumps (because nothing is), but it is a good way of quickly seeing if it is worth checking further. This program will NOT work with NAND and will not check anything other than what is stated. ALWAYS CHECK MANUALLY!
Use at own risk! Valid dumps may be invalid – Invalid dumps may be valid.
There are almost infinite variations of each dump! Have fun and good luck!
If you do not validate your flash, and for some reason(s) the dump is invalid/bad, and you are rewriting to flash, you have no way of restoring the console hence making a perma-brick (unrecoverable brick).
BwE NAND Validator Changelog:
- 1.00 – 27/05/2013 : first proper/public release (because I am lazy there will be no loader!)
Download: BwE NAN Validator v1.00