pfSense Shuts down on its own?

  • Hi Guys,

    I have been using pfSense for years and this one has me a bit stumped. I am being led to understand that my pfSense box is just shutting down on its own. In the last day, my wife has claimed to need to hit the power button on the front of my pfSense box to start it from dead.

    I had been having some T4 cable timeout errors lately but that is normal for Spectrum in the spring. Unfortunately, I was not around for these two latest instances and she swears the box was off. The only thing I have changed the last several days is setting up codel traffic shaping which seemed to be working fine.

    I am thinking maybe a hardware issue? Nothing seems to be out of the ordinary for temps, load, logs...What should I start examining? I am disabling my new traffic shaping to see if the problem somehow disappears.

  • Totally hardware related. Check your psu for starters.
    Even if pf paniced somehow it would either halt or reboot, never power off.

  • Netgate Administrator

    Yup, I would be looking at hardware. Nothing would cause it to shutdown by itself like that with no logs. Any sort of script that did it like Nut would log that action.


  • Rebel Alliance Developer Netgate

    Most every time I've had a system shut itself down mysteriously it was due to a BIOS overheat event. Might be something that only happens under load, and happens very fast.

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