*solved* Slow Speed when booting



  • Hey :-)

    I have just bought some FSC Futro S200 on which pfSense 1.2 seems to be running great.
    I couldn't resist and to try out the 1.3 Alpha so I tried it.
    Problem:
    It takes forever to boot… Even the BTX Bootloader takes ~15 Minutes to run through...

    No Problems with the 1.2-Version of pfSense though...

    I don't know why that is, I just wanted to let you programmers know ;-)

    Best regards,

    Chris



  • Does 1.2.1 show the same symptoms?



  • I have not yet tried 1.2.1… Just 1.2 which runs perfectly fine...
    I'll test 1.2.1 today and report back :-)

    Best regards,

    Chris



  • Well it might take some time as I now have problems with the bootloader:
    It won't boot from the CF-Card, only displays repeatedly:

    –-
    F1  FreeBSD
    F5  Drive 0

    This is repeated endlessly...

    Any thoughts how to solve this?

    Best regards,

    Chris



  • You have a broken bootloader, simple as that.



  • Well yes, but how can that happen?

    I have used the live cd and installed it onto the CF-Card, the installation program has not produced any
    error messages…

    Can I manually fix that bootloader from within the BSD-Shell?

    Thanks!

    Best regards,

    Christian



  • Can you try wih an embedded image from snapshots, the ones that end with .img and tell the results?



  • Hey!

    That worked perfectly!
    No idea why the liveCD didn't create it correctly…

    BUT:
    The 1.2.1 image also boots as slowly as the 1.3 image...
    It takes > 40 Minutes for the
    "Loading /boot/defaults/loader.conf"-Screen to go away :-(

    How could we get this working?

    Help  :'( :'(

    Thanks and best regards,

    Chris



  • What worked perfectly?!

    Can you try if possible to update bios, disable acpi/apm in bios, disable any PlugN'Play settings in the bios and even set the hardrive/CF parameters to PIO4 not LBA….



  • Hey!

    That did the trick :-)

    I had to change the "HDD Timing":
    Before (which worked fine with 1.2-Version) it was set to "Ultra ATA-33".
    Now it only works when set to "Standard" or "Fast PIO".

    Is the reason for this a change in the FreeBSD-Version from 1.2 to 1.2.1 or 1.3?

    Thanks and best regards,

    Chris

    P.S.: I still don't understand why the live-cd created a "non bootable" CF-Card. Writing
    the image with physdiscwrite worked perfectly though…


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