Installation problem on Alix2d13 - strange output characters


  • Hi,

    I have an Alix2d13 board with a CompactFlash 4GB card. The Board has no VGA but console.

    I have installed the following image on the card: pfSense-2.2.4-RELEASE-4g-i386-nanobsd-20150725-1956.img (pfSense-2.2.4-RELEASE-4g-i386-nanobsd.img.gz)

    At the first startup of the board, without the CF card, I have changed the baud rate to 9600 in order to have the same speed like the pfsense is using.
    Further I have verivied that CHS mode is set in the BIOS of the Alix.

    When I try to boot it with the CF card the screen looks like following:
    As soon as the pfsense starts to boot the output displays very strange characters.

    PC Engines ALIX.2 v0.99m
    640 KB Base Memory
    261120 KB Extended Memory

    01F0 Master 044A TS4GCF170
    Phys C/H/S 7785/16/63 Log C/H/S 973/128/63

    1  pfSense
    2  pfSense

    F6 PXE
    Boot:  1
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    I have even flashed the Alix with the firmware version "v0.99h" but it did not help and now I am back at version "v0.99m".

    Before I have flashed the CF card I have cleaned the card with "diskpart/select disk XY/clean"

    Does anyone have an idea?

    Markus


  • @multicast:

    At the first startup of the board, without the CF card, I have changed the baud rate to 9600 in order to have the same speed like the pfsense is using.

    Set the baud rate to 115200 on the BIOS and use this. PfSense 2.2.x defaults to 115200 and not 9600.


  • Thanks dotdash  :)