Opened 18 months ago

Closed 18 months ago

Last modified 16 months ago

#891 closed System Defect (deferred)

Installer fails to boot on Macbook Pro

Reported by: nealie Owned by: kris
Priority: critical Milestone:
Component: Installer Version: 10.1-RELEASE
Keywords: Cc: trac-bugs@…


The installer from PCBSD10.0-RELEASE-p1-12-23-2013-x64-DVD-USB.iso fails to boot on a Macbook Pro (2007). This system already runs 9.2 happily, so this appears to be a regression.

Two bootable partitions are found on the boot disc:

  • Windows (Which is what the Mac calls anything not Mac)
  • EFI Boot

Booting the EFI Boot partition results in Grub executing, which then reports:
error: no suitable video mode found.

A text menu is then displayed, but regardless of what option is selected (Graphical Install, Graphical Install (VESA mode) or Text Install),

Selecting any option results in a reboot after a short delay.

Selecting the "Windows" partition to boot results in the following message:


Select CD-ROM Boot Type :

The system then appears to be frozen.

Change History (5)

comment:1 Changed 18 months ago by kris

This is something which we hope to have fixed in 10.1. Our GRUB boot-loader does the EFI booting properly, but the FreeBSD kernel in 10.0 does not do EFI yet. Once these fixes make it into the kernel for 10-STABLE, we will get some new images rolled for you to test.

comment:2 Changed 18 months ago by joshms

Are you able to do a combination UEFI / legacy boot? Some computers have that option in the BIOS and it may help your issue.

I get the same cd-rom boot type message on my intel based windows systems when doing a dual boot install. Have you tried pressing 1. and then enter? the install proceeds for me after that.

comment:3 Changed 18 months ago by nealie

Unfortunately I'm doing this on a Macbook Pro, so there are no BIOS options that I know of.

When I boot into the "Windows" partition, resulting in the request to select a CD-ROM boot type, no input is accepted. It just hangs.

It's a shame we've lot the ability to install on a Macbook as I have 9.2 on there already, but I will wait until 10.1 and would gladly test any fixes that come along.

comment:4 Changed 18 months ago by kris

  • Resolution set to deferred
  • Status changed from new to closed
  • Version changed from 10.0-RELEASE to 10.1-RELEASE


Yea, there are a number of issues with 10.0 right now and macs. Once 10.1 hits I'm hopeful that some of them will be sorted out and we can support it again.

The good news is that once UEFI goes into the FreeBSD kernel, we may be able to support MacBooks? properly, without all the crummy "bootcamp" stuff :)

I'm going to mark this as deferred for now, but once we get closer to 10.1 later this year, we should revisit and knock out any remaining issues.

comment:5 Changed 16 months ago by Ghwomb

Where is the best place to get updates about the status of UEFI? I can install PCBSD, but never boot into it once the install is finished and I reboot. This is when i dual boot with Windows.

Also, both Windows and Debian testing automatically creates an UEFI boot partition. But PC-BSD does not. Doesn't all UEFI-compitable systems need to create an UEFI boot-partition?

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