Run Current on a MacBook
rpaulo at FreeBSD.org
Mon Dec 3 16:33:19 PST 2007
Joe Marcus Clarke wrote:
> On Fri, 2007-11-30 at 17:30 +0000, Rui Paulo wrote:
>> eculp wrote:
>>> I am a half step away from buying a MacBook based on the following
>>> 1. I should run current and it has the SMP problem fixed.
>> The fix was not yet committed.
>>> 2. It can be dual booted between OSX and FreeBSD?
>>> a. The handbook only mentions that it can be run as a guest OS.
>> The handbook doesn't mention anything about running FreeBSD on a
>> MacBook. You probably want to read http://wiki.freebsd.org/AppleMacbook
>>> b. Is there a short list to run both OS's I've done this with
>>> windows many times over the years but I have on idea where to
>>> start with Mac. Example: Clean the disk and start with FBSD
>>> or somehow compress the MacOSX file system and use the rest
>>> for BSD, etc. etc.
>> * Partition your drive witht Bootcamp
>> * Install rEFIt. http://refit.sf.net/
>> * Boot FreeBSD install CD and install it to the desired partition. Don't
>> install an MBR boot manager.
>> * Sync your MBR with the GPT by using the refit tool (available in the
>> refit boot menu).
> I've tried this procedure twice now, and the results are the same: even
> after selecting "None" for the boot manager, by GPT gets overridden with
> an MBR. Almost everything works fine after that. rEFIt allows me to
> boot into MacOS X or FreeBSD, but the gptsync tool does not work, and I
> couldn't upgrade to Leopard until I re-partitioned my drive (which I
> did, and ended up right back with an MBR after installing FreeBSD).
> If there's some trick to this I'm missing, I'd love to know before
> "Puma" comes out.
Well, I think that if you restore your MBR to a PMBR* (a GPT MBR) you
lose the ability to boot FreeBSD beecause rEFIt seems to expect a
FreeBSD MBR, IIRC. But on the other hand, you probably need a PMBR (i.e.
have your disk with operating systems that can boot from GPT) to upgrade
Mac OS X.
Yes, I know, it's horrible. :-(
* Protective MBR
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