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167w ago - Today PlayStation 3 hacker Geoffrey Levand (or at least someone using [Register or Login to view links]) has released a PS3 Dual Boot GameOS / Linux Custom Firmware (CFW) which allows the dual-booting of both GameOS and OtherOS.

PS3 Custom Firmware Downloads: (Updated file links HERE!)

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PS3 Custom Firmware Download Mirrors:

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PS3 CFW Tools:

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PS3 Dual Boot GameOS / Linux CFW

Note: Currently to start OtherOS. boot_otheros.pkg then reboot.pkg and that will load petitboot. Slim users (Version 1.0-r0) you must unload the slim usb drivers in order to boot.

ps3mfw/tasks/patch_profile.tcl is to be considered unstable and should not be used at this time.

All tools beep twice if they succeed !!!

Source code for all tools and patches is freely available. Create your own dual boot. git.gitbrew.org/ps3/

Features:

•Into HV integrated OtherOS bootloader loader (compatible with OtherOS bootloader on 3.15)
• OtherOS bootloader is booted directly from HV, no GameOS is involved.
• Process of booting OtherOS bootloader loader is very similar to 3.15 method
• Booting Linux from HDD/USB/BD/Network
• Linux with GameOS rights
• Full access to all HV SS services (Dispatcher Manager) from GameOS or Linux
• Full access to all System Manager services
• Ability to create/modify/remove repository nodes in LPAR 1 (e.g. with ps3dm-utils or ps3hvc-utils). This ability gives you much power over the whole system because many layers of PS3 use repository nodes to exchange information.
• Enabled QA mode in Update Manager
• Downgrading without USB dongle or Service Mode
• Ability to deactivate/activate HDD/VFLASH encryption (e.g. with ps3stor-utils)
• Suuport for ps3-utils. You can flash new OtherOS bootloader from Linux e.g.

Notes:

• Tested 3.41 and 3.55 on PS3 Slim with Gentoo and Debian Squeeze but should work on PS3 Fat without problems
• Bug reports are welcome, send it please to geoffrey.levand@mail.ru

Work in progress:

• Creating OtherOS partitions directly on HDD (not VFLASH)
• Permanently disabling HDD/VFLASH encryption
• Mapping of HTAB with R/W permission
• SYSCON access from LPAR 2
• FreeBSD support

Installing OtherOS bootloader

• Tested ONLY on PS3 models with VFLASH
• During deleting of VFLASH regions GameOS will ask you to reinstall firmware, don't do it, just press PS3 button and continue
• I use petitboot as OtherOS bootloader. You could use a different one.
• The following order of steps is important
• Delete VFLASH region 6
• Delete VFLASH region 5
• Create VFLASH region 5
• Create VFLASH region 6
• Install OtherOS bootloader on VFLASH with "Install OtherOS"

Booting OtherOS bootloader

• Run "Boot OtherOS"
• Reboot GameOS with "Reboot"

Creating a VFLASH partition for Linux

Notes:

• Works ONLY on PS3 models with VFLASH
• Warning: All your HDD data will be lost, so make a backup
• I'm currently working on a solution for PS3 models with NAND flash
• Resize VFLASH (creates a 40GB free space on VFLASH, if you need more then feel free to recompile it)
• Reboot GameOS
• Create VFLASH region 7

Installing Linux with petitboot

Installing Gentoo GNU/Linux from a Unix/Linux System
http://www.gentoo.org/doc/en/handbook/handbook-ppc.xml

Partitioning with fdisk
http://tldp.org/HOWTO/Partition/fdisk_partitioning.html

Notes:

• I used petitboot to install Debian and Gentoo on VFLASH
• I used fdisk to partition ps3vflashh
• Make sure you create a swap partition
• Creating a ready to use Linux distribution images is a work in progress

Booting Linux with petitboot

Notes:

• USB driver in petitboot has problems on PS3 Slim. The problem lies in Linux USB driver.
• Currently i'm trying to fix this problem in Linux kernel
• I temporarily use my boot_linux.sh script to boot a Linux installed on VFLASH from petitboot














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#43 - technodon - 108w ago
request: please could someone upload ps3linux_kernel.tar.bz2 all the links seem to be broken. thanks

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#42 - PS3 News - 152w ago
Here is another update from Gitbrew on FrankenSDK via GaryOPA: ps3crunch.net/forum/threads/459-GITBREW?p=4418#post4418

Recently the developers over at Gitbrew have been working on a number of neat projects around the PS3 Console, and we being in close contact with them, and gotten a preview of something that will make everyone more then happy in PS3 'Scene'!

We are talking about NPDRM and the v3.60+ problem. -- Previously only those with an official Sony PS3 SDK could do anything, and still in a limited fashion, and recently the developers have been able to use a heavly modified PSL1GHT setup to do the impossible, sign a package for the v3.60+ system!

What they are calling FrankenSDK, and here is example test output from the project:


All they can add for now regarding the subject is they are working diligently towards opening their tools up to everyone incuding those with the mystery science console 3000 and they are now one step closer to working PUP's for v3.60 and beyond! -- Being able to use an open-source project like PSL1GHT means it will open up the playing field to EVERYONE!
Following up on it, Sony PS3 hacker ooPo tweeted the following hinting a PSP will be required for the exploit: twitter.com/ooPo/status/102805864506867712
I imagine the PS3 trusts a PSP in ways it probably shouldn't.

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#41 - brokendef - 158w ago
Stuck here: 10. Run script create_hdd_region.sh

How do I do that using a USB??

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#40 - PS3 News - 162w ago
Just a brief update for those following, PS3 hacker "Geoffrey Levand" has now made OtherOS++ compatible all PS3 models. From the site: wiki.gitbrew.org/index.php/PS3:OtherOS++

OtherOS++ ChangeLog:

06/06/2011

  • Updated links + updated all packages with latest from glevand.

06/05/2011

  • Edited links and updating readmes + tutorials.

06/04/2011

  • HDD installation for all models
  • Vlash install methods are depreciated

05/22/2011

  • NAND model support added

Downloads

Firmware

PS3 Dual Boot GameOS/Linux CFW 3.41: [Register or Login to view links]
PS3 Dual Boot GameOS/Linux CFW 3.55: [Register or Login to view links]

Packages

install_otheros.pkg: [Register or Login to view links]
boot_gameos.pkg: [Register or Login to view links]
boot_otheros.pkg: [Register or Login to view links]
reboot.pkg: [Register or Login to view links]
setup_vflash_for_otheros_fat.pkg: [Register or Login to view links]
setup_vflash_for_otheros_slim.pkg: [Register or Login to view links]
dump_flash_ptab.pkg: [Register or Login to view links]

Petitboot Images

dtbImage.ps3.bin: [Register or Login to view links]
dtbImage.ps3.bin.minimal: [Register or Login to view links]

Scripts + ETC

initimg.sh: [Register or Login to view links]
clone.sh: [Register or Login to view links] - clones all repos from git.gitbrew.org/ps3/
kboot.conf: [Register or Login to view links] - kboot.conf to go in your linux /etc/
hdd_access.sh: [Register or Login to view links] - hdd access.sh
restore_vflash.sh: [Register or Login to view links] - restore_vflash.sh
enable_wlan_on_fat.sh: [Register or Login to view links] - enable_wlan_on_fat.sh

PS3 Kernels

PS3 Linux Kernel 060411: [Register or Login to view links] - PS3 Linux Kernel 06/04/11

Features

  • Into HV integrated OtherOS bootloader loader (compatible with OtherOS bootloader on 3.15)
  • OtherOS bootloader is booted directly from HV, no GameOS is involved.
  • Process of booting OtherOS bootloader loader is very similar to 3.15 method
  • Booting Linux from HDD/USB/BD/Network
  • Linux with GameOS rights
  • Full access to all HV SS services (Dispatcher Manager) from GameOS or Linux
  • Full access to all System Manager services
  • Ability to create/modify/remove repository nodes in LPAR 1 (e.g. with ps3dm-utils or ps3hvc-utils).
  • This ability gives you much power over the whole system because many layers of PS3 use repository nodes to exchange information.
  • Enabled QA mode in Update Manager
  • Downgrading without USB dongle or Service Mode
  • Ability to deactivate/activate HDD/VFLASH encryption (e.g. with ps3stor-utils)
  • Support for ps3-utils. You can flash new OtherOS bootloader from Linux e.g.

How-To

Necessary Steps: Package Setup
OtherOS utils HOWTO by graf_chokolo (grafchokolo@googlemail.com)
glevand (geoffrey.levand@mail.ru)
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Installing OtherOS
-------------------

Warning !!! The order of steps 2 and 3 is very important !!!

1. Run udp_printf_client on your PC to see UDP broadcast debug messages sent by OtherOS utils (optional)
2. Delete VFLASH region 6 with delete_vflash6
3. Delete VFLASH region 5 with delete_vflash5
4. Create VFLASH region 5 with create_vflash5
5. Create VFLASH region 6 with create_vflash6
6. Resize VFLASH storage device with resize_vflash.
All data on HDD will be lost after this step, so make a backup !!!
7. Reboot GameOS
8. Create VFLASH region 7 with create_vflash7
9. Store dtbImage.ps3.bin on USB device, plug it in and store
petitboot on VFLASH region 5 with install_otheros

Booting OtherOS
----------------

1. Set OtherOS boot flag on VFLASH region 5 with boot_otheros
2. Reboot GameOS with reboot

Booting Linux with petitboot's CUI
-----------------------------------

1. Place kboot.conf file in /etc directory of your Linux
2. Entries contained in the kboot.conf file are showed in petitboot's CUI
3. Select one entry with keyboard and press 'Enter'

Example of kboot.conf
----------------------

gentoo_vflash=/boot/vmlinux-2.6.38-gf77c53d root=/dev/ps3vflashh2
gentoo_vflash_hugepages=/boot/vmlinux-2.6.38-gf77c53d root=/dev/ps3vflashh2 hugepages=1





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#39 - HAVOK7 - 164w ago
well someone managed to implement this on 256mb nand: twitter.com/#!/gitbrew/status/72813466020352000
Petitboot Dualboot confirmed working with 256mb NAND.

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