Somebody over at PS3Hax told me that the most significant barrier to this process is the EID, which i am awaiting feedback on the location of such data NAND/BIOS/WHAT.DA.HELL
its also good to note that as i said in my previous post, i was informed by a ps3news dev that the barrier was the bios chip. but is it possible that the bios holds blu-ray keys(check below), which makes me doubt the credibility of this piece of information, especially when i know for a fact that blu-ray drives of the same revision can be swapped, meaning no unique keys.
The EID is a specific area on your ps3 which is signed per ps3 and contains "keys" (more like certificates in fact) generated (and signed) by sony which contain specific informations such as the target id/region, the bluray keys etc etc
What you would like to change is the target id which is as follow: 81 = reference tool, 82 = debugging station, 83 = japan, 84 = USA, 85 = Europe, 86 = Korea, 87 = UK, 88 = Mexico, 89 = Australia/New Zealand, 8A = South Asia (Asia except China, Japan and Taiwan), 8B = Taiwan, 8C = Russia, 8D= China.
Anything from 84 and onward is retail (or demo/shop unit since they share the same target ids as the retail units, only the vsh and its modules change)
The kernel checks the target id to see if your unit is debug or not and if not it disables all the fancy things such as running unsigned code. So what you want to do is to change 8x into 81 or 82 but this implies resigning the EID section (or at least decrypting the per ps3 encryption from a debug EID target key and reaplying onto a retail)
so this leaves me to :
1- properly reconstruct a dump with proper dev files <------- do-able
2- downgrade dev machine to 1.0 using special PUP already available to go up again thus rebuilding the whole firmware flash(more on this if requested) <----do-able
3- EIDs<----what the hell are we going to do about this??. but let's not judge until i get more info on this
am also speculating that doing xvistaman's dev firmware hack makes alot of steps unnecessary
will update when more info is learned
bowser222 ---> you still got time for our project???