Pfsense on Asrock C2750D4I gives Kernel Panic
I have tried to install 2.1.X on this new board I got. It gives kernel panic's on all versions.
It looks like this in the boot:
ACPI APIC Table: <intel tiano ="" ="">panic: AP #1 (PHY# 2) failed!
cpuid = 0
KDB: enter: panic</intel >
General consensus with the Avoton/Rangely boards is that pfSense 2.1 is too old, based on FreeBSD 8.3. Either run pfSense 2.1 under a bare metal hypervisor like ESXi, or pitch in and help test 2.2.
A few months ago I would have recommended ESXi, but 2.2 is coming along nicely now and is quite stable in my experience.
2.2 for the last few days has had some issues with ssh which give me a hard time.
ESF were (until they ran out of stock) shipping Rangely boxes with 2.1.X installed. I think they're using Supermicro hardware.
This looks likely to be a bad BIOS problem, check for an update. It could just be a catastrophically unsupported NIC issue! ;) What NIC do you have?
Edit: i210s I see. They should be supported by the igb driver in 2.1.1 or newer. Maybe just unsupported PHYs as the error shows.
I am running 2.2 at the moment. But I have found problems with both SSH (which seems to be known issue) and then OpenVPN!
I do like running bleeding edge in a way, but I really want OpenVPN to work =)
I am using Supermicro 5018A-FTN4 which is a octacore system as well and I had to update settings in bios.
Disable all ACPI funtions
and drop available CPU's to 4
Magic! works now until 2.2 is ready for production
we ship pfSense 2.1.5 and don't have to disable any cores, or ACPI.
hint: you're doing it wrong. (bad magic!)