Boot problem

  • I'm trying to get pfSense 2.3.3 NanoBSD 2GB going on an Intel J1900 all-in-one box with dual NICs. I've got the pfSense installed & running from a Verbatim 8GB USB disk.

    The issue appears to be that when the system boots up, it gets stuck on this line for over 4 minutes:

    Trying to mount root from ufs:/dev/ufs/pfsense0 [ro,sync,noatime]…

    Then eventually it will boot up. A simple reboot which takes 60 seconds on a generic machine takes 5-7 minutes on this box.

    I've got two boxes, each identical in hardware config exhibiting this behaviour. A quick google showed potential issues with the onboard SATA controller (which I am not using) so I disabled it - still no cigar, takes ~7 minutes to boot up.

    Anyone have any idea what this could be?

  • Ok update - I upaded to 2.3.3_1 but it still gets stuck for ~5 minutes.

    I ended up finding an mSATA SSD and put that into this system. I then dd'd the very same nanoBSD image onto this mSATA SSD and the system reboots in less than 30 seconds… so its definitely some sort of issue with the USB disk.

  • Banned

    NanoBSD is dead. You really should do a proper full install with the SSD.

  • I think the trouble with drive (not bios or motherboard)
    Try push Ctrl+C when system is load. You will signed in boot options promt, like
    after this try input next line
    set hw.ata.atapi_dma="0"
    set hw.ata.ata_dma="0"
    set hw.ata.wc="0"

  • No improvements with those lines, kobzar. The system still boots somewhat slowly off the mSATA disk but it is an order of magnitude faster (it sits for about 20-30 sec versus over 5 minutes!)

  • So, my things the same.
    try to use another flash drive.

  • Banned


    NanoBSD is dead. You really should do a proper full install with the SSD.

    Agreed, support is being phased out for nanoBSD.

    You'll save yourself a lot of ass pain by just doing a regular install to a cheap SSD with the current Release version.

    Alternatively, you can still use your USB drive (I have a USB install) using the 2.4.0 BETA install with ZFS.

    Either of the above two options are straight forward, supported installs that will continue to be supported into the future, that will almost certainly work for you out of the box.

    I doubt there is any legitimate reason that you HAVE to use nanoBSD, and if there is you'll have to work out a solution sooner or later as it's days are numbered.

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