Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 249217
Kernel 22.214.171.124-27.fc7 fails to boot on PS3
Last modified: 2007-11-30 17:12:11 EST
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Description of problem:
When attempting to boot kernel 126.96.36.199-27.fc7 on my PS3 I receive the following output after
selecting the kernel to boot at the kboot prompt:
get memory range:1
Modified cmdline:root=LABEL=/ video=480p quiet acpi=force
SYSMGR: cleanup. (close event mask)
2.6.21-1.3228.fc7 did and still does boot normally.
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
Steps to Reproduce:
1. Install the kernel from yum
New kernel failed to boot
Should have booted properly
I have the same issue as the original reporter. However, I don't have included
the "acpi=force" option at boot.
The newly released kernel (kernel-188.8.131.52-33.fc7) doesn't fix the issue.
2.6.22-1.37.fc7 or later (when released) should work on PS3 again. When the
build finishes, you should be able to find it from
If you made the mistake of letting the installer use LVM even though it's
pointless, watch out for bug #249672 (hopefully there'll be an updated lvm2
package for that shortly; you'll want that installed before you install the new
kernel, or you'll want to run mkinitrd manually with the new lvm if you install
this kernel first).
I just installed 2.6.22-1.37.fc7 and can confirm that it is booting properly on
the PS3. Thanks!
When I attempt to run boot-game-os with 2.6.22-1.37.fc7 it spits out the usage
list and 'ERROR: can't change boot flag' . I had to boot back to 2.6.21-
1.3228.fc7 in order to get it to run properly.
[root@ps3 Desktop]# /sbin/boot-game-os
other-os-flash-util [-b|-B] [-g|-r] flash_device [boot_loader_img]
other-os-flash-util -s flash_device
other-os-flash-util -d flash_device
-s show current settings
-d print difference of clock time between game os and linux
-b change boot flag : boot game os
-B change boot flag : boot linux
-g change boot loader format flag : compressed by gzip
-r change boot loader format flag : not compressed
ERROR: can't change boot flag
That is the least of all worries, until they implement reboot and shutdown
properly you still have to keep pressing the power button (once linux has been
halted) till the console shuts down itself. You might as well sit nearby and
turn it on by pressing the power on button for 5+ seconds (keeping it pressed
while it turns on) and that will boot the Game OS with the inconvenience of
having to reset the screen resolution settings.
Jason, do you use LVM ? (I stupidly let the installer use it... :()
Yes, the lack of reboot/kexec sucks hard. I was expecting that to be fixed 'any
day now' at the time we added PS3 support to F-7, otherwise I'd probably have
refused to support it as I did for FC6.
The utilities mangling the otheros flash area are going to need updating,
because that region now appears as a character device instead of a SCSI disk --
thanks for reminding me of that. I'll do it shortly.
You can find an updated LVM package at
I do not use LVM. If you hold the button down on the PS3 it also resets the
video mode to 480i.
Unfortunately I have an older television which supports 480i on one set of
connectors (composite, s-video, and one component 'colorstream' set (which only
does 480i), and 480p/1080i on a separate set of component/DVI connectors.
Most people don't have to put up with this, but there are some with older
televisions that do. When I got the PS3 I had to start it up on the colorstream
inputs, tell it that I can use 480p/1080i, swap the connector over to the HD
ports, change the tv input with the remote, and click OK to confirm it works,
so that I can use it on HD ports.
Holding the button down for 5 seconds and letting it reset the boot flag, and
also the video, will mean I get to go through that whole mess each time. It's
already bad enough I can't see any of kboot's output, or anything else, until
the video=480p option kicks in.
Glad to hear that the support is coming though, and it is appreciated. I'll
definitely be installing F8 Test releases to try and help catch any of the
problems before it gets released.
The newest kernel (kernel-184.108.40.206-41.fc7) solved the original issue. Didn't
test "boot-game-os" though as I am working remotely on the PS3 (and the console
isn't used for gaming!).
See this thread on fedoraforum regarding fixing the boot-game-os command and
rebooting without using the power button: