Upgrading my PS3 harddrive

Today I bought a new external USB harddrive, a MSI 320 GB, 4200 rpm 2.5″ disk. I removed it from it’s cabinet and replaced the 40GB disk from my PS3 with the 320 GB Fujitsu disk that came from the MSI case.

I expected the disk-upgrade for the PS3 to go quite easy, as I had already heard of some other people doing it, and many instruction pages and video’s online. I was however surprised by a message that popped up when I booted my PS3 after swapping the hard drive:

The system software cannot be run correctly. Press the PS button to try to restart the system.
If the system cannot be restarted, the system partition of the hard disk must be reformated and you must install the system software. Insert storage media that contains update data of version 2.30 or later, and then press the START and SELECT buttons at the same time.
For information on how to obtain update data, refer to the SCE web site for your region

After some searching I found the right update software and copied it tot a usb-stick and booted my PS3 again… still no luck.

After some more googling I found out that the update file “PS3UPDAT.PUP” needs to be placed in the /PS3/UPDATE directory on the usb-stick, or the PS3 won’t find it.

For EU playstations, you can get the update file here: http://uk.playstation.com/help-support/ps3/system-software/download/
For US playstations: http://www.us.playstation.com/Support/SystemUpdates/PS3

So now I’m waiting for the formatting to complete, and then I can restore my backup. Which will leave me with 280 Gigs of empty space to fill up with games, music and movies 😉

New laptop coming

I just ordered a new laptop at work… going for the ultra-portable this time, in stead of ultra-powerful. So the laptop that’s replacing my aging (>3.5 year old) Acer Ferrari 3000Lmi is the (pre-order) Sony Vaio VGN-TZ21XN.

I’ve been told it could be here on Monday or Tuesday… so I can spend some time re-installing it before going to my next client, as it won’t be running Vista for very long.

Sony won’t let me link to it directly, but pasting this URL twice will get you to the specifications (they check referer or a cookie or something)

https://www.sonystyle.nl/SonyStyle/catalog/setCurrentItem/(xcm=PCM_b2ccrmstandard&layout=15_108_60_49_109_113_2&uiarea=2&ctype=areaDetails&next=seeItem&carea=465FA8BBA42900D5E10080002BC29B85&citem=465FA8BBA42900D5E10080002BC29B8545C731622FD80085000000002BC29B71)/.do

Quick specs:
* 11.1 Inch WXGA (1366×768 screen, LED backlight
* Core2 Duo ULV U7600 (1.20 GHz)
* 100GB 4200rpm disk
* 2Gigs DDR2 ram (1 slot)
* Intel video/wireless/chipset, bluetooth
* DVD±RW/±R DL/RAM drive
* Webcam in screen (vga, 30fps)
* Fingerprint reader
* UK Keyboard 🙁 (damn sony, only sells laptops with non-US keyboards in europe). It is the type used on the new macbooks.

My experience installing Ubuntu Gutsy on it should be here a day or so after I get it unpacked, as I just tried that (with crypted root) on my Acer Ferrari.