Pfsense2.0 Absolute beginner help plz



  • Hi lads

    firstly let me say what a nice forum u have here.

    So first things first, a friend of mine recently gave me a old PC for testing, and eventually i came across some problems using my home router dlink, limited ports on tcp, port triggering and virtual servers,

    do i decided to give it a shot with pfsense.

    but i am still a litle confuse, even reading all the tutorials and how to´s available here.

    lets get the spec from the machine

    Hardware:

    1- Motherboard Asus
    2- AMD Duron TM processor 1.21Ghz
    3- 512MB DDR400 memory
    4- 20GB hdd IDE Seagate ST320014A
    5- 3 Network cards Realtek 100mb
    6- Adsl+2 Dlink Modem/Router

    Doubts:

    1- Is my setup good enough to run pfSense2.0 ?
    2- which ISO Live CD should i burn in order to run pfsense fromlive cd.    i386pfsense2.0.iso.gz  or amd64pfsense2.0.iso.gz ?

    Project:

    Basically i want to be able, to hook up my Modem Adsl+2 in Bridge mode (instead of ppoe+router as i am using now, which makes the router/modem very slow with all the functions available on it, not to mention i am limited to open only 32ports max) connected into NIC 1 in the PC.
    Then hookup the 2nd NIC as output DHCP router directly feed into my 8 port Hub switch, this 8 port Hub switch will then feed internet access to my other 4 pc machines being used as Vhosts for Websites.
    Also at the same time whilst working as DHCP router, also firewall, and all other features available on pfSense.

    Problems encountered:

    1- downloaded pfsense2.0  i386.iso.gz, extracted and burned it with deepburner on XP, then booted direct on my project machine, and it hangs on the following information

    Boot From ATAPI CD-ROM
    NO EMULATION
    CD LOADER 1.2

    Building the bootloader arguments
    Looking up /BOOT/LOADER…. found

    And nothing else happens no install screen from pfSense.. simply crashes.

    Please bare in mind i am a total newbie to pfsense, so all critics accepted any way, of course some help will be much appreciated also.

    Please also forgive me if i have posted my problem in the wrong topic.

    Kind regards
    tester10



  • Test this cd on another machine to see if burn process went ok.
    Test the media drive of this lab machine.



  • That's old hardware.  That setup always had issues with cd bootups (dvd's were new then).
    To narrow it down.
    1.  Put a windows bootable cd in your system and see if it tries to boot.  Will prove your hardware.
    2.  Put your burnt livecd on another system to prove the burnt cd/dvd.

    If both above work, then it's a hardware compatibility of pfsense with your hardware (guessing via chipset).



  • @tester_02:

    That's old hardware.   That setup always had issues with cd bootups (dvd's were new then).
    To narrow it down.
    1.  Put a windows bootable cd in your system and see if it tries to boot.  Will prove your hardware.
    2.  Put your burnt livecd on another system to prove the burnt cd/dvd.

    If both above work, then it's a hardware compatibility of pfsense with your hardware (guessing via chipset).

    Hi tester

    thxs for your kind input.

    I did that before entering the forum, my setup as a CD Writer not DVD , so i burned it in a CDrom compatible.

    Setup works fine with winxp i formatted yesterday and installed XP, running ok, the XP SP3 booted and installed sucessfully with no problems.

    Specs from motherboard

    Asus Motherboard A7V266-C

    separate graphic card running

    but it has a chip  VIA VT8233a

    i will test running the boot cd in another machine now..


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