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PS3 Dual Boot GameOS / Linux Custom Firmware (CFW) Arrives


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186w 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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  • [Register or Login to view links] (md5 1897ce58cd06690f4ae2c9c23c558bce) (Added 05/07/11)

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 [email]geoffrey.levand@mail.ru[/email]

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
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Partitioning with fdisk
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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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#38 - shadowers - 184w ago
Hmm... I've read it's 500GFLOPS, but 204 is more than likely to be faster than the CPUs the general public has in their computer.

DAXGr's Avatar
#37 - DAXGr - 184w ago
Well actually it's 204gflops

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#36 - shadowers - 184w ago
Quote Originally Posted by elser1 View Post

i really don't see any benefit to me doing this as my pc is my pc and my ps3 is my console.. i'm not a dev and my pc is probably faster than ps3 anyway.. if there is someone local to me that knows all about this 100% id do it with there "backup" in i funk it up somehow..


Considering the PS3's CPU does 500GFLOPS, I have a feeling your computer isn't faster.

When I use delete VFLASH 6 my PS3 Beeps three times after about 2 seconds.

Ah, I have NAND model, so this is my issue... CECHE

elser1's Avatar
#35 - elser1 - 185w ago
thanks for the video tut boss. i'm glad i've seen it now.. its a big process.. must have been a lot of work to get this going, so big thanks..
in 3.15 os did you have to connect ps3 to ps3 like that. if there any videos installing and using yld 6.2 can you please link to this also... i don't know i have never used linux..

would it be possible to install a program like "asus smartdoctor" but for linux,that display and moniter the running temp of gpu and rsx chip and allow you to set auto shutdown if it reaches a certain temp.. my pc never hits more than 53/54 deg c, i'd love to know what my ps3s, both fat and slim, are running at..

i really don't see any benefit to me doing this as my pc is my pc and my ps3 is my console.. i'm not a dev and my pc is probably faster than ps3 anyway.. if there is someone local to me that knows all about this 100% id do it with there "backup" in i funk it up somehow..

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#34 - PS3 News - 185w ago
Quote Originally Posted by aideng2011 View Post
would love to see this in action, anyone using it that's willing to make a short vid?

Some videos of it are now added to the main page along with a few updates to the PS3 Tools and PS3 Dual Boot GameOS/Linux CFW 3.30.

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