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Official pfSense Hardware / Re: SG2440 cold boot
« on: February 08, 2018, 09:14:58 pm »
quick update - had to go thru this again...

Device was stuck in boot order first - select a boot device - and the range of devices available - since this device has an mSATA card...

Had remote hands select SATA as the priority (details now escape me, as this is a production box, needed to get it back up)

Once that was selected (and saved), box rebooted, and then hung at choose boot device - that being (F1 pfSense, F5 something else) - had remote hands hit <return> there, and box booted fine.

Seems like a BIOS issue...

Official pfSense Hardware / Re: SG2440 cold boot
« on: December 03, 2017, 06:34:32 pm »
Remote hands today on the site... got Ben on the phone, and he's 2000km away from where I'm at.

Had him shutdown the box, and remove power on the 2440.

Powered the unit back up, and the device was stuck in the boot menu in SeaBIOS...

F1 to boot pfSense - told him to hit F1, and this brings up XFCE Help Menu (he's running Xbuntu on the remote laptop) - F1 is mapped to Help there on his terminal.

So the device is stuck, so hard power the thing again, and told him to hit F12 for the boot menu...

His laptop doesn't have F12 - stops at F10 - so that's a bust...

Somehow the device is now in PXE boot, so it's getting really ugly...

Had him jump into the linux console, bypassing the XFCE terminal app, and we're still stuck in PXE boot now (F5) - I think he might have hit that... once there, it's going to keep trying to PXE boot.

Told him to grab another USB keyboard from one of the local desktops - found one, rebooted his linux laptop, and got to the F12 from there.

Keeping him on console vs. XFCE desktop, got back to the F1 to boot pfSense from there.

This is really spooky to be honest - the 2440 has been fairly robust, but for this cold-boot issue that I keep running into.

Box is back up for now - losing some confidence, as I might not have a technical person on the other end - lucky that we were able to find a console cable (mini-USB to USB-Type A with data lines, not just power) - had him put that cable into a zip-lock bag and zip-tie it to the rack just in case.

Going thru a few other threads here on the support forums - folks need to know there is not a traditional BIOS, e.g. Phoenix/Award/etc here to select a boot disk - SeaBIOS is a bit different on the 2440.

Gaah... F1 and F12 were the bane of my existence today all told.

Official pfSense Hardware / Re: SG2440 cold boot
« on: November 22, 2017, 07:44:42 pm »
My guess is that it's hanging in UEFI/SeaBIOS - SSD should take priority over eMMC on the 2440 based on docs.

Can't reboot the device right now as it is in production and remote to check... hot restart seems fine, it's the cold boot that worries me.

loader.conf below...

cat /boot/loader.conf /boot/loader.conf.local


Ugh! People doing  construction down the road sliced a line.  My UPS ran dead in my system did not shut down gracefully. Now when I watch it boot on the console, it tries to boot with a network boot from each of the interfaces and then shows a “booting from CBFS “screen.

It doesn’t seem to want to use any of the internal devices - almost like they aren’t there. Does this mean the internal storage is toast?

If you're on console when the 2440 is powered up - and select a boot disk - does it come up?

Been there myself, and posted a thread this evening for a similar situation - it was stuck at the bootloader.

Not sure what your config is - but I have an mSATA installed on my 2440, and prior to last time around, I still had good partitions on the eMMC.

See my thread for possible corrective actions if mSATA is installed.

Official pfSense Hardware / Re: SG-3100 expected idle temperature
« on: November 14, 2017, 08:19:08 pm »
My pfSense is reporting an idle temperature of around 70 C, this is with load average of 0.16,0.18,0.17 and CPU of 10-15% (I guess this is being affected by my observation, as I have the web dashboard open which is obviously using up some cycles too).

Is this a "normal" temperature? It seems a little high for me, but I'm not familiar with the hardware...

Can't say much for pfSense/FreeBSD on ARM - but this is "normal" for Linux on the Armada 38x under typical loads in similar use cases...

Wouldn't worry too much about it - well within design spec of the SoC.

Official pfSense Hardware / Re: SG 2220 to Netgate MBT-2220
« on: November 14, 2017, 08:09:41 pm »
Minnowboard T2E should be a good companion, it was almost an official pfSense appliance too.

It was really close to being official - yeah, couple of things with HDMI... one was sorted, another... (regulatory can be a problem with finished goods)

Great board - HDMI is the console.

Performance should be similar (or better) than the SG2220...

Official pfSense Hardware / SG2440 cold boot
« on: November 14, 2017, 07:58:10 pm »
Minor item...

I have an SG-2440 that was ordered with the eMMC - added an Samsung EVO 850 mSATA SSD to the device, and reinstalled pfSense 2.3.3 on it, leaving pfSense and the partitions on the eMMC alone. (misguided thought here might be that the eMMC would be a safe fallback in case of power loss)

All good - on the first start - console cable attached, no issues noted with booting from the SSD, and things seemed to be fine.

Just as a precaution - did a quick fsck from the console, and no issues found..

Last two times with CoreBoot on a cold start - the 2440 was waiting for a boot command on the console... not a problem if I'm onsite, but a challenge if I'm remote, which these days I'm spending much more time on the road...

The last cold start item mentioned above was with pfSense 2.4, previously with 2.3.4...

Corrective changes taken since last time...

1) Updated Coreboot to
2) Removed pfSense from eMMC via gpart removal of the pfsense partitions (which should render eMMC not a candidate for bootstraping the system)

Any other steps recommended?

The 2440 is on a UPS (APC consumer - BackUPS NS1080, supporting my QNAP NAS directly connected via USB to it).

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