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My mates PS3 is stuck, he tried to install Linux (Ubuntu) and trashed his harddrive when he attempted to put the firmware back on from a Memory stick! I've ordered a new disk, how can I be sure that it won't trash the new (320Gb) disk?

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  • jon5888 Sep 22, 2009

    Magicbyrdman pointed out the ways of installing Ubuntu. I only knew about using the Install Other OS option and unfortunately wasn't around when my friend decided to take his chances and wade in:-)

    Does anyone know if Ubuntu installs anything in the hardware, because I want to be able to return it to it's original state - I feel bad for suggesting Ubuntu and giving him a disk with it on and I can't just leave him with £300 worth of bookshelf art. :-(

  • jon5888 Sep 23, 2009

    Thank you for your comments, they are almost exactly what I was needing to know. I would like to try and install Linux, but it helps to know that I can restore the system completely. Well done Sony for keeping everything so well compartmentalised. :-) I'll let you know how I get on when the Disk arrives on Friday.

  • jon5888 Sep 23, 2009

    thanks aswell for the screen codes as my mate doesn't have HD yet they will be just what I need to set up a readable screen.

  • jon5888 Sep 25, 2009

    Disk arrived today in a Jiffy...bag!

    But thanks to your advice, Everything worked.

    New Drive straight in, couldn't rebuild the system automatically so I downloaded the latest update from SEC and put it on a memory stick. The repairs then ran from the memory stick and formatted the system partition for me.

    So, don't try and format the drive before you install it you'll only waste your time.

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Did you install ubuntu from ps3 boot loader or was it an install of ubuntu then stick the hard drive in the ps3. cause the only way to install another os is from the install other os option even if the drive is partitioned ps3 has to lock the hard drive to the ps3 witch requires reformatt

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  • Kevin Byrd Sep 23, 2009

    the ps3 software isnt on the HDD itself you can always re-install the firmware. the other drive may not even be bad a way to test it is.

    Put the ps3 in standby mode(red light) press and hold the power button till you here a "double beep"
    on mine i have to hold the power button and it will give a "beep"......then another "beep" then go into standby mode again just release the power button and press and hold it again real fast now it should "beep" ........then "double beep" and release the power button this brings up the recovery consol where you can install the firmware again. i would download the newest firmware first just to make sure it wast a corrupt file. and see if it boots and formats the HDD if not from that same recovery console you can rebuild the file system and rebuild the data base and restore the ps3 to original state. after everything is formatted right download the ubuntu for ps3 and the ubuntu os bootloader for ps3. the bootloader is usually on the same disk image as the OS for ps3 so just put the Ubuntu for ps3 disk in the drive and choose the setup other os option and it should find it then choose boot other os with the cd still inside it. once ubuntu gets installed though you will want to adjust the display because its a pain.

    just edit the kboot.conf file where it says

    ubuntu="/boot/vmlinux initrd=/boot/initrd.img video=ps3fb:mode:X"

    where "X" is the number of display you would like to have
    example of YUV at 1080i would be
    ubuntu="/boot/vmlinux initrd=/boot/initrd.img video=ps3fb:mode:4"

    here are the dispay numbers


    0:automode

    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



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