My XTM 505 does not start with pfsense



  • First: the original Watchguard CF card starts ok. It boots and I can see the load-indicator on the lcd and see which partition I want to start from the CF card over the serial connection.

    With pfSense I get to
    "Trying to mount root from ufs:/dev/ufs/pfSense [ro]…
    Configuring cras"

    yes, it stops exactly at "cras" - not crash".

    What is wrong? I have the 64 bit nanobsd image on the flash, a 4Gig Kingston. I have rebooted 50 times, I have also reflashed the cf card twice - even tried the memstick-version, but same issue always.

    Also, I have issues with the terminal input, I am using cu from Linux and my keyboard does no work over the serial connection. My cable is a Cisco - probably a chinese cheap replica but the rs232 connector is branded with cisco systems and cisco logo anyway - so it might be genuine also.



  • If I wait a minute or so I can see "fxp0: link state changed to DOWN" and then complete silence. If I hook up the firewall to any active gear, the same line reads "UP", and the network light starts to flicker. But nothing on the serial.



  • @tsmalmbe:

    First: the original Watchguard CF card starts ok. It boots and I can see the load-indicator on the lcd and see which partition I want to start from the CF card over the serial connection.

    With pfSense I get to
    "Trying to mount root from ufs:/dev/ufs/pfSense [ro]…
    Configuring cras"

    yes, it stops exactly at "cras" - not crash".

    What is wrong? I have the 64 bit nanobsd image on the flash, a 4Gig Kingston. I have rebooted 50 times, I have also reflashed the cf card twice - even tried the memstick-version, but same issue always.

    Also, I have issues with the terminal input, I am using cu from Linux and my keyboard does no work over the serial connection. My cable is a Cisco - probably a chinese cheap replica but the rs232 connector is branded with cisco systems and cisco logo anyway - so it might be genuine also.

    I can make my two XTM 5 do the same.  Can you try using putty and change the keyboard function key to VT400.  I would also wait for a bit before opening the console.  The boot up sequence seems to hangs if you watch it.

    Are you using a USB to serial adaptor?  I have several machines with pure serial ports and the XTM console will crash at exactly the same point on certain machines.  On other desktops it works fine.



  • http://www.triebwerk23.de/joomla/index.php/firewalls/watchguard-xtm-5-xtm-505-515-525-545-pfsense-64-bit

    Hope you speak German..  But VT100 is probably a better choice.  Look and see if any of the graphics here help..



  • I have on old Dell purely for the purpose of having a real RS-port - because presumably that is better than converters. Perhaps not then.

    You are making good points - although I have tried putty and minicom, I have only run them from linux shell which is not where I usually use putty - so configuring it is something I'm not directly familiar with. I will have a go at this anyway. Also, opening the console "after a bit" is something I have not tried.

    I don't speak german but I quite fluently read it :) so I will visit that link.



  • @tsmalmbe:

    If I wait a minute or so I can see "fxp0: link state changed to DOWN" and then complete silence. If I hook up the firewall to any active gear, the same line reads "UP", and the network light starts to flicker. But nothing on the serial.

    Do you use Port 0 or port 1 as WAN ?
    pfSense assigns by default Port 1 as WAN and Port 2 as LAN, because these are Gigabit.
    Port 0 is only 100Mbps.

    Also, do you use the normal version 4Gb Kingston CF card (Green/black label with pink flower) ?
    If so, this card is extremely slow.
    Best is to use a High Speed CF card.

    Grtz
    DeLorean



  • Not sure how either of these would affect my bootsequence getting stuck on no output on the serial?


  • Netgate Administrator

    Sounds exactly like you're using the Nano VGA image not the Nano Serial image.
    'Trying to mount root' is the last thing shown on both consoles before t switches to the primary console only. Except the interface UP/Down messages which also appear on both.

    Make sure you;re using a serial image such as this one:
    https://atxfiles.pfsense.org/mirror/downloads/pfSense-CE-2.3.4-RELEASE-4g-amd64-nanobsd.img.gz

    Steve



  • I've tried both nano serial as well as memstick serial. On different CF-cards.



  • Have you installed a hard drive yet?

    I have just upgraded another one and used the full install installed on a 4gb cf card to install directly to SSD.

    If I get trouble I try the following:

    • Insert CF Card

    • Plug in console cable

    • Load up terminal software, and set port speed to 115200 etc.  In putty set keyboard type to VT100 (VT400 also does work)
      Do not connect to the port just yet

    • Power on XTM

    • Wait for POST beep

    • Watch HDD activty light

    • Connect to com port

    You should now get an output on the console.

    I have several desktops that have serial ports and they usually work fine, but the problem you get I can replicate exactly when I use the serial port on my HP Laptop.
    I have no USB convertors all my connections are RS232.

    Perhaps not all serial ports are created equal.



  • Incidentally this is an HP laptop.


Log in to reply