[PC-BSD Testing] Install woes on MacBook2,1

Bridger Dyson-Smith bdysonsmith at gmail.com
Tue Feb 8 06:34:07 PST 2011

hi Miki, et. al.,

i'm sure you've seen this walkthrough here (
http://www.dramashack.com/2009/10/01/installing-pc-bsd-on-a-macbook-pro/ ),
but if not some of the instructions may prove beneficial. while the PCBSD
install is older, the use of rEFIt (links on the above URL) may be the

i'm hoping to try the same steps on a 5,4 macbook pro - virtual machines
aren't as exciting as the real thing.

On Tue, Feb 8, 2011 at 9:07 AM, Arthur Koziol <A-Koziol at neiu.edu> wrote:

> On 02/08/2011 6:32 AM, Miki Janosi wrote:
>> On Monday, January 31, 2011 01:28:03 pm Kris Moore wrote:
>>> That's possible. geom_label is already apart of the kernel, but I've
>>> gone ahead and added mbr/bsd to load for RC3. When that hits can you
>>> re-test?
>> RC3 fails too, same error:
>>        Can only install directly to a MBR partition!
>> Is it just my Macbook version or can no one install on a
>> Macbook using bootcamp? FreeBSD RC3 installed with
>> some difficulty. Isn't there a way to manually get PC-BSD
>> installed? Like boot live mode and un-tar some stuff to the
>> hard drive?
> I'm no expert on the matter but does that Macbook use EFI? There's a lot of
> Mac-specific hardware that I would not doubt is tripping up the install. I
> don't think FreeBSD is designed to install on a Macbook, boot camp or
> otherwise because of how Apple locks out fiddling with the hardware (read:
> proprietary). Have you tried booting a live DVD? You've already looked at:
> http://wiki.freebsd.org/AppleMacbook ?
> Arthur
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