Installing Fedora 7 PPC:
You have your install DVD ready, you've formatted the PS3's hard drive (and possibly restored any backups you made afterward), you've installed the bootloader, and you're ready to install Fedora 7...
While in the Game OS, insert the Fedora 7 install DVD. Now change your Default System to Other OS (see http://manuals.playstation.net/docum...ultsystem.html
The system will reboot and in a moment you should be presented with a black screen and white text. At the kboot prompt, type:
is the video mode number you want to use)
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
VESA 11:WXGA 12:SXGA 13:WUXGA
full screen mode: <video mode ID> + 128
dither ON mode : <video mode ID> + 2048
For example, on a typical display that supports 720p, you would enter:
Note that using linux instead of linux64 will produce the same result, as in:
Also, if you don't want to bother with mode numbers, you may be able to use video=720p or video=1080i instead. For example:
If you're installing on a SDTV and have no HD modes available, you'll need to use mode 1, or just type linux by itself. The installer will run in low-resolution mode and there will be a black border around the screen which prevents you from seeing all the buttons. Use the F12 key to proceed past the various prompts instead.
You can also install in text-only mode with: linux text
NOTE: If you want to use a monitor with the PS3's HDMI output, either using a HDMI -> HDMI or HDMI -> DVI cable, the display must have support for HDCP or you'll get nothing but a black screen.
From this point the install will go basically the same as any other Fedora 7 install ... to get an idea of what to expect, see the Fedora 7 tour
When you reach the point where you set up partitions, pay attention to which drives are selected if you have other media like flash drives, external USB drives, memory cards, etc. inserted. By default it will delete any Linux partitions on all these drives and use them. In most cases you'll want to UNCHECK all drives but the PS3's internal drive (ps3da).
At this time you'll need to begin making choices based on how you want to use your Fedora 7 PPC on PS3 install. Here are some notes about my install (geared mostly towards running games & emulators, copied from an earlier post):
I selected "Software Development" during install, and left the Office and Server options unchecked. Checking "Software Development" is a good idea even if you don't do any software development -- it makes it much easier to install applications that must be compiled from source.
I set SELinux to disabled thinking it might affect performance (?).
Unchecked SSH on the Firewall so all ports closed.
Change your video mode using the PS3 video guide
. Normal methods for setting the resolution in the GUI don't work on the PS3.
I found a useful "personal setup guide" regarding Services in Fedora 7:
I disabled the following services:
(all disabled in Runlevels 3 and 5, except gdm is enabled in 3 and not 5)
For additional software I added the Livna and Dribble repos in this way:
Livna - go to http://rpm.livna.org/rlowiki/MyStartingPage
Click on Fedora 7 repository RPM and install...
# rpm -ivh http://dribble.org.uk/repo/dribble-release-5-3.noarch.rpm
I read somewhere that I shouldn't use Livna AND FreshRPMs because of compatibility issues, so I left it at that.
I installed swfdec and the mozilla plugin from the above repos and flash video on Youtube works now.
Update your install:
There are a couple of PS3-specific issues that have been fixed since the initial release of Fedora 7. One thing fixed is the PS3 will now properly shut down. Install updates as you normally would with Fedora. Note that this will initially take a rather long time due to number of updates. Reboot after updating.
More PS3 related guides on fedoraforum:
# yum update
Instructions for changing the video mode once you have installed:
Installing the Java plugin for Firefox:
How to get Fedora 8 on PS3:
Returning to the GameOS:
To return to the GameOS, at the kboot prompt on startup, simply type:
If you're using the graphical bootloader "petitboot", you won't see the kboot prompt. Press the DEL key to return to the Game OS.
From the command line while Fedora 7 is running:
$ su -
The PS3 may be forced to return to the GameOS by holding the power button for more than 5 seconds at power on. This resets your PS3 to factory default audio & video settings.