Category PS4 Guides and Tutorials       Thread starter mircohoooo       Start date Jan 17, 2020 at 12:03 PM       13,814       95            
After the recent PS4 Gentoo Kernel Sources 5.3.7 with Baikal Chip Patches, here is a guide by me (@mircohoooo) covering how to install Gentoo Linux on PlayStation 4 and turn your PS4 into an emulation station! 🐧

## How to Install Gentoo and Turn Your PS4 into an Emulation Station

## ✏ Intro:

If Your System Firmware is 5.05, you already know that you have the luck to use a Kernel Exploit which gives you the ability to run a Linux Distribution.

The principle is the same as Fedora for firmware 1.76, you need to copy the image file to a USB stick or hard drive. You can use the tools RUFUS (GUI) in Windows, Etcher for MacOSx or DD under Linux.

After installation, you can enlarge the Linux partition with Gparted in Gentoo, for example if you have installed it on an SSD or HDD on the USB 3.0 port.

My Models:
  • CUH-1006A and CUH-7016B
greez mircoho
have fun

Installing PS4 Gentoo Linux on PlayStation 4 Guide by Mircoho.jpg

Small video about Gentoo: (gentoo.mp4)

## Prerequisites
## How under Windows
  • Download Gentoo and Rufus
  • Open Rufus
  • Select the image of Gentoo and your target USB / HDD / SDD Device
  • Then click on Start Once done
  • Plug your prepared USB / HDD or SSD drive into the USB port of your PS4
  • Open this ( on your PS4 Webbrowser
  • Inject the linux load from USB payload 5.05 and Wait ...
  • Autoboot doesnt work? replug the USB / HDD / SSD Drive and send this command ``` resume-boot ```
  • If you have a freeze or nothing that happens on the screen trying again some Models have random crashes ...
  • RESIZE the linux partition after installation VIDEO simplescreenrecorder-2020-01-17_14.31.15.mp4
  • Others? (
## Info
  • Partition:1 FAT32 (initramfs/bzImage)
  • Partition:2 ext4 (ps4gentoo)

  • Username: ps4
  • Password: ps4

  • Username: root
  • Password: ps4 (change the password!!)

  • change portage mirror in /etc/portage/make.conf with root
nano /etc/portage/make.conf
  • Gentoo source mirrors
  • VirtualManger KVM you need to run libvirtd with root before you can use
    systemctl start libvirtd
    systemctl enable libvirtd
  • VR User. Register the PSVR in SteamVR (after install SteamVR) command with user rights
## What works / what doesn't?


  • Ethernet : works
  • Wi-Fi : works
  • Bluetooth : works
  • Internal HDD: works
  • Audio : works
  • GPU : works
  • GPU acceleration : works (via mesa), with Vulkan
  • Power button : works
  • BD Drive : works
  • USB : works
  • Power management / Suspend : suspend doesn't work shutdown and reboot : works
  • Ethernet : works
  • Wi-Fi : works
  • Bluetooth : works
  • Internal HDD: works (only Baikal)
  • Audio : works
  • GPU : Works but Blackscreen problem with some Monitors / TVs
  • GPU acceleration : works (via mesa), with Vulkan
  • Power button : works
  • BD Drive : works
  • USB : works for some Model
  • Power management / Suspend : suspend doesn't work, shutdown and reboot : works
  • Ethernet : works
  • Wi-Fi : works
  • Bluetooth : works
  • Internal HDD: WIP
  • Audio : works
  • GPU : works but Blackscreen problem with some Monitors / TVs
  • GPU acceleration : works (via mesa), with Vulkan
  • Power button : works
  • USB : WIP
  • BD Drive : works
  • Power management / Suspend : suspend doesn't work, shutdown and reboot : works
## Changelog
  • System updates, u.v.m...
  • Emulationstation configuration for easy use!
## Installed Apps
  • Internet: Brave, Chrome (Browser), Telegram, Discord (Messenger), Filezilla (Ftp-Client)
  • Game & Emulation: Emulationstation (Front End -> Retroarch (AllinOne Emulator), Steam (Steam), Lutris (Play Games on Linux), Chiaki (PS4rViewer), ScumVM, pcsx, pcsx2, pcsx3 (PS1-3 Emulator), Dolphin (Gamecube Emulator)
  • Multimedia & Graphics: Kodi, Vlc, MakeMKV, Gimp, Gwenview, MuPDF, Spectacle, Simplescreenrecorder
  • System: Geany, Gkrellm, Ark, krfb, AntimicroX, Gparted, Spectacle, Ksysguard, Kinfocenter
### Bugs
  • Blackscreen problem for some Screens (Kernel)
  • USB Host Controller doesnt work 100% for PS4 Pro! (Kernel)
### ☎ for more Support Join us
### Gentoo-Sources
### Thanks To ❤❤
  • ❤ Masterzorag & EEEply ❤
  • qwertyoruiopz, flatz, Specter, xVortex, Stooged, OpenOrbis, 5u770n, KiiWii, LightningMods, RetroGamer74, CelesteBlue, AlAzif, c0d3m4st4, EdiTzZ, Zecoxao, Zer0xFF
  • eeply, valentino, rancido, astromatik, fabien, cedasill, shim and Team in telegram group
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Thank you very much for the tutorial. Unfortunately I have the same problems at startup as @Ploggy.

In the tutorial it does not explain exactly which option to choose in There are 5 options to choose from related to Linux: Linux USB, Linux Gentoo 5.3.7, Linux Gento ++ 5.3.7, Linux v4.14, Linux ++ v.14

With Al-Azif v2RAM how you want to boot but it stays on the black screen. With Linux Gento ++ 5.3.7 directly did not respond.

With Linux Gentoo 5.3.7 the penguins come out with many letters and in the end it returns to black screen and there it stays.

If we knew the exact option of that menu, we would save time by not trying several options. Since the tutorial only says: Inject the linux load. But which.

It is a pity that it does not start, with PSXITArch it works at the first start on my PS4 PRO, I expected something similar with this one. We will continue testing.

Thank you very much for the great work you do. Greetings.
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