FreeBSD 9-CURRENT (and 8.0) on MacMini (rev. 3,1)

Attilio Rao attilio at
Sun Apr 4 14:34:20 UTC 2010

2010/4/4 Phil Regnauld <pr+freebsd-current at>:
> Hi everyone,
> Wasn't sure where to post this, so I'll try here as it involves -CURRENT
> as well, and effort is probably best spent there.
> Have acquired a MacMini "Server" model (4 GB RAM, 2 x 500 GB disk, and
> no optical drive) to build a workshop training server. I am trying
> to get FreeBSD to work on this beast, and so far I've had mitigated
> success.
> Below is the combination of versions that work/don't work.  If it hangs/panics,
> it's at boot time.
> Boot mode       ACPI      NO ACPI/SAFE
> F7.2-R amd64  hang      panic (in swapper)
> F7.2-R i386   WORKS, but 2.7 GB visible. PAE kernel panics on starting CPU2
>              no-ACPI not tested (not necessary)
> F8.0-R amd64  hang            hang
> F8.0-R  i386  hang            hang ohci
> F8.0-S amd64  hang            hang at ohci early: SMM active, request owner change
> F9.0-C amd64  panic acpica    hang on md0: Preloaded image  (Feb 2010 SNAP)
> F9.0-C i386   panic acpica    panic acpica
>                              Stopped at  kbd_enter+0x3a: movl  $0,kbd_why
>                              (USB kbd dead here, cannot backtrace)

I would start by compiling a debugging kernel and using serial port
for capturing, starting reporting the ACPI bug in the latest case,
then we can get useful informations.


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