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    Post Linux Fedora Core 5 Install Instructions on PS3

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    To quote from the following:

    First, download all of the components below.

    * PS3 Linux Addon CD - Burn it on a CD at a slow speed (4x - 16x)
    * OtherOS Installer by Sony
    * Fedora Core 5 PPC image (DVD) - Burn it at a slow speed (2x - 8x)

    Downloads on front page news on this site or PS3 Utilities page

    You will need a USB keyboard and a mouse to use Linux on your PS3! Make sure you have it before jumping into the installation!

    Alright, once you have these things ready, here's how you prepare your PS3 for another operating system, which in our case, is Fedora Core 5.

    * You'll need a USB storage drive (can be a Memory Stick, Compact Flash drive, external hard disk, etc..)
    * Now plug the drive into your PC.
    * Make a folder called "PS3" in the root of the storage drive.
    * Inside the PS3 folder, make an "otheros" folder.
    * Move the otheros.self to the otheros folder on the USB storage drive.
    * Now, use WinRAR to open the Addon CD ISO which we just downloaded.
    * Inside that ISO file, navigate to the kboot folder where you'll find a file - otheros.bld
    * Extract that single file to the otheros folder on your USB storage drive.
    * Now, remove the USB drive from your PC and plug it into the PS3.
    * Now before we do anything, make sure to format your PS3's Hard Disk.
    * Make two partitions, one for Linux and the other for the PS3 Game OS. If it's a 20GB disk, you can make 2 partitions of 10GB each.
    * If it's a bigger HDD disk, the partitioning scheme is up to you.
    * Now go to the Settings Menu -> System Settings -> Install OtherOS.
    * Click on OK to start the installation. This will install the kboot image to the PS3.
    * Once done, it will go back to the menu.
    * Navigate to Settings -> System Settings -> Default System and select "OtherOS".

    Now that you've selected OtherOS from the default system menu, when you restart your PS3, you will be greeted with the OtherOS installer message. In case you're stuck with the OtherOS installer and you want to go back to the Game OS, just press the Power button for 5 seconds or more when starting your PS3. Be advised that doing this will restore the PS3 to it's default factory resolution.

    * Alright, now insert the Fedora Core 5 DVD into the PS3.
    * Restart your PS3.
    * When the PS3 starts, you will be greeted with the kboot message for the Fedora Core 5 installer.
    * You can only install via a DVD, CDs aren't supported!
    * When the installation starts, one Hard Disk will be recognised - sda Linux.
    * At the kboot prompt, type in "install-fc sda"

    Once it starts, you will see a message:

    Please insert Fedora Core install DVD.
    Is it OK? (y/n):
    Just press y to begin install.

    This will prepare your PS3 for Linux. Once done, you will be able to select one of the 2 install methods:

    * Fedora Core minimum install
    * Fedora Core full install

    Select whichever install you want. We'd recommend a full install to reap all the benefits of Linux on your PS3. At this point, the real installation will start. It will ask a couple of questions, but they will be basic stuff. Remember that when you install Fedora Core 5 on your PS3, the second partition you made will be formatted and you will lose all your data on that partition.

    The installer will start unpacking and installing the data to your hard disk. After a small while, you'll see this message:

    Please insert a Addon Packages CD.
    Is it OK? (y/n)
    Remove the Fedora Core 5 DVD and insert the Addon Disc which you burned a while ago and press y.

    A little while later, you will see the following message:

    Install done.
    Type reboot to start Linux or type halt to power off.

    You've just successfully installed Fedora Core 5 to your PS3.

    Just type in reboot to restart your PS3. When your PS3 starts, you will be able to login as root with the password you supplied during install. Just type it in and have fun with Fedora Core 5. You will be able to install any app as long as it has a PPC build of it. That includes most major applications like Mozilla Firefox, VLC player and more..

    Now if you want to go back to the Game OS, just type in boot-game-os at the prompt. Have fun with Linux on your PS3.
    Last edited by Radiskull; 11-24-2006 at 03:11 AM

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    Wow Radiskull you ARE the helpful poster tonight HEHE! This is another great Tutorial for Linux newbies who want to learn so that they can dump their own PS3 game images, etc.

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    It's been a long time since I messed with Linux, that I needed a refresher course too

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    Some other helpful tips that I came across for Fedora.

    To quote from the following:

    Exiting Xserver to bash = Ctrl+Alt+Backspace

    [color=red]Setting correct resolution:
    Use the command ps3videomode -v ## replacing ## with a number related to your resolution.
    For people using ps3's on 720p displays (via HDMI), use 11.
    Remember that the default sets this as automatic (0)
    the options are :

    YUV60Hz
    480i - 1
    480p - 2
    720p - 3
    1080i - 4
    1080p - 5

    YUV50Hz
    576i - 14
    576p - 13
    720p - 12
    1080i - 11
    1080p - 10

    RGB60Hz
    480i - 33
    480p - 34
    720p - 35
    1080i - 36
    1080p - 37

    RGB50Hz
    576i - 38
    576p - 39
    720p - 40
    1080i - 41
    1080p - 42

    VESA
    WXGA - 11
    SXGA - 12
    WUXG - 13

    Once you've found the resolution that works best on your monitor you can (from either the os itself or bash), open /etc/kboot.conf and change :
    linux='/boot/vmlinux-2.6.16 initrd=/boot/initrd.img'
    to
    linux='/boot/vmlinux-2.6.16 initrd=/boot/initrd.img video=ps3fb:mode:##'


    [color=red]Handling cdrom/blu-ray device
    If you want to access a disk from your ps3's blu-ray drive, pop it in and from terminal, type :
    mount /mnt/cdrom
    or
    umount /mnt/cdrom
    to unmount


    [color=red]Having a graphical login (xserver starting automatically)
    If you want xserver to start automatically when you boot linux, you need to edit /etc/inittab and find the line :
    id:3:initdefault:
    and change the 3 to a 5, and save.
    It will then display this on next reboot.
    (PICTURE ATTACHED)
    Attached Thumbnails<br><br> Attached Thumbnails

    login pic.jpg  

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    Quote Originally Posted by Genso View Post
    Are you using the root user account to login under X? Try creating a normal user account since using the root user account is not recommended.
    True indeed. Mostly everyone is just using login: root. I personally like the xserver graphical login, and I will eventually be creating a normal user account.

    I personally won't get my 60GB PS3 till Monday, so I'm just getting all my ducks in a row (software, documentation, etc) before I dive into it.

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    I found a really detailed installation guide for Fedora Core 5 on PS3.

    Install Fedora Core 5
    1. Abstract

    This section shows how to install Fedora Core 5 on a PS3.

    To install Fedora Core 5 on a PS3, you have to execute following steps.

    * Create a Linux partition on the HDD.
    * Install boot loader.
    * Set boot flag to 'Other OS'.

    2. Requirements
    Hardware

    * PS3 which System Software version 1.10 or later is installed
    o Controller
    o USB keyboard
    o USB Memory or MemoryStick or SD or CompactFlash
    o Monitor
    The following will be used for output from a PS3.
    + HDTV monitor(supporting 480p, 1080i, 720p or 1080p)
    + Connected with the HDMI connector or the AV MULTIOUT connector

    Software

    * Other OS installer (otheros.self)
    o You can get the binary from [Register or Login to view links]
    * kboot image compressed by gzip (otheros.bld)
    o You can find this in Addon Packages CD.
    * Fedora Core 5 PPC install DVD
    o You can get Fedora Core 5 PPC install DVD from Fedora Project ([Register or Login to view links])
    * Addon Packages CD.

    3. Setup procedure.
    3.1 Setup your PS3.
    1) Connecting power cables.
    2) Connecting monitor

    * Connected with the HDMI connector or the AV MULTIOUT connector.

    3) Making other interface connections.

    * Connect the USB cable of the Controller to the USB connector.
    * Connect the USB cable of the USB keyboard to the USB connector.

    3.2 How to create a Linux partition.
    1) Turn on the PS3. After initializing, you can see GameOS menu. You select "Settings -> System Settings".
    2) After selecting "Format Utility" from sub menu, following messages are displayed.

    Format Memory Stick
    Format SD Memory Card
    Format CompackFlash
    Format Hard Disk

    To allocate a Linux partition on the Hard Disk, select "Format Hard Disk".
    3) After following message is displayed. you select 'Yes'.

    Do you want to format the hard disk?

    Yes No
    4) After following message is displayed. you select 'Yes'.

    If you format, all data on the hard disk will be deleted.
    This data cannot be restored.
    Are you sure you want to continue?

    Yes No
    5) You can see following message.

    Select a partition setting for the hard disk.

    Use All for the PS3 System
    Custom

    To allocate a Linux partition on the Hard Disk, select "Custom".
    After selecting "Custom", following messages are displayed.

    Select a partition setting for the hard disk.

    Use All for the PS3 System
    Allot 10GB to the Other OS
    Allot 10GB to the PS3 System

    To allocate a Linux partition on the Hard Disk, select one of following items.

    Allot 10GB to the Other OS
    Allot 10GB to the PS3 System

    If your hard disk size is 20GB, you have to select 'Allot 10GB to the Other OS'.
    6) After selecting the item, format process is started.
    7) After creating a Linux partition, following messages are displayed.

    Format Complete.
    Press the X button to restart the system.

    After pressing the X button, restart the system software and you can see GameOS menu.
    3.3 How to install kboot.
    1) Connect a USB memory or memory card to the USB connector of your PC.
    2) Open the USB memory or memory card(E drive).
    3) Create PS3 folder in E drive and open PS3 folder.
    4) Create otheros folder in PS3 folder.
    5) Copy following files to otheros folder.

    * otheros.self Other OS installer
    * otheros.bld kboot(compressed by gzip)

    6) Extract USB memory or memory card from your PC and insert it to the USB connector of the PS3
    7) Turn on the PS3. After initializing, you select "Settings -> System Settings" by using GameOS menu.
    8) After selecting "Install Other OS" from sub menu, the system search Other OS installer from flash memory device. After the system found. Other OS installer, following messages are displayed.

    The following installer items were found:

    Title /PS3/otheros/otheros.self
    Location USB Device

    OK

    Note: Path name of Other OS installer and Location information may vary according to your environment.

    If the system cannot find Other OS installer, following message is displayed.

    No applicable installer was found.

    If you see above message, please confirm the data on your flash memory device.

    After the system found Other OS installer and you select 'OK', following messages are displayed.

    Press the X button to start the installer.
    The screen will temporarily go blank. Please wait until the installer starts.

    Press the X button to start the installer.
    9) After initializing Other OS installer, you start installing kboot.
    10) After finishing Other OS install, you can see the GameOS menu.
    3.4 Change the default system to boot

    To start kboot, you have to change the default system to boot.
    1) Turn on the PS3. After initializing, you select "Settings -> System Settings" by using GameOS menu.
    2) After selecting "Default System" from sub menu, following messages are displayed.

    PS3
    Other OS

    Select 'Other OS'.
    3.5 Turn off the PS3.
    1) Push the "PS" button in 2 seconds. on your Controller. Following messages are displayed.

    Turn off the controller.
    Turn off the system.

    Select 'Turn off the system'.
    3.6 Restart
    1) Push the power button on the PS3.
    2) You have already set the default system to 'Other OS'. So you can see the kboot message.
    3.7 How to install Fedora Core 5 on your PS3
    1) Insert Fedora Core 5 install DVD to the PS3.
    2) After displaying kboot prompt, you start a installer program.

    You can select only DVD install.
    There is one Hard Disk Drive in the PS3.
    After initializing boot loader, one HDD is recognized as follows.

    * sda Linux

    You select 'sda' HDD for install.

    DVD install

    kboot: install-fc sda

    After executing installer, you can see following message.

    Please insert Fedore Core install DVD.
    Is it OK? (y/n):

    After you finish preparing, type 'y'.

    1) Fedora Core minimum install
    2) Fedore Core full install"
    Select install system?

    You select one of them.

    Next you can see following message. If you can save the data on HDD, you have to backup them to another device.

    Caution!!. All data in /dev/sda are removed.
    Is it OK? (y/n):

    To start Fedora Core 5 install, type 'y'.

    HDD is initialized as follows.

    Partition id Size Type Label
    1 Max size - 512MB Linux /
    2 512 MB swap SWAP

    After Fedora Core 5 install, Fedora Core 5 install DVD is automatically ejected. Next you can see following messages.

    Please insert a Addon Packages CD.
    Is it OK? (y/n)

    You insert a Addon Packages CD, type 'y'. Then additional packages are installed.

    After Addon Packages install, Addon Packages CD is automatically ejected. And you can see following messages.

    Install done.
    Type reboot to start Linux or type halt to power off

    3) To start Linux, type 'reboot'.

    4) You can see Linux messages.

    Fedora Core release 5 (Bordeaux)
    Kernel 2.6.16 on an ppc64

    localhost login:

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    I hope there is a future PS3 update to where you select "custom" on partition size, that you could allocate the size amount you want to use and not what they currently give you to choose from in those 3 options.
    Last edited by Radiskull; 11-24-2006 at 04:44 PM

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    i got the first part done, but when it asked for the add on cd it said it was not valid or something....now when i reboot , im at the screen with the two penguins and it says kboot.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by z3r01 View Post
    i got the first part done, but when it asked for the add on cd it said it was not valid or something....now when i reboot , im at the screen with the two penguins and it says kboot.....
    Did you burn the AddOn CD as an .iso? Try it with Alcohol 120%.
    I would redo the install from the very beginning if the AddOn CD did not install.

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    I have all the necessary files and put the otheros.self and otheros.bld on my memory stick under /PS3/otheros/

    The PS3 sees the otheros.self file when i go to install the bootloader. Anyways, after the screen goes black... it just hangs and never returns to the gameos screen. What am i doing wrong?? I have to manually power off the PS3 everytime.

 

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