2.1 i386 fails install / AMD64 ISO damaged



  • I'm so happy with my 1.2 setup, it's great and has a massive amount of uptime.  It's just great.  But I want some features in 2.1

    Wow, this has been nothing but a pain to install.  Downloaded the i386 version to put in a PC I had laying around.  That failed around 35%, same as everyone here: http://forum.pfsense.org/index.php?topic=61799.0

    So I grabbed a different PC, different manufacture, different internals.  Same issue during install.  This PC is 64-bit capable AMD x2 so I downloaded the 64-bit version.  I don't know if the ISO download is damaged or what, but after two downloads and 4 burned cds from different vendors, none of the AMD64 discs will boot.  In fact they all lock up the boot process of any machine I have them in.

    Tried a 3rd machine that is a C2D and all of the same happens with i386 or the AMD64 install disks.

    What happened to PFSense?


  • Rebel Alliance Developer Netgate

    Difficult to say from the lack of detail, but the images themselves aren't a problem for most people. There can be some issues on certain hardware with the boot drive having an IRQ conflict with a NIC that causes issues (especially bad with USB CD/DVD drives)



  • @DLeVasseur:

    I'm so happy with my 1.2 setup, it's great and has a massive amount of uptime.  It's just great.  But I want some features in 2.1

    Wow, this has been nothing but a pain to install.  Downloaded the i386 version to put in a PC I had laying around.  That failed around 35%, same as everyone here: http://forum.pfsense.org/index.php?topic=61799.0

    So I grabbed a different PC, different manufacture, different internals.  Same issue during install.  This PC is 64-bit capable AMD x2 so I downloaded the 64-bit version.  I don't know if the ISO download is damaged or what, but after two downloads and 4 burned cds from different vendors, none of the AMD64 discs will boot.  In fact they all lock up the boot process of any machine I have them in.

    Tried a 3rd machine that is a C2D and all of the same happens with i386 or the AMD64 install disks.

    What happened to PFSense?

    i have been using this install method for over a year now, and it works fine:

    1. get 4GB usb flash drive (the ones that are super tiny are cool, here or here)
    2. decompress pfSense-2.1-RELEASE-4g-amd64-nanobsd.img.gz for serial, or pfSense-2.1-RELEASE-4g-amd64-nanobsd_vga.img.gz for video card output
    3. restore the img to the flash drive (using dd or win32diskimager)
    4. boot from flash drive



  • Yeah this morning I gave up on CDs and did the USB image.  Installed perfectly first try.


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