I386 snapshot won't install while am64 snapshot will
Recenty I installed the 'pfSense-memstick-2.2-ALPHA-amd64-20140406-2034' snapshot. This worked accept for problems with package signing (see other post). Because AMD64 snapshots seems to be behind on i386 snapshots I decided to install the 'pfSense-memstick-2.2-ALPHA-i386-20140409-0901'. That doesn't seem to work at all.
While booting from the USB stick I can see a message about 'ignoring 4GB memory above 4GB (which seems reasonable). During the final stage of booting a message is displayed 'Under 512MB of RAM detected. Not enabling APC' (which seems strange). The boot process completes normally and I can configure the interfaces.
When then installing to harddisk (actually a SSD; option 99), the installer stalls at '/sbin/bsdlabel -B -r -w ada0s1 auto' at 77% and begins throwing up errors:
'(ada0: ahci:ch0:0:0:0): CAM status. Command timeout' during this time the hdd light remains on solid. It seems that every bsdlabel command that folows this, throws errors. This takes a few minutes and then the installer seems to complete normally and reboots.
After the reboot I just get about 10 lines of register dumps ending with 'BTX halted'
The MD5 of the downloaded image is fine. Tried 3 different USB sticks.
Hardware: Shuttle DS47 (Intel Celeron dual core, Intel NM70 chipset, 8GB DDR3 RAM)
Replying to myself….
I just saw that the AMD64 snapshots were updated and installed 'pfSense-memstick-2.2-DEVELOPMENT-amd64-20140414-0550'. No problems whatsoever, install went smooth.
So whatever was the issue with the i386 snaphot, I really don't care anymore... 8)