Problems with EFI / partitioning with FreeBSD ONLY mac mini ...
from USB drive ...
mmbsd1982 at yahoo.com
Mon Oct 31 17:36:42 UTC 2011
I booted the 8.2-RELEASE CD on my Intel mac mini, which has a thumb drive plugged into USB.
I promptly entered FIXIT and used dd to zero out the ENTIRE internal hard drive. I may use it, I may not, but for now I want to reduce variables and I don't want remnants of OSX on that disk tripping me up.
I exited FIXIT and proceeded with a plain old install of FreeBSD 8.2 onto the thumb drive, which was seen as da0. Upon rebooting, I see a folder icon with a question mark inside of it, blinking on the screen. The mac mini cannot see an OS to boot.
I have tried to solve this by:
- same as above, but "plain old" loader instead of FreeBSD boot manager. Both failed
- During install, in FDISK, using the "T" option to change the type to 238
Still failing. Any idea what the missing part of this recipe is
NOTE: I see something of an answer here:
But I do not know how to "put a dummy MBR there even if using GPT layout" ... so if that is the answer, some additional details, please :)
Just trying to boot FreeBSD, and only FreeBSD, off of the thumb drive plugged into a mac mini with no other disks. Any help appreciated.
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