Install BTX boot 1.0 Hang

  • Hi, I am trying to install pfSense-2.0-RC3-1g-amd64-20110621-1841-nanobsd.img.gz on a JetWay JNC9C-550-LF Intel Atom N550.  I created a usb boot disk following the instructions on this forum, but when I boot up  I get BTX boot 1.0 loader and it just hangs their does anyone have any suggestions to get past this?

  • okI checked the bios and its set to ide for drive.  In the link above one user said he installed the Single processor version and not the embedded can some please let me know if the one I downloaded is the embedded version?  Also I have been reading on some sites and they said I have to use serial instead of vga for install process? Can someone please give me some direction on this questions. Thx

  • Netgate Administrator

    The nanobsd image uses the serial port for it's main console. If you have created a usb version of the nanobsd image then I would expect it to appear to 'hang' after the bootloader on VGA. If you switch to a serial console you'll probably find it's loading fine. Or not!
    Could you link to the instructions you used to create the usb boot media?


  • ok I used serial cable made a few changes to set and then boot and it worked I have setup my interaces and now I have the  14 options to select from but their is no option for 99 to install on my local hard drive,  When i type 99 i get /etc/rc.initial: /scripts/lua_installer: not found. Any suggestions?

  • is pfSense-2.0-RC3-1g-amd64-20110621-1841-nanobsd.img.gz the correct image install on hard drive or is just a live cd?

  • Netgate Administrator

    The NanoBSD images do not have an installer because they are already a complete install. Once you have have copied the NanoBSD image to your boot disk (usually a flash drive) you are done.

    If you want to install to a hard drive you would normally use a .iso image to create a CD. Boot from that and then use the install option.

    If you need to boot from USB, because your system doesn't have a cd-rom drive, you can use one of the usb images to create a bootable USB stick and install from there:


  • ok I downloaded the pfSense-memstick-2.0-RC3-amd64-20110621-2308.img.gz and wrote image on to usb disk now I am receiving this error message

    mountroot> GEOM: da0: geometry does not match label (16h, 63s !=255h,63s).
    GEOM: da0: media size does not match label.

    I found on one forum that they recome running this command from the console but can not find console to input this command.

  • I was receiving this error message

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  • now I am receiving this error message

  • were do I enter this command ? dd if=/dev/zero of=/dev/ad0 bs=1M

  • @VeGeTa-X:

    were do I enter this command ? dd if=/dev/zero of=/dev/ad0 bs=1M

    Why do you want to do this?

    Are you sure you want to do that command? /dev/ad0 is a FreeBSD ATA disk drive. A USB drive (such as referenced in one of the screenshots you posted earlier) might be called /dev/da0.

    I've become confused about what you are wanting to do, in particular what pfSense facilities you want.

    The "nanobsd" images are built to minimise disk writes, use serial console and support a restricted set of packages. You wouldn't normally use a nanobsd image to run squid (lots of disk writes).

    The standard way of installing a nanobsd image is to download it, unzip it and physically write (e.g. by UNIX dd utility) to a flash drive such as USB or Compact Flash. Then the software is installed - there is no subsequent "install to hard drive" option.

    The "full" images are built to use VGA console,  assume a hard drive without write restrictions and support the full set of packages.

    The standard way of installing the full image is download it, unzip it, burn the resulting .iso file as disk image to a CD, boot from CD and install to hard drive.

    Once installed, firmware upgrades over the net are possible.

  • I am trying to install pfSense-memstick-2.0-RC3-amd64-20110621-2308.img.gz from usb to a 160gb drive.  I was receiving the first error message from the first picture and then for some reason later on I started to received the second  error (Second picture) message.  I resolved the second error message all I did was just change the boot oder from sata 160gb drive to my usb drive, but I am still receiving first error message (First picture). What I am doing now is booting in live cd mode and go to option 8 to shell console and running this commanddd if=/dev/zero of=/dev/ad0 bs=1M

  • Netgate Administrator

    When are you getting this second error? After you have installed to the hard drive?
    How are you successfully booting into LiveCD mode? Can't you just install from there?


  • This message came up when I did not have my usb memory stick in my device and I booted straight my hard drive.  I think pfsense wrote some kind of data to my hard drive.  But  made some changes in the bios and have my usb memory stick boot first than my hard drive so the second message does not come up.  I am boot up from LiveCd mode I will try to install from their this afternoon

  • it looks like I was able to install pfsense 2.0 successfully.  Steps I took was run this command over night dd if=/dev/zero of=/dev/ad0 bs=1M when I came home the console screen was frozen and could not use keyboard and it looked like the system was locked up. so when I rebooted I went to livecd or liveusb option and when I defined the wan and lan interfaces I just did option 99 to install on hard drive and everything installed successfully. Thank you everyone for your help.