Home Server Project 2010 – The Snags

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linux-logoThis Shuttle ST20G5 is giving me a lot of grief. A lot of it could be avoided if I used countless DVDs and an IDE hard drive, but that’s not the case at all.

I’ve given up on install Windows Home Server v1 because it ran into SATA driver issues which I couldn’t get around. For some odd reason, Microsoft decided to use some hybrid of the new and old installer. I can get pass the new installer, but I’m not able to press F6 during the Windows XP style installing process to load the old driver.

It’s all sorts of messed up.

So I’m trying to install Fedora 12 and get Amahi working. Right now, I’m burning a DVD-R version of the Fedora 12 because the Linux USB boot drive I made doesn’t work with the ST20G5’s archaic design. It seems to only recognize Windows boot USB sticks and not ones with the Linux boot loader. I actually tried booting from a DVD-RW, but that failed as well. This is so terribly inconvenient since I already removed the optical drive from the Shuttle yesterday.

I’m hoping this DVD-R will just work and I’ll be on my way to actually trying a home server OS instead of mucking around with installs and USB sticks.

P.S – Damn you, Shuttle for using that finicky ULi chipset. It’s so horrible and obscure.

PSGroove – Open Source PSJailbreak

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Look what we have here. An open source version of that PSJailbreak hack is now available. All you need is a compatible programmable USB microcontroller, a bit of know-how and you’re on your way to enabling unsigned code to run on your PlayStation 3 — all without coughing up $130+

The folks who released this open source version of the hack disabled the ability to play backups, but people have already re-enabled it. However, on the plus side, it looks like the dongle requirement was arbitrary and a pathetic attempt to extract more money from people with multiple PS3s.

If you don’t want to buy a USB microcontroller, according mathieulh (well known PSP hacker) there is a possibility of a PSP version of this hack.

So what’s my opinion on all of this? It’s still too early. First of all, since there hasn’t been any worthwhile homebrew applications released yet, there’s no compelling reason to jump on board yet. In addition, we don’t know how Sony will respond to this. Will they be able to plug it? Will I be instantly banned from PSN? Still too early to tell.

Also, I’m not sure who to feel sorry for with this one. Sony? The original PSJailbreak hackers? Or maybe all those retailers which bought all those overpriced PSJailbreak dongles?

The PlayStation 3 Can Now Play Game Backups

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Update: The hack was reverse engineered. It turns out that it uses an legitimate exploit to get the ball rolling. Folks have also discovered that this PSJailbreak cannot be updated which means that $129.95 CAD hack could be worthless if future games require new firmware.

Is it really hacked? Yes, if you count using a $100+ USB dongle to install a piece of code to boot into “debug/service mode” in order to run unsigned code “a hack”. Some folks are suspecting that this was developed using a leaked PlayStation 3 SDK. This USB dongle enables homebrew possibilities and, of course, playing backups. And most importantly, it works across all hardware revisions.

As impressive as this is, there are some caveats:

  • According to these early impressions, you currently cannot remove this little hack.
  • Sony can potentially block this in future firmwares which could mean that you will need two PS3s; one for online use and the other for back ups. (Just like hacked 360 owners do)
  • It currently costs $100+ for what could end up being a temporary hack.
  • Running games with mandatory installs may yield poor results like with Halo 3.

Those issues aside, there are so many possibilities for this. I’d love to be able to load up my entire PS2 and PS3 library onto the HDD and just play games without switching a disc. I may have to get up at the moment, but if this hack pans out, we may not even have to do any of the disc ejecting in the future.

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