Category PS4 CFW and Hacks       Thread starter BwE       Start date Nov 27, 2018 at 1:44 AM       24,776       81            
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Hello! Since my BwE PS4 NOR Statistics v1.00 release followed by v1.1, v1.1.1, v1.2, v1.3, v1.3.1, v1.3.3, v1.3.5, v1.3.8, v1.4 / v1.4.1, v1.4.2, v1.4.4, v1.4.5, v1.4.6 / v1.4.7 and v1.4.9 this program is the full version of my PS4 NOR Validator... it is designed solely to validate the NOR flash of your PS4 console from Better Way Electronics!

Download: BwE_PS4_NOR_Validator.rar (Latest Version - UnRAR Password: BwE) / BwE PS4 NOR Extractor / GIT

Why would you need to do this? Well if your console has suddenly died and has what is called the 'BLOD', the NOR can be the reason why.

Using my program will allow you to validate literally every single byte of the NOR (or 1782 specific areas) - allowing you to see where or if it is corrupted.

The most common area of corruption that causes the BLOD is the CID. This is mostly full of perconsole data and thus cannot be repaired.

BUT! My program will show you areas that are fillers and areas that are static (which are unchanging across consoles). You may get lucky!

Other areas can be inter-changed between different consoles and are more suited for repair, the WiFi/BT module is a good example of this.

So fundamentally, this program is for console repairers like myself. If you are indeed a repairer and run a business I can make a custom 'bulk' version for you!

This is the internal revision number 84 (and the first public version, obviously), so hopefully there shouldn't be any major bugs!

If you encounter any errors or weird results - or better yet if your NOR is labeled danger in any areas, but still runs fine - let me know!

This program is NOT perfect, but it is much better than just using a hex editor or never truly knowing if your BLOD is caused by the NOR!

This also goes above and beyond that of the psdevwiki page regarding the main flash of the PS4. When I have time, I will update it!

Have fun and good luck!

Fun numbers:
  • 84 revisions
  • 11210 lines of code
  • 585 possible OK results
  • 389 possible WARNING results
  • 227 possible DANGER results
  • 1782 offsets read
  • 1423 if statements
  • 289 regular expressions
  • 2023 print F's
And from the README.md: BwE PS4 NOR Extractor

Hello, this is the the NOR extracting code straight out of my PS4 NOR Validator. Albeit solely in Zecoxao style. My personal methodology splits the files themselves from the empty space. Given if you were going to modify the files, its best to put them back in with the idea that it will FIT.

I also noticed people were converting Zecoxao's extraction code into Python etc, so hey! What about PERL?!

Either way mine is still done somewhat differently, I imagine.

This language is super easy, yet I still manage to write it like I have never programmed anything in my life. Don't worry I am now doing OOP in my post-grad degree!

I hope you can understand my spaghetti code and enjoy it and perhaps even learn from it!

Version History:
  • 1.4.9 (3/5/20) Added 21xx Series Specific Validations, Updated Unlisted Validations
  • 1.4.7 (23/3/20) Added Dynamic Comparison, Updated Unlisted Validations
  • 1.4.6 (1/2/20) Just Keeping It Fresh! (May have fixed issues stopping the program running, if not let me know!)
  • 1.4.4 (16/8/19) Added and Improved Validations (CID & UNK) Including New WiFi/BT FW MD5
  • 1.4.2 (7/4/19) Added More Validations (Firmware & Console Specific), Improved Various Sections (CID & UNK Mostly)
  • 1.4.1 (1/3/19) Prettied Up Outputs, Minor Rewording (Sorry!).
  • 1.4.0 (1/3/19) Added Zecoxao Extraction Methodology (Will Add More Zecoxao SELF Stuff Later), Added FW/BIOS Versioning, Added Additional Entropy Validation & Various Improvements Throughout. Versions From Here On Will Be Released Slower Due To University Commitments!
  • 1.3.8 (21/2/19) Added Additional Validations (To Suit Slim/Pro), Repaired/Improved CID Validation, More MD5s & Table Based Results.
  • 1.3.5 (30/1/19) Added CoreOS Reference Points (Additional CoreOS Per-Console Validation).
  • 1.3.3 (24/1/19) Reworked And Improved Both CID And UNK Sections Again, Added More MD5's, Added Application Version Checker, Removed Colored Bars, Added Comparator & Other Improvements Throughout.
  • 1.3.1 (19/1/19) Added More Validations & MD5's, Repaired Minor Bug.
  • 1.3 (15/1/19) Completely Reworked And Improved The CID Section And Added Additional Validations To The UNK Section & I Also Improved Some Other Validations Throughout.
  • 1.2.6 (18/12/18) Hopefully Fixed 'Black Screen' Issue, Recompiled In 32bit.
  • 1.2.5 (17/12/18) Added 2 New Flags (Possibly Initialization Flag?), Changed Validation Results, Improved Output/Info (HTML) & Added MD5's.
  • 1.2 (8/12/18) Improved All Alt Validations, Repaired Vtrm1, Internal Typo & Added Repetition Checks.
  • 1.1.1 (29/11/18) Typo Again, Made The SKU Not Come Up As Unlisted & Added Some MD5's.
  • 1.1 (28/11/18) Improved VTRM & CID Validation, Typo Fixes & Better Colours.
  • 1.0 (27/11/18) First Release!
If you like what I do, or just like me for me, buy me a coffeeeee!
BwE PS4 NOR Validator by BetterWayElectronics.png

BwE PS4 NOR Validator by BetterWayElectronics.png

BwE PS4 NOR Validator by BetterWayElectronics.jpg
 

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xanadu247

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how do we get version 1.49??? your github doesnt have it.

i run version 1.47 and it says latest version is 1.49

also can we get this as a windows executible compatible with 32bit like to older 1.44 please? not all of use 64 bit windows. Please and thank you.
 

PSXHAX

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I just checked and Version 1.4.9 is what currently downloads from the 'Latest Version' download link in the OP, as for a 32-bit version you may have to wait for @BwE to answer on that. :tup:
 

xanadu247

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thanks. just found the latest version from BwE website. Github didnt have it and the links at the beginning of this thread show dont show 1.49 links
 

PSXHAX

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To clarify, the version links in the OP are to the posts where @BwE made updates here, however, for v1.4.9 he hasn't posted anything yet but when he does we'll add a direct link to it also. ;)
 

amunite

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Hi @BwE, thanks for your helpul program. How can I send you corrupt dumps ? I have several PS4 with constant BLOD and i will try to use your NOR validator to see if the problem comes from here.
 

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If you haven't done so yet, try contacting him directly HERE and he'll probably have you forward him the dumps for further examination.
 

amunite

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Thanks a lot !

Hi everyone, i have an other question and maybe someone can help me. Do you know where i can find valid dumps (for every firwares and console model) to patch these which are corrupted.
 

PSXHAX

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Wait to see his reply when he's next online, but my guess is you won't be able to find those easily as they likely contain identifiable (console-specific, personal, etc) data so they're usually kept private.
 
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