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Date:      Thu, 28 Nov 2013 12:47:14 -0800
From:      George Hartzell <hartzell@alerce.com>
To:        Mark Felder <feld@FreeBSD.org>
Cc:        freebsd-questions@freebsd.org
Subject:   Re: mac mini
Message-ID:  <21143.43986.419091.973040@gargle.gargle.HOWL>
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Mark Felder writes:
 > On Sat, Nov 23, 2013, at 12:22, George Hartzell wrote:
 > [...]
 > > 
 > > I've been running FreeBSD on a 2008 Intel 8-core Mac Pro (the tower)
 > > for years, just bumped it up to the current 10-BETA3 (now that Andriy
 > > solved the ZFS/mmap bug I was fighting and I can trust my flac tagging
 > > pipeline again).
 > > 
 > > Works great.  I'm running the gnome desktop using the nvidia binary
 > > distribution to drive a 30" Dell monitor.
 > > 
 > > Root on Zfs, two disk mirror.  Swapping directly onto partitions, no
 > > mirror or ZFS involved.
 > > 
 > > I'm still depending on the BIOS emulation to boot and it only gets
 > > triggered if you use MBR formatted disks, not GPT.  That confused the
 > > daylights out of me for a bit.  I'm not sure if the EFI (?) boot stuff
 > > works or not.
 > > 
 > > One time out of 4 it hangs early in the kernel starting up.  Never
 > > cared enough to get help tracking it down.
 > > 
 > 
 > I know someone with the same model of Mac Pro but he's been in the
 > process of moving. I'll see if I can convince him to install FreeBSD on
 > a drive and reproduce that hang.
 > 
 > When was the last time you ran OSX on it? There might be a
 > BIOS/firmware/EFI update waiting.

It runs OS X frequently.  As far as I know everything is up to date
(though it's still on Snow Leopard).

The hang is random, it'll boot smoothly for a while and then it'll
hang a couple of times.  There was a point that I thought it was
connected with typing at the boot prompts (something keyboard related)
but I've decided that that was just my mind grasping for a pattern.
Also doesn't seem to matter whether I've most recently been running
freebsd or mac os x.

Next time it does it I'll take some notes about what it's up to.

g.



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