hartzell at alerce.com
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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