PS3: Ubuntu eject disk automatically

Bug #110205 reported by AlexBi
Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
Ubuntu PS3 Port
Fix Released
gnome-volume-manager (Ubuntu)
Fix Released

Bug Description

Playstation 3 PAL. Language and keyboard italian. Display standard TV PAL CRT
Ubuntu 7.04 PPC+PS3 alternate disk
Installed VLC and PS3Videomode (mode 166: RGB, 576i, Full screen)
Desktop Gnome or XFCE (both tested)
After a randomized time (from few minutes to half hour) disk is ejected from PS3: i received same result with install disk or with a DVD containing some AVI...
Browsing cd/DVD with a file manager perhaps increase ejection probability (i'm not sure)
If VLC is running it lock ejection of disk so i see messages "can't eject Volume" but something try the ejection

Tags: ps3
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AlexBi (a-billeri) wrote :

Tested on three different PS3. Problem is confirmed. Confirmed even using kubuntu (KDE)

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AlexBi (a-billeri) wrote :

A workaround for this bug:

sudo killall gnome-volume-manager

The bug seems in gnome-volume-manager process.

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Harrison Conlin (harrisony) wrote :

dont see how gnome-volume-manager would effect KDE but anyway :S

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Dan Munckton (munckfish) wrote :

No longer occurs in Intrepid AFAIK. Thanks for the report.

Changed in ubuntu-ps3-port:
status: New → Fix Released
Changed in gnome-volume-manager:
status: Confirmed → Fix Released
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Geoffrey Perez (geopgeop) wrote :

Note that the hypervisor is designed to eject commercial encrypted DVDs and Blu-ray discs for security purposes. That is, Sony wants you to use only their Game OS for multimedia and games! I'm sure you already knew this, right?

However, if it was a simple install disc that caused the ejection, then it might be a false positive on the part of the hypervisor. I wonder if this bug report is enough to get the necessary attention (isn't that what bug reports are supposed to do!), or if Sony needs to be directly contacted as well. Sony wouldn't care at all if it was an AVI disc, since they would rather protect their own interests (again, Game OS).

Some thoughts on this: it's funny that there are actually simple ways around this: mount an ISO, use an external drive, or mount another computer's drive remotely (ala MacBook Air). There's no way Sony can force eject with these methods in place.

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