Installing pfSense 2.2.2 on Netgate RCC-VE 2440

  • I'm trying to install pfSense on my Netgate RCC-VE 2440, but cannot get the memstick to boot. After POST, the console stops at

    Booting from Hard Disk...
    Booting from 0000:7c00

    Image used: both pfSense-memstick-serial-2.2.1-RELEASE-amd64-20150313-0816.img and pfSense-memstick-serial-2.2.2-RELEASE-amd64-20150413-2010.img

    Image written to disk with physdiskwrite, and USB stick boots on a laptop.

    According to pre-installed CentOS, the USB serial console port is registered as COM/ttY1 - is the installer trying to send output to COM/tty0?

    Any pointers to what I do wrong would be much appreciated  :)

  • You have to use the ADI RCC-VE memstick. It's since been added to the download selection page.

  • Thanks for the tip - I'll try that image now!

  • I got this working only with Putty under windoze as a serial console.
    All others I've tried: screen, CoolTerm, serialTools on Mac give me garbaged output: Not able to render curses coloured UI, text progress bar makes for unreadeable UI.

    Any idea how to fix this, so I can connect from some *Nix to the serial port? ( This is not really specific to RCC-VE 2440 I guess )

  • For OS X, the best way I have found to have reliable, drop dead stupid serial emulation is to use Serial Supports all the various terminal types and several of the most common USB to serial adapters without requiring drivers. I have used it with both a PC Engines APU4 and now a pfSense SG-4860.

  • The ADI image did the trick, but as clusty I got messy install-menu. Was able to complete install, so only minor inconvenience.

    What I have tested with 2.2.2 so far:

    • Install to and boot from mSATA disk
    • 802.11N WiFi (WLE200NX)

  • @clusty:

    I got this working only with Putty under windoze as a serial console.
    All others I've tried […] give me garbaged output

    Coming from a Windows world myself I know what you're saying. Been there, …
    There's puTTY for OS X which works reasonably well (but needs X11).
    Currently I use ZOC in OS X which works great. I also have a Win7 VM where I use Tera Term frequently.

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