PS3: kboot welcome message should tell users how to get back to the Sony XMB

Bug #277839 reported by Dan Munckton on 2008-10-03
Affects Status Importance Assigned to Milestone
Release Notes for Ubuntu
Colin Watson
Ubuntu PS3 Port
kboot-installer (Ubuntu)

Bug Description

Binary package hint: ps3-kboot

Currently the welcome message explains how to boot the default system and how to access the kboot shell but doesn't explain that typing 'game' will return the user to the Playstation XMB. It would make it much less scary to new users if this information was detailed right here at the start.

Dan Munckton (munckfish) on 2008-10-03
Changed in ubuntu-ps3-port:
importance: Undecided → Medium
status: New → Confirmed
Changed in ps3-kboot:
status: New → Confirmed
Beyil (rjbgolding) wrote :

this is really needed big time... I went through:
 untill I finially typed "game" as the previous ones did nothing and this really needs to be clear on the boot as to how to return to the game os. one of the problems I'm seeing is it has changed so need to have which one it is and have that be consistant.

Dan Munckton (munckfish) wrote :

Suggested text for the release notes:

"On PS3 to get back to the Sony Playstation 3 XMB operating system from the boot prompt users need to type "game" and press the Return key. If this is for some reason not possible carrying out a hard-reset (see PS3 instruction manual) will return to the XMB on next run."

Colin Watson (cjwatson) wrote :

Release notes text added:

== PlayStation 3 issues ==

There are a variety of other known issues affecting Play``Station 3 systems, documented in more detail in the [[|PS3 release notes]]. They include:

 * To get back to the Sony Play``Station 3 XMB operating system from the boot prompt, users need to type `game` and press the Return key ([[|bug 277839]]). If this is for some reason not possible, carrying out a hard-reset (see PS3 instruction manual) will return to the XMB on next run.
 * Users may occasionally see an intermittent shutdown hang with a message like "IRQ 50: nobody cared". The problem has been reported upstream. Press and hold the PS3 power button until you hear 2 beeps will force power off. The system will boot normally on next run ([[|bug 220370]]).
 * Network``Manager does not list available wireless networks, although it is possible to connect to a wireless network with a known SSID using the "connect to hidden wireless network" option ([[|bug 289977]]); and it cannot connect to WPA/WPA2 wireless networks, although WEP works ([[|bug 289982]]).

Changed in ubuntu-release-notes:
assignee: nobody → kamion
status: New → Fix Released
Arnaud Jeansen (ajeans) wrote :

OK, the text to change is in /etc/kboot.msg on an installed PS3.
However I still don't know which package contains (or creates) this ubuntu specifc file (looked at kboot-installer and ps3-kboot with no luck).
Dan do you know where this is ?

Arnaud Jeansen (ajeans) wrote :

Found it, and it was in kboot installer.
/etc/kboot.msg is created in postint, using these lines:

cat >"$etc/kboot.msg" <<EOF
Ubuntu PS3 KBoot Loader.

Hit enter to boot the default system. You can also use the shell by
typing 'sh'. Exiting the shell returns to the kboot prompt.


So we either directly replace the XMB explanation in this section, or we handle this differently (maybe so that it becomes easier to find / update and to internationalize).

I will try to advance some more on this, probably using the second option.

Arnaud Jeansen (ajeans) wrote :

After some thought, and based on the fact that kboot is deprecated upstream (replaced by petitboot), I think we should just do the simple change for jaunty.

Here is my first debdiff on the issue, please comment if anything is wrong. Dan can you have a look and / or push it ? Thanks.

Arnaud, thanks for your patch, I've just uploaded it.

Changed in ps3-kboot:
status: Confirmed → Fix Released
Luke Yelavich (themuso) on 2009-03-04
Changed in ubuntu-ps3-port:
status: Confirmed → Fix Released
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