I provide much details below to hopefully make my issue as clear as possible.
dd if=/dev/ps3da2 of=/mnt/edexhdd/EDPS3LINUX.iso bs=16384 I copied a fairly huge partition from a physical Linux non-Xwindow installation on a PPC64 architecture (actually the PS3) to an external HDD. The partition which on Linux was one of the two present (i.e. /boot and /) is more than 66 GB. This partition was the second and not bootable. Actually
fdisk -lu /mnt/edexhdd/EDPS3LINUX.iso says something like this partition 'has no valid partition table'.
Meanwhile I can mount it on Linux via
mount -o loop /mnt/edexhdd/EDPS3LINUX.iso /mnt/testmnt and walk through it all.
My intention is to work from a VMWare Workstation on my Windows 7 laptop (64 bit and VT capable). Everything is duly installed and other VMWare images work well. So I moved the image to Windows and created the necessary vmdk file...
D:\raw2vmdk>java -jar raw2vmdk.jar EDPS3LINUX.iso EDPS3LINUX.vmdk Analysing image: D:\EDPS3LINUX.iso [66229960704 bytes] Number of sectors: 129355392 Number of cylinders: 0 Heads per track: 0 Sectors per track: 0 Loading VMDK template... Writing VMDK file to: D:\EDPS3LINUX.vmdk All done.
Finally I walk through the usual steps in VMWare Workstation (8) to load my image (pointing to
C:\Program Files\VMware\VMware Workstation\linux.iso for the CD/DVD ISO and
D:\EDPS3LINUX.vmdk for the HDD image). After which all I see is the network boot PXE stuff and then everything halts with 'operating system not found'.
Under my circumstances what can I do to boot my PS3 image in VMWare as intended? I don't imagine reinstalling all the Linux stuff into the VMWare environment - way too much stuff and configs done. Pls help.