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February 4, 2011 // 7:06 pm - While graf_chokolo is busy working on returning PS3 OtherOS to the PlayStation 3 entertainment system and posting updates of his progress along the way, kmeaw shared a video of PS3 Linux on PlayStation 3 CFW 3.55 Custom Firmware today alongside AsbestOS Installer v0, v1 (for Fat PS3's), v1.1, v1.2, v1.3, v1.4, v1.5 and LV2 Patcher v9.

Download: AsbestOS Installer v0 for PS3 / AsbestOS Installer v1 for PS3 / AsbestOS Installer v1.1 for PS3 / AsbestOS Installer v1.2 for PS3 (Fat) / AsbestOS Installer v1.2 for PS3 (Slim) / AsbestOS Installer v1.3 for PS3 (Slim) / AsbestOS Installer v1.4 for PS3 (Slim) / AsbestOS Installer v1.5 for PS3 (Slim) / AsbestOS Installer v1.5 for PS3 (Release) / Kmeaw PS3 LV2 Patcher v9 (required) / Gentoo PS3 rootfs (Marcan) / Gentoo PS3 rootfs (Marcan) (Mirror #1) / Gentoo PS3 rootfs (Marcan) (Mirror #2) / Gentoo PS3 rootfs (Marcan) (Mirror #3) / Gentoo PS3 rootfs (Marcan) (Mirror #4) / Gentoo PS3 rootfs (Marcan) (Mirror #5) / Gentoo PS3 rootfs (Marcan) (Mirror #6) / PS3 Linux Kernel Image and Modules / PS3 LV1 Dumper

This tool installs AsbestOS, which can be used to boot Linux kernel from lv2patcher v9. Thanks to marcan for AsbestOS, Mathieulh and graf_chokolo for default.spp trick, geohot for dev_flash mount code. Thanks to jbc for testing and KingDong for the icon You would need to set up a DHCP, TFTP and NFS servers on your LAN to make it work. Wireless connection is not supported by AsbestOS yet. Have fun.

Here is what kmeaw had to say about it via IRC:

kmeaw: it is gentoo
kmeaw: marcan's rootfs
stuntcock: does your linux install have access to gameos from within linux and also to all spus?
kmeaw: no
kmeaw: it doesn't need usb stick
kmeaw: linux has access to all spus
kmeaw: gentoo is running from my laptop's hdd
kmeaw: but if you change your kernel parameters then you can install it on ps3's hdd like marcan did
Lush: is this a different approach than graf_chokolo?
kmeaw: i don't change VFLASH
GraFfiX: kmeaw:does X launch?
kmeaw: haven't tried yet but I think of a reason why it shouldn't
kmeaw: Xfbdev will definitely work
kmeaw: in this video ps3 boots gentoo from the network via nfs
kmeaw: laptop's harddrive partition is exported using nfs kernel server
GraFfiX: is nfs efficient?
GraFfiX: like speed-wise
kmeaw: yes, i have a home NAS exported via nfs
kmeaw: works faster for me than samba
kmeaw: there are no full support for rsx yet
kmeaw: s/are/is/
GraFfiX: kmeaw:do you see any reason why xbmc would not run when we have full rsx?
stuntcock: someone has to code a driver for the video
stuntcock: right
kmeaw: no
kmeaw: when we have full rsx support in linux drivers, then everything should work
kmeaw: i have released asbestos installer
kmeaw: however, it will need some network services configured (DHCP, TFTP and NFS) to make it work
kmeaw: see marcan42's posts for more information
kmeaw: note that asbestos requires lv2 patcher v9
kmeaw: it won't work with v8
kmeaw: - debian squeeze with lxde graphical environment, bootable from usb disk on a ps3
kmeaw: latest version is v1.2
kmeaw: it can work without ethernet cable at all
kmeaw: however it still supports ethernet booting for developers that would like to experiment with their own kernel builds

How to Install AsbestOS via Debian

1. install AsbestOS installer v1 or higher
2. partition a USB disk to have at least one partition (FAT-formatted);
3. unpack linux.img ( or and put it into the root dir of usb disk;
4. run AsbestOS installer;
5. install lv2 patcher v9 or higher
6. attach an ethernet cable, connected to a network with a dhcp-server (just for the initial boot, it can be a SOHO router - just anything with DHCP);(NO LONGER NECESSARY IN ASBESTOS 1.2+)
7. run lv2 patcher and select "Linux";
8. as you see the fb console with penguins, you can unplug the ethernet cable;(NO LONGER NECESSARY IN ASBESTOS 1.2+)
9. login: ps3, password: ps3.

If you don't see anything, press Ctrl-Alt-F1, then Alt-F7.

Marcan Guide to Running Gentoo Linux on PS3

ubuntu-desktop% sudo apt-get install dhcp3-server tftpd-hpa nfs-kernel-server = rootfs = kernel image and modules

extract rootfs into /mnt/experimental:
% sudo mkdir -p /mnt/experimental
% sudo tar -C /mnt/experimental -xvpf /path/to/gentoo-ps3-20101020.tar.bz2

then copy 2.6.36-rc7-01073-g47a9595-dirty from ps3linux.tar.gz into /mnt/experimental/lib/modules.

Set up the DHCP server. Put this in /etc/dhcp3/dhcpd.conf:

option domain-name "";
option domain-name-servers,;
default-lease-time 600;
max-lease-time 7200;
ddns-update-style none;
log-facility local7;
subnet netmask {
filename "kboot.conf";
option routers;

Set up your wired network interface (eth0) to have a static IP address "".

Copy vmlinux file into /var/lib/tftpboot.

add this line to /etc/exports (requires root privs):


Then everything is done. Let's start up the services:

% sudo service tftpd-hpa restart
% sudo service dhcp3-server restart
% sudo service nfs-kernel-server restart

Create a kboot.conf file in /var/lib/tftpboot with this line inside:

linux='vmlinux video=ps3fb:mode:2 root=/dev/nfs rw ip=dhcp nfsroot= panic=5'

That's all. Run Linux from lv2patcher v9 and see if it boots.

Video: PS3 Linux on Kmeaw CFW 3.55 Custom Firmware

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#72 - barrybarryk - February 12, 2011 // 8:19 pm
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lol ok i did say put them on the internal and don't rename them. twice.

#71 - scottydog - February 12, 2011 // 8:09 pm
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Tried ubuntu from barrybarryk extracted the files to an external hard drive and changed the name of linux00.img to linux.img. loaded asbestos 1.5 then lvl2. said found linux.img on sda1 (external hdd fat 32)

6.340495] loopo: unknown partitan table
6.342071] ext4-fs (loop0): bad geometry: block count 2621440 exceeds size of device (262144 blocks) mount: mounting /dev/loop0 on /mnt/root failed: invalid argument.

there some more but thought it might be the hdd cluster size not sure though so try a format lol

#70 - altembas - February 12, 2011 // 4:58 pm
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you mean something like this ?

or even better (for ubuntu):

works like a charm. but... i got TWM!

did sudo apt-get upgrade and got some XWindows!

after some tesing i can say: yeah, it looks like it's working, but it's sooo slowly. hope YDL will be better

#69 - barrybarryk - February 12, 2011 // 4:51 pm
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you can mount it as a rw filesystem under linux using mount -o loop [source] [target]

I didn't make the img btw I just found it, its the net install version so an ethernet connection is mandatory for the install and also an alpha 2 of natty so not particularly stable or well supported. install xubuntu then on your first boot look up the method for mounting ps3vram as swap space permanently or it'll run like a dog.

I'm trying to setup a ydl 6.2 net install image at the minute which will run alot better and has far more support (and i'll be able to install zerogame again ).

#68 - altembas - February 12, 2011 // 4:43 pm
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it works, the problem is however that ubuntu packets get messed up and there are dependences which cannot be... fulfilled (is that the word?) - at least when you try to install ubuntu-desktop will try it with xubuntu right now.

if img file(s) has one ext4 partition, why can't it have two ext4 partitions, with installer on the first one?

how can i edit this img file? tried googling, but no luck (yet).

#67 - barrybarryk - February 12, 2011 // 3:11 pm
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yeah sounds like no init since it's not panicing and instead just kind of running out of things to do.

#66 - Jes03 - February 12, 2011 // 2:58 pm
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Can't remember the error and I just removed the image from the HDD. It sits there doing nothing but if I press the power button I get a new line and a # I either have to hold power for 10 seconds or pull the power out to reboot.

#65 - barrybarryk - February 12, 2011 // 2:52 pm
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No the img files become the partition they get mounted as / (root) so while the installer runs from those img files it also installs in the img files so their size stays the same. after a normal ubuntu install you'll have about 8GB free in there but even after you fill up that 8GB the img files will still only be 10GB total.

Linux is slow enough on the PS3 you really should run it from the internal anyway.

I can't change the timeout for the stage1 bootloader it's compiled in, thats why they're hit and miss from external HDD's. Only thing you can really do is make sure you're using the latest version of the asbestOS bootloader. But what error are you getting from asbestOS when you try to boot the ubuntu images?

#64 - Jes03 - February 12, 2011 // 2:41 pm
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I tried again with my other HDD and it still didn't work. I tried the debian 1GB and debian-v2 2GB and the v2 image works but I don't like it.

With your 10 part image, is that it for Linux or will it make a new partition? If I copy it to internal HDD then install it to a Linux partition on a USB HDD will that work or is it stuck to the image file only?

#63 - barrybarryk - February 12, 2011 // 2:33 pm
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it won't work on a USB HDD, its for internal, well actually it will "work" from an external but only if your external spin up time is really short as it has to check all 10 files quickly (normally too quick for external so you'll just get a no init error). What were the other 2 images you tried that didn't work?