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PostPosted: Tue Feb 05, 2008 5:11 pm    Post subject: Gentoo on PS3 problems Reply with quote

Hi there, I am new to the board and brand new to linux. I know people say gentoo shouldnt be the first linux you use but the other versions do not have the capabilities for the stuff I want to do. So on my first install attempt I had missed a step and when I got to the end of the install and rebooted it didnt load linux, it just sat there at the KBoot prompt. So I decided to start from scratch and got rid of it all and did it again last night. I used this step by step tutorial on how to install it and made sure I did everything perfectly.
install tutorial http://ps3wiki.qj.net/index.php/Gentoo_Howto
This is the minimal cd intstall i used http://gentoo.osuosl.org/experimental/ppc64/livecd/ the one I used was (installcd-ps3-minimal-20071212-r1.iso
this is the boot loader I used www.terrasoftsolutions.com/support/install/ps3/otheros.bld
This is the stage 4 tarball I used http://gentoo.osuosl.org/experimental/ppc64/stages/stage4-970-ps3_32ul.tar.bz2

so when I installed the second time I got the this when i started it up...
debug, sending discover...
debug, sending discover...
debug, sending discover...
don't understand action ''leasefail"
info, no lease failing
kboot g ...
kboot g ...

so I figured that out and got the internet connection hard wired again for the time being, Now it connects to my ip and the lease fail is gone. But Now I still only get the Kboot g... prompt over and over. I have tried hitting tab and tried every keyword in there and nothing happens (gentoo, install, install text, rescue and rescue text)


I tried reinstalling the boot loader and nothing new happened either.
Then i tried to run gentoo with the live cd in the drive, same result except when i try any of the keywords mentioned before I get the error /dev/sr0:/ppc/ppc64/vmlinux-ps3: not found

Can anyone try to help me get going in the right direction? I was very very careful with the install and it looks like the tutorial i used has worked for others.
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 05, 2008 5:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Moved from Installing Gentoo to Gentoo on PPC.
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 05, 2008 9:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

try the otheros.bld on the iso,

it used to be named (otheros.default)
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 06, 2008 1:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Please use the following docs as well -> http://overlays.gentoo.org/proj/cell/wiki/InstallGentooOnPS3 . Pay particular attention to the otheros note at the top. Join us on irc #gentoo-ppc64 if you need help as well.
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 06, 2008 6:10 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

rangerpb wrote:
Please use the following docs as well -> http://overlays.gentoo.org/proj/cell/wiki/InstallGentooOnPS3 . Pay particular attention to the otheros note at the top. Join us on irc #gentoo-ppc64 if you need help as well.


Ya I used that tutorial as well. That link for the otheros is dead tho. Its hard to find one and to know if it is up to date.

Does it look like the links I have used are the correct ones?Does anyone have any known working ones? I actually did notice one difference after the install in the kboot.conf. it was the bottom line, which they didnt mention in the other tutorial i used. Problem is, now I cant change that configuration. I used another tutorial(wiki) to be able to edit it, but all the codes they give it tells me they are no good. I did find my way to the kboot.conf and changed it, but it would not let me save the changes.
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 06, 2008 1:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Here is a the latest otheros file from Sony:

http://www.kernel.org/pub/linux/kernel/people/geoff/cell/CELL-Linux-CL_20080201-ADDON/PS3/otheros/

I'll update the docs as well
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 07, 2008 4:51 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

so I tried reinstalling 3 more times. I used the new boot loader that you gave me ranger. After all 3 installs I still just get a kboot prompt and cant get past it. I Tried different(slightly) configurations and methods found on different tutorials. None of them worked for me. I'm starting to wonder if there is a problem with the install disk Im using or the tarball im using.

Does anyone have anything I should be checking or trying?
DOes anyone have copies of the working software they used that I can get off of you?

thanks guys
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 07, 2008 1:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

You need to elaborate on what "get past it" means. Common mistakes are as follows:

* When kboot loads to the prompt, does hitting tab cycle any of your kernel labels?

- If yes, then kboot sees your conf file and there is likely an invalid conf file. Please elaborate on the error if this is the case or paste the conf file.

- If not, this means kboot is loading but cannot see your conf file. Typical reasons for this are:

> You didn't use an ext filesystem
> You didnt mark the disk partition as both both bootable and with the / label.


If you want to verify things, you can drop to shell from the kboot prompt with 'sh'. From there, you can mount ps2da1 (if that is where the config is) and copy the kboot.conf file to /etc/kboot.conf, umount ps3da1 and then run 'kboot'
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 08, 2008 2:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I just installed it following the guide at overlays.gentoo.org last night. From what I'm reading of the TC's problem, he may not have correctly labeled the kernel in the kboot.conf file to reflect the different version number than what is listed on that webpage. I believe that the kernel I installed last night was a 2.6.23 kernel. If he entered 2.6.16, then kboot wont it.
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