Installing mSATA on APU board



  • hi all,

    i have finally got a mSATA card for my APU board and i want to install pfsense on this instead of using it with the SD card, how do i go about installing pfsense on the mSATA card

    i have plugged in the console cable and i reboot the system but i dont see an option to install pfsense?

    many thanks

    rob



  • Boot it off the memstick serial amd64 image from a USB flash drive, do the install as you would to any hard drive.


  • Rebel Alliance Netgate Administrator

    and make sure you use the right baud rate….9600 not the default on the APU.



  • Got you loud and clear to download the live cd with installer usb version (console) and boot up from usb and this will give me an option to install to my hard drive (mSATA

    I thought I could install it from my SD card to my mSATA that's why I was booting of my SD to see if there was an option to install

    Thanks

    Rob



  • i have succesfully done it

    downloaded and put the image on my usb stick using "win32 disk imager"

    inserted it in free usb port connected serial cable to laptop,

    opened up putty and changed baud rate to "115200" to see the boot menu and boot of the usb

    closed/opened putty again and changed the baud rate to "9600" so i can install and follow the on screen instructions

    once done i changed my boot order so the first option was my mSATA

    once i could log back in the webgui i restored my settings so it was like how i had it before



  • @robina80 said in Installing mSATA on APU board:

    i have succesfully done it

    downloaded and put the image on my usb stick using "win32 disk imager"

    inserted it in free usb port connected serial cable to laptop,

    opened up putty and changed baud rate to "115200" to see the boot menu and boot of the usb

    closed/opened putty again and changed the baud rate to "9600" so i can install and follow the on screen instructions

    once done i changed my boot order so the first option was my mSATA

    once i could log back in the webgui i restored my settings so it was like how i had it before

    Hi !
    I faced up to a BIG trouble while upgrading to the latest version of pfSense (2.4.4-RELEASE (Patch 3) ) : unable to boot, something to do with CPU microcode update ?

    # service microcode_update start
    
    If the CPU requires a microcode update, a console message such as the following
    will appear:
    
    Updating CPU Microcode...
    /usr/local/share/cpucontrol/m32306c3_00000022.fw: updating cpu /dev/cpuctl0 from rev 0x17 to rev 0x22... done.
    /usr/local/share/cpucontrol/m32306c3_00000022.fw: updating cpu /dev/cpuctl2 from rev 0x17 to rev 0x22... done.
    /usr/local/share/cpucontrol/m32306c3_00000022.fw: updating cpu /dev/cpuctl4 from rev 0x17 to rev 0x22... done.
    /usr/local/share/cpucontrol/m32306c3_00000022.fw: updating cpu /dev/cpuctl6 from rev 0x17 to rev 0x22... done.
    Done.
    >>> Setting vital flag on pfSense... done.
    External config loader 1.0 is now starting... ada0s1 ada0s1a ada0s1b
    Launching the init system...Updating CPU Microcode...
    
    
    Fatal trap 12: page fault while in kernel mode
    cpuid = 1; apic id = 01
    fault virtual address   = 0x800e29000
    fault code              = supervisor write data, page not present
    instruction pointer     = 0x20:0xffffffff81189dde
    stack pointer           = 0x28:0xfffffe0035f2a940
    frame pointer           = 0x28:0xfffffe0035f2a940
    code segment            = base 0x0, limit 0xfffff, type 0x1b
                            = DPL 0, pres 1, long 1, def32 0, gran 1
    processor eflags        = interrupt enabled, resume, IOPL = 0
    current process         = 608 (logger)
    

    I proceeded like robina80 explained, booting from USB with "pfSense-CE-memstick-serial-2.4.4-RELEASE-p3-amd64" version, USB keyboard attached, Serial port to 115200 ==> Everything went back, pfSense is now able to boot ;-)


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