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 From:  Jimmy Gelhaar <jgelhaar at mac dot com>
 To:  krt <kkrrtt at gmail dot com>
 Cc:  =?ISO-8859-1?Q?Troels_M=E5nsson_Kaspersen?= <troels at maansson dot com>, m0n0wall at lists dot m0n0 dot ch
 Subject:  Re: [m0n0wall] Boot error on Soekris 4501
 Date:  Thu, 22 Mar 2007 10:33:52 -0600
I've never had an issue like this, so my question is why is this  
necessary if you follow the install instructions from the website.   
It seems like a hardware issue might be more likely than anything else.

Jimmy


On Mar 22, 2007, at 10:28 AM, krt wrote:

Hrmm, I'm not sure about that boot error, is it possible that the  
soekris isn't set to boot off of CF?

As for zeroing out, yes, fill it with zeroes.  In linux land, and  
this assumes that your CF shows up as /dev/sda.  This should work in  
FreeBSD as well, assuming it has a /dev/zero

this takes a bit:

dd if=/dev/zero of=/dev/sda

You can speed it up and not blank the last "sector" with this, which  
should be fine:

dd if=/dev/zero of=/dev/sda bs=16k


After it's blank you can go about writing the image as usual

at a minimum I blank this way for most CF installs, which usually  
blows away any MBR and enough partition information that any  
subsequent blocks will be discarded if found or wrote over.

dd if=/dev/zero of=/dev/sda bs=512 count=64




> krt wrote:
>> I had little luck until I zero'd out the image beforehand and  
>> found the right flash cards.  I've a few 256 and lower cards that  
>> anything but my cameras just don't like.  I've not come across any  
>> 512's though, so I've been sticking with those.
>>
>> What does the Soekris do when you try to boot it?  Can you show us  
>> the terminal output of where it errors or it's last actions?
>>
>>

>>> Hi everyone,
>>>
>>> I've been trying to boot m0n0wall on a Soekris 4501 from a  
>>> Compact Flash card.
>>>
>>> I've tried copying the image onto the CF card using both gunzip/ 
>>> dd on linux and physdiskwrite on Windows XP assuming that the  
>>> problem was here.
>>>
>>> But by accident I rebooted my computer (configured to boot from  
>>> USB device) and it ended up booting FreeBSD from the CF card  
>>> placed in my USB cardwriter.
>>>
>>> I've tried 4 different CF cards (16M, 128M, 2x256M), older, new  
>>> and beta version of the m0n0wall image, upgrading the BIOS of the  
>>> Soekris unit to the newest version.
>>>
>>> I've tried looking in the archives for a solution but did not  
>>> find one.
>>>
>>>
>>> What am I doing wrong?
>>>
>>>
>>>
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> The output from Soekris says:
> comBIOS ver. 1.29  20070204  Copyright (C) 2000-2005 Soekris  
> Engineering.
> net45xx
> 0064 Mbyte Memory                        CPU 80486 133 Mhz
> Pri Mas  SanDisk SDCFB-16                LBA 490-2-32  15 Mbyte
> Slot   Vend Dev  ClassRev Cmd  Stat CL LT HT  Base1    Base2   Int
> -------------------------------------------------------------------
> 0:00:0 1022 3000 06000000 0006 2280 00 00 00 00000000 00000000
> 0:18:0 100B 0020 02000000 0107 0290 00 3F 00 0000E001 A0000000 10
> 0:19:0 100B 0020 02000000 0107 0290 00 3F 00 0000E101 A0001000 11
> 0:20:0 100B 0020 02000000 0107 0290 00 3F 00 0000E201 A0002000 05
> 1 Seconds to automatic boot.   Press Ctrl-P for entering Monitor.
> Boot error
> When you say zero'ed out. Is that filling out the image with zeroes  
> so that it fit's the size of the CF? And if so could you tell me in  
> principle how I do it?

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