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January 25, 2009 // 4:28 am - A few days ago Sashz released a very nice looking Bootloader for PS3! Easy to use GUI and a lot of improvments, read the following:

This bootloader includes pdaXrom-NG base and PS3 GUI shell created from scratch

Download: pdaXrom-ng-otheros-0.1.bld / ps3boot-0.1.tar.bz2 / ps3boot source svn repository / pdaXrom-ng-ps3.iso

Note: To build ps3boot install libjpg, libpng and freetype.

Supported boot devices are the following:
- Internal harddrive, CD/DVD, cardreader
- External USB sticks, hardrives, CD/DVD

Supported filesystems are:
- vfat (no more problems with long file names on FAT formatted media)
- ext2
- ext3
- iso9660
- udf

USB keyboard and joystick are supported. Screen mode is autodetected by default. To select preferred mode use keyboard or ps3 controller. Your selected video mode will be stored to a bootloader configuration. During startup press and hold right shift on the keyboard to safe video mode.

Keyboard Controller / Functions
- See picture below for layout

- Download bootloader 'pdaXrom-ng-otheros.bld', rename it to 'otheros.bld'.
- On your USB stick or CD create the directory /PS3/otheros/ and copy 'otheros.bld' file to it.
- Insert CD or a plug USB stick into PS3 and go to System->System Settings->Install Other OS. PS3 should find and install bootloader.
- Go to System->System Settings->Set Default OS->OtherOS to boot up with pdaXrom-ng bootloader.

NJoy this nice release of Sashz !

OtherOS pdaXrom-NG Bootloader for PS3 Linux Released!

OtherOS pdaXrom-NG Bootloader for PS3 Linux Released!

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#12 - PS4 News - January 26, 2009 // 2:54 am
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Quote Originally Posted by gtxboyracer View Post
Who ever mentioned that this is an ISO loader?
Its a Bootloader, meaning its a Linux/Unix based front loader; nothing to do with ISO's etc, meaning this has nothing to do with pirating etc; this is a completely open and free function you can do provided by Sony.

Ya, I just banned the one dink and removed the BS posts, and -Rep'd another. Seriously people, read and think intelligently before posting ignorant and redundant questions.

This has nothing to do with an iSO Loader at all, it's just a PS3 Bootloader that allows you to launch PS3 Linux among other things. This is clearly stated in the title, article, and documentation. Anyone who thinks a PS3 iSO Loader will come before 1) a Retail hole is found and 2) a Hello World is released should not even be posting here.

Let's get this back on topic, who else has tested out the pdaXrom-NG Bootloader and what are your thoughts of it?

#11 - mateuszss - January 25, 2009 // 9:44 pm
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But the another (maybe better?) boot loader is good too. With this you can install Megabox and play on emlators (MAME, SNES etc.)

#10 - D3M0N2009 - January 25, 2009 // 9:10 pm
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Plain and simple its not an ISO loader!

IF an iso loader is released im sure you'll notice it on the main news page

#9 - gtxboyracer - January 25, 2009 // 8:04 pm
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Who ever mentioned that this is an ISO loader?
Its a Bootloader, meaning its a Linux/Unix based front loader; nothing to do with ISO's etc, meaning this has nothing to do with pirating etc; this is a completely open and free function you can do provided by Sony.

#8 - lilshortwun - January 25, 2009 // 6:56 pm
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What exactly does this thing do? Play PS3 ISO yet or it is just another thread to get our hopes up?

#7 - raze88 - January 25, 2009 // 6:14 pm
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What can my PS3 do better after i install this?

#6 - tmaster - January 25, 2009 // 3:39 pm
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do we still need to allocate 10GB for this bootloader if we are going install Linux on pendrive?

#5 - Skatox - January 25, 2009 // 3:29 pm
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Didn't worked for me, only shows the controller and reboots to the XMB, i compiled and installed the ps3boot under yellow dog 6.1.

It detects the keyboard but when i press Space nothing happens.

#4 - UnlockIt - January 25, 2009 // 3:08 pm
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Yes, petitboot was the first bootloader, this one is a complete bootloader with a lot of nice features.

pdaXrom itself is a cross-platform Linux distribution with own build system, uses X11 for GUI applications, hence greater versatility, improved portability and better performance.

This distribution integrates its native and cross development kit so that it becomes virtually possible to recompile any graphical program to extend your system possibilities to your own needs.

You can found a Bootable Ps3 Cd beta from the same wiki:
Boot options:

noswap - disable swap in vram
video=ps3fb:mode:N - set video mode N. Default mode 3

From ps3-video-mode:

0:auto mode
YUV 60Hz 1:480i 2:480p 3:720p 4:1080i 5:1080p
YUV 50Hz 6:576i 7:576p 8:720p 9:1080i 10:1080p
RGB 60Hz 33:480i 34:480p 35:720p 36:1080i 37:1080p
RGB 50Hz 38:576i 39:576p 40:720p 41:1080i 42:1080p

full screen mode: + 128
dither ON mode : + 2048

Anyway this bootloader in the first post can of course be used without pdaXrom-NG Ps3 Cd beta.

#3 - PS4 News - January 25, 2009 // 1:16 pm
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I imagine it's similar to the Petitboot Bootloader which is basically an OS Selector front-end for PS3.

If anyone installs the pdaXrom-NG Bootloader it would be great if you can post some more information about what it offers below.