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 Post subject: Getting started
PostPosted: Tue Nov 28, 2006 1:38 pm 
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Mon Nov 27, 2006 6:57 pm

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Since I don't have a DVD burner, I was interested in trying out Gentoo on my PS3. I also have never used Gentoo before, so it's a learning experience for sure.

I THINK I'm almost there, minus a problem I had today with "emerge sytstem -e" after upgrading (and switching) to gcc 4.1.1 last night.

The only thing I'm having difficulty with is how to configure kboot to boot my system. I mean, it's all in RAM once you get to kboot, so you can't just edit /etc/kboot.conf or whatever....can you? I tried to mimic the kexec commands in the instal-fc5 script, but that didn't work since I didn't have kexec installed in my Gentoo chroot (IF that's how you're supposed to do it) and I couldn't figure out (until last night) how to emerge packages that were masked.

So, I guess the point in this rambling post is to find out how to manipulate kboot to boot my new kernel off the HDD.

Looking forward to learning!


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PostPosted: Tue Nov 28, 2006 2:47 pm 
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Thu Nov 18, 2004 11:48 am

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First something sure since it has been done many (3 to my knowledge) times already:

http://whitesanjuro.googlepages.com/

Now something I'm writing but I hadn't tested myself

- the kboot stuff should reside in a partition so you should be able to write it.

- the kboot system will let you run any command, type sh and you'll have the standard busybox shell.

- the kernel present in the sony cd is the only one known to have a correct default config (and should be ok since the later ones have almost just fixes SPU related)

Now some useful items:

+ you may come speak to us (gentoo-ppc64 devs and maybe
other fellow ps3 owners) on
irc://irc.freenode.net/#gentoo-ppc64

+ I'm trying to keep some notes here http://overlays.gentoo.org/dev/lu_zero/ ... ationNotes



I hope it helps =)


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PostPosted: Wed Nov 29, 2006 11:15 am 
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Mon Nov 27, 2006 6:57 pm

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I'm an impatient person, so I decided to blow off Gentoo (for now) and go with the FC6 distribution. I just wanted to get a system up and running that I could tinker with a bit.

After I figure out how to get the wireless card working and how to get kboot to boot my rescue CD so I can partimage backup the drive, I will look at trying to get Gentoo running.

I think I was pretty close...probably just needed to play with the kboot/kexec stuff some more.

Thanks for your suggestions!


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PostPosted: Thu Nov 30, 2006 9:04 am 
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Thu Nov 18, 2004 11:48 am

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if you could post some useful stuff like

cat /proc/cpuinfo

cat /proc/meminfo

lspci

I think many would be interested


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PostPosted: Mon Dec 04, 2006 11:45 am 
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Mon Nov 27, 2006 6:57 pm

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lu_zero wrote:
if you could post some useful stuff like

cat /proc/cpuinfo

cat /proc/meminfo

lspci

I think many would be interested


Sure! Sorry for the delayed response...I guess I need to turn on e-mail notifications ;)

These are from Fedora Core 6...I may try Gentoo again since I found a fuller step-by-step last night...I was so close winging it, but just missed a couple ;)

cpuinfo:

processor : 0
cpu : Cell Broadband Engine, altivec supported
clock : 3192.000000MHz
revision : 5.1 (pvr 0070 0501)

processor : 1
cpu : Cell Broadband Engine, altivec supported
clock : 3192.000000MHz
revision : 5.1 (pvr 0070 0501)

timebase : 79800000
machine : PS3PF

meminfo:

MemTotal: 202148 kB
MemFree: 129644 kB
Buffers: 4204 kB
Cached: 41560 kB
SwapCached: 0 kB
Active: 27280 kB
Inactive: 28660 kB
HighTotal: 0 kB
HighFree: 0 kB
LowTotal: 202148 kB
LowFree: 129644 kB
SwapTotal: 524280 kB
SwapFree: 524280 kB
Dirty: 20 kB
Writeback: 0 kB
Mapped: 17004 kB
Slab: 13032 kB
CommitLimit: 625352 kB
Committed_AS: 18272 kB
PageTables: 632 kB
VmallocTotal: 8589934592 kB
VmallocUsed: 1884 kB
VmallocChunk: 8589929860 kB

lspci:

00:01.0 USB Controller: Toshiba America Unknown device 01b6 (rev 01)
00:01.1 USB Controller: Toshiba America Unknown device 01b5 (rev 01)
00:02.0 USB Controller: Toshiba America Unknown device 01b6 (rev 01)
00:02.1 USB Controller: Toshiba America Unknown device 01b5 (rev 01)


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PostPosted: Sun Dec 10, 2006 5:23 pm 
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Thu Nov 18, 2004 11:48 am

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just in case

http://www.daniel.jp/joomla/info/ps3/in ... e-ps3.html

I love my users =)


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