314w ago - Installed the latest EVE Online update earlier today? Don't reboot your computer! The update apparently has a "bug" which results in the deletion of your BOOT.INI startup file on XP systems. No big deal, aside from the fact Windows won't boot with this file missing.
CCP has removed the update as of 4 A.M. GMT today. However, if you are running XP and have downloaded and installed the update before said time, then your BOOT.INI is most likely long gone.
As for steps to remedy this problem, first check to make sure the BOOT.INI file exists:
If you are only using the Classic client or installed the Premium client using the full Premium installer than you are not affected.
If you upgraded from the Classic client to the Premium client, using the content upgrade, then please read on.
Check the root directory of your hard drive and see if you have a boot.ini file, if so then you are not affected. The file is normally hidden so you need to click Tools : Folder Options : View and select "Show hidden files and folders" and uncheck "Hide protected operating system files" to be able to see it.
You can also check for the presence of this file by clicking Start : Control Panel : System : Advanced : Startup and Recovery : Settings (third button down)....
318w ago - Each week or so we will post a brief report from the resident PS3 Devs here, and below is one for this week:
The PS3 Boot-up Procedure.
The SCC (Super Companion Chip), made by Toshiba gets the PS3 started up. It reads asecure_loader from flash, and loads it into SPE in isolation mode. The Flash reading is interesting, as the data on the flash chips are interleaved, so the SCC merges them, among other things.
asecure_loader is then decrypted and ran, and it brings up lv1ldr. The keys for self decryption (among other things) are most likely accessible at this time.
lv1ldr is then decrypted and ran, and verifies the integrity of lv1.self , decrypts and runs it.
lv1.self is most likely our base code, also known as the Hypervisor. The Hypervisor then calls lv2ldr.
lv2ldr is ran, and it runs lv2_kernel.self
LV2 kernel.self is essentially the PS3OS, it starts up, brings the XMB up, any game/movie in the drive.
This is a solid working theory. Without expensive hardware, we can not confirm this 100%, but it is the most logical approach!
324w ago - Booster has released an enhanced version of his normal boot loader tool, which enables users to boot normally with a Pandora battery inserted.
The new release, dubbed Multi-Boot Loader, now allows users to choose from up to five IPLs installed on the memory stick. This means that it is now possible to have a Pandora memory stick which boots normally, but also can enter service mode when needed. From the ReadMe file:
Essentially, what this tool can do, is write a special IPL to any Memory Stick PRO DUO (no, 32MB sticks won't work) so that when inserted in conjunction with a Pandora's Battery, the PSP will boot to the XMB as normal. Quite useful if you have any spare memory sticks laying around.
How to install:
1. Double click "install.cmd" in Windows XP/2K(Administrator).
2. Connect MsProDuo to PC via USB.
It is possible to use PSP USB Connection,or any USB MsProDuo Reader.
3. Press "Y" key to "Are You Sure ?[Y]" message.
4. Disconnect MsProDuo after few seconds.
Or, Write the ipl_ms.bin to absolute sectors 0Ã–10-0Ã–17 of MsProDuo.