Installing PfSense on Alix



  • Hi all!  :)
    I want to install PfSense on an my Alix. I downloaded the img file and copied it on the 4GB compact flash (using dd).
    Now I have this problem: I connect to the board with a serial cable and when I boot the Alix, i reach the bootloader as follows:

    PC Engines ALIX.2 v0.99
    640 KB Base Memory
    261120 KB Extended Memory

    01F0 Master 044A CF 4GB
    Phys C/H/S 7785/16/63 Log C/H/S 973/128/63

    1  pfSense
    2  pfSense

    F6 PXE
    Boot:  1 ####

    but every key I press it prints a "#", so I can't boot.
    Tried to change speed from 38400 to 9600 in the alix bios and in the serial terminal (minicom), as lot of people suggests on the net, but it doesn't works.
    My board is a PC Engines ALIX.2 v0.99. I tried to use pfSense-1.2.3-RELEASE-4g-nanobsd.img and pfSense-2.0-RC3-4g-i386-20110621-1821-nanobsd.img files.

    Here is my alix bios configuration:

    640 KB Base Memory
    261120 KB Extended Memory

    01F0 Master 044A CF 4GB
    Phys C/H/S 7785/16/63 Log C/H/S 973/128/63

    BIOS setup:

    9 9600 baud (2) 19200 baud (3) 38400 baud (5) 57600 baud (1) 115200 baud
    C CHS mode (L) LBA mode (W) HDD wait (V) HDD slave (U) UDMA enable
    (M) MFGPT workaround
    (P) late PCI init
    R Serial console enable
    (E) PXE boot enable
    (X) Xmodem upload
    (Q) Quit

    Maybe I have to downaload another file? Is there a specific file to use for alix?

    Can you help me please?

    Theank you a lot.

    Luca



  • Update your (tiny)BIOS to 0.99h
    You can download the needed files here: http://pcengines.ch/alix2.htm



  • @GruensFroeschli:

    Update your (tiny)BIOS to 0.99h
    You can download the needed files here: http://pcengines.ch/alix2.htm

    Thank you a lot GruensFroeschli. Now, with the 0.99h bios, it works!!!

    Thank you again!!! :)

    Luca


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