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Guide to Installing Yellow Dog Linux 6.1 on PlayStation 3 Console


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298w ago - What does Yellow Dog Linux 6.1 offer the PlayStation 3 exactly?

Linux Kernel 2.6.27
X.Org server 1.4.999 with xrandr 1.2.2
Enlightenment E17 desktop environment
Mozilla Firefox 3.0
GNOME 2.16.2 components
OpenOffice.org 2.3 (version 3.0 available for YDL.net users)
Improved Wireless network
YDL.net GUI (private software repository)
Bluetooth support for PS3's SIXAXIS controller
ps3vram: temporary file storage or SWAP using video RAM of Playstation 3
GCC 4.1.2
Cell SDK 3.1

WARNING: Be aware that if you continue, all the saved games, game data, bought games, downloaded demos, PlayStation Home settings/installation and any data (music, movies, pictures) saved on the hard drive of the PlayStation 3 will be permanently ERASED.

However, the PlayStation 3 settings will NOT be lost. Therefore, we strongly suggest that you back up immediately any saves of your games, hard drive movies, pictures, music or PlayStation Home data on a removable HDD device or USB stick!

The bought games or downloaded demos can not be copied, but you will be able to re-download without the need to buy them again, as they are stored on your PlayStation Network account.

What do I need to get started?

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PlayStation 3 console (any model) with the latest firmware: 2.53

Part 1 - Prepare the PlayStation 3

Step 1 - Format the PlayStation 3 hard drive

In the XMB (PS3 interface) go to Settings -> System Settings -> Format Utility and select the "Format Hard Disk" option. Select YES when you will be asked if you want to format the hard disk and follow the steps below:

Select "Custom" when you will be asked for a partition setting for the hard disk.
Select the "Allot 10GB to the OtherOS" option.
Select the "Quick Format" option.
Select YES when asked if you want to format the hard drive.

Wait a few seconds while the format operation is in process. When it finishes, you will see a confirmation message: "Format completed. Press the X button to restart the system." The PS3 will be restarted.

Step 2 - Install OtherOS boot loader

Insert the Yellow Dog Linux 6.1 DVD into the Blu-Ray player of the PlayStation 3 and go to Settings -> System Settings -> Install OtherOS. The PS3 will scan for the otheros.bld file and when it will find it you can press the "Start" button on the screen to perform the installation. Wait a few seconds. When it finishes, a confirmation message and some information about how to switch to the OtherOS (see the next step) will be displayed.

Step 3 - Switch to OtherOS

In order to start the Yellow Dog Linux 6.1 installation, you need to reboot the PlayStation 3 and boot into the OtherOS. Therefore, go to Settings -> System Settings -> Default System, press the X button and select the "OtherOS" entry. Select YES when asked if you want to leave the PS3 system and start the OtherOS.

At the end of the boot process you will see "kboot:". For different HD TVs you can type one of the following commands:

install_ps3_1080p (Full HD)
install_ps3_1080i
install_ps3_720p
install_ps3_480i

...and hit Enter to start the installation process.

If you know the maximum resolution of your HD TV, then we recommend to type one of the above commands, but if you are uncertain about your TV's resolution, just hit Enter at the kboot prompt and Yellow Dog Linux will automatically find and adjust the resolution for your TV.

To return to the XMB (PS3 operating system) from the kboot prompt, in case you don't want to continue with the installation process of Yellow Dog Linux 6.1 or for any other reasons, just type:

ps3-boot-game-os

...and hit Enter.

Part 2 - Installing Yellow Dog Linux 6.1

The following will be a regular Fedora/Red Hat installation process:

Click the "Next" button on the Welcome screen and you will be asked to select your language for the installation process.
Choose your keyboard layout and hit the "Next" button.
If you formatted your hard drive, you will see a message that the partition table is unreadable and in order to create new partitions it must be initialized. Click "Yes."
Select the "Remove Linux partitions on selected drives and create default layout" option (default) and click "Next."
Click "Yes" when asked if you are sure that you want to remove all Linux partitions on the /dev/ps3da drive.
Click "Yes" when asked if it is OK to turn SWAP immediately, because the PlayStation 3 memory is low.
On the network configuration screen, you will notice two entries: eth0 (LAN ethernet connection) and wlan0 (Wireless network connection). Set up your network connections as follows:

For DHCP (dynamic IP) users without wireless:

Leave the eth0 entry as it is.
Uncheck the wlan0 entry.

For DHCP (dynamic IP) users with wireless:

Leave the eth0 entry as it is.
Select the wlan0 entry and click on the "Edit" button. Uncheck the "Enable IPv6 support" option and enter your ESSID and Encryption Key for the wireless network you want to connect to. Click "OK" when you are done.

For non-DHCP (static IP) users without wireless:

Select the eth0 entry and click on the "Edit" button. Select the "Manual configuration" option under the "Enable IPv4 support" and input the IP address and netmask from your provider. Also, uncheck the "Enable IPv6 support" option. Click "OK" to return to the main window. Enter a name for the computer (it can be anything you want, e.g. softpedia-ps3), the Gateway and DNS information from your provider.
Uncheck the wlan0 entry.

For non-DHCP (static IP) users with wireless:

Select the eth0 entry and click on the "Edit" button. Uncheck the "Enable IPv6 support" option and input the IP address and netmask from your provider. Click "OK" to return to the main window and enter the gateway and DNS information from your provider.
Select the wlan0 entry and click on the "Edit" button. Uncheck the "Enable IPv6 support" option and enter your ESSID and Encryption Key for the wireless network you want to connect to. Click "OK" when you are done.

Click "Next" when you're done with the network configuration.
Choose your location. Click "Next."
Input a root (system administrator) password. Click "Next."
On the software configuration screen you can add or remove applications by selecting the "Customize now" option. However, this is recommended for advanced users. Regular users should just click on the "Next" button to continue with the installation process.
Click on the "Next" button to begin the installation process of Yellow Dog Linux 6.1.

When the installation is over, you will see the confirmation screen. Click on the "Reboot" button and, after a few seconds, the Yellow Dog Linux 6.1 will be automatically removed.

WARNING: Remove the DVD disk from the PlayStation 3 and wait for Yellow Dog Linux 6.1 to start. If you do not remove the disk, it will be pulled back in and the installation process will start again!

Part 3 - Final steps!

When the Yellow Dog Linux will start, you will notice two YDL icons, representing the two cores of the CELL processor, followed by six Fixstars logos, representing the 6 available SPEs (Synergistic Processing Elements) of the CELL processor.

In a few seconds you will see the customized Yellow Dog Linux 6.1 boot splash. When the boot process is over, you will be prompted by a first-boot configuration process. Please follow the instructions below:

Click "Forward" on the Welcome screen.
Accept the license agreement and click on the "Forward" button.
Select the trusted services for the Firewall or disable it if the PS3 is connected in a network environment with a powerful firewall. Click "Yes" when asked if you want to override the firewall configuration.
Leave the Kdump option unchecked and click "Forward."
Input your YDL.net account information, if you have one, or click "Forward" to continue.
Set up the date and time. Click "Forward."
Create a regular user for the system. Click "Forward" when you're done.
Test the sound card of the PlayStation 3.
Click on the "Finish" button.

Conclusions:

The Yellow Dog Linux 6.1 performs very well, and it is much faster than the last Linux distribution (Ubuntu 7.10) we've installed on our PlayStation 3 console. It boots in about 40-45 seconds, and the applications start much faster. Enjoy!



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#8 - italianchulo - 295w ago
I have a 40 gb , modified to 500gb. I partitioned 10gb for the ydl 6.1 I got up to the screen with the two penguins and the kboot line comes up. I tried entering in the commands for the 1080i or 1080p i tried all of them and none worlks. all i get is a input output error.

i tried install text nothing. i then hit the tab and tried each resolution that was presented to me and nothing worked. I really have no idea about computers please take me through this confusing process.i have an hd tv and its hooked up with the hdmi cable to the tv. I bought the ydl 6.1 from ebay for about 5 bucks because i dont have a burner and my usb memory stick only holds 250 mb.

I would like to use the open office but if there is a simpler system that i could download onto my usb memory stick which also allows me to use the open office id be interested in that too. thanks alot

Jaimin381's Avatar
#7 - Jaimin381 - 297w ago
Hi guys, I just got a ps3 about a month ago. I have a 500GB harddrive HDD formatted as NTFS. Found out that NTFS is not readable with the PS3. If I install YDL, would that be able to read an NTFS external harddrive? If I installed the YDL, would this create a new partition where I would have to access YDL through the PS3 firmware? Or would it erase the PS3 firmware and boots right into YDL?

If it directly boots into YDL, would I be able to create a partition and install it? Which would allow me to access the current PS3 firmware?

zaror1992's Avatar
#6 - zaror1992 - 298w ago
its extremely good compared with older ps3 linux distros, but if you ask me I prefer my computer.

alex21's Avatar
#5 - alex21 - 298w ago
Nice guide i plan on using it in the near future...

KSPSP's Avatar
#4 - KSPSP - 298w ago
thanks for the guide

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