About NetBSD/playstation2

NetBSD/playstation2 is a port of NetBSD to the SONY PlayStation 2.

This port has been removed from the source tree, since newer NetBSD versions require a gcc 4.x based toolchain, and the original modifications done for the playstation 2 have never been integrated into gcc nor binutils mainline.

There is still some hope, check the Linux progress at Linux 2.6 on PS2 discussion for progress on the toolchain.

If a working toolchain does ever happen, the port may even be freed from the Sony HAL, see PS2 Kernel Loader page. This needs changes to the low level playstation 2 specific code.

To boot the kernel, you will require a special boot disc from SONY. The PlayStation 2 can not read CD-R/DVD-Rs. Currently, the only such disc available is the SONY Playstation 2 Linux distribution. This kit is now available worldwide. For more information, visit the official PlayStation 2 Linux site. The PS2 Linux Japanese site is also of interest.

NetBSD/playstation2 News

2009-12-05: Port removed.
2002-03-29: NetBSD 1.5ZC (20020327) snapshot available


  • download the snapshot
  • Install PS2 Linux.
  • Gunzip NetBSD install kernel and copy into memory-card under Linux.
  • Edit p2lboot.cnf. RedBoot is available from, NetBSD kernel can boot from RedBoot:

    "Linux on MC" vmlinux ""  203 /dev/hda1 "" Linux on Memory Card
    "NetBSD"      netbsd ""   203 /dev/hda1 "" NetBSD on Memory Card
    "RedBoot"     redboot ""  203 /dev/hda1 "" RedBoot on Memory Card 
  • Boot netbsd kernel from bootloader.
  • Install. (can't share with linux disk.)
  • exit install menu. type "mount /dev/wd0a /mnt; reboot". install kernel (RAMDISK) read from /mnt/netbsd and jump to it. install kernel is also bootloader.

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Supported System Models

  • SCPH-10000, 15000, 18000, 30000, 35000GT (Japanese model)

Supported Peripherals

  • VESA console
  • USB (ohci)
  • internal/external hard disk drive (wdc)
  • Ethernet interface (smap)

Not Supported Peripherals

  • game controller
  • Audio
  • i.LINK
  • Memory Card
  • DVD/CD-ROM drive


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NetBSD 1.5ZA (AGATE) #3: Tue Dec 25 06:53:31 JST 2001
SONY PlayStation 2
32768 KB memory, 28452 KB free, 1740 KB in 435 buffers
PlayStation 2 SIF BIOS version 2.0
mainbus0 (root)
cpu0 at mainbus0: Toshiba R5900 CPU (0x2e20) Rev. 2.0 with software emulated floating point Rev. 0.0
cpu0: 16KB/64B 2-way set-associative L1 Instruction cache, 48 TLB entries
cpu0: 8KB/64B 2-way set-associative write-back L1 Data cache
gsfb0 at mainbus0
wsdisplay0 at gsfb0 kbdmux 1: console (std, vt100 emulation)
sbus0 at mainbus0: controller type 2
ohci0 at sbus0
ohci0: OHCI version 1.0
usb0 at ohci0: USB revision 1.0
uhub0 at usb0
uhub0: vendor 0x0000 OHCI root hub, class 9/0, rev 1.00/1.00, addr 1
uhub0: 2 ports with 2 removable, self powered
spd0 at sbus0: PlayStation 2 HDD Unit
wdc0 at spd0: SCPH-20400
wd0 at wdc0 channel 0 drive 0: <IBM-DJNA-370910>
wd0: drive supports 16-sector PIO transfers, LBA addressing
wd0: 8693 MB, 16383 cyl, 16 head, 63 sec, 512 bytes/sect x 17803440 sectors
wd0: drive supports PIO mode 4, DMA mode 2, Ultra-DMA mode 4 (Ultra/66)
smap0 at spd0: SCPH-10190
smap0: Ethernet address 00:04:1f:00:03:a6
ukphy0 at smap0 phy 1: Generic IEEE 802.3u media interface
ukphy0: OUI 0x1000e8, model 0x0002, rev. 0
ukphy0: 10baseT, 10baseT-FDX, 100baseTX, 100baseTX-FDX, auto
uhub1 at uhub0 port 1
uhub1: Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. SCE USB Keyboard Hub, class 9/0, rev 1.10/0.01, addr 2
uhub1: 2 ports with 1 removable, bus powered
ukbd0 at uhub1 port 1 configuration 1 interface 0
ukbd0: Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. SCE USB Keyboard, rev 1.10/0.01, addr 3, iclass 3/1
wskbd0 at ukbd0: console keyboard, using wsdisplay0
ums0 at uhub1 port 2 configuration 1 interface 0
ums0: Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. SCE USB MOUSE, rev 1.00/4.41, addr 4, iclass 3/1
ums0: 3 buttons and Z dir.
wsmouse0 at ums0 mux 0
root on wd0a dumps on wd0b

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