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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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#32 - marcojoao - February 7, 2011 // 7:14 pm
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Please we need linux on pc to do this?

#31 - dynmosaic - February 7, 2011 // 8:21 am
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Does v1 works with only fat model or for both slim and fat?

#30 - PS4 News - February 7, 2011 // 1:20 am
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I have now updated the first post with AsbestOS Installer v1 which now works with Fat PS3's from kmeaw and Sickness and also AsbestOS Installer v1.1 for PS3 and AsbestOS Installer v1.2 for PS3 (Fat), AsbestOS Installer v1.2 for PS3 (Slim), AsbestOS Installer v1.3 for PS3 (Slim) and AsbestOS Installer v1.4 for PS3 (Slim).

#29 - daveshooter - February 6, 2011 // 1:12 am
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Thanks for that Dynmosaic, I'm just getting all my things together to set the server up and start the install myself, and seeing you have tested this up to the level i need to get to, thanks for your post.

On another note, because we now have Linux back, I thought I would look into adding more ram seeing as I have never looked into it until 3 or 4 hours ago. So thinking this and trying to get away from the use of the swap drive all the time in Linux. And having upgrade a sb5100's memory, would there be a way, seeing how cheap ram is, and tones of new info going around.

Anyway I found it funny in a way finding this old thread from 2007 when I was looking around. The thread is closed, so I'm not pumping it. But mikeg, made some good points about installing Linux and how to get the most out of memory space. I was going to use remote desktop, and mike confirms its a good way to go, so thanks Mikeg for that all them years ago. +rep

#28 - dynmosaic - February 6, 2011 // 12:24 am
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Made it to the linux boot screen. My Setup (PS3 Slim 320GB, Kmeaw 3.55):

1. Ubuntu running as a vmware client of windows 7 desktop, the uname -a output is:

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2. I used a wireless bridge with two cheap tp-link wireless routers as a bridge, so my desktop is connected to the ethernet port of one router, I manually set the eth0 inside the ubuntu to use as follows:

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PS3 is connected to the other tp-link router.
3. I installed everything as detailed in marcan42's posts.
4. make sure you reboot your PS3 to start from clean
5. start asbestos loader
6. start lv2_v9, select linux, hit x

Viola, you should see a set of penguins. I think this is a giant step.

Now, there are some show stoppers for me:

1. my wireless keyboard and mouse combo does not work in the linux prompt for login. (It can be used no problem inside the PS3 GameOS)
2. Above probably is related to failed to load module usbcore
3. various other modules failed to load as well, but not so sure how critical they are: rtp-ps3, ehci-hcd, unknown filesystem spufs, /dev/ps3vram stat failed, could not mount all network file filesystem, modeprobe: FATAL: Module index corrupt: Bad magic number.

Anyhow, that's all I got for now.

Anyone has any idea on how to fix the usbcore module problem?

#27 - Sostanco - February 5, 2011 // 5:29 pm
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Hope i can install this too on Wanki CFW 3.55 Thanks for this news !

#26 - Preceptor - February 5, 2011 // 5:00 pm
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It does, up to the 3.55 firmware. The 3.56 works with new keys and the old keys only work on whitelisting bases.

#25 - wedgeshot - February 5, 2011 // 4:38 pm
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This is good stuff!!! The PS3 will prove to be a very capable desktop linux system running openbox or other light window manager since there is only 256MB of RAM to core OS and then another 256MB for the RSX. I think once the X11 devs get wind of this it won't be long before we see 3D / h264 decoding.

XBMC has been ported to the AppleTV 2 ARM platform so this will be easy (I think I read that PPC has been compiled before ?).

I just received my PS3 320 GIG via credit card reward point so I won't be terribly upset if a brick does happen (read posts mentioning CFW not supporting stock 3.50+ systems) but hoping it does not.

#24 - Brenza - February 5, 2011 // 4:38 pm
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Thank you very much!!!

#23 - barrybarryk - February 5, 2011 // 2:50 pm
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nope there is no linux rsx driver and it'll be a while before the is one. The method graf is using is more effective as it uses a custom hv with linux having full access to the gameOS partition UNENCRYPTED and VFlash too. A hardware video driver isn't that important though as with all hardware unlocked even software rendering will be quick. As for xbmc im not sure there is a PPC port.