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February 5, 2011 // 5:20 pm - As a follow-up to Kmeaw's PS3 Linux update and his previous work, PlayStation 3 hacker Graf Chokolo has now brought PS3 Linux back to Firmware 3.41.

To quote from xorloser's blog: And here we go Linux is officially back on PS3 3.41. It’s even better now

It has all GameOS features, it has access to all HDD, VFLASH and FLASH regions. It can communicate with Dispatcher Manager, Update Manager, SYSCON Manager, it can run isolated SPUs, and of course RSX

I uploaded some screenshots of the Debian distribution i installed on my PS3 HDD. The Debian distribution is a just normal PPC64 Linux without any modification, all i changed was my dutifully and beloved Hypervisor

I modified the Hypervisor so far that it boots the Linux bootloader petitiboot from VFLASH and petitboot loads the Linux distribution installed on a HDD region.

And what is better than Linux to boot Linux ?

I practically implemented Dual Boot feature GameOS+OtherOS in the Hypervisor Linux is not the only OS which can be booted like this from PS3 HDD.

Now we don’t need GameOS anymore to run our code, no need anymore for SELFs and we can start now programming our own games on PS3 on Linux

I will make everything public

And greetings to SONY Hand me over the maintance and implementation of PS3 Hypervisor I will improve it and maintain for free We all will benefit. HV hacking is great fun

Here are some screenshots:

PS: Compiling now my own Linux kernel on PS3 itself

Guys, one step after another, first test and implement with 3.41 then port to 3.55

HV is practically the same, don’t worry.

Be patient guys. I will test everything properly and then release. I don’t want to cause any bricks.

CORE OS and GameOS firmware updates are possible now from Linux because we have access to Dispatcher Manager and Update Manager of Hypervisor

Linux can do now everything what GameOS can do Linux rules

We have lots of things to do now E.g. implement Dispatcher Manager in Linux because Linux has only drivers for A/V-Manager and System Manager And ps3 block device driver have to be improved also, because now it allows only one HDD region to be accessed.

I’m not an expert in RSX, that is the only part of HV i didn’t try to reverse yet

With normal Linux environment the possibilities are limitless now I don’t need anymore my payloads, will start to port them, write normal Linux programs ENCDEC and SYSCON are still on my list The HV reversing will progress now a lot faster with Linux.

New Linux driver need to be written and so on.

BTW, guys, does someone has clue how to recompile Debian netinstaller, you will need it Because what i did to make it run was pure hack, not for developers i fear. We need to recompile it with new ps3disk driver.

Yeah, it’s possible to patch HV to skip CORE OS hash checks.

I do not intend to stop. I didn’t even read those docs Better spend my time with HV reversing.

I was thinking about FreeBSD of course, i like it very much And there is already a port to PS3

When $ONY comes after me i will still have enough time to release everything for PS3 devs, don’t worry I do not intend to stop my reversing and development.

Regarding RSX, i think it’ s in LV2 kernel, but not sure, i didn’t reverse LV2 much.

Yes, we can resize/create/delete storage regions. That is what i did to make the VFLASH region larger in order to be able to store there petitboot uncompressed, because uncompressed petitboot is quite large ~7 MB

And yes, we could even boot 2 OSs.

Successfully compiled and booted the latest Linux kernel 2.6.37

Improving HDD and FLASH device drivers for Linux So we could get direct access to GameOS regions on Linux

Damn, ps3flash device driver doesn’t support several FLASH devices and regions The driver is so crappy. Have to redesign it completely

Some related previous posts by graf_chokolo from the blog:

Hehe, HV does say to GameOS that Linux region is not accessible I think we can do something about it Damn, i have to be very carefull or i might install Linux on a wrong region

Linux HDD region is accessible on petitboot But the problem is that i have access to all HDD regions and Linux just tries to use the first one, unfortunately owned by GameOS Have to patch petitboot so it selects the right region for Linux

HV hacking is cool

And please guys, i appreciate your support, but keep the conversation technical if possible, it’s hard to follow the blog

Yes baby Now is Linux HDD region accessible from petitboot

ps3disk sb_02: ps3stor_probe_access:130: 4 accessible regions found. Only the third one will be used
ps3disk sb_02: First accessible region has index 3 start 135329976 size 20971512
ps3disk sb_02: ps3da is a Hitachi HTS542580K9SA00 (76319 MiB total, 10239 MiB for OtherOS)
ps3da: unknown partition table
brd: module loaded
loop: module loaded
ps3_system_bus_match:362: dev=7.0(sb_01), drv=7.0(ps3rom): match
irq: irq 18 on host null mapped to virtual irq 29
scsi0 : ps3rom
scsi 0:0:0:0: CD-ROM SONY PS-SYSTEM 302R 4151 PQ: 0 ANSI: 0
Driver ‘sd’ needs updating – please use bus_type methods
Driver ‘sr’ needs updating – please use bus_type methods
sr0: scsi3-mmc drive: 0x/0x cd/rw xa/form2 cdda tray
Uniform CD-ROM driver Revision: 3.20
sr 0:0:0:0: Attached scsi CD-ROM sr0


Activated now access to all HDD regions

ps3disk sb_02: ps3stor_probe_access:130: 4 accessible regions found

HV does what i tell him to do Ditifully and beloved HV

Partition table ready

[email protected]:/# ls -l /dev/ps3da*
brw-rw—- 1 root root 254, 0 Feb 5 09:00 /dev/ps3da
brw-rw—- 1 root root 254, 1 Feb 5 09:01 /dev/ps3da1
brw-rw—- 1 root root 254, 2 Feb 5 09:00 /dev/ps3da2
[email protected]:/#

HOLY CRAP !!! Debian Installer launched

And GameOS still boots so i did partition my HDD right Great Today is my best day in the last years So much fun is HV hacking Stay tuned. Too excited now

Damn, i have to patch kernel from Debian installer because Linux has now access to all HDD regions and it tries to use always the first accessible one And that’s the one from GameOS Yeah, right wipe out this cryppy GameOS Seriously, i already patched petitiboot for that Stay tuned.

PS: Debian installer works fine

Yeah, access to all HDD regions might also have some disadvantages

Damn, have to recompile Linux kernel, who writes such drivers, he ? PS§ disk driver allows only one region to be accessible. We will se whta can be done about that

Screw Debian How can i recompile debian netinstaller ? Because i have to patch ps3disk driver or else it will install Debian on GameOS region Damn, i think i will stick with my beloved Arch Linux

If someone has tips how to recompile Debian netisnatller please share with me

I will try now to install gentoo over Network on my HDD, don’t know how to recreate Debian Netinstaller

Linux on 3.14 had access to only one HDD region, HV made it sure, but nwo with full GameOS features i have access to all HDD regions and Linux’ ps3 disk driver uses always the first region it find, stupid driver.

Finally installing Debian on HDD Patched HV and disabled access to all HDD regions temporarily except one where Linux is installed I didn’t thought that i will patch HV and actually remove features from there Stay tuned.

But i will enable all HDD regions in HV again as soon as i patched ps3disk on Debian And then we need a new ps3disk driver to access all regions simultaneously The driver is not very good.

Installing Debian packages currently I think i won’t need my payloads anymore, can run now everything through SSH on my Debian PS3 Great HV rules.

I don’t know yellow dog, never used it unfortunately.

I’m installing just an ordinary unmodified Debian distribution, nothing changed by me. Just normal PPC64 distribution. The only thing i changed was my beloved HV But we have to modfy ps3disk device driver to get access to all HDD regions because default Linux driver allows only one.

You could install whatever distribution of Linux you wnat which supports PS3 arch.

Hm, maybe we should contact the maintainer of the driver. The driver is simple, i patched it already for petitboot so it’s uses the right HDD region for booting. But for normal Linux we need a ps3disk driver with multiinstance capability, for several HDD regions.

Installation is done, now configuring my brand new PS3 Debian Linux

Unfortunately i don’t have a camera to take photos but i could make screenshots later when X11 is running

PS3 Linux is Back on Firmware 3.41 by Graf Chokolo

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#70 - Foo - September 16, 2012 // 4:32 pm
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Here's a quick update on the configuration for the wireless tools:

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No Security

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wpa_supplicant.conf for WPA1-TKIP or WPA1-AES

  • This configuration file i used on my PC WLAN client to test PS3 WLAN AP.

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  • It seems that WPA2 is not supported.

Tested On:

  • Tested on my PS3 Slim with Linux kernel 3.5.4 and Debian
  • Tested successfully with no security, WEP40, WEP104, WPA1-TKIP and WPA1-AES

#69 - telefoon - September 16, 2012 // 7:55 am
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i am very curious too, i'll follow this thread with great interest!

#68 - Foo - September 16, 2012 // 3:59 am
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Glevand Releases WLAN Access Point with PS3 Jupiter (Slim)


  • WLAN AP driver for PS3 Jupiter (slim only)
  • Please report bugs and problems to me (Glevand)


  • 802.11bg support
  • Wireless Extension interface
  • WEP, WPA1 and WPA2 support (work in progress)

PS3 Jupiter Driver

Source code:


You can compile it on PS3 Linux or cross-compile on a Linux PC
But first you have to build a Linux kernel from source.

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  • For configuration you need wireless-tools: iwconfig and so on.

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  • Tested on my PS3 Slim with Linux kernel 3.5.3 and Debian
  • Tested with no security

Testing AP Mode with libusb

  • No kernel drivers are involved
  • Easier to test than with Linux kernel drivers
  • I use it to test new and unknown commands
  • Source code:
  • You need a patched Linux 3.2 kernel too

Quote Originally Posted by jbj View Post
Do you need a working optical drive, or can it be done from usb?

A USB will do fine. In the USB section of the post you will find what to do.

#67 - jbj - September 11, 2012 // 10:19 pm
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Do you need a working optical drive, or can it be done from usb?

#66 - Foo - September 8, 2012 // 12:31 am
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Make your own Debian LiveCD by Glevand (via

Sometimes we need to boot Linux without HDD e.g. if you want to experiment with HDD encryption, enable/disable it without causing damage to your data. For such cases we need a LiveCD which doesn't mount HDD at boot.

Creating Initial System with debootstrap

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Creating Root Filesystem

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Modifying Root Filesystem

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Linux 3 Kernel

We need a Linux 3 kernel with overlayfs support so we could create a tmpfs over our read-only base filesystem.
Furthermore, we want to compile PS3 HDD driver as module because in this case we can easily change HDD region flags.
See my GIT repos:


  • We need a couple of user-space applications to mount filesystems, load kernel modules and so on.
  • And make sure you compile BusyBox without any library dependencies.
  • I compiled my BusyBox executable on PS3 Linux but you could cross-compile it too but then you need a complete PowerPC toolchain with libc.

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Creating the Image

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  • vmlinux-3.5.3.xz: (MD5 2da491cd3a213cab41797216ef0a2332)
  • root.sfs: (MD5 e402b631c8317166367f28785c65ba6c)
  • Tools available on the root filesystem: gcc, spu-gcc, spuisofs, spuldrfs, ps3vuart-tools, ps3sed and all my other PS3 Linux drivers. Everything you need to compile and test various PS3 stuff.
  • In case someone still hasn't figured it out yet, password for root is root and password for glevand is glevand
  • I enabled DHCP on Ethernet.
  • You could use WLAN too but for that you have to modify the root filesystem and configure your SSID and PSK in /etc/network/interfaces.


  • Your USB drive should be formatted with FAT32 filesystem.
  • initramfs-usb.cpio.gz: (MD5 c8ae892b68dfd7078415a4a52c440f39)
  • Create debianlive directory on your USB drive.
  • Put vmlinux-3.5.3 (extract xz archive), initramfs.cpio.gz and root.sfs into this directory.

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And create kboot.conf in the root directory of your USB drive with this content:

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#65 - daveshooter - February 10, 2011 // 2:09 am
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I was having a glance over the RSX-Users_Manual from PS3_SDKDoc-230_01, and if someone knows what there doing, I don't think it will be to long before someone cracks it, because all the Sony Dev tools are out there, with pdf's to show you how to use it for 3rd partys "thanks Sony" so its just a matter of time, me thinks.

#64 - kopsu - February 9, 2011 // 9:15 pm
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Ok, reverse engineering the graphics card drivers (gpu) isn't impossible. Please check out foundations sites. Nouveau is one example in linux. it's open source solution for nvidia gpu's... RSX is somewhat same as nvidia 7800, it's possible to run drivers in ppc linux... just check the git.

so XMBC is also doable and portable, madshaun did it apx. year ago. just put in hardware accelerated video with mesa/gallium and we're set... RSX needs some attention i think but it's coming...

#63 - daveshooter - February 9, 2011 // 8:49 pm
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Thank you both for your input on the XMBC idea, and I think we can all agree that XBMC can run on a PS3, but run like windows media classic on a old 286 sx, unless we can use all the cores.

I understood it needed to be ported correctly to use all the cores and the GPu, but just thought, if it runs on a Xbox1 with a 700MHz ish CPU, and only able to access the 1st 64 megs of mem,then even if we could only use one of the cores on the PS3, it will still run better and faster than an Xbox1.

Anyway thanks, I'll give up on the xbmc, and wait to see how Linux pans out, I am interested that no one seems to talk about YDL, seeing it was created for Sony way back then, is there any drivers that would work for the GPu in their distro? because I was on the understanding YDL would run at 1080 and use all the cores, then it must have the right drivers back then, their must be a DEV that can package it up so we can install it.

I was even wondering if it was posable to ftp the files needed for linux to the ps3 the use a eboot to call up the bootloader. Sorry am I dreaming again,

#62 - BackHome - February 9, 2011 // 5:18 pm
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Is there a ready made 3.41 CFW that can boot Linux as well as custom made (full hardware access patched) Linux image hosted somewhere ??

I wish there was some sticky and single updated post, that would point the latest and greatest firmware available out there:
The table can go on the lines of
Firmware Name & Link | Homebrew(Y/N) | Dongle(Y/N) | Linux(Y/N) | Spoofing
PS3News_3.41CFW.pup Y N Y 3.55

#61 - THCIV - February 9, 2011 // 5:16 pm
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and barry is right, posts on websites are misleading, graf chokolo will not bring us a driver. After checking nvidia's website for any "recent" as in any gpu 8 years old or newer ppc driver and coming up short and nouveau's lack of a proper 3d driver for quite a few years now we have no chance for a driver. welcome back crappy otheros.

I could be wrong but unless talented devs figure out what kind of os gameos is (it has to be a custom derivitive of somthing even if it is very custom) and reverses and rewrites its driver (back to 1% chance of having a driver) we are waiting for nothing.

who knows, maybe sony won't use nvidia for the ps4 and a petition for a driver won't just fall on deaf ears.