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PS2 + Linux.. 2005 –
It has been a while since linux was sold commercially for the PS2. But it is also around the time when the PS2 is nearing the end of its effective life span, with the PS3 just around the corner.
So has any progress been made on the linux front, or was it all abandoned? With a network adapter, non-official hard drive, and hdloader would it be possible to load some sort of linux? (For example upload the linux iso through hdl dump and then boot it with hdloader..)
I still play games on it and everything, but this is a V1, pre-ordered for $500 and arrived a day early, so can any real use be put to it as far as linux goes?
Anyone done anything like this?
Are you talking about something like this:
-= It's hard to be first class when you're white trash =-
PS2 v7 / Matrix Infinity / Seagate 320GB / Datel MAX Memory 64MB
PS3 60GB CECHC04
Was thinking something more along the lines of this: http://plug.ca/article.php?story=20011220151106763 as Sony no longer sells region 1 PS2 linux. But I can't seem to find any further info on projects like that, so was wondering if anyone within the scene knew of something I was missing, or if it was possible to load through HD Loader.
Edit: Found the site here (http://blackrhino.xrhino.com/main.php?page=home)
Since the U.S. version of the official linux is no longer sold, and this apparently needs it to be installed is there any way to work around that? By, for example, installing from a computer and then putting the hd in the PS2?
Sony no longer sells the ps2 linux kit period. The only way you can run it now is with a homebrew project like cybranen said. Also, since all ps2 linux kits run from the hdd already it cannot be run from hdloader. There are ways, however, to make it run along side hdloader on the same drive. Ther are tutorials out there.
Originally Posted by digitalFX
Yes, but the installation for BlackRhino, the "homebrew" project requires the PS2 Linux Release.. So I was wondering if there is a way to use HDLoader in order to install BlackRhino?
Unfortunatly, no. Since hdloader uses the hd to emulate a cd or dvd, the linux install will not be able to access the hd.
Hmm. Any chance it could be done then using FTP and transferring the right files over?
Currently, Linux on PS2 REQUIRES the RTE disc - Run Time Environment. I've successfully booted this from a CD - it's really only 16mb or so. I'm working on ideas of building the IRX modules into the ELF but currently that's not getting very far. There is ZERO way to run Linux on the PS2 at all without the RTE disc, and while the RTE disc may load from HDLoader, I don't think it'll help alot. I actually have not tried -that- yet.
The largest problem I've run into is that the STANDARD network adapter does not work in Linux properly, I'm researching to see if this is a driver issue (and if so, if it's correctable by downloading a MIPS kernel module for it) or if this is actually an RTE limitation. IF it's an RTE limitation, again, ZERO workaround until someone either A) Cracks the RTE, or B) Writes their own. (TGE is a start on this, though I've never gotten it to do ..well.. anything.) And as you probablly know, Linux isn't much fun without network support. Especially for those willing to build Gentoo, as it would run far better than the crap Sony sold with, or BlackRhino... In any case, I'll certainly keep updated on the topic as well as I can, contact me if you have any questions I may be able to answer.
i just installed blackrhino using only the RTE disc, and there is NO problem with the standard net adaptter, all you have to do is recompile the kernel with config_packet=y and config_filter=y if you need any help PM me
Hmh, my bad then. I'll have to fiddle with it. I never got around to rebuilding the kernel, but both of those options would've made it in the kernel, under my watch. My main beef right now is I have yet to determine a way to install Linux to the HD with games already installed, and that's definitely a requirement for me, as I have two PS2s both with drives over 100gb and they're both full..that's alot of games to reload..