Petitboot Dazed and Confused...Need Major Help/Advice
So long story short, I was following deank's dex guide. I had tons of problems just getting my nandbin to get my metldr. For some reason, the nandbin wasn't readable by cex2dex and norunpack wasn't working correctly. The extracted folder was always empty. I changed the nandbin extension to .bin and then cex2dex got the metldr. Unsatisfied as I was not sure the metldr would be accurate, I played around with norunpack. Nothing I tried worked. Then suddenly seemingly randomly, my folder was created at a time I wasn't even using my computer. Whatever......
My problems continued with OtherOS++22. I followed Deank's instructions and tried to install the firmware. When I attempted to install, it told me an equal firmware update was already installed. Thinking that perhaps, the OS was installed through some unseen menu, I waited. The PS3 rebooted, I put it into recovery mode and restored. My firmware version said version 3.55. I then continued to install petitboot following the instructions exactly as stated. Obviously, it didn't work. I flashed again and repeated the process step by step. I did this maybe 3-4 times to no avail.
This morning I woke up and did some research. I found my issue and installed OtherOS++ through recovery mode. This time it did install. And guess what. Petitboot loaded up. However, I did not reinstall the packages. It booted up before I RESTORE PS3 from RECOVERY MENU. Furthermore, it is booted from a flash I installed previously.
Afraid, I plug in my usb keyboard and try to move the arrow keys up and down. Nothing works. I try again and again. Nothing, its seemingly frozen on Petitiboot. Taking a break, I then did some more research and found some people saying that if you did did a low level format on your hardrive, you could bypass and remove Petitboot. So, I format the drive and return it to my PS3. Petitiboot still boots up.
At this point, I scratch my head and reread petitboot's readme. It then dawns on me that when they say wireless not yet compatible, they aren't referring to the PS3 controller they are referring to the usb keyboard. My usb keyboard is ******* wireless.
I'm getting the wired keyboard tomorrow, but at this point I'm not doing anything until I get some ideas on some options. I was planning on booting to petitboot opening cli and typing "ps3-flash-util -g" or "ps3-boot-game-os" without the quotes. Then I was planning on on clicking GameOS and trying to enter recovery mode to start this crappy process over again. Will this most likely brick my system? At this point, I am so lost, so any help at all would be appreciated.
hold power button for second beep( normal video-reset)
if Petitboot is installed, it's all fun, only removing it lol....
Reverting to the Standard PS3 Software
If you'd like to revert to the standard PS3 behaviour (ie, the PS3 boots directly to gameos), then you can just do a reset of the PS3:
1. Turn the ps3 off
2. Hold down the power button until you get a second set of beeps
The ps3 boot sequence will now be back at the factory default.
I don't understand something. PS3 booting to Petitboot, not to XMB? For me it is strange behaviour. I have also getting eid0 via Linux and also installed OOS++ with 22 for "Linux vflash" and always PS3 booting to XMB. To booting to Petitboot I always must do it via dedicated application (as I remember Reboot). I encounter only one problem: instead of booting to Recovery, PS3 launch Petitboot - but if in Petitboot I choose launch GameOS it will jump to Recovery.
For remove this VLASH region (and Petitboot), you must write CFW without OOS support and via Recovery choose option: Restore PS3 System.
No wireless and don't plug in your controller with usb (causes freeze). Needs a usb keyboard. Some will cause it to freeze after making selection; just unplug the keyboard from the usb port and it will continue. Also, some mice will cause it to freeze (again just unplug to unfreeze). On my slim if I turn off from petitboot, it boots back into petitboot when I power on. If instead I go to gameos and then shut down, turning the power on will boot the ps3 into gameos as usual. I think that power button tip will reset your console to boot properly (but can't remember if I ever actually used it).
have you tested the power button reset? should work..
also this (EDIT...mis-typo there oops my bad) you have NAND the below is for NOR only, my apoligy
Users who installed OtherOS on VFLASH region 7 previously should read below
For users who installed OtherOS on VFLASH region 7 previously
You have to restore your VFLASH before doing the above steps.
Be warned, this step is NOT for NAND owners.
1. Install my latest petitboot
2. Boot petitboot
3. Run script restore_vflash.sh
4. Reboot. GameOS should reformat your HDD again.
I tried as many different ways as there were possible to boot the PS3. I tried holding the power button down until I got the double beeps (normally those send you to the recovery menu). I also tried holding down the power button and loading from a second beep, which normally resets the video. Since I didn't have a wired USB keyboard, I did everything in my power to straight boot to XMB, but nothing worked. Like I said I even did a low level harddrive reformat, which should have wiped everything. At this point, I am waiting to find the time to go pick up a keyboard. I have no idea why petitboot insists on booting. I think my only option since I never selected one is to boot to GameOS.
The only reason I feared doing this is that I installed the packages before installing OtherOS. Then when I did finally install OtherOS, petitboot loaded up. I thought I might have confused my PS3's NAND/Flash and wrecked my ability to properly boot. No one seems to have thought I did this, so I am going to reset my flags through the terminal and then boot to GameOS and hopefully regain recovery menu.
At that point I will take JLM's advice and look at the other CEX/DEX conversion. I might just stay on CEX for awhile. The only reason I was updating anyway was to play my son's retail copy of Madden 13 on my PS3 in the living room with him. I thought that would be easier then hooking his PS3 up everytime. Apparently, I was wrong