Why does pfsense (freebsd) hate CD / DVD drives?



  • I've installed pfsense on 3 different physical pieces of hardware all with different types of DVD/CD drives and I've always had errors either at install or boot after installation.  I've always ended up installing off a USB stick.  Even after installing from USB stick it delays the boot by choking on the DVD / CD drive.  Just curious…



  • @lanlubber:

    Even after installing from USB stick it delays the boot by choking on the DVD / CD drive.  Just curious…

    I've never tried installing pfs or FreeBSD from a DVD/CD. The easy fix for the boot delay is to yank the power cable on the DVD/CD drive (and floppy drive, if the system has one).



  • That works ok with an external USB CD which I havent been able to fully complete an install from.  But when it's closed up in a case it's a pain.  Funny thing is even after boot if i try to mount a CD I get a series of time out errors on the console. But ya going forward I've been using a USB stick, just thought someone might have some background why it chokes.



  • I've installed FreeBSD since 3.3 from CD/DVD and have not experienced anything like you are saying.  This is from media purchased from BSDMall and ISOs I've downloaded and burnt myself on different platforms.

    If you used the same media on all 3 systems, perhaps that is the source of your problems.  The boot delay?  Perhaps due to BIOS/firmware probing of the hardware and the drive itself is taking a long time to respond.

    This is FreeBSD installs, not pfSense installs.


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