"Soekris net5501 w/2.5" harddrive" installation trouble



  • pfsense (I've tried versions 1.01, 1.2-RC1, 1.2-RC2) was installed onto a 2.5" hardrive from a desktop's cdrom.

    (I also tried 3 different harddrives to make sure they weren't bad disks.)

    I moved the 2.5" harddrive into the Soekris net5501 and booted.

    The following is typical of all the installs…...........................

    POST: 012345689bcefghips1234ajklnopqr,,,tvwxy

    comBIOS ver. 1.32  20070606  Copyright (C) 2000-2007 Soekris Engineering.

    net5501

    Copyright © 1992-2007 The FreeBSD Project.
    Copyright (c) 1979, 1980, 1983, 1986, 1988, 1989, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994
            The Regents of the University of California. All rights reserved.
    FreeBSD is a registered trademark of The FreeBSD Foundation.
    FreeBSD 6.2-RELEASE-p7 #0: Fri Aug 17 17:20:03 EDT 2007
        sullrich@builder6.pfsense.com:/usr/obj.pfSense/usr/src/sys/pfSense_wrap.6
    Timecounter "i8254" frequency 1193182 Hz quality 0
    CPU: Geode(TM) Integrated Processor by AMD PCS (499.90-MHz 586-class CPU)
      Origin = "AuthenticAMD"  Id = 0x5a2  Stepping = 2
      Features=0x88a93d <fpu,de,pse,tsc,msr,cx8,sep,pge,cmov,clflush,mmx>AMD Features=0xc0400000 <mmx+,3dnow+,3dnow>real memory  = 536870912 (512 MB)
    avail memory = 516067328 (492 MB)
    wlan: mac acl policy registered
    K6-family MTRR support enabled (2 registers)
    ath_hal: 0.9.17.2 (AR5210, AR5211, AR5212, RF5111, RF5112, RF2413, RF5413)
    cpu0 on motherboard
    pcib0: <host to="" pci="" bridge="">pcibus 0 on motherboard
    pci0: <pci bus="">on pcib0
    pci0: <encrypt decrypt,="" entertainment="" crypto="">at device 1.2 (no driver attached)
    vr0: <via 10="" vt6105m="" rhine="" iii="" 100basetx="">port 0xe100-0xe1ff mem 0xa0004000-0xa00040ff irq 11 at device 6.0 on pci0
    miibus0: <mii bus="">on vr0
    ukphy0: <generic ieee="" 802.3u="" media="" interface="">on miibus0
    ukphy0:  10baseT, 10baseT-FDX, 100baseTX, 100baseTX-FDX, auto
    vr0: Ethernet address: 00:00:24:c8:e2:d0
    vr1: <via 10="" vt6105m="" rhine="" iii="" 100basetx="">port 0xe200-0xe2ff mem 0xa0004100-0xa00041ff irq 5 at device 7.0 on pci0
    miibus1: <mii bus="">on vr1
    ukphy1: <generic ieee="" 802.3u="" media="" interface="">on miibus1
    ukphy1:  10baseT, 10baseT-FDX, 100baseTX, 100baseTX-FDX, auto
    vr1: Ethernet address: 00:00:24:c8:e2:d1
    vr2: <via 10="" vt6105m="" rhine="" iii="" 100basetx="">port 0xe300-0xe3ff mem 0xa0004200-0xa00042ff irq 9 at device 8.0 on pci0
    miibus2: <mii bus="">on vr2
    ukphy2: <generic ieee="" 802.3u="" media="" interface="">on miibus2
    ukphy2:  10baseT, 10baseT-FDX, 100baseTX, 100baseTX-FDX, auto
    vr2: Ethernet address: 00:00:24:c8:e2:d2
    vr3: <via 10="" vt6105m="" rhine="" iii="" 100basetx="">port 0xe400-0xe4ff mem 0xa0004300-0xa00043ff irq 12 at device 9.0 on pci0
    miibus3: <mii bus="">on vr3
    ukphy3: <generic ieee="" 802.3u="" media="" interface="">on miibus3
    ukphy3:  10baseT, 10baseT-FDX, 100baseTX, 100baseTX-FDX, auto
    vr3: Ethernet address: 00:00:24:c8:e2:d3
    isab0: <pci-isa bridge="">at device 20.0 on pci0
    isa0: <isa bus="">on isab0
    atapci0: <generic ata="" controller="">port 0x1f0-0x1f7,0x3f6,0x170-0x177,0x376,0xe000-0xe00f at device 20.2 on pci0
    ata0: <ata 0="" channel="">on atapci0
    ata1: <ata 1="" channel="">on atapci0
    ohci0: <ohci (generic)="" usb="" controller="">mem 0xa0005000-0xa0005fff irq 15 at device 20.4 on pci0
    ohci0: [GIANT-LOCKED]
    usb0: OHCI version 1.0, legacy support
    usb0: <ohci (generic)="" usb="" controller="">on ohci0
    usb0: USB revision 1.0
    uhub0: AMD OHCI root hub, class 9/0, rev 1.00/1.00, addr 1
    uhub0: 4 ports with 4 removable, self powered
    ehci0: <ehci (generic)="" usb="" 2.0="" controller="">mem 0xa0006000-0xa0006fff irq 15 at device 20.5 on pci0
    pre-2.0 USB rev
    device_attach: ehci0 attach returned 6
    orm0: <isa option="" rom="">at iomem 0xc8000-0xd27ff on isa0
    ppc0: parallel port not found.
    sio0 at port 0x3f8-0x3ff irq 4 flags 0x10 on isa0
    sio0: type 16550A, console
    sio1 at port 0x2f8-0x2ff irq 3 on isa0
    sio1: type 16550A
    Timecounter "TSC" frequency 499904477 Hz quality 800
    Timecounters tick every 10.000 msec
    Fast IPsec: Initialized Security Association Processing.
    ad0: 6194MB <toshiba mk6412mat="" k2.10="" b="">at ata0-master UDMA33
    Trying to mount root from ufs:/dev/ad0s1a

    ___
    / f
    / p _
    / Sense
    _

        _
    _/

    Welcome to pfSense 1.2-RC2 on the 'pfSense' platform…

    Mounting filesystems...ad0: TIMEOUT - WRITE_DMA retrying (1 retry left) LBA=12079
    ad0: TIMEOUT - WRITE_DMA retrying (0 retries left) LBA=12079
    ad0: FAILURE - WRITE_DMA timed out LBA=12079
    mount: /dev/ad0s1a: Input/output error
    ad0: TIMEOUT - READ_DMA retrying (1 retry left) LBA=376655
    ad0: TIMEOUT - READ_DMA retrying (0 retries left) LBA=376655
    ad0: FAILURE - READ_DMA timed out LBA=376655
    ad0: TIMEOUT - READ_DMA retrying (1 retry left) LBA=6022863
    ad0: TIMEOUT - READ_DMA retrying (0 retries left) LBA=6022863
    ad0: FAILURE - READ_DMA timed out LBA=6022863
    ad0: TIMEOUT - WRITE_DMA retrying (1 retry left) LBA=12079
    ad0: TIMEOUT - READ_DMA retrying (1 retry left) LBA=6034031
    ad0: TIMEOUT - WRITE_DMA retrying (0 retries left) LBA=12079

    I did find this on an earlier post…..

    @sullrich:

    Setup the BIOS so the nics are not sharing the Hard Disks IRQ.

    The Soekris net5501's bios will not let me control the IRQs

    Any ideas / fixes would be appreciated.

    Thanks,

    PM</toshiba></isa></ehci></ohci></ohci></ata></ata></generic></isa></pci-isa></generic></mii></via></generic></mii></via></generic></mii></via></generic></mii></via></encrypt></pci></host></mmx+,3dnow+,3dnow></fpu,de,pse,tsc,msr,cx8,sep,pge,cmov,clflush,mmx>



  • I cancelled trying to use a 2.5" harddrive and installed
    "pfSense-1.2-RC2-Embedded.img" onto a 1 GB CF disk.

    This appears to be the only way to get the net5501 to work.

    So far, so good….

    POST: 012345689bcefghips1234ajklnopqr,,,tvwxy

    comBIOS ver. 1.32  20070606  Copyright (C) 2000-2007 Soekris Engineering.

    net5501

    0512 Mbyte Memory                        CPU Geode LX 500 Mhz

    Pri Mas  SanDisk SDCFB-1024              LBA Xlt 993-32-63  1001 Mbyte

    Slot  Vend Dev  ClassRev Cmd  Stat CL LT HT  Base1    Base2  Int
    –-----------------------------------------------------------------
    0:01:2 1022 2082 10100000 0006 0220 08 00 00 A0000000 00000000 10
    0:06:0 1106 3053 02000096 0117 0210 08 40 00 0000E101 A0004000 11
    0:07:0 1106 3053 02000096 0117 0210 08 40 00 0000E201 A0004100 05
    0:08:0 1106 3053 02000096 0117 0210 08 40 00 0000E301 A0004200 09
    0:09:0 1106 3053 02000096 0117 0210 08 40 00 0000E401 A0004300 12
    0:20:0 1022 2090 06010003 0009 02A0 08 40 80 00006001 00006101
    0:20:2 1022 209A 01018001 0005 02A0 08 00 00 00000000 00000000
    0:20:4 1022 2094 0C031002 0006 0230 08 00 00 A0005000 00000000 15
    0:20:5 1022 2095 0C032002 0006 0230 08 00 00 A0006000 00000000 15

    1 Seconds to automatic boot.  Press Ctrl-P for entering Monitor.
    /boot/kernel/kernel text=0x4b5a14 data=0x908d4+0x42658 |

    Hit [Enter] to boot immediately, or any other key for command prompt.
    Booting [/boot/kernel/kernel]…
    Copyright (c) 1992-2007 The FreeBSD Project.
    Copyright (c) 1979, 1980, 1983, 1986, 1988, 1989, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994
            The Regents of the University of California. All rights reserved.
    FreeBSD is a registered trademark of The FreeBSD Foundation.
    FreeBSD 6.2-RELEASE-p7 #0: Fri Aug 17 18:16:30 EDT 2007
        sullrich@builder6.pfsense.com:/usr/obj.pfSense/usr/src/sys/pfSense_wrap.6
    Timecounter "i8254" frequency 1193182 Hz quality 0
    CPU: Geode(TM) Integrated Processor by AMD PCS (499.90-MHz 586-class CPU)
      Origin = "AuthenticAMD"  Id = 0x5a2  Stepping = 2
      Features=0x88a93d <fpu,de,pse,tsc,msr,cx8,sep,pge,cmov,clflush,mmx>AMD Features=0xc0400000 <mmx+,3dnow+,3dnow>real memory  = 536870912 (512 MB)
    avail memory = 516067328 (492 MB)
    wlan: mac acl policy registered
    K6-family MTRR support enabled (2 registers)
    ath_hal: 0.9.17.2 (AR5210, AR5211, AR5212, RF5111, RF5112, RF2413, RF5413)
    cpu0 on motherboard
    pcib0: <host to="" pci="" bridge="">pcibus 0 on motherboard
    pci0: <pci bus="">on pcib0
    pci0: <encrypt decrypt,="" entertainment="" crypto="">at device 1.2 (no driver attached)
    vr0: <via 10="" vt6105m="" rhine="" iii="" 100basetx="">port 0xe100-0xe1ff mem 0xa0004000-0xa00040ff irq 11 at device 6.0 on pci0
    miibus0: <mii bus="">on vr0
    ukphy0: <generic ieee="" 802.3u="" media="" interface="">on miibus0
    ukphy0:  10baseT, 10baseT-FDX, 100baseTX, 100baseTX-FDX, auto
    vr0: Ethernet address: 00:00:24:c8:e2:d0
    vr1: <via 10="" vt6105m="" rhine="" iii="" 100basetx="">port 0xe200-0xe2ff mem 0xa0004100-0xa00041ff irq 5 at device 7.0 on pci0
    miibus1: <mii bus="">on vr1
    ukphy1: <generic ieee="" 802.3u="" media="" interface="">on miibus1
    ukphy1:  10baseT, 10baseT-FDX, 100baseTX, 100baseTX-FDX, auto
    vr1: Ethernet address: 00:00:24:c8:e2:d1
    vr2: <via 10="" vt6105m="" rhine="" iii="" 100basetx="">port 0xe300-0xe3ff mem 0xa0004200-0xa00042ff irq 9 at device 8.0 on pci0
    miibus2: <mii bus="">on vr2
    ukphy2: <generic ieee="" 802.3u="" media="" interface="">on miibus2
    ukphy2:  10baseT, 10baseT-FDX, 100baseTX, 100baseTX-FDX, auto
    vr2: Ethernet address: 00:00:24:c8:e2:d2
    vr3: <via 10="" vt6105m="" rhine="" iii="" 100basetx="">port 0xe400-0xe4ff mem 0xa0004300-0xa00043ff irq 12 at device 9.0 on pci0
    miibus3: <mii bus="">on vr3
    ukphy3: <generic ieee="" 802.3u="" media="" interface="">on miibus3
    ukphy3:  10baseT, 10baseT-FDX, 100baseTX, 100baseTX-FDX, auto
    vr3: Ethernet address: 00:00:24:c8:e2:d3
    isab0: <pci-isa bridge="">at device 20.0 on pci0
    isa0: <isa bus="">on isab0
    atapci0: <generic ata="" controller="">port 0x1f0-0x1f7,0x3f6,0x170-0x177,0x376,0xe000-0xe00f at device 20.2 on pci0
    ata0: <ata 0="" channel="">on atapci0
    ata1: <ata 1="" channel="">on atapci0
    ohci0: <ohci (generic)="" usb="" controller="">mem 0xa0005000-0xa0005fff irq 15 at device 20.4 on pci0
    ohci0: [GIANT-LOCKED]
    usb0: OHCI version 1.0, legacy support
    usb0: <ohci (generic)="" usb="" controller="">on ohci0
    usb0: USB revision 1.0
    uhub0: AMD OHCI root hub, class 9/0, rev 1.00/1.00, addr 1
    uhub0: 4 ports with 4 removable, self powered
    ehci0: <ehci (generic)="" usb="" 2.0="" controller="">mem 0xa0006000-0xa0006fff irq 15 at device 20.5 on pci0
    pre-2.0 USB rev
    device_attach: ehci0 attach returned 6
    orm0: <isa option="" rom="">at iomem 0xc8000-0xd27ff on isa0
    ppc0: parallel port not found.
    sio0 at port 0x3f8-0x3ff irq 4 flags 0x30 on isa0
    sio0: type 16550A, console
    sio1 at port 0x2f8-0x2ff irq 3 on isa0
    sio1: type 16550A
    Timecounter "TSC" frequency 499904629 Hz quality 800
    Timecounters tick every 10.000 msec
    Fast IPsec: Initialized Security Association Processing.
    ad0: 977MB <sandisk sdcfb-1024="" hdb="" 2.06="">at ata0-master PIO4
    GEOM_LABEL: Label for provider ad0a is ufs/pfSense.
    GEOM_LABEL: Label for provider ad0d is ufs/pfSenseCfg.
    Trying to mount root from ufs:/dev/ufs/pfSense

    ___
    / f
    / p _
    / Sense
    _

        _
    _/

    Welcome to pfSense 1.2-RC2 on the 'embedded' platform…

    Setting up embedded specific environment... done.
    Mounting filesystems... done.
    Creating symlinks......done.
    Launching PHP init system... done.
    Initializing.................. done.
    Starting device manager (devd)...done.
    Loading configuration......done.

    Network interface mismatch -- Running interface assignment option.

    Valid interfaces are:

    vr0    00:00:24:c8:e2:c0
    vr1    00:00:24:c8:e2:c1
    vr2    00:00:24:c8:e2:c2
    vr3    00:00:24:c8:e2:c3

    Do you want to set up VLANs first?
    If you are not going to use VLANs, or only for optional interfaces, you should
    say no here and use the webConfigurator to configure VLANs later, if required.

    Do you want to set up VLANs now [y|n]?y

    PM</sandisk></isa></ehci></ohci></ohci></ata></ata></generic></isa></pci-isa></generic></mii></via></generic></mii></via></generic></mii></via></generic></mii></via></encrypt></pci></host></mmx+,3dnow+,3dnow></fpu,de,pse,tsc,msr,cx8,sep,pge,cmov,clflush,mmx>



  • I started testing the 433 MHz 256 MB version with the vpn1411 encryption card today with the 1.2RC2 embedded on a 256 MB CF card. So far, everything is flawless, and it is much faster than the old 266 MHz 128 MB versions. I'll test it out on a few VPN connections over the next few days and let you know how it goes.



  • According to the Soekris "Downloads" page, there is a new version of the ComBIOS for the Net5501;

    http://www.soekris.com/downloads.htm

    ===============================

    Currently available BIOS Files for net5501:


    b5501_132i.bin          net5501 BIOS release version 1.32i
    ...

    ===============================

    http://www.soekris.com/Software/changelog.txt

    ===============================

    "comBIOS vers 1.32i

    * fixed PCI config byte/word write handling (IDE DMA enable)"

    ...

    ===============================

    I have yet to try this new ComBIOS version with a harddrive.


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