Install E3 NOR Flasher in PS3 Slim

The E3 NOR Flasher is a very easy tool to downgrade almost any PS3, however it still requires a lot of work, not as much work and risk of soldering over 60 wires directly onto your PS3’s data lines and NOR chip wich can only be done by professionals. In this guide I will show you how to install the Flasher in your PS3.

This guide will show you how to Temporary install the Flasher to downgrade your PS3, after the downgrade, the Flasher will be removed.

Requirements

– E3 NOR Flasher (Standard or Limited edition)
– Tape
– Phillips Screwdriver
– T8 Torx Screwdriver(With hollow middle)

Check Compatebility

Not all PS3’s can be downgraded with the E3 Flasher, to make sure your PS3 can, check the production code on the under side of your PS3 :

PS3modelcode

if your code is on the following lists, your PS3 is downgradable:

E3PS3list

E3PS3Slimlist

If your PS3 model and Date code is in the list above, your PS3 is compatible and you can continue to the next step. If your PS3 is not in the list or is colored Red, your PS3 can’t be downgraded with this chip. PS3 Superslim cannot run CFW yet.

Taking Apart your PS3

First remove the Harddrive, the hard drive bay is on the front of the PS3 on the right side. You will see a clip covering the drive. Slide this clip to the right, then lift it up towards you.

ps3hddbay

This will reveal the hard drive bay, now put your PS3 on its back and open the clip you see in the next picture, unscrew the blue screw.

E3NorFlasher_HDDScrew

Now your HDD should be loose and you can pull it out.

E3NorFlasher_HDDBay

Now remove all caps and unscrew all screws and make sure you know what screw is from what hole…

E3NorFlasher_BottomScrewsx

Now turn your PS3 on its back again, you will see a warranty sticker on the front and a bunch of screw covers… pry the warranty sticker off there is another cap under there.

E3NorFlasher_WarrantyStickerCap

Now take  your Torx T8 screwdriver and unscrew the 3 or 4 screws in the front on the under side:

ps3torx

Put the PS3 with the front facing you and lift the top cover up from the back where the cables are and remove the top cover.

E3NorFlasher_Opening

Now  on the top left and right you will see 2 cables connected, disconnect these. There will be a screw under each cable holding the power supply in place. Unscrew these and lift the power supply up.

E3NorFlasher_PSU1

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It may take some force but eventually after some wiggling the power brick should come out.

E3NorFlasher_PSU3

Now to remove the Blu-ray Player, There will be a black screw behind the drive, unscrew this,  disconnect all the ribbon cables… then gently lift the blue ray player up.

E3NorFlasher_BD1

Be careful when pulling out the Blue-ray player, there still is a ribbon on the underside of the player!

E3NorFlasher_BD2

Lifting up the Blue-ray player will also make the button panel pop out, disconnect the small ribbon cable for the button panel from the motherboard.

E3NorFlasher_ButtonBar

Disconnect the two wifi and bluetooth antenna’s and detatchthem from the meta casingl:

E3NorFlasher_Wifi_BT

Now unscrew the black screws :
– top left on the right side of the power connection
– right middle to the right of the large blue ray player connector or the battery, right above the hard drive encloseure
-2 screws holding the Hard-drive enclosure in place, right bottom side where the power button board was(just above there)
-1 screw in the center of the console

Now gently lift up the PS3 wiggling it out of the bottom plastic case. do this very gently and scan around your Playstation for anything blocking the board from coming out!

E3NorFlasher_Overv1

Now put the plastic case aside and put the board with the fan down in front of you, you will see 2 large clips mounted by large screws. unscrew these,

E3NorFlasher_CPUClip

now on the same side,unscrew all screws left. Then gently lift up the top protection layer:

E3NorFlasher_Mobo1

To remove the board from the other metal case, remove all cables still on your board. then turn your PS3 with the HDMI connections away from you and lift the board up at the front, then gently wiggle the board up to about 10 cm and then pull the board towards you.

E3NorFlasher_Mobo2

Now the board is out…

Installing the E3 Flasher

Find this chip :

E3NorFlasher_NORChip

Take your Flasher’s ribbon cable and click it on the NOR chip. Also tape the ribbon like I did since we need the other connector where the Hard-drive was:

E3NorFlasher_NORChipClip

Make sure the clip is on! It may take some pressure and you may hear a clip on. To be sure you may need to tape it down. Then take the aluminium part with the fan on and reattached this to the board with the large 2 plates, first slide in the HDMI port at the back, then lower the front, make sure the cable isnt forced or crushed between the board and the metal casing.

E3NorFlasher_Assamble

Take the top part of the aluminium enclosure and fit it on top of the board. Then screw the 2 metal plates back on. Make sure you screw both screws evenly in… make sure the Flasher connector is not between the board and the aluminium plate.

E3NorFlasher_Assemble_Cover

Also make sure you put the clips back on:

E3NorFlasher_CPUClip

Now take the E3 Flasher Board(s) and connect the front panel to the larger board:

e3flashercomplete

Turn around your PS3 and click your E3 Flasher Board on to the ribbon:

E3NorFlasher_NorClip

Also slide the rear Sata connector of the board in the PS3’s Sata connector.

e3flasherinstalled

Now reconnect the button panel and the power supply to your PS3 (Reverse steps above) and connect the power and HDMI cable. Your E3 Flasher is now Installed.

F.A.Q

I can only use my PS3 controller via USB?
Since we disconnected the Bluetooth antenna, your controller will only work via USB or very close to your PS3. This will work again when reconnecting the antenna’s.

I turn on my PS3 and after a while the fans are spinning at very high speed:
Your CPU/GPU is not properly connected to your heat sink. TURN OF YOUR PS3 ASAP, adjust tension on the 2 large metal plates that keeps the heat sink on your CPU/GPU. Keeping your PS3 on will burn your PS3!!!

12 thoughts on “Install E3 NOR Flasher in PS3 Slim

  1. Hello Steven

    I have tried installing the clip without extra pressure but it failed to read bios even though it was a new clip. I see people using a Glue Clamp. Do you think this will give better results?

    • i had to press it down while reading the NOR, pressure is important as the clip will not stay on the NOR chip itself.

    • you could try moving your hdd closer to the wall socket, this may fix your problem. srry i don’t understand your question

  2. Has anyone came across a problem with the bluray drive after this procedure my bluray stopped working need a fix

    • I removed the flasher from my ps3 as i needed it for downgrading other ps3’s but you can leave it in if you don’t need it anymore. leaving the flasher in your ps3 has many advantages: you can switch between official firmwware(online) and cfw..

      • yes you can. just make switches 1 and 2 are down, the rest have to be up. once you turn on ps3 you should see all blue leds light up. leave switch 3 up and the rest down and press the reset button on the flasher (right under blue leds) and within a few seconds you should see blue leds flashing back and forth confirming the system accepted your update

    • I’m sorry but your model is not compatible with this particular guide, there are probably other options for your model though.

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