HCL : 'powerpc : All New World ROM Apple(R) Mac(R) systems with built-in USB are supported. SMP is supported' ??

Jason Vas Dias jason.vas.dias at gmail.com
Fri Oct 19 13:52:13 UTC 2018

Please can you tell me if the $SUBJECT statement
from the page:
should be prefixed by 'Only' ?

ie. does the FreeBSD-11.2*powerpc64 image support IBM pseries?

I am trying to get any PowerPC *BSD system running on
the Qemu emulator of a 'pseries-3.0' machine with a
power9 CPU - I tried your FreeBSD-11.2*-powerpc64*
live CD iso, and the emulator loads IBM Open Firmware
BIOS & loads CD image, but then just hangs - no messages
appear from FreeBSD . I have built latest Qemu with PowerPC
emulator on an IBM LinuxOne (s390x)  machine, and am trying
to run a PowerPC emulator with a variety of RTOS-es /
 alternative open-source OS-es under Qemu .

The Qemu command I am using is:

qemu-system-ppc64 -machine pseries -cpu power9 -smp 2 -realtime mlock=on \
-m 2G -cdrom /data/FreeBSD-11.2-RELEASE-powerpc-powerpc64-dvd1.iso \
-drive file=/data/freebsd.hd.img,format=raw \
-boot d -nographic -serial mon:stdio\
 -prom-env 'boot-device=cd:1' -prom-env 'boot-args=-C -h -v -s'

It says:

SLOF **********************************************************************
QEMU Starting
 Build Date = Jun 21 2018 19:08:08
 FW Version = git-7d37babcfa48a6eb
 Press "s" to enter Open Firmware.

Populating /vdevice methods
Populating /vdevice/vty at 71000000
Populating /vdevice/nvram at 71000001
Populating /vdevice/l-lan at 71000002
Populating /vdevice/v-scsi at 71000003
       SCSI: Looking for devices
          8000000000000000 DISK     : "QEMU     QEMU HARDDISK    2.5+"
          8200000000000000 CD-ROM   : "QEMU     QEMU CD-ROM      2.5+"
Populating /pci at 800000020000000
                     00 0000 (D) : 1234 1111    qemu vga
                     00 0800 (D) : 1033 0194    serial bus [ usb-xhci ]
Installing QEMU fb

Scanning USB
  XHCI: Initializing
    USB Keyboard
    USB mouse
No console specified using screen & keyboard

  Welcome to Open Firmware

  Copyright (c) 2004, 2017 IBM Corporation All rights reserved.
  This program and the accompanying materials are made available
  under the terms of the BSD License available at

Trying to load:  from: /vdevice/v-scsi at 71000003/disk at 8200000000000000
...   Successfully loaded
nothing happens, I wait (a long time) and press <CTRL><A> + 'x' to exit.
QEMU: Terminated

It doesn't look like it is able to boot at all.

Is FreeBSD meant work without Apple firmware or on IBM Open Firmware ?

I wanted to start off with FreeBSD , but am having no joy.
Any advice would be much appreciated.

Thanks & Regards,

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