YDL 6.0 vs. 5.0:
- 6.0 has built-in WiFi Support
- Joysticks in 6.0 are now working again, as opposed to version 5.0.2 (Still via USB though, Bluetooth requires super extra work)
- 6.0 has updated linux kernel.
- I haven’t been able to get VLC to work in 6.0, Only Mplayer.
- Performance-wise, there is still no access to hardware acceleration so many high quality videos will still lag.
Installing YDL 5.0 on the PS3:
Download Yellow Dog Linux (5.0 PS3 version) DVD iso from one of the following mirrors. It should be under the iso folder. http://www.terrasoftsolutions.com/support/downloads/
Burn the iso to a DVD-R or DVD+R using your favorite program. I used DVD Decrypter, but Alcohol 120%, Imgburn and Nero should work. No special settings are required
3) Pre-Installation Notes:
a) I know the guide already mentions this, but it’s important so I’ll say it again, DON’T forget to backup your SAVED GAMES before formatting the PS3’s HDD. You can do that by using one of the cards supported by the PS3 (SD, MS, CF) or using an external USB HDD. USB HDDs have to be formatted as FAT32 for the PS3 to recognize them. Scroll to your Saved Data Utility in the PS3s XMB and choose Copy from the options.
b) You’ll need a USB mouse and a USB keyboard. Use simple generic ones. Fancy ones might not be detected well and cause the installation to halt.
c) YDL by default runs @ 720p resolution, even during installation. So, it’s better to install it on a PS3 that is hooked to a HDTV or a Monitor. There is a low resolution mode of install, but it requires Linux command line configuration. I don’t recommend it for novice users, and the attached guide doesn’t cover it. Perhaps you can find instructions about the text install mode through google.
d) You can use this Official illustrated Guide to help you through the specific steps of the installation Here. (http://www.terrasoftsolutions.com/support/installation/ydl5.0.2_ps3_guide.pdf)
4) Post-Installation Notes:
a) YDL doesn’t support the PS3’s wifi adaptor yet, so to go online, you need to use a wired Ethernet LAN
b) The official guide mentions that you need to use the command “boot-game-os” to return to the PS3’s XMB. But, another way in YDL is to go to:
Start --> Applications --> Applications --> System Tools --> Boot PS3 Game OS. (Enlightenment Session Only)
c) To go back to YDL. In the PS3’s XMB Go to
System settings --> Default OS --> choose other os and reboot the PS3.
5) Regarding Sessions:
At the log in screen, there is a Session option that allows you to pick the type of Session you want to use. The default is Enlightenment. However, I'd recommend GNOME when playing media cause it's more stable. (Sorry couldn't screenshot the log in screen, but it's straight forward so need to anywayz)
6) Installing Repositories to get YUM running properly to install programs:
a) You are going to need the repositories in Here
, Extract the zip in your Windows. Now you need to get those files to your PS3’s YDL. You can get creative here, but the 3 easy ways are:
1) Putting them on a SD/MS/CF card. YDL detects those with ease
2) Putting them on an external USB HDD. YDL detects FAT32 and EXT3/2 Only
3) Downloading them using the YDL’s firefox
b) After picking your transfer method. Log in as root. That means in YDL’s login menu your Username should be “root” and your password is the root password you typed during installation.
c) At the bottom right corner there should be a folder icon, click it. Double Click File System from your Left. Browse to /etc/yum.repos.d and copy the files there. Overwrite if necessary.
7) Hooking Up your LAN cable:
If you LAN is hooked UP during YDL boot up, it'll initialize automatically, If your LAN isn't hooked up during YDL boot up, you are going to have to activate it manually after connecting the cable.
Go to: Start ---> Applications ---> Applications ---> System Config ---> Network
Click on Activate and Then Ok.
5) Installing VLC: (For the codes, no quotations)
a) Log in as root. That means in YDL’s login menu your Username should be “root” and your password is the root password you typed during installation.
b) At the bottom, beside the firefox icon to the left there is a black box icon called Gnome Terminal. Click it.
c) In the Terminal. Type “yum install vlc” hit Enter, during the process it will ask if "this is ok?", just type "y" and hit Enter.
g) After completion congrats! You have installed VLC
6) Post VLC installation Notes:
a) Using an Enlightenment Session, when you go into full screen, VLC will crash. To avoid this. At YDL’s login screen. Click on Session and choose GNOME. It’s more stable.
b) Once in GNOME (not as root), to launch VLC go to:
Applications ---> Sound & Video ---> Video lan client
7) Installing Mplayer: (For the codes, no quotations)
a)Log in as root. That means in YDL’s login menu your Username should be “root” and your password is the root password you typed during installation.
b)Launch Gnome Terminal. (Just like you did with VLC).
c)This time type: "yum install mplayer" hit Enter. (type "y" when prompted and hit Enter)
d)After the previous step finishes, Type "yum install mplayer-gui" hit Enter.
e)After process is complete, mplayer should be installed on your PS3.
8) Configuring, Launching and Using Mplayer:
Mplayer doesn't seem to pick the right drivers for the PS3 by default, so we are going to have to configure it.
NOTE: These configuration might not apply to everyone, I'm using a component cable, not HDMI.
a)Log in as root. Browse to /etc/mplayer and double click mplayer.conf. Make the changes shown in the pictures:
In video settings, vo=sdl
In audio settings, ao=sdl (Scroll down)
b)Once in GNOME (not as root), to launch Mplayer go to:
Applications ---> Sound & Video ---> Mplayer
c)Using Mplayer now should be easy, right click and check out the options.
d)If you pick a video and mplayer still fails to initialize, Open up a Terminal (we're still in Gnome)
Applications ---> Accessories ---> Terminal
Type: "gmplayer -vo sdl" and hit enter. I only had to do this once. After that, Mplayer caught on.
e)To go to full screen, DON'T PRESS f, Press C. just trust me. To exit, press ESC
f)For further controls, check the Mplayer website.
9) Installing SNES9x: (Super Nintendo Emulation)
a)Login as root and open up a Terminal. Type: “yum install snes9express”
b)Download the SNES executable Here
. Extract the zip. Copy the file to your PS3.
c)To make life easier, I place the snes9x executable on the desktop after that.
d)Now Launch snes9express, go to:
Applications ---> Games
e)Ignore the skin error. Go to Console--->Preferences, point it to the location of the snes9x executable and the ROMs and Hit Ok.
f)Select ROMs from the ROM selector and hit Power to play.
g)To use the SIXAXIS controller, hook it up through USB (no bluetooth), go to the controller option, click on Configure Button Maps, Hit the PS button once, and configure the buttons as instructed.