CD/DVD boot failure – both pfsense and freebsd



  • I am rebuilding my firewall machine, and wanted to start using pfSense.  However, when I attempt to boot any pfsense CD, I get the original menu of choices, but regardless of which option I select, the boot at first continues but then stalls (even overnight – I have left it on a couple of times).

    I saw someone remark that were able to get FreeBSD installed, then prep the hard drive, then run pfsense okay.  So, I have tried FreeBSD 9.0 and 7.4 CD/DVDs.  In both of these cases, I also had the same problems.

    The TEAC (but Samsung-branded) DVD drive is parallel.  I have tried pairing it with a PATA hard drive, with a SATA hard drive, and even leaving both the PATA and the SATA drives connected.  (These drives are ~100-200Gb.)

    I have also tried IDE/AHCI toggles in the BIOS, to no avail.

    Is pfSense and its brethren (m0n0wall, etc.) a total write-off for me?  Or, is there some hope to get FreeBSD installing on my system?

    Intel 2140 @ 1.6GHz, SIS 671 chipset, 4Gb memory.  Logs below generated with PATA drive installed.

    A boot of the pfsense 2.0.1 (amd64) DVD, after selecting boot with 'verbose' logging (6), stalls after

    enc0: bpf attached
    lo0: bpf attached
    hptrr: no controller detected.
    ata0: Identifying devices: 00020001
    ata0: New devices: 00020001
    usbus0: 12Mbps Full Speed USB v1.0
    usbus1: 12Mbps Full Speed USB v1.0
    usbus2: 480Mbps High Speed USB v2.0
    ata0-slave: pio=PIO4 wdma=WDMA2 udma=UDMA33 cable=40 wire
    ata0-master: pio=PIO4 wdma=WDMA2 udma=UDMA100 cable=80 wire
    ad0: setting WDMA2
    ad0: 152627MB <seagate st3160023a="" 8.01="">at ata0-master WDMA2
    ad0 312581808 sectors [310101C/16H/63S] 16 sectors/interrupt 1 depth queue
    GEOM: new disk ad0
    ugen0.1: <sis>at usbus0
    uhub0: <sis 1="" 9="" ohci="" root="" hub,="" class="" 0,="" rev="" 1.00="" 1.00,="" addr="">on usbus2
    ugen1.1: <sis>at usbus1
    uhub1: <sis 1="" 9="" ohci="" root="" hub,="" class="" 0,="" rev="" 1.00="" 1.00,="" addr="">on usbus2
    ugen2.1: <sis>at usbus2
    uhub2: <sis 1="" 9="" ehci="" root="" hub,="" class="" 0,="" rev="" 2.00="" 1.00,="" addr="">on usbus2
    uhub0: 4 ports with 4 removable, self powered
    uhub1: 4 ports with 4 removable, self powered
    uhub2: 8 ports with 8 removable, self powered
    ata0: reiniting channel ..

    A boot of FreeBSD 9.0 (full) DVD, after selecting 7 to turn on verbose mode, then 1, stalls after

    (more)
    ata3: stat0=0x7f err=0xff lsb=0xff msb=0xff
    ata3: stat0=0x7f err=0xff lsb=0xff msb=0xff
    ata3: stat0=0x7f err=0xff lsb=0xff msb=0xff
    ata3: stat0=0x7f err=0xff lsb=0xff msb=0xff
    ata3: stat0=0x7f err=0xff lsb=0xff msb=0xff
    ata3: stat1=0x7f err=0xff lsb=0xff msb=0xff
    ata3: reset tp2 stat0=ff stat1=ff devices=0x0
    run_interrupt_driven_hooks: still waiting after 60 seconds for xpt_config

    A recent boot of FreeBSD 7.4 LiveCD, after selecting 'verbose' boot (5), stalls after

    GEOM: new disk ad0
    ata0: reiniting channel ..

    However, this machine does boot fine with e.g., the PATA drive's old contents (gentoo linux), the SATA drive's old contents (debian linux), and SystemRescueCD 2.8.0.

    It'd be great if I could get this working.  It's my understanding that pf is quite powerful relative to iptables.</sis></sis></sis></sis></sis></sis></seagate>


  • Netgate Administrator

    It certainly looks like a problem with your CD-ROM drive (or it's pata connection).

    You could try installing from USB memstick instead. Images for writing to a memstick are available on the mirrors.

    Steve



  • @stephenw10:

    It certainly looks like a problem with your CD-ROM drive (or it's pata connection).

    You could try installing from USB memstick instead. Images for writing to a memstick are available on the mirrors.

    Steve

    Sorry…
    i would like to ask some questions....can i just run/install the pfsense on new device for build up router or firewall ?
    if install freebsd that will be include the pfsense right? the pfsense is customize of freebsd?


  • Netgate Administrator

    pfSense is a customised version of FreeBSD. It is distributed as a complete OS.
    Do not install FreeBSD, everything you need is on the pfSense CD (or memstick or Nano image).

    Steve


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