ALIX.2D13 Bios upgrade

  • Hello - apologies in advance if topic already posted - but searched and did not find the answer

    As per Pfsense pre-install instructions I should upgrade the bios of this Alix board to 99h I have used dd to setup image on CF card but when I run it fails

    Can anyone provide any insight?

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  • m is newer than h.

  • oh man. I am an idiot. Sorry for being so stupid

    Can I ask you next step - I have now copied the image of pfsense to the CF card. What is the method to access Pfsense from the alix board? Still use serial? Or connect another way?


  • I was using the wrong image. All set.

  • From what I read on the pcengines site, you should be using m if you have a newer board, if you flash it to h, you will not be able to save settings in the setup.

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