PFSense – won’t boot after power failure

Problem: I left on vacation and I left all my devices plugged in and online. During my absence the wonderful Florida power grid did it’s thing and intermittently decided to work. This brought my firewall down dirty and offline never to be seen again.

Model: NetGate APU4

I had to grab my handy USB to SERIAL cable and use putty to connect in. When connected it would just show the below and not progress. Note: remember to review your device manager and insure you’re typing in the correct COM port.

After reading through I figured I’d attempt to run fsck. However after running it I received:

Next I forced a file system check1)https://doc.pfsense.org/index.php/Forcing_a_Filesystem_Check

After completing the above and rebooting it came right up with further issues. Saved me from having to flash the CF 🙂

Mr-Moo

IT Director/System Engineer at 127.0.0.1
Currently residing in Southwest Florida, though Indiana native. My experience: worked at 50+ location gas station chain doing IT support, Systems Engineer at a large MSP, Server Engineer at Community Health Systems, and currently a Director/Systems Engineer at a 25+ location retail business.

Technology has always been a passion that I've enjoyed.

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