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    I’ve often been asked what Custom Firmware (CFW) should a person install and why. In this article, I’ll do a comparison between the five widespread custom firmware. By the end of this, you should know, which custom firmware is best.

    Geohot Custom Firmware – Geohot’s CFW has the ability to load signed homebrew. Since lv2 is not patched, no backup managers work because of this. If you want games to play, you will have to convert them into a PKG using tools.

    • Unpatched lv2 (No Backup Managers, game must be converted to a PKG)
    • Loads Signed Homebrew


    wutangrza Custom Firmware - wutangrza’s CFW based on flukes1′s instructions to add peek and poke to lv2. Just like geohot’s, it loads signed homebrew and has the extra progress of peek and poke in lv2. It’s still not able to make use of Backup Managers in a stock setup, however, later, the kmeaw patch can be applied to do that.
    • Only Signed Homebrew
    • No Backup Managers on Stock CFW (However possible using kmeaw’s patch)
    • Added Peek and Poke to lv2


    Waninkoko Custom Firmware – Waninkoko’s CFW patched lv2, however, it did this without even checking lv1 first. This method was highly unstable and led to a lot of random bricks. The CFW did bring Peek and Poke to lv2 as well as SysCall 36 which allowed Backup Managers to work.
    • Launch Signed Homebrew
    • Working Backup Managers
    • Peek, Poke and SysCall 36
    • Highly Unstable (Causes Random Bricks)


    kmeaw CFW – Just about a day after wutangrza, kmeaw came up with his CFW. kmeaw’s CFW implemented PL3. kmeaw also released a patch for wutangrza’s CFW which brought PL3 to it.
    • Launch Signed Homebrew
    • Working Backup Managers
    • Peek, Poke and SysCall 36
    • Seems stable.


    Rebug CFW – Rebug Custom Firmware is the latest custom firmware out there. It aims to add debug console features to regular retail consoles. While not all debug features work, it has bought some.
    • Launch Signed Homebrew
    • Working Managers
    • Peek, Poke and SysCall 36
    • Some Debug features
    • Pre-installed BDEmu
    • Supports TB Dongle through a PKG Patch


    There you have it. A simple comparison between the five different Custom Firmwares. My advice; use either kmeaw CFW or Rebug CFW. Make sure to avoid Waninkoko’s as there’s a high chance it’ll randomly brick you. Also, if you plan on switching CFW's, I suggest you uninstall the current CFW by installing the Original Firmware version you need for the new CFW.

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    im running kmeaw 3.55 does the rebug cfw have better compatibility??
    Need any gfx making HERE is where to ask

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    Quote Originally Posted by RobGee789 View Post
    im running kmeaw 3.55 does the rebug cfw have better compatibility??
    With games or Multi-Man? Not that I'm aware of. It does have it's own extras though (pre-installed BDEmu which is needed for MultiMan, Debug features, and it's newer) but if you're all fine with kmeaw and don't need the debug features, don't need to change.

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    i didnt think so but its always good to ask lol, do you know what the debug features are mate
    Need any gfx making HERE is where to ask

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    Quote Originally Posted by RobGee789 View Post
    i didnt think so but its always good to ask lol, do you know what the debug features are mate
    http://rebug.me/?page_id=114

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    thanks mate
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