[PC-BSD Testing] 8.2 installer problems, macbook pro

Bridger Dyson-Smith bdysonsmith at gmail.com
Tue Feb 22 19:30:37 PST 2011

all -
please excuse me. i overlooked a similar discussion on the pcbsd forums.
sorry for the duplication.


On Tue, Feb 22, 2011 at 7:41 PM, Bridger Dyson-Smith
<bdysonsmith at gmail.com>wrote:

> hi list -
> i'm experimenting with setting up a dual-boot mac book pro and i've
> encountered some problems (important caveats: any/all of these could be
> user/operator error, and i'm not entirely sure about my terminology so
> please excuse me if i misname something).
> here are the particulars - let me know if i can provide other info:
> mac book pro v5,4 (2.53 GHz core 2 duo, 4GB DDR3 ram, nvidia geforce 9400M,
> and a 250GB hard drive)
> mac os x snow leopard 10.6.6
> pcbsd 8.2 x64 DVD
> 1) when you reach the PCBSD installer boot menu, the timer does not count
> down from 10. instead, there's approximately a 3 second pause, and the
> system goes for the default boot installer option.
> 2) if you select any other option at this point, the system tries to start
> the boot installer process but then fails at some point (i'm not sure where
> exactly). the failure generates a cascade of what looks to be error
> messages; i can't read them (or get a screenshot), but i think it's a
> repeated message about "interrupts disabled".
> 3) if i leave the installer boot menu alone, the install begins normally
> and proceeds to the graphical Sysinstaller. everything would appear to be
> working up to this point; unfortunately, after selecting a partition for
> installation i get the "Can only install to a MBR partition!" error message.
> [1]
> the first two problems seem like they might be installer-related, while the
> third problem feels more like a user error :-).
> again, if there's any additional information i can provide to help suss the
> problems, please let me know.
> thanks very much for your time!
> cheers,
> bridger
> [1] my procedure for partitioning:
> a) back up everything :-)
> b) use mac's boot camp assistant to create a "blank" partition - although i
> don't think that the partition created is actually blank, i'm not smart
> enough to know how to determine exactly what's on the partition
> c) use mac's disk utility to try to erase any errata that boot camp
> assistant placed on the partition
> d) reboot the laptop, booting from the dvd-rom
> e) be careful not to touch any buttons at the installer boot menu
> f) gnash my teeth when Sysinstaller refuses to accept the previously
> created partition
> g) try several more times
> h) email the testing list
> one last bit of errata: when i caused problem 2) above, i was attempting to
> access the #6 option (boot to emergency console) to use the suggested fdisk
> instructions here: http://wiki.freebsd.org/AppleMacbook but that option
> caused that problem on which i'm unable to give much detail.
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