On 09/09/2014 17:56, John Nielsen wrote:
> On Sep 8, 2014, at 7:21 AM, Anders Bolt Evensen <andersb...@icloud.com> wrote:
>> On 05.09.14 19:37, John Nielsen wrote:
>>> On Sep 5, 2014, at 11:30 AM, Glen Barber <g...@freebsd.org> wrote:
>>>> On Fri, Sep 05, 2014 at 11:20:21AM -0600, John Nielsen wrote:
>>>>> I have a "MacBook Pro Retina, Mid 2012" (MacBookPro10,1) on which I'd
>>>>> like to be able to boot FreeBSD from an external USB drive. For testing
>>>>> I've been using the mini-memstick images from the -CURRENT snapshots,
>>>>> most recently the one from 20140903.
>>>>> I am able to select "EFI Boot" on the USB device from the Mac's boot
>>>>> menu, and it does _something_, but the screen never changes--the image of
>>>>> the boot menu is displayed indefinitely. I think it is actually booting
>>>>> since there is drive activity and the caps lock key indicator starts
>>>>> working a few seconds in, but the screen just stays the same. Thinking
>>>>> the resolution of the Retina display may have been an issue, I tried
>>>>> booting with it disabled (lid closed) and an external monitor and
>>>>> keyboard. The result was the same--Mac boot menu frozen on the external
>>>>> Is there anything I should try to troubleshoot or debug this issue?
>>>>> Anything else I should include in a PR? I can test patches if needed
>>>>> (probably after building an image including the patch from a VM).
>>>> To be clear, which boot menu do you see? If you see the FreeBSD loader
>>>> menu, escape to the loader prompt and try:
>>>> set kern.vty=vt
>>>> set hw.vga.textmode=1
>>>> I am a bit unclear under which conditions 'hw.vga.textmode=1' is
>>>> required, though.
>>> No, I don't ever see the FreeBSD loader. I see the menu you get on a Mac
>>> when you hold down the option (alt) key while booting--big disk icons
>>> representing the bootable disks/partitions in the system. In my case it was
>>> the "Macintosh HD" volume (Mac OS Mavericks), my Windows partition, and the
>>> USB stick with the FreeBSD memstick image on it, which the Mac just called
>>> "EFI Boot" (and the icon was that of a USB disk). There is also a little
>>> section at the bottom that allows wifi network booting (if you've done all
>>> the black magic (not PXE) to get that to happen). It shows a circular
>>> activity animation while it scans for wireless networks. That animation
>>> stops when I select the USB EFI icon and press enter (and that is the only
>>> visual indication I get that I made a selection).
>> To see the FreeBSD (U)EFI boot loader on the Mac, you need to install an EFI
>> shell like rEFIt on either your hard drive or a HFS formatted memory stick:
>> 1) Download the rEFIt installer from here:
>> 2) Open the downloaded file
>> 3) Run the following command from the terminal: sudo installer -pkg
>> /Volumes/rEFIt/rEFIt.mpkg -tgt /Volumes/memstick (in this example, I'm using
>> an HFS formatted memory stick).
>> 4) Run the command "sudo /Volumes/memstick/efi/enable.sh"
>> 5) When you reboot your Mac, when you hold down the alt key, choose rEFIt on
>> the startup menu. Then, choose the "BOOTx64.efi from …" option
>> If everything now goes as it should, you should see the FreeBSD loader. When
>> the "Press enter to boot or any other key to go to loader in X seconds" (or
>> whatever it says), press a random key. Then try to type the commands
>> suggested by [Glen Barber].
> Thanks all, made _some_ progress.
> I installed rEFInd on my internal hard drive and now I can get to (and see!)
> the FreeBSD EFI loader. Unfortunately that's about as far as it gets. Once I
> tell the loader to boot it displays the EFI framebuffer information and then
> nothing else. This happens with 'kern.vty=vt' set and with or without
> Screenshot here: https://blog.jnielsen.net/images/efiloader.jpg
> What should the next troubleshooting steps be?
Just wanted to add a me too. I've finding exactly the same thing trying
a usb or DVD 11-CURRENT snapshot.
MacBook Pro (15-inch, Mid 2010)
Model Name: MacBook Pro
Model Identifier: MacBookPro6,2
Processor Name: Intel Core i7
Processor Speed: 2.66 GHz
Number of Processors: 1
Total Number of Cores: 2
L2 Cache (per Core): 256 KB
L3 Cache: 4 MB
Memory: 8 GB
Processor Interconnect Speed: 4.8 GT/s
Boot ROM Version: MBP61.0057.B0F
SMC Version (system): 1.58f17
Can upload a screenshot but its more or less identical to Johns.
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