PFsense on Alix stops before interface assignment

  • After missing my old PFsense full install because I moved, I've decided to do it right for once. I've bought an Alix.2D2, Wifi-miniPCI and box, to build a nice new and shiny firewall  :D

    I prepped the CF card a few days ago, today I received the hardware and within a few minutes all was booting up fine… That's what I thought at least...  ???
    The boot stops directly after "bootup complete" that means that I don't get the possibility to assign the interfaces or even see which interfaces get which IP and all.

    When I use an ethernetcable to connect it directly to my laptop, I do receive a DHCP address from the PFsense box, and after login in to the Web console, the wizard kicks in.
    Isn't this a bit weird, and shouldn't I get the assignment and boot menu to fully make use of all features, and for troubleshooting purposes?

    I've tried searching, but couldn't find anything similar.

    Anyone got a clue?

    Some specs:
    Alix.2D2 with Bios 0.99h (latest)
    PFsense 2.0.1 2G 1386 NanoBSD

  • Nano defaults to vr0 as LAN (closest to the power connector). No need to assign interfaces at boot.
    So you see the bootup on the serial console, but don't get the menu?

  • True, I can use the LAN interface and the WebGUI, but I miss the menu a little. Especially for troubleshooting purposes…

  • I use 2d3's all the time, and haven't seen a problem with the menu. Are you using the standard nano image?

  • Yes, the standaard 2.01 Nanobsd (2G) version. Don't get it either, but maybe I'll try a new download and new image write on the CF Card. Maybe a glitch in the image-write.

  • This morning I've downloaded a new version of the image from a different mirror. Wiped the CF card and wrote the new downloaded image to the card. After plugging it into the pfsense box, this is the result:

    PC Engines ALIX.2 v0.99h
    640 KB Base Memory
    261120 KB Extended Memory
    01F0 Master 045A KINGSTON                                
    Phys C/H/S 4029/16/63 Log C/H/S 1007/64/63
    1  pfSense
    2  pfSense
    F6 PXE
    Boot:  1 
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    BIOS drive C: is disk0
    |./.-.\.BIOS 640kB/261120kB available memory
    FreeBSD/i386 bootstrap loader, Revision 1.1
    (, Mon Dec 12 18:43:24 EST 2011)
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    Hit [Enter] to boot immediately, or any other key for command prompt.
    Booting [/boot/kernel/kernel] in 4 seconds... 
    Booting [/boot/kernel/kernel] in 3 seconds... 
    Booting [/boot/kernel/kernel] in 2 seconds... 
    Booting [/boot/kernel/kernel] in 1 second... 
    Booting [/boot/kernel/kernel]...               
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    FreeBSD 8.1-RELEASE-p6 #0: Mon Dec 12 18:59:41 EST 2011 i386
    Timecounter "i8254" frequency 1193182 Hz quality 0
    CPU: Geode(TM) Integrated Processor by AMD PCS (498.05-MHz 586-class CPU)
      Origin = "AuthenticAMD"  Id = 0x5a2  Family = 5  Model = a  Stepping = 2
      Features=0x88a93d <fpu,de,pse,tsc,msr,cx8,sep,pge,cmov,clflush,mmx>AMD Features=0xc0400000 <mmx+,3dnow!+,3dnow!>real memory  = 268435456 (256 MB)
    avail memory = 243433472 (232 MB)
    pnpbios: Bad PnP BIOS data checksum
    netisr_init: forcing maxthreads to 1 and bindthreads to 0 for device polling
    wlan: mac acl policy registered
    ipw_bss: You need to read the LICENSE file in /usr/share/doc/legal/intel_ipw/.
    ipw_bss: If you agree with the license, set legal.intel_ipw.license_ack=1 in /boot/loader.conf.
    module_register_init: MOD_LOAD (ipw_bss_fw, 0xc0710010, 0) error 1
    ipw_ibss: You need to read the LICENSE file in /usr/share/doc/legal/intel_ipw/.
    ipw_ibss: If you agree with the license, set legal.intel_ipw.license_ack=1 in /boot/loader.conf.
    module_register_init: MOD_LOAD (ipw_ibss_fw, 0xc07100b0, 0) error 1
    wpi: You need to read the LICENSE file in /usr/share/doc/legal/intel_wpi/.
    wpi: If you agree with the license, set legal.intel_wpi.license_ack=1 in /boot/loader.conf.
    module_register_init: MOD_LOAD (wpi_fw, 0xc0883050, 0) error 1
    ipw_monitor: You need to read the LICENSE file in /usr/share/doc/legal/intel_ipw/.
    ipw_monitor: If you agree with the license, set legal.intel_ipw.license_ack=1 in /boot/loader.conf.
    module_register_init: MOD_LOAD (ipw_monitor_fw, 0xc0710150, 0) error 1
    K6-family MTRR support enabled (2 registers)
    ACPI Error: A valid RSDP was not found (20100331/tbxfroot-309)
    ACPI: Table initialisation failed: AE_NOT_FOUND
    ACPI: Try disabling either ACPI or apic support.
    cryptosoft0: <software crypto="">on motherboard
    padlock0: No ACE support.
    pcib0: <host to="" pci="" bridge="">pcibus 0 on motherboard
    pci0: <pci bus="">on pcib0
    Geode LX: PC Engines ALIX.2 v0.99h tinyBIOS V1.4a (C)1997-2007
    pci0: <encrypt decrypt,="" entertainment="" crypto="">at device 1.2 (no driver attached)
    vr0: <via 10="" vt6105m="" rhine="" iii="" 100basetx="">port 0x1000-0x10ff mem 0xe0000000-0xe00000ff irq 10 at device 9.0 on pci0
    vr0: Quirks: 0x2
    vr0: Revision: 0x96
    miibus0: <mii bus="">on vr0
    ukphy0: <generic ieee="" 802.3u="" media="" interface="">PHY 1 on miibus0
    ukphy0:  10baseT, 10baseT-FDX, 100baseTX, 100baseTX-FDX, auto
    vr0: [ITHREAD]
    vr1: <via 10="" vt6105m="" rhine="" iii="" 100basetx="">port 0x1400-0x14ff mem 0xe0040000-0xe00400ff irq 15 at device 11.0 on pci0
    vr1: Quirks: 0x2
    vr1: Revision: 0x96
    miibus1: <mii bus="">on vr1
    ukphy1: <generic ieee="" 802.3u="" media="" interface="">PHY 1 on miibus1
    ukphy1:  10baseT, 10baseT-FDX, 100baseTX, 100baseTX-FDX, auto
    vr1: [ITHREAD]
    ath0: <atheros 5413="">mem 0xe0080000-0xe008ffff irq 9 at device 12.0 on pci0
    ath0: [ITHREAD]
    ath0: AR5413 mac 10.4 RF5413 phy 6.1
    isab0: <pci-isa bridge="">port 0x6000-0x6007,0x6100-0x61ff,0x6200-0x623f,0x9d00-0x9d7f,0x9c00-0x9c3f at device 15.0 on pci0
    isa0: <isa bus="">on isab0
    atapci0: <amd cs5536="" udma100="" controller="">port 0x1f0-0x1f7,0x3f6,0x170-0x177,0x376,0xff00-0xff0f at device 15.2 on pci0
    ata0: <ata 0="" channel="">on atapci0
    ata0: [ITHREAD]
    ata1: <ata 1="" channel="">on atapci0
    ata1: [ITHREAD]
    ohci0: <ohci (generic)="" usb="" controller="">mem 0xefffe000-0xefffefff irq 12 at device 15.4 on pci0
    ohci0: [ITHREAD]
    usbus0: <ohci (generic)="" usb="" controller="">on ohci0
    ehci0: <amd cs5536="" (geode)="" usb="" 2.0="" controller="">mem 0xefffd000-0xefffdfff irq 12 at device 15.5 on pci0
    ehci0: [ITHREAD]
    usbus1: EHCI version 1.0
    usbus1: <amd cs5536="" (geode)="" usb="" 2.0="" controller="">on ehci0
    cpu0 on motherboard
    orm0: <isa option="" rom="">at iomem 0xe0000-0xea7ff pnpid ORM0000 on isa0
    atrtc0: <at real="" time="" clock="">at port 0x70 irq 8 on isa0
    ppc0: parallel port not found.
    uart0: <16550 or compatible> at port 0x3f8-0x3ff irq 4 flags 0x10 on isa0
    uart0: [FILTER]
    uart0: console (9600,n,8,1)
    uart1: <16550 or compatible> at port 0x2f8-0x2ff irq 3 on isa0
    uart1: [FILTER]
    RTC BIOS diagnostic error 80 <clock_battery>Timecounter "TSC" frequency 498053537 Hz quality 800
    Timecounters tick every 10.000 msec
    IPsec: Initialized Security Association Processing.
    usbus0: 12Mbps Full Speed USB v1.0
    usbus1: 480Mbps High Speed USB v2.0
    ugen0.1: <amd>at usbus0
    uhub0: <amd 1="" 9="" ohci="" root="" hub,="" class="" 0,="" rev="" 1.00="" 1.00,="" addr="">on usbus0
    ugen1.1: <amd>at usbus1
    uhub1: <amd 1="" 9="" ehci="" root="" hub,="" class="" 0,="" rev="" 2.00="" 1.00,="" addr="">on usbus1
    ad0: 1983MB <kingston 20060713="">at ata0-master PIO4 
    Root mount waiting for: usbus1 usbus0
    uhub0: 4 ports with 4 removable, self powered
    Root mount waiting for: usbus1
    uhub1: 4 ports with 4 removable, self powered
    Trying to mount root from ufs:/dev/ufs/pfsense0
    Configuring crash dumps...
    Mounting filesystems...
    Setting up embedded specific environment... done.
     ___/ f \
    / p \___/ Sense
    \___/   \
    Welcome to pfSense 2.0.1-RELEASE  ...
    Creating symlinks......done.
    External config loader 1.0 is now starting... ad0s3
    Launching the init system... done.
    Initializing............................ done.
    Starting device manager (devd)...done.
    Loading configuration......done.
    Updating configuration...done.
    Cleaning backup cache...done.
    Setting up extended sysctls...done.
    Setting timezone...done.
    Starting Secure Shell Services...done.
    Setting up polling defaults...done.
    Setting up interfaces microcode...done.
    Configuring LAGG interfaces...done.
    Configuring VLAN interfaces...done.
    Configuring QinQ interfaces...done.
    Cvr1: link state changed to DOWN
    onfiguring WAN interface...done.
    Configuring LAN interface...vr0: link state changed to DOWN
    Syncing OpenVPN settings...done.
    Starting syslog...done.
    pflog0: promiscuous mode enabled
    Configuring firewall......done.
    Starting PFLOG...done.
    Setting up gateway monitors...done.
    Synchronizing user settings...done.
    Starting webConfigurator...done.
    Configuring CRON...done.
    Starting DHCP service...done.
    Starting DNS forwarder...done.
    Configuring firewall......done.
    Starting OpenNTP time client...done.
    Generating RRD graphs...done.
    Starting CRON... done.
    Bootup complete
    FreeBSD/i386 (pfSense.localdomain) (console)
    *** Welcome to pfSense 2.0.1-RELEASE-nanobsd (i386) on pfSense ***
      WAN (wan)                 -> vr1        -> NONE (DHCP)
      LAN (lan)                 -> vr0        -> 
     0) Logout (SSH only)                  8) Shell
     1) Assign Interfaces                  9) pfTop
     2) Set interface(s) IP address       10) Filter Logs
     3) Reset webConfigurator password    11) Restart webConfigurator
     4) Reset to factory defaults         12) pfSense Developer Shell
     5) Reboot system                     13) Upgrade from console
     6) Halt system                       14) Enable Secure Shell (sshd)
     7) Ping host                         
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    So it seems there was something wrong with the image, or the way it was written on the card, for now I'm happy and going to do some configuration :)

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