mac mini

George Hartzell hartzell at
Thu Nov 28 20:47:23 UTC 2013

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.


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