SG-4860 1U hangs on boot after xml restore [SOLVED]



  • I have exported the configuration from our current router which is and old machine with VIA Esther processor at 1000MHz running pfSense 2.1.5. I got a brand new SG-4860 1U and updated it to 2.4.2. After restoring the xml file and rebooting, the new device gets stuck at "Press F12 for boot menu.". At this point my only option is to reinstall pfSense from a USB flash drive. I reinstalled, restored the xml again. This time I fixed/assigned all Ethernet adapters since their names don't match between both devices. I rebooted and got the same result. I reinstalled again, fixed the interface names in the xml and imported the new xml file -> still does not boot.

    Any ideas?

    Thank you!

    SeaBIOS (version SageBIOS-20170918_115655-localhost.localdomain)
    
    iPXE (http://ipxe.org) 00:14.0 C100 PCI2.10 PnP PMM+7FB7AF80+7FADAF80 C100
    
    iPXE (http://ipxe.org) 00:14.1 C200 PCI2.10 PnP PMM 7FB7AF80 7FADAF80 C200
    
    iPXE (http://ipxe.org) 00:14.2 C300 PCI2.10 PnP PMM 7FB7AF80 7FADAF80 C300
    
    iPXE (http://ipxe.org) 00:14.3 C400 PCI2.10 PnP PMM 7FB7AF80 7FADAF80 C400
    
    Press F12 for boot menu.
    
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  • LAYER 8 Netgate

    Your existing configuration is probably changing to an unsupported console type (VGA?) at that point.

    When you install the image and reboot it boots fine until you restore the old config, right?

    What image file are you using to install?

    Should be able to get around that with something at the F12 prompt but I'll have to do some digging.



  • @Derelict:

    Your existing configuration is probably changing to an unsupported console type (VGA?) at that point.

    Yes, the existing/old router uses VGA.

    @Derelict:

    When you install the image and reboot it boots fine until you restore the old config, right?

    Correct! I reinstalled multiple times without any issues. Right now I am sitting on a freshly installed 2.4.2.

    @Derelict:

    What image file are you using to install?

    pfSense-CE-memstick-ADI-2.4.2-RELEASE-amd64.img

    @Derelict:

    Should be able to get around that with something at the F12 prompt but I'll have to do some digging.

    I don't see anything VGA/serial related in the xml file. The config file should not care… I think.



  • I am still having this problem. And because I reinstalled I think I lost aws-wizard plugin. How can I install it?


  • LAYER 8 Netgate

    Just install the package. Sorry. Tied up at a trade show this week.



  • You were right about the VGA/serial output. The serial port was not enabled on our old pfsense hardware. I enabled it, exported the xml and imported it into the new hardware. It now reboots just fine.

    And I installed the factory image!

    Thank you very much!


  • LAYER 8 Netgate

    Great to hear. Glad you're good to go.


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