But I have a question:
If both Desktop Environments will be issued on the same LiveDVD ,How to choose which Desktop Environment (Fluxbox or Windowmaker) will start at start up ?
version 14 PS2 slim (SCPH-75001),
but at the same time want to tell you that I use now ps2 ver14 with LiveDVD v2
and have activated SWAP-partition on flash-drive.
Of course I understand that USB driver must be fixed,
but what I am happy about is that at least my swap is working.
In Ubuntu with help of Disk Utility , I created two partitions:
1. /dev/sdb1 as FAT32;
2./dev/sdb2 as SWAP.
In mc0:/Kloader/config.txt I edited Kernel Parameter like this:
Kernel Parameter=crtmode=ntsc xmode=NTSC ramdisk_size=16384 swapdevice=/dev/sda2
and saved it.
Swap started to work...:)
Megaman I have one more question:
If USB driver for slim v14+ ps2s will be fixed and "writes" and "reads" through USB wont corrupt data on USB-devices during heavy workloads , ( I understand that USB 1.1 is slow though , but) Will it be possible to install BlackRhino Linux on USB-HDD and run through USB ?
And maybe also one alternative is to combine this:
on first USB port have connected USB-HDD with BlackRhino installed and second USB port or LAN to use for SWAP- partition,
or have on second usb port connected USB-hub with keyboard, mouse because we need it and second USB-HDD for swap ?
In any way I believe that when USB driver will be fixed , majority of ps2 users will be very happy..
Also what I want to know is:
We all know that on fat ps2,there is no problem with USB driver, but Is It possible with fat ps2 to install Black Rhino on USB-HDD and run Linux ?
Actually what makes me interested is:
How fast are gamepad ports and memory card ports ?
Maybe it is possible to use some sort of adapter and to connect USB 2.0 HDD to memory card port or to gamepad port and
to install Black Rhino on it and run Linux this way ?
Megaman do we have any problems with gamepad and memory card drivers?
If no then why not to use those ports for running Linux on ps2 ?
I can imagine USB-HDD connected to memory card slot. Sounds interesting , isnt it ?
:) :D ;) :p
GIMP is working here without any additional swap memory. At startup it asks how many memory should be used for tiles. The default is 32 MByte. The PS2 has only 32 MByte, so I reduced it to 1 MByte.
On a slim v14+ swap memory can run stable, but some programs will crash.
If USB driver is stable a USB-HDD should work, but it must be compatible to Linux 2.4 (mostly regarding disk size). With the fat PS2 this should already work. In the past I used USB memory sticks. There is no big difference between these USB device types.
Someone reported that using swap files over NFS is unstable, but it could also work.
The memory card is very slow. In theory you can already put a swap file on it. Small changes of text files seem not work. The file needs to be deleted and copied again. I think memory cards are not designed to be used this way. You can add it to the unionfs, this way you get disk space for installing programs.
A NAS is currently the best solution for installing Linux on a slim v14+.
Well (I am happy that finally I figured out how to run GIMP on LiveDVD.
It took me time though until I figured out that all time during installation I had to press “Enter”.
What disappoints me is that each time I start LiveDVD , I have to install GIMP over.
Would be nice if in next LiveDVD it could be possible to run GIMP from Fluxbox and Windowmaker menus.
What I want to know is:
Can LiveDVD be started without memory card inserted? Is this true that Linux mounts rootfs on memory card? Is memory card essential to be inserted and used with PS2 Linux?
Actually why is initrd size is limited to 16 MB in RAM? I am noobie at it and want to learn how Linux works on ps2.
I understand what is kernel but what is actually initrd for linux and why Linux needs it?
Can you tell me also how initrd is created and are they different comparing to other Linux distributions for PS2 ?
Megaman can you also add to next LiveDVD Firefox web-browser ?
It is just I have never used it and would be very happy to try it. I know it is not as quick as Dillo ,
but still could you add it to next LiveDVD?
1. Read only ext2 partition mounted from the big file on the DVD.
2. Writeable RAM disc (initrd) or selected with the kernel parameter writedev.
If you use the kernel parameter "mcfile", it will mount the memory card and start a script from it.
I created the initrd as follows:
For path_to_files I used busybox and my configuration files.Code:
dd if=/dev/zero of=initrd bs=1024 count=$[ 2 * 1024 ]
mkfs.ext2 -t ext2 -I 128 initrd
tune2fs -c 0 -i 0 initrd
sudo mount -o loop initrd initrd-root
sudo cp -a path_to_files initrd-root
sudo umount initrd-root
You can get the stuff from an existing initrd as follows:
sudo mount -o loop initrd initrd-source
sudo find initrd-source # show files
sudo umount initrd-source
My plan is also to release a fix for the USB problem (v14+) with a newer kernelloader/linux 2.4.
If someone gives me an extension (created with kernel parameter "writedev"), I can create an updated version. It must just be copied ("cp -a") into the DISC.BIN which can be mounted with "mount -o loop DISC.BIN /mnt/..." on any Linux.
Not sure if I still can.
But some pictures, or a youtube-video would be nice.
Otherwise I guess, it won't get as much attention as all the PS3-Stuff recently commin' up.
Btw.: It would be a nice addition, if we could switch between different "desktops" (KDE, Fluxbox,...) in an easy way (point&click would be the easiest thought :D).
At least I still have the 'Edit' button available for all normal posts on the site, which is all you need to change the first post of this thread. I just tested that I can open it in 'Edit' mode, though I was careful to close without changes directly, as I should leave such changes to someone more involved in this stuff than I am.
I think you'll find that it also works for you, since we both have the same "Co-Administrator" title in the new site setup.
Best regards: dlanor
ehm, how to start fluxbox manually? i wrote startx and it returned some error.
Do i need to include any params?
The X-Windows system is started with the command "startx". This should work. You can also press CTRL + D on the console when you use the Live DVD. It will automatically login and start X-Windows.
Finally I was able to upload a video at youtube which can be used for the front page. It shows the system boot and some applications (internet radio player, web browser Dillo, DOS emulator, C64 emulator and the slide show application). The boot is finished at 3:00.
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HuK8CO5QzV4"]YouTube - PS2 Linux Live DVD v2[/ame]