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 From:  "Klaus Stock" <ks at stock dash consulting dot com>
 To:  m0n0wall at lists dot m0n0 dot ch
 Subject:  Re: [m0n0wall] Boot error on Soekris 4501
 Date:  Thu, 22 Mar 2007 18:46:46 +0100
> > Pri Mas  SanDisk SDCFB-16                LBA 490-2-32  15 Mbyte

Dunno if this is related, but you might just check...

http://lists.soekris.com/pipermail/soekris-tech/2004-June/006169.html

http://lists.soekris.com/pipermail/soekris-tech/2004-June/006172.html

Best regards, Klaus

> 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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