Installing pfSense 2.0 on Hacom Mars II 1U?

  • Hi,

    I'm trying to install pfSense 2.0 on my Mars II 1U Server (

    It's configured with 4Gb of RAM, and a 8GB DOM for storage.

    I downloaded the image pfSense-memstick-2.0.1-RELEASE-amd64.img, and I wrote it to a USB stick with dd.

    Then I booted it up, and I get the following error message:

    Trying to mount root fro ufs:/dev/ufs/pfSense
    If you have invalid mount options, reboot, and first try the following from the loader prompt:
    set vfs.root.mountfrom.options=rw
    and then remove invalid mount options from /etc/fstab.
    Loader variables:
    Manual root filesystem specification:
        <fstype>:<device>    Mount <device> using filesystem <fstype>
                                                e.g. ufs:/dev/da0s1a
                                                eg. cd9660:/dev/acd0
                                                This is equivalent to: mount -t cd9660 /dev/acd0 /
     ?                                           List valid disk boot devices
    <empty line="">                       Abort manual input

    I found the troubleshooting guide here:

    so I tried going to the loader and typing in the commands:


    however, that didn't seem to make any noticeable change, and it still gave me the same error.

    Anh advice on installing pfSense 2.0 on this hardware?


  • What do you get if you type a question mark (to list valid boot devices) at the



  • heya,

    Turns out it was actually a bad DOM SATA module =(.

    I emailed Hacom, and they said they had a bad batch of 8GB DOM chips…sigh. I wish they'd said that earlier.

    Anyhow, they're sending out a 64GB SDD to replace it =) - I'm using a spare Intel SSD I had lying around until then.

    It was just a bit confusing getting those error messages, and it being linked to a missing HDD - it didn't seem the most intuitive But then, hey, I've probably just been spoilt by Ubuntu and Arch installers...haha.

    Thanks all for your help =).


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