TI-84+ PSGroove port (With Backup Manager)

This tutorial by adrenaline786 will mostly cover the basis of installing PSGroove or in other words jailbreaking your PS3 as well as patching the much needed Backup Manager for your jailbreak-ready Playstation 3 (PS3) using an advanced calculator namely TI-84+ or TI-84+ Silver Edition graphing calculator. This particular PS3 jailbreak exploit is compatible and is perfect to be run on a PS3 console running the older firmware version 3.41 and will not work on other versions. It is recommended for you to read Brandon Wilson’s FAQ which is located at http://brandonw.net/ps3jb/ it has a vast information for the port. Brandon is after all, the original creator of this awesome port. Please be aware that there is slight chance of the application resetting your calculators ram, so you must backup your calculator before running the application.

This PS3 jailbreaking guide is in no way promotes the PS3 game piracy and should only be used to back up games that you have already paid for and own.

Table of Contents

I. What you will need
II. Installing TI Connect and Updating the TI84+
III. Transferring PSGroove Port to the TI84+
IV. Transferring Backup Manager to a USB Flash Drive
V. Activating the exploit
VI. Installing Backup Manager
VII. Backing Up Games
VIII. Playing Backed Up Games
IX. FAQ.
X. Credits

I. What you will need:

  • TI-84+ Calculator with USB cable
  • TI Connect (download for windows or download for mac)
  • A modified version of Brandon Wilson’s TI-84+ PSGroove port with backup manager enabled (download here, modified by SonyUSA)
  • FAT32 formatted flash drive
  • Backup Manager Package

II. Installing TI Connect and Updating the TI84+

  1. First you got to download and install TI Connect
    TNAFe TI 84+ PSGroove port (With Backup Manager)
  2. Next you have to plug in your TI-84+ Calculator, Windows should automatically detect and install the drivers for your calculator.
  3. Please make sure that your calculator has the latest firmware installed. Click on the “Updates” button.
    iztiA TI 84+ PSGroove port (With Backup Manager)
  4. And then under “TI Device Applications” make sure that “Device Operating System” is checked.
    AQ4dk TI 84+ PSGroove port (With Backup Manager)
  5. Just choose your TI-84+ device when it starts scanning and click on the “Select” button.
    FgpEL TI 84+ PSGroove port (With Backup Manager)
  6. At this point, if you got a notification to update your calculator it will prompt to for your username and password (you can easily create a free account on the TI’s website). Please install the update and continue to the next section.

III. Transferring PSGroove Port to the TI84+

  1. Open up TI Connect, then click “TI Device Explorer”
    yblwP TI 84+ PSGroove port (With Backup Manager)
  2. You will now see the contents of your calculator. Click on the ” + ” next to “Applications” to see all the applications installed on your calculator.
    SG8R6 TI 84+ PSGroove port (With Backup Manager)
  3. Afterward, you will now need to drag and drop the PS3JB.8XK file to the applications section that you just expanded. If done correctly, you will see “PS3JB” listed under Applications.
    34iTW TI 84+ PSGroove port (With Backup Manager)

Congratulations, you have successfully transferred over the exploit to your calculator. Continue to the next step to install the exploit onto your PS3.

IV. Transferring Backup Manager to a USB Flash Drive

  1. This is simple, once downloaded, simply transfer the package file onto a FAT32 formatted USB flash drive.

V. Activating the exploit

  1. Turn your Playstation 3 completely off. Switch the power button on the back to off, or unplug it from the power outlet.
  2. On your calculator, press the “APPS” key and scroll down, you should see PS3JB. Select it and hit Enter.
    PNUtw TI 84+ PSGroove port (With Backup Manager)
  3. You will see a splash screen with a version number, press any key to continue, then press 1 to start the exploit. Now, connect your calculator to your playstation 3 via USB. You will see this screen.
    t6bjx TI 84+ PSGroove port (With Backup Manager)
  4. Flip the power switch on the back of your PS3 to on, or plug your playstation 3 back into the power outlet and turn it on, then QUICKLY press the eject button (I press it several times to make sure). It will say “Working…”, then eventually switch to “Working…Done”.
    l1CHk TI 84+ PSGroove port (With Backup Manager)
  5. Go to Games under the XMB, you will see 2 new items. “Install Package File” and “/app_home/PS3_Game/”. If you see these 2 items, congratulations, you’ve activated the exploit. Now onto installing backup manager.
    9vT2k TI 84+ PSGroove port (With Backup Manager)

VI. Installing Backup Manager

Once the exploit is activated:

  1. Plug in your USB Flash drive (with the backup manager package on it). Then, go to “Install Package File” under the Game XMB and you should see “manager.pkg”, select it.
    k7BAM TI 84+ PSGroove port (With Backup Manager)
  2. It will prompt you with piracy warnings, accept if you agree and you will have installed Backup Manager.
    uU7Eu TI 84+ PSGroove port (With Backup Manager)

VII. Backing Up Games

  1. Insert a game
  2. Under the Game XMB, select backup manager
  3. Once backup manager loads, you will see the game you inserted into the drive and it will give you the option to Load (X) or Backup (Circle). Press Circle to backup your game.
  4. It will give you the option to install it to an internal or external drive, choose whichever you want.
    ZpVrm TI 84+ PSGroove port (With Backup Manager)
  5. The game will now start backing up to your hard drive
    mRS4z TI 84+ PSGroove port (With Backup Manager)
  6. Once finished, backup manager will return to its initial screen and you will be able to view your backed up games.

VIII. Playing Backed Up Games

  1. Activate the exploit using your calculator (by going into APPS and selecting PS3JB…)
  2. In the Game XMB, select Backup Manager
  3. Insert any Blu-ray disc into the PS3
  4. Select the game you wish you play, it will kick you back to the game XMB- but the game you selected will be mounted and show up as a Blu-ray disc. Select it and enjoy!

IX. FAQ:

  • Q: Which PS3 firmware should I have?
    A: 3.41, earlier versions may not work, newer versions will definitely not work.
  • Q: What’s the latest firmware for the calculator?
    A: 2.53
  • Q: What type of USB cable do I need?
    A: A mini-usb cable, the same one that charges your PS3 controller.
  • Q: Does the calculator need to be plugged in and on the entire time?
    A: No, one you see “Working…Done” and backup manager shows up on your XMB you can close the application and turn off your calculator.
  • Q: Do I need to have a blu-ray disc in the drive to play a game using backup manager?
    A: Yes, you must have a blu-ray disc inserted when playing backups
  • Q: I press 1 on my calculator to activate the exploit but it freezes, what should I do?
    A: Update your calculator to the latest version
  • Q: My calculator restarts and tells me my ram has been cleared every time I try to start the exploit, what should I do?
    A: Update your calculator to the latest version

X. Credit:

  • PSGroove Team (http://github.com/psgroove/psgroove)
  • Brandon Wilson for porting PSGroove to the TI84+ (http://brandonw.net/ps3jb/)
  • SonyUSA for enabling Backup Manager

Ending notes by adrenaline786: Sorry for the poor calculator/ps3 photos, I had to use my camera phone. As soon as I get better pictures I will update the thread. If you see any errors, please point them out and I will fix the post.

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