pfSense Boot Loop
I just spun up a new pfSense install with the SG-4860 High availability bundle. Shortly after configuring the devices and rebooting the primary, I ended up with a pfSense boot loop. I was able to look at the pfSense boot loop messages by using my console cable and connect via PuTTY. Side note, while stuck in a boot loop, Windows 7 thought the USB connection was a Microsoft Ball Point Pen. I had to power off the pfSense, plug in the USB, then power back on.
While the pfSense boot loop was occurring, I capture the following error via PuTTY logging
This error may mean that I have a bad drive or controller, so I’ll want to keep an eye on that. To get the system started and stop the pfSense boot loop, I performed the following
Boot into safe mode Power cycle the pfSense box while you have your USB connected and PuTTY open When you see the pfSense boot screen press 2 at the prompt Hit enter at the shell prompt Run FSCK
Then ran a file system check
Followed by a reboot
if you still have a pfSense boot loop, then you may have a bad hard disk or controller.