can't find '/etc/hostid' /boot/entropy size=0x1000
Hello, i am trying to install PFsense on my machine, but it doesn't work. It said installation complete when i installed it, but every single time i boot the device, i receive the following message :
can't find '/etc/hostid'
Then the whole thing freezes and i have to shut it down by keeping the power button pressed.
I tried installing it with every single iso, but always get the same error. Be it, serial, vga, dvd, ADI, yet the problem isn't going away. I tried looking for solutions, but couldn't find anything online and the reddit community didn't bother to answer.
Obviously no guarantees, but this seems a host hardware that free bsd isn't 1000% liking.
I'd suggest going into the BIOS and tweaking some things around. Some sort of combination of UEFI/BIOS mode, SATA IDE/AHCI/RAID, secureboot, etc.
I would try the following combinations in order; and it may require a reload due to the obvious hardware changes:
UEFI and AHCI
UEFI and IDE
BIOS and AHCI
BIOS and IDE
Honestly I can't even remember what mine is using for UEFI/BIOS....but generally since around 2015 or so, UEFI is hands down better.
@skogs well, at first it was a netgate gear which i changed it's software for VyOS, just to try it. And now i am trying to revert back to PFsense. When installing it, unlike only tutorials who simply press on install, i get the choice to either download it as UEFI or BIOS.
@skogs UPDATE : I was able to fix the problem. I don't know if this was the issue, but it worked. When formatting my USB drive, i used to always format it in FAT32, but this time i configured it in NTFS instead and it worked. I use a no name micro appliance firewall.
@bigmtl Glad you got it worked out. Makes even less sense to me now than before.
I'm particular and pretty much always use the ISO so wouldn't ever run into that issue.
Windows just plain gets in the way sometimes. :)
I had the same issue on a SG4860-1U AFTER a cold shutdown. I reimaged the netgate appliance and it worked fine, rebooted and shutdown properly and everything was fine. When I pulled the power cable, got this error all of again. It seems the appliance cant withstand cold shutdowns. I am using a twins SSD, not sure if that is related.
Mysteriously, if I usie the power button as opposed to pull the cord for a cold shutdown, the issue doesnt happen. If I pull the damn cord, I need to reimage the device. Noticed it started happening after 21.05 upgrade, but I didnt cold shutdown on 21.02 though
I am having this same error and I have tried every bios setting that seemed relevant. I have an ASRock Q1900M that used to work fine with pfsense until the new 2.5 version was released. It actually broke my install when trying to upgrade from 2.4.4 to 2.5. I don't know what they changed but I don't think its a hardware issue. More likely since pfsense used to work its a software change that is causing an unnecessary hardware issue. I am at the frustration point of having to buy new hardware just to get pfsense running again.
@angryspec but did you do a full reinstall after each significant bios change?
I would still recommend doing the annoying reset the whole mobo to factory defaults, then fresh load.
@skogs at first no, but eventually yes. I’ve been at this this for over two weeks in my spare time. I’ve tried different ssd’s, checked the ram, 3 different usb sticks, every iteration of uefi/legacy mode and ahci/ide. It was working fine until I upgraded. The upgrade broke the install to where it wouldn’t even boot. I just found a repository of old versions so I guess I either go back to 2.4.4 or buy new hardware.