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Is there any way to dual-boot Windows and Xbox 360/PS3 firmware? Answered

For christmas, I am trying to build a custom PC made for gaming.  I wanted to know if it was possible to dual-boot Windows 7 and Xbox 360/PS3 firmware on the PC.  What I mean is that when you turn the PC on, you get a choice on whether to boot into windows or the 360/PS3 firmware. 

So is it possible?

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jonnyazrim44
jonnyazrim44

11 months ago

I can think of a way but it is still two computers and a 3rd functioning as a bridge.

you need to get 2x desktop cases and take the side out of one.
Put holes in the other for wires and a motherboard.
Take the two low watt low volt power supplys and either blend them together or upgrade for a high watt high volt low amp computer power supply, splice each output wire and create a second identical output set of wires and the connectors on them as appropriate for the power upgrade.

one set of power outs will need longer wires then the other, but the same colours.

In one case build your computer system however you want but use dynamic ram and raid 5
The windows computer will have 2 hard drives
The PlayStation computer will have a hard drive aswell
all three hard drives will be identical but between 300gb 1Tb each

the PlayStation computer will have a stick of two 256mb xdr chips on a DRAM IO Controller interface for the ram slot.

each hard drive will be required to be serial ata and formated in FAT32

naturally with so much space this will not work for most day to day things that we use computers for
This is why each Hard Drive needs to be partitioned in two half's equally
one half on each needs to be FAT32 and set up in Raid 5 config
The other half on each needs to be NTFS the NTFS half on each can be used as one directory for the windows computer or for backup purposes if you want

a graphics card that has rsx built in and a couple that is built around cell broadband engine tech with the same clock configurations for each spu and the optimised code code on the dmac for all 8 spe access paths

the best way to get a board that supports a cell broadband engine could is to convert old 60gb fat components from a backwards compatible console.
The components are very similar to pc components and the ps3 board can replace the motherboard in the PlayStation computer
in this case make sure you power out wiers for the PlayStation computer have identical watt outputs volt outputs and amp outputs as the power outputs from the PlayStation power unit.
This is because the power requirement for the PlayStation board is different to a computer motherboard but still close enough to get it from the same device

If you need to change the power specs the easiest way is to change the power upgrade or look for a different power output wire to splice from the computer power supply output wires you can use a multimeter to find this
the other way is to use capacitors to decrease watts resistors to decrease resistance place them in between the output that is two high on a board but this requires some technical skills with a soldiering iron
You can only do this to decrease your power specs not to increase and you can't use both just as they are without other parts.

The easiest way is simply to change your power supply upgrade

the other advantage of using the PlayStation board is you have a few other components that can be used as well including the gigabit marvel ethernet controller IO chip for networking, the PlayStation 2 emotion emulation environment firmware and the PlayStation 3 factory service mode diagnostic system and firmware on the eeprom

to connect the two computers to each other and configure to multi boot
You need a 3rd computer an audrino board or something similar to that is more than enough

You just need an integrated digital board that has a bios function about 8mb a processor some type of ram and is programmable.

you need to program the board to boot the two different operating systems from both computers at exactly the same time the bios and firmware in both computers should also be booted at the same time

call the 3rd computer the hub
Call the windows computer 1
call the PlayStation computer 0

the code should look something like this

LOCAL HUB

[Serv.pwr
1 = True
0 = True

serv.BIOS
1 = True
0 = True

serv.Firmware
1 = True
0 = True

End.]

export TO
LOCAL HUB
TRUE


now before anyone jumps in i am autistic and I do not know programming as I never had a lesson in it
I am also going from what I remember from before a serious incident that effects my memory. So if I'm wrong in anything I have said then please don't take this as an explanation of how to do something
Only as a guide for an idea on how to bridge a ps3 backwards compatible system with a computer

I can guarantee you will need further information and research in this if you want to follow the ideas for this i only ask that you let me know if you managed to make use of it.

I am no longer any good at working with computers because of various problems but I would like to know if any of my ideas were ever correct or possible.



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MichaelM561
MichaelM561

5 years ago

It is possible. Just not to the demands you have.

For starters. The ps3 only has 256Mb of ram for Graphics. You could run an older version of windows but you still need to meet the requirement of having a non-retail system. (Jailbroken). To unlock the bootloader to enable the previously locked "Boot Other OS" function that was disused in early 2010.

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frollard
frollard

10 years ago

Long story short, by any mere mortal, CANNOT be done.

What you could do is cram the physical hardware of all three machines in a well-cooled box, and boot with a video/audio selector.

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DJ Radio
DJ Radio

Answer 10 years ago

I don't have the money to acquire all 3 machines........

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orksecurity
orksecurity

Answer 10 years ago

Then you'll have to do without one or two of them. Sorry, but they really are not compatible with each other.

There was a time when the PS3 could be persuaded to boot Linux and thus be used as a general-purpose PC. (Not Windows-compatable, but still quite useful.) Unfortunately Sony locked out that feature about a year ago.

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182515
182515

10 years ago

I highly doubt it because they are so different. not to mention you would have to get the console firmware and then load it onto a separate hard drive or partition. As mettaurlover said below you could install some distribution of Linux that uses the GRUB boot loader and add the firmware to the boot order. The problem is that you would have to edit the firmware to accept the configuration of the PC. while it is possible, I highly doubt that you would be able to make the modifications to the firmware yourself. I also doubt that you would get much help from the PC gaming community because most gamers have no interest to play xbox games on the PC, with the exception of HALO.

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DJ Radio
DJ Radio

Answer 10 years ago

Does the Xbox or PS3 save it's firmware on hard drives or some internal flash chip?

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182515
182515

Answer 10 years ago

I don't really know ( I'm a PC gamer 99.9%), but it is most likely a ROM chip or a internal flash chip like you said. I doubt that it would be on a hard drive because when adding the hard drive to the PS3 or XBOX the manufacturers just replaced the memory cards.

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mettaurlover
mettaurlover

10 years ago

Well, if you're willing to triple-boot, you could dual-boot it with Ubuntu and add in the Xbox stuff as an option in GRUB.

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DJ Radio
DJ Radio

Answer 10 years ago

Is it 360 or just the old xbox?

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mettaurlover
mettaurlover

Answer 10 years ago

Well, if you can figure out how to install it at all, you can make it a GRUB option.

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DJ Radio
DJ Radio

Answer 10 years ago

You didn't answer my question.

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mettaurlover
mettaurlover

Answer 10 years ago

Like I said, you figure out how to put Xbox firmware-of any generation-on your computer and make it boot on its own, then you can make it dual boot by adding it as a menu option through GRUB, which does EXACTLY what you want to do.

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orksecurity
orksecurity

Answer 10 years ago

In other words, first reinvent the Xbox, then the rest is obvious... Not highly helpful.

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mettaurlover
mettaurlover

Answer 10 years ago

Which he would have to do in the first place, though he could just use an emulator inside Windows and save a LOT of trouble.

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NachoMahma
NachoMahma

10 years ago

.  If I understand what you are trying to do - use a PC to run game console apps - you will need to emulate the console's hardware, BIOS, ROMs, PROMs, &c. I doubt that any PC can do that in real-time. YMMV.

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DJ Radio
DJ Radio

Answer 10 years ago

What does YMMV mean?

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orksecurity
orksecurity

Answer 10 years ago

YMMV: Your Milage May Vary. Translates as "That's my opinion/my best understanding; someone else may come to other conclusions."