WebGUI "freezing up" occasionally



  • So I basically just installed pfSense on an old PC using Athlon XP 2000+, 512 MB RAM and an 8GB WD HDD that came in the original Xbox. Using 2 Realtek 8139 NICs. First of all, I must admit that the startup time is very long. Is this normal? I think it took like 3 minutes to load. What's even more annoying is the fact that every once in a while the WebGUI just kind of…freezes. I'd click a random tab (while just exploring the interface and trying to setup PPPoE connection) and it would appear ti just load forever. Then after a while it would work like you'd expect, nice and fast, then again it would start with the endless loading each time you click a link in the interface.

    Any clues as to what might be the problem?



  • @console while booting, the freezing is occurring at ntp section?

    you've no working dns connection at a time, when it freezes? no wan working at a time?



  • Your hard drive has some spots that reads need retries?



  • like Metu69salemi said … good chance for it to be a dns problem



  • @Metu69salemi:

    @console while booting, the freezing is occurring at ntp section?

    you've no working dns connection at a time, when it freezes? no wan working at a time?

    I just checked today, yes there is a definite pause while booting, like 10-15 sec when the line involving "OpenNTP" is being shown first. What can I do to fix it?



  • @Ianes:

    I just checked today, yes there is a definite pause while booting, like 10-15 sec when the line involving "OpenNTP" is being shown first. What can I do to fix it?

    What would constitute a fix? Try disabling ntp.

    If NTP has to make a significant time adjustment on startup you might want the adjustment to happen before you start logging significant events.



  • Ehm, well, I just want the WebGUI to start working properly. Metu69salemi mentioned what might be a symptom of the problem if I understood correctly, so i wrote that there is in fact a freeze/pause in console when OpenNTP is being "loaded".


  • Rebel Alliance Developer Netgate

    Sounds like what used to happen on older snapshots if you had no functional DNS on the router itself.

    Upgrade to the most recent 2.0 snapshot and it will probably behave better.


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