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Graf Chokolo Installs Gentoo Linux on PS3 Internal HDD


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182w ago - Today PlayStation 3 hacker Graf Chokolo has posted that he has successfully installed Gentoo Linux on the PS3 internal hard disk drive.

To quote from his update: Great news, guys I was very busy in the last days and I managed to install Gentoo on the internal HDD of PS3 Slim

I created a new VFLASH region of size 40GB and installing my Linux kernel there right now And GameOS doesn't touch this region when I boot it So you can reformat your HDD (but not VFLASH) and Linux will be still there I resized VFLASH from 256MB to about 40GB

Next steps:

• Compiling petitboot for PS3
• Installing petitboot on VFLASH
• Creating HV CFW which is capable of booting GameOS or petitboot. petitboot can boot Linux (or other OS) from HDD, FLASH, USB, CDROM or NFS (just like 3.15 did it or me on my PS3 3.41)
• Creating a more user-friendly approach for installing Linux on internal HDD

BTW, check out my new ps3stor-utils and Linux device driver ps3stormgr. It allows you to create/delete storage regions on PS3 Linux I used it to create a new VFLASH region for Linux.

Here are my Linux partitions on VFLASH:

brw-rw–- 1 root disk 253, 112 Mar 25 19:19 /dev/ps3vflashh
brw-rw–- 1 root disk 253, 113 Mar 25 19:19 /dev/ps3vflashh1
brw-rw–- 1 root disk 253, 114 Mar 25 19:21 /dev/ps3vflashh2
brw-rw–- 1 root disk 253, 115 Mar 25 19:23 /dev/ps3vflashh3

OtherOS++ will be back and even better than my 3.41 version

HV rules !!!

Also be sure to check out: PS3 Linux kernel patches for storage devices; GCC 4.3.5 patches [Register or Login to view links].



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elser1's Avatar
#16 - elser1 - 182w ago
good stuff.. not that i'd know what to do with it... LOL

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#15 - tonyqc - 182w ago
nice, so next step remainings are?:

- Creating HV CFW which is capable of booting GameOS or petitboot. petitboot can boot Linux (or other OS) from HDD, FLASH, USB, CDROM or NFS (just like 3.15 did it or me on my PS3 3.41)
- Creating a more user-friendly approach for installing Linux on internal HDD

thanks you Graf

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#14 - PS3 News - 182w ago
Following up on his previous update, today PlayStation 3 hacker Graf Chokolo has made available the Petitboot Tools for Linux on the PS3 console to allow the dual booting of Gentoo and GameOS.

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To quote: List of tools from Graf_Chokolo:

  • Debug console dumper for PS3 hypervisor
  • Dispatcher Manager utils
  • Linux kernel 2.6 for PS3
  • OpenWRT packages
  • Petitboot for PS3 Linux
  • PS3 hvcall tools
  • Scripts for Hypervisor
  • Storage device utils

New/updated tools:

  • New PS3 SPE MMIO driver
  • PS3Spemmio: Fixed module description
  • PS3 HVC driver
  • PS3HVC: Use hvcall constans from ps3hvc.h

New Additions and fixed for “utils Storage device” used to manage the partitions of the PS3 hard drive:

  • Added commands set_acl and get_acl
  • Added descriptions for set_acl and get_acl commands
  • Fixed ps3stor_mgr_get_region_acl

Usage: ps3stor_region [OPTIONS] DEVICE COMMAND [ARGS]

Options:

  • -H, - help: Show this message and exit
  • -V, - verbose: Increase verbosity
  • -V, - version: Show version information and exit

Commands:

  • create DEVID START COUNT LAID : Creates storage region
  • delete DEVID REGIONID : Deletes storage region
  • set_acl DEVID REGIONID LAID RIGHTS : Sets region access rights
  • get_acl DEVID REGIONID INDEX : Returns region access rights

Example of creating a hard drive partition: ps3stor_region / create dev/ps3stormgr 0x1000 0×1070000002000001 0x8 3

The “PS3 hvcall tools” mentioned in the list above is used for handling kernel panics–restarts the console after a kernel panic.

Usage for PS3 hvcall: ps3hvc_hvcall [OPTIONS] DEVICE COMMAND [ARGS]

Options for PS3 hvcall:

  • -H, - help: Show this message and exit
  • -V, - verbose: Increase verbosity
  • -V, - version: Show version information and exit

Command for PS3 hvcall: panic ARG1

Example for PS3 hvcall: ps3hvc_hvcall / dev/ps3hvc 1

Below are the tools required for compiling petitboot.

Requirements:

  • gcc
  • binutils
  • patch
  • bzip2
  • flex
  • make
  • gettext
  • pkg-config
  • unzip
  • libz-dev
  • libc headers

Instructions for compiling petitboot:

mkdir petitboot
cd petitboot

git clone git: / / git.dukio.com / openwrt.git
git clone git: / / git.dukio.com / openwrt_packages.git

cd openwrt / packages

ln-sf .. / .. / openwrt_packages / libs / jpeg jpeg
ln-sf .. / .. / openwrt_packages / libs / libpng libpng
ln-sf .. / .. / openwrt_packages / libs / libtwin libtwin
ln-sf .. / .. / openwrt_packages / utils / petitboot petitboot
ln-sf .. / .. / openwrt_packages / utils / zip zip
ln-sf .. / .. / openwrt_packages / utils / unzip unzip
ln-sf .. / .. / openwrt_packages / utils / vim vim
ln-sf ../../openwrt_packages/utils/ntfs-3g ntfs-3g
ln-sf .. / .. / openwrt_packages / utils / coreutils coreutils
ln-sf .. / .. / openwrt_packages / utils / tar tar
ln-sf .. / .. / openwrt_packages / utils / gzip gzip
ln-sf ../../openwrt_packages/utils/bzip2 bzip2
ln-sf .. / .. / openwrt_packages / utils / dosfstools dosfstools
ln-sf .. / .. / openwrt_packages / utils / less less
ln-sf .. / .. / openwrt_packages / utils / sed sed
ln-sf .. / .. / openwrt_packages / utils / sdparm sdparm
ln-sf .. / .. / openwrt_packages / utils / hdparm hdparm
ln-sf .. / .. / openwrt_packages / net / wget wget
ln-sf .. / .. / openwrt_packages / net / dhcpcd dhcpcd
ln-sf .. / .. / openwrt_packages / net / net-tools net-tools

cd ..

make menuconfig
make kernel_menuconfig

make V = 99

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barrybarryk's Avatar
#13 - barrybarryk - 182w ago
Snap I'm dying to get zerogame back on my ps3

br4insick's Avatar
#12 - br4insick - 182w ago
great work graf! you are the man.. please don't join the other side (sony). If you do, be a mole.. haha

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