[Solved] Unbootable after Writing Disk Images to USB 2.3.3-RELEASE



  • I can't get the pfSense-CE-memstick-2.3.3-RELEASE-amd64.img.gz file to load on a USB. Same experience with the i386 version and the ICO image.

    I've tried Rufus, Win32 Disk Imager, UNetbootin, and Etcher.
    3 different USB drives have been tried.
    3 different computers were tested, all unsuccessful at booting the drive.
    I've cleaned the USB Drive every time I experienced a failure.
    I've tried both WinRar and 7-Zip to uncompress the files.
    Followed every step like clockwork and all the SHA2 Checksum's check out…

    The results: It creates 24 MB partition every time for the amd64 and  i386 and the ICO declares it to be unbootable. I contacted an experienced pfSense user and he went through the same process on an Apple OS with the same results.

    As a side note, it's not inexperience and the issue has been Peer-Reviewed. If you attempt downloading the 3.3.3-Releace in i386, amd64, or the ICO image and try making a bootable USB you'll experience what I'm talking about. I can install Ubuntu Server using the same procedure flawlessly - but not pfSense. Thanks for any assistance...

    pfSense or Bust!



  • I downloaded the 2.3.3 x64 memstick shortly after it was released, and it works fine for me.
    I used a Win10 pc and these steps-
    Open a cmd as Administrator
    Insert the usb stick
    run diskpart, clean the usb drive
    physdiskwrite -u pfSense-CE-memstick-2.3.3-RELEASE-amd64.img.gz

    Just threw it into an old Lenovo Thinkcenter and it booted right up.
    Checksum on the file I have, calculated with 7zip, matches the SHA256 on the download page.


  • Banned

    And make sure you are NOT trying to boot from UEFI. Will not work at all with 2.3



  • @dotdash:

    I downloaded the 2.3.3 x64 memstick shortly after it was released, and it works fine for me.
    I used a Win10 pc and these steps-
    Open a cmd as Administrator
    Insert the usb stick
    run diskpart, clean the usb drive
    physdiskwrite -u pfSense-CE-memstick-2.3.3-RELEASE-amd64.img.gz

    Just threw it into an old Lenovo Thinkcenter and it booted right up.
    Checksum on the file I have, calculated with 7zip, matches the SHA256 on the download page.

    Ya, I've been doing all the right stuff. Not sure but I think the file might have changed since the pfSense 2.3.3-p1 RELEASE and maybe thats it? The file name after uncompressing is not pfSense-CE-memstick-2.3.3-RELEASE-amd64.img.gz it's pfSense-CE-memstick-2.3.3-RELEASE-amd64.img <– Not sure if that makes a difference?



  • @PingTheNet:

    The file name after uncompressing is not pfSense-CE-memstick-2.3.3-RELEASE-amd64.img.gz it's pfSense-CE-memstick-2.3.3-RELEASE-amd64.img <– Not sure if that makes a difference?

    I never bother un-gzipping (gunzipping?) the file, try using physdiskwrite to write the img.gz directly.



  • @doktornotor:

    And make sure you are NOT trying to boot from UEFI. Will not work at all with 2.3

    Oh, yep just Checked It is UEFI

    Awesome, Thank you so much! I see the pfSense setup screen! Thank you everyone for looking out!  :D


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