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Re: Watchguard XTM 5 Series
« Reply #675 on: December 07, 2017, 05:18:53 am »
Pfsense 2.4.1 seems to be working fine on XTM 5. You just boot live USB pfsense and then install it to the CF card using a desktop PC. No problems booting so far

Or you can flash the BIOS with the unlocked version,
and you install pfSense (memstick serial version) from USB stick straight to the CF in the Watchguard.


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Thanks for the tip about ramdisks. sounds more efficient installing straight from usb. how do you go about installing the unlocked bios version?

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Re: Watchguard XTM 5 Series
« Reply #676 on: December 07, 2017, 05:19:30 am »
this is what I see after install...
Serial, 9600, my present com port #...I had checked out the existing bios, looked at some settings (115200) prior to the initial reboot...

9600 is only used on the older X-E Core series like x550e, x750e, x1250e and x5500e for accessing the BIOS setup.
For the XTM5 series since pfSense version 2.2 and later, it's 115200 for updating BIOS or installing pfSense.


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Re: Watchguard XTM 5 Series
« Reply #677 on: December 07, 2017, 10:14:20 am »
Thanks for that. Yes, I used the 115200 before and after the 9600 attempt, but I think I have found the issue: the CF card may be being blocked from the boot order, as it shows the CF as the boot choice but in the boot order it is listed in brackets (the bios info states that devices in parentheses are excluded from boot...matter of semantics, or...? ). I'll put the original OS back in, see how it looks re boot.
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Re: Watchguard XTM 5 Series
« Reply #678 on: December 08, 2017, 04:09:12 am »
Do you have 'Hardware TCP Segmentation Offloading' disabled in System > Advanced > Networking?

It should be disabled by default.

Steve

Yes it is disabled. The config is default except for installation of LCDproc.

Stellan

Ok so it's a bit late 2 months after your post.
I had the same problem, that my box would stop working after a couple of weeks. I found that uninstalling the LCDproc actually solved this.
I'd try to run it without the LCDproc installed.

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Re: Watchguard XTM 5 Series
« Reply #679 on: December 08, 2017, 04:15:05 am »
Maybe I missed it somewhere in the thread, but i can't seem to find an answer for this.
I says that pfsense 2.4 is not supported as embedded distribution, but is it safe to upgrade from 2..3.4 to 2.4.0 using the update function?

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Re: Watchguard XTM 5 Series
« Reply #680 on: December 09, 2017, 07:59:27 pm »
Maybe I missed it somewhere in the thread, but i can't seem to find an answer for this.
I says that pfsense 2.4 is not supported as embedded distribution, but is it safe to upgrade from 2..3.4 to 2.4.0 using the update function?

You can't update from embedded 2.3.4 to full version of pfSense 2.4.x,
but you can install 2.4.x from USB flashdrive to the CF card and after install, enabling the RAM disks under Avanced,
for extending the life span of your CF card.
Installing from USB flashdrive is also only supported when you prior flashed a unlocked BIOS to your XTM5 box.


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Re: Watchguard XTM 5 Series
« Reply #681 on: December 10, 2017, 04:05:03 pm »
Maybe I missed it somewhere in the thread, but i can't seem to find an answer for this.
I says that pfsense 2.4 is not supported as embedded distribution, but is it safe to upgrade from 2..3.4 to 2.4.0 using the update function?

You can't update from embedded 2.3.4 to full version of pfSense 2.4.x,
but you can install 2.4.x from USB flashdrive to the CF card and after install, enabling the RAM disks under Avanced,
for extending the life span of your CF card.
Installing from USB flashdrive is also only supported when you prior flashed a unlocked BIOS to your XTM5 box.


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Can it be done without flashing the bios? I haven't tried that before.
Eg. burn the memstick installer image on a CF card and plug it in to the XTM, and then install it directly to an SSD?

Otherwise:
Are you aware of a good step by step tutorial to flash the bios, including a link to a bios image?

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Re: Watchguard XTM 5 Series
« Reply #682 on: December 10, 2017, 04:31:14 pm »
Can it be done without flashing the bios? I haven't tried that before.
Eg. burn the memstick installer image on a CF card and plug it in to the XTM, and then install it directly to an SSD?

Yes, that's possible that way.
When pfSense is installed, choose reboot, and shutdown the box after the beep.
Remove then the CF card and boot the box, it will then boot from the SSD.


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