Boot sound once in a while

  • Hi,

    I'm getting a weird issue on PFSense. Once in a while, sometimes more, I hear the booting sound from my pfsense but my firewall didn't reboot. Like this morning, I've heard it twice but my uptime still shows 12 days and I didn't loose my Internet connection. What can that be?

    2.1-RELEASE (i386)
    built on Wed Sep 11 18:16:22 EDT 2013
    FreeBSD 8.3-RELEASE-p11

    nanobsd (4g)

    Intel(R) Atom(TM) CPU D2500 @ 1.86GHz
    2 CPUs: 1 package(s) x 2 core(s)


  • Makes a short "chirp" when you login via the web UI… that's not what your hearing, is it?

  • No, really the booting sounds. When you boot the firewall, it does 4 sounds. I get that sound

  • Heard it 3 times today!

  • Are you in a position to uninstall and reinstall the firewall from scratch, maybe something didnt "take" or something during installation?

    Failing that can you go back to version 2.0 and see what happens then?

  • Not really. It was kind of a pain to install. No CD-Rom, installed on a USB Stick and it's a Production firewall. I would rather find what's causing this. Must be a trigger somewhere.

  • Anything? I hear the sound 3-4 times per day.


  • You could disable the sound completly:
    System–>Advanced-->Notifications-->System Sounds

  • Rebel Alliance Developer Netgate

    It wouldn't play that sound unless it was actually rebooting. The only place in the base system that calls " startup" is in /etc/rc and that only runs at boot time. No packages call either.

    The shutdown beep (ends on a low note, not a high one) gets run from system_reboot_cleanup() and that in turn only gets called from functions that shut the system down.

    So if you are hearing the beeps and the system isn't actually rebooting, someone must have manually added some code somewhere to run, perhaps in a cron job.

  • Someone or something.

    I hear it 3-4 times a day. Around 8:00-8:30am, I hear it every morning but my uptime shows: 31 Days 13 Hours 27 Minutes 56 Seconds

  • I have a Spiceworks server that connects from time to time to get my machine states. Could that be it?

    It connects through SSH

  • Rebel Alliance Developer Netgate

    That would depend on the commands being run by that server when it collects information

  • Spiceworks will use these commands/files/methods:
    dmidecode or lshw
    uname -a
    ifconfig -a

  • Close the question. I AM SO NEWB.

    I had an old pfsense who kept rebooting by itself due to hardware issue. So I changed it but left the old one there but close. After a electricity breakdown, it went back by itself. So what I was hearing was the old one rebooting.

    Had to switch from nanobsd to full to realized that. While the new pfsense was shutdown, I hear the startup sound. DAH!!!

    Thanks for your help guys…. sorry

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