Installing 2.0 RC3 to a Compact Flash card for the m1n1wall from Netgate



  • Recently discovered pfSense and bought a nice packaged Netgate system with 1.2 preinstalled. (Netgate m1n1wall 2D3 / 2D13)

    I bought a 4GB compact flash card to put 2.0 RC3 on it (would like some of the new features). I have…

    • Downloaded pfSense-2.0-RC3-4g-i386-20110621-1821-nanobsd.img.gz

    • Used the terminal command: gunzip -c pfSense.img.gz | dd of=/dev/disk7s1 – (this is on a Mac)

    • Waited about an hour for the image to be put on the card

    • Put the new card in the m1n1wall and turned it on

    I guess I did something wrong in that it doesn't appear to be working.  I have my laptop hooked up to the LAN port, but I'm just getting IP addresses like 169.254.19.183.  I put the 2GB card back in and all is well again with 1.2.

    I don't have a cable to connect to the COM port; so I guess I'm wondering if anyone has had previous experience with this that might know what's happening?  Or am I just too stupid to be doing this?  I've spent hours looking over the wiki, how-to's and Googling.

    Thanks much for any help you can offer.



  • @allsop:

    Used the terminal command: gunzip -c pfSense.img.gz | dd of=/dev/disk7s1 – (this is on a Mac)

    I don't know MACs but I suspect your of argument to the dd command should have been /dev/disk7

    In FreeBSD (if I recall correctly MAC OS is at least somewhat based on FreeBSD) a disk device name ending in s1 (e.g. /dev/ad0s1) means slice 1 of the disk while a name something like /dev/ad0 means the whole disk.



  • Thanks!  I'll try that out.



  • Thank you wallabybob!!  That was it… booted and now running through the setup wizard.  ;D




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