2.3 Install Hang. Trying to mount root from location



  • So I'm new to pfsense and unix/FreeBSD in general, but am excited to jump in!

    I'm trying to install pfSense 2.3 onto a custom PC build (specs here), and it hangs just before the installation screen. The final few lines are as follows:

    ada0: Previously was known as ad4
    SMP: AP CPU #1 Launched!
    Timecounter "TSC-low" frequency 1846681466 Hz qualit 1000
    Trying to mount root from ufs:/dev/ufs/pfSense [ro]…
    re0: link state changed to UP

    And that's it. It will stay there for over an hour, but I usually kill it or try again within 90 minutes. The cursor doesn't blink, so it might have frozen.
    Also, I'm installing using an 8GB usb 3.0 stick formatted to FAT32 in a 2.0 slot. Using the amd64 build with the memstick/installer selection.

    Any ideas for what I should try or what else I need to check?

    Thanks in advance!



  • This could have something to do with TRIM on the SSD

    https://forum.pfsense.org/index.php?topic=97554.msg543373#msg543373



  • @mudmanc4:

    This could have something to do with TRIM on the SSD

    https://forum.pfsense.org/index.php?topic=97554.msg543373#msg543373

    I don't think so, TRIM is not a function of the disk but a software level thing that has to be turned on the filesystem that uses the disk.



  • I doesn't make it to the SSD. It looks like it is either not successfully booting from USB or the Re0 (whatever that is, can't find anything definitive about it) is not getting the right thing. Maybe the incoming WAN isn't right? We've been having problems with Comcast, so maybe it's been down this whole time.



  • re0 should be the WAN NIC

    Do you hace an IP block assigned to you, or is this a dynamic connection?



  • @mudmanc4:

    re0 should be the WAN NIC

    Do you hace an IP block assigned to you, or is this a dynamic connection?

    Thanks for the definition. I figured it was that, but had trouble finding it explicitly.

    I most likely have a dynamic connection. This is for a personal home network. Would a non-existant WAN signal cause this?



  • I'm thinking with that quad dual port NIC you have, unless you've already figured that part out, the modem is plugged into a port which the system is not yet detecting, or activating.

    Someone will chime in, not sure if no WAN will cause this, it might.



  • Turns out pcpartpicker misrepresented that NIC since it's a double port. But still, it might be a problem.

    I've only tried it with the WAN plugged into the Motherboard's NIC. I'll try booting without the PCI card in there or with the modem plugged into that PCI NIC. I'll report on my findings when I can get back to the machine.



  • Hello Legonerd93,

    I feel your pain! I had this issue just last week on my new build. I also came across the "trying to mount root from ufs" message. I search the archives and downloaded version 2.2.4 using the 64 memstick serial version and it worked!

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