How To Install Ubuntu On Ps3 From Usb

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This is a step by step tutorial shows you how to install the real Ubuntu OS on USB stick to create a ‘Windows To Go’ style USB drive. Tested with Ubuntu 14.04


Feb 17, 2018 Once it has rebooted, go back into the Rebug Toolbox and to the 'Utilities' column, make sure the USB is plugged into the very right USB port of the PS3 and select the 'Install petitboot' option, this option will take a few minutes, the success message should say 'Petitboot installed. Enjoy OtherOS. Dec 29, 2016  3. Place the petitboot file dtbimage.ps3.binon your root of USB 4. Install the petitboot via REBUG toolbox, option available via UTILITIES tab 5. Boot the otherOS with (LV1 Patches: Use Current) 6. You will see redribbon from the boot loader menu. The sample test video.

Boot from install media. To trigger the installation process, perform the following: Put the Ubuntu DVD into your DVD drive (or insert the USB stick or other install media). Restart your computer. After a few moments, you should see messages like those shown below on the screen. Use tools installed by default on the USB stick to repair or fix a broken configuration; Creating a bootable Ubuntu USB stick from Microsoft Windows is very simple and we’re going to cover the process in the next few steps. Alternatively, we also have tutorials to help you create a bootable USB stick from both Ubuntu and Apple macOS. Get the petitboot for NOR not Petitboot minimal for NAND, if you google 'dtbimage.ps3.bin' you will find it right away 2. Unpack the redribbon livecd image on the root of USB 3. Place the petitboot file dtbimage.ps3.binon your root of USB 4. Install the petitboot via REBUG toolbox, option available via UTILITIES tab.

Before getting started, you need to prepare something:

  1. A 8GB+ USB Drive.
  2. A Ubuntu Live CD/DVD/USB. In the case below, I created a bootable Ubuntu Live USB from the .iso image.
  3. A computer with an operating system installed.

And always backup your data on the USB flash drive!

To get started:

In my case I have a newly bought 16GB USB stick, a 4GB old USB stick, and a laptop multi-boot with Ubuntu based systems.

1. I don’t have a Ubuntu CD/DVD, so I decided to burn the Ubuntu .iso image into the old USB stick. To do so:

  1. Download Ubuntu image:
  2. Download UNetbootin: For Ubuntu, install it from Software Center.
  3. Plug in the USB stick.
  4. Start UNetbootin, and burn the .iso image into USB
If you need more hints, follow this screenshot tutorial to create bootable Ubuntu Live USB

2. Plug in the bootable USB drive to your computer and boot into the Live Ubuntu system.

IMPORTANT: For Windows 8 pre-installed machine, you have to disable “fast startup” and “secure boot” features.

To disable “fast startup”, go to Control Panel > Hardware and Sound > Power Options > System Settings > Choose what the power buttons do and uncheck the Turn on fast startup box.

To disable “secure boot”, follow this screenshot tutorial.


3. Now you’re in the Ubuntu Live system. Plug in the 8GB+ USB stick. Then launch Gparted from the Unity Dash.

In the top-right drop-down box select the USB drive (16GB in my case), and you should see something like below:

I have two USB flash drives plugged in the computer, the Hard Disk is /dev/sda, 4GB Live USB is /dev/sdb, and the 16GB USB drive is /dev/sdc.

4. From the right-click context menu, un-mount partitions on the USB drive and then delete them.

Click the green check mark button to apply changes, finally you have an unallocated flash drive, like:

When done, close Gparted partition manager.

5. Click the desktop shortcut “Install Ubuntu” to bring up the Ubuntu installation wizard.

Follow the wizard until it asks you to choose where to install Ubuntu. Select the last option “Something else” and click Continue to bring up partition table.

6. In the partition table, scroll down and highlight the “free space” under the USB drive (/dev/sdc in the case) and click the plus sign to create below partitions one by one:

  • a FAT32 (or fat16) partition (required)
    • must be /dev/sdc1 (or sdX1)
    • mount point /NAME_HERE (/UDISK in the case)
    • set the memory size by yourself, it can be used for normal data storage.
    • leave others default.
  • a EXT4 partition for Ubuntu (required)
    • mount point “/” (without quotes)
    • memory size 5G+
    • leave others default.
  • a swap partition (optional).
    • You can skip this if RAM is large enough and you don’t need hibernation feature.

How To Install Ubuntu On Ps3 From Usb Drive

And very important is select install boot-loader to the USB flash drive (/dev/sdc in the case).

7. When everything’s done, click Install Now and confirm to format the partitions (Pay attention on which partitions to be formatted).

Click continue and finish the wizard. Once the installation complete, restart your computer and boot with the ‘Ubuntu To Go’ USB drive and enjoy!


The latest firmware upgrade for the bios apparently prevents any operating systems (such as Ubuntu) from being installed. So please avoid getting the new bios Also please complain to Sony! April 2010 .


The PlayStation 3 is a video game console created by Sony Corp. Aside from playing games, it also offers an option to install other operating systems such as Linux. This page gives instructions on how to install Xubuntu, Ubuntu, Kubuntu and Edubuntu onto a PlayStation 3. The instructions contained in this page will work if you have the PlayStation 3 firmware version 1.60 and a few later versions but not any firmware from March 2010 onwards!!

Firmware update 3.21 (April 1st 2010) removed the 'Other OS' option, you either have the choice to play on PSN or install Linux, you can no longer do both.

Numerous workarounds have been discussed for both windows and Linux systems these involve using a third party DNS server to fool the Playstation into thinking it has no firmware update and allowing it to sign into PSN without being forced to update, see 'References' for guides.

Users of standard definition TVs are recommended to use the alternate installer discs to install Ubuntu as you will have a very low resolution to go through the installer wizard of the desktop installer discs.

There are archived links for feisty if wanted below this section which includes the 7.10 release port for the PS3. The first address is the alternate followed by the desktop versions.

  • Ubuntu:

  • Kubuntu:

  • Xubuntu:

  • Edubuntu:

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Once you have downloaded the CD images, burn the images onto a CD.

The links below are where the Live-CD images are located. Download the Ubuntu distribution you intend to install on the PlayStation 3. Note that unofficial updated installation discs for Ubuntu Feisty Fawn were made. A link is provided to those discs followed by the address for the official installation discs.

  • Ubuntu:

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  • Kubuntu:

  • Xubuntu:

  • Edubuntu:

Once you have downloaded the CD images, burn the images onto a CD.

NOTE: There is currently a problem with the desktop installer (Bug 106683). You will have to manually setup the partitions during the setup, else the entire system will lock up during the setup wizard. When manually setting up the partitions, select 10GB for the main partition and setup the rest to be used for the swap area (i.e. filesystem type SWAP). You may well find that the Other OS partition (which appears as sda in the installer) has no partition table, in which case you will need to let the installer create one. This is fine and doesn't overwrite the real partition table on the PS3 disk (sda is a virtual disk created by the PS3 for Other OSes)

WARNING: These next operations WILL ERASE EVERYTHING on your PlayStation 3. Be sure to back up the data that you want to restore later once you've formatted the PlayStation 3 hard drive (i.e. your game save data, configuration data, etc.).

  1. In the XMB of the PlayStation 3, go to [Settings] > [System Settings] > [Format Utility] > [Format Hard Disk].

  2. In the following prompt, choose 'Yes'.
  3. Next choose 'Custom' to choose a custom partition setting.
  4. At the following prompt, choose 'Allot 10GB to the Other OS' to choose 10GB of hard drive space for use with the other OS. (NOTE: You may also choose to 'Allot 10GB to the PS3' however it is not necessary as 10GB is enough to run Ubuntu.)

  5. At the next prompt, choose 'Quick Format'. (Choosing 'Full Format' will take longer to complete than a 'Quick Format.')
  6. Once you choose a partition setting from the previous step, the PlayStation 3 will format the entire drive and create two partitions, one for the XMB and the other for use with the other OS. Once formatting is completed, the PlayStation 3 will prompt you to restart the system. Press 'X' on the controller and your system will reboot.

  1. Insert the CD you burned the Ubuntu, Kubuntu, Xubuntu, or Edubuntu image into the PlayStation 3.

  2. In the XMB, go to [Settings] > [System Settings] > [Install Other OS].

  3. The 'otheros.bld' file will be detected on the CD by the PlayStation 3. Press 'X' on the controller to select 'OK' which is automatically highlighted at this prompt. After selecting 'OK', the kboot boot loader will be installed.

  4. In the XMB, go to [Settings] > [System Settings] > [Default System].

  5. Choose 'Other OS' as the default.
  6. At the following prompt you will be asked if you want to boot into the Other OS now. Choose 'Yes.'
  7. The PlayStation 3 will restart and boot into a command line prompt. The prompt will look like this.

  1. At this prompt just hit enter. A live session of either Ubuntu, Kubuntu, Xubuntu, or Edubuntu will run (depending on what Ubuntu derivative you burned onto the CD).

At this point you will have a complete desktop session of Ubuntu, Kubuntu, Xubuntu, or Edubuntu running off the CD on your PlayStation 3. From here you may choose to do a hard drive installation. Just double-click on the 'Install' icon and a wizard will guide you through the setup process.

To boot back into the PlayStation 3 XMB, you must be at the kboot prompt. At the prompt, type 'boot-game-os'.

An alternative in case the above doesn't work is to turn off the PlayStation 3. Then hold down the power button on the PS3 until the PS3 beeps twice. The PS3 will boot into the XMB and prompt you to choose the default video setting.

There are alternate (non-live) install CDs available for Ubuntu, Kubuntu, and Xubuntu. They are located at the following addresses.

  • Ubuntu:

Install Ubuntu On Ps3 From Usb

  • Kubuntu:

  • Xubuntu:

NOTE: At this moment there is a bug (Bug 106694) that may leave you at the initramfs prompt instead of booting into Ubuntu. After installing Ubuntu, at the kboot prompt, type:

This will get you booted into Ubuntu. A quick fix for this issue so that you don't have to type the above command to boot into Ubuntu everytime you boot is to go into a terminal session and type the following.

Below is what the system's /etc/kboot.conf should contain.

Depending on what video output you are using for your PS3, you may need to boot the installer with a different video mode. To do this, type install video=ps3fb:mode:X at the kboot prompt, where X is (from ps3-video-mode):

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Here is a list of known bugs that affect these distros with the PlayStation 3.

  • Bug 102044: Kernel floods log and console with error messages from the card readers.

  • Bug 106683: Setup will cause the system to lock up unless you manually configure the system's partitions.

  • Bug 106694: After installing with an alternate CD, you will go no further from the initramfs prompt unless you type /boot/vmlinux initrd=/boot/initrd.img root=/dev/sda1 at the kboot prompt.

If you find other bugs or problems with Ubuntu, Kubuntu, Xubuntu, or Edubuntu running on the PlayStation 3, please report them following the instructions at

If you want to prevent the same kind of bugs (especially the installation and initial setup bugs) that affected the Feisty Fawn PS3 installation discs, start testing out the Gutsy Gibbon PS3 installation discs now before the release of Gutsy Gibbon. It helps to report bugs early before the release dates of any Ubuntu distro. Below are the links to download a daily snapshot of the installation discs.

Note: None of these images are currently expected to work at all. See Bug 120295 for details.

Live CDs

  • Ubuntu

  • Kubuntu

  • Xubuntu

  • Edubuntu

Alternate Installation CDs

  • Ubuntu

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  • Kubuntu

  • Xubuntu

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  • Edubuntu

  • - Open Platform for PLAYSTATION 3

  • - PLAYSTATION 3 System Software User's Guide

  • - How to keep the 'Other OS' option, and still use PSN after April 1st 2010 (3.21 Firmware)

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