Credits to joshuab
Also this is my first attempt at creating a guide and I myself have started using reActPSN just a few days ago so any suggestions/corrections from more experienced members are always welcome.
Thanks to PatrickBatman , godreborn for their insightful posts and gambaa for reActPSN for 4.xx CFW and the original 3.55 tutorial.
This guide is only for people on REBUG 4.21.1 or Rogero 2.03 as they already have the patched vsh required to use reActPSN.
reActPSN is an app which can be used to activate / reactivate all your lost PSN content or to activate PSN games posted by other members.
1.To achieve this , you must first have a PSN account.
If you have not created one already, do so.
After creating your PSN account , activate your ps3 for this account
On the PS3 XMB , go to the Playstation Network Tab ->Account Management->System Activation->PS3 System
Once your account is activated , go to the PSN Store and download some free content which requires activation.
Just before you start to download the content , it will say Activating and then start downloading.If not , try some other content.
This is required to create an act.dat file for your PSN account.
You could try
-Back to the future part 1 trial (100kb).
- GT5 Scion FR-S '12 (game vehicle)
- GT5 Corvette C7 Test Prototype '12 (as above)
- Max Payne 3 Gorilla Warfare Pack (game add-on)
- Max Payne 3 Disorganized Crime Pack (game level)
If you happen to find or know any other free content that requires activation , post it and I will add it to the guide.
Now confirm that you have the act.dat file for your PSN account.
Sign out of PSN and Open mM’s File Manager .
Browse to hdd0/home/0000000X/exdata (The x indicates the profile number on the system)
You should find an act.dat file in this directory.
Open it by pressing X on it.It should have random numbers and alphabet in hexadecimal form.
This means that you now have the required PSN act.dat file.Back it up on your PC as well.
After this step you are no longer required to be online and can log off from PSN/disable network connection if you wish.
2.You are now ready to install reActPSN.
You can find the reActPSN for 4.xx CFW here.
Create a new user profile on your XMB named aa. The aa profile is required for using reActPSN and run it from this profile only.
Log in to aa profile from XMB and Install reActPSN.
3.You are now ready to activate PSN content.
Create a folder named “exdata” on the root of your external drive.
Within this folder you must place .rap files for the content you wish to activate.
.rap files are files which activate PSN content without containing any information of the original buyer of the content.
Do not rename the files , paste them in the exdata folder as they are.
Once done , connect your external drive to the right most port on your PS3 (If you get kicked back to the xmb try switching ports).
Do not connect multiple USB devices , only the drive which contains the exdata folder with .rap files.
Log in to aa profile from the XMB and run reActPSN (no button needs to be pressed if you have only placed .rap files in the exdata folder).
The PS3 will reboot after processing the rap files.This may take a while depending on the number of .rap files.
You may be greeted with a message that your ps3 was not shut down properly upon restart.
Don't panic.This is normal.Press circle to skip.
You will notice that the aa profile has changed/renamed to reActPSN.
This also contains the number of activated rifs and edats.
.rif files are files created from the .rap files by reActPSN to activate the content for your PS3.
Do not use reActPSN profile to run reActPSN.
Create the user profile aa once more to use for activating raps in the future.
After this you will not be required to create this profile again.
So you should have 2 profiles which deal with reActPSN on your XMB :
aa profile which you need to use to run reActPSN and
reActPSN profile which tells you the number of rifs and edats you have activated.
4.You can now install the pkg file for the content
Now login to your normal profile on the XMB and proceed to Install the pkg file for the content you just activated.
The content you installed should now work.
Also if you are installing dlc which is for a different region than the one of your game , you may need to move it to the appropriate folder in hdd0/game