pfSense memstick installer gets stuck in boot loop


I’m trying to install pfSense 2.4.5 on an HP Elite 8200 SFF using a USB memory stick created from the appropriate image fro VGA. When the PC boots from the memory stick the, what I assume is the normal, pfSense boot screen appears and then, rather than going on to the install process the PC reboots and repeats the process ad infinitum. I haven’t been able to find anything similar on the Google machine. Anyone have any ideas?


Does it boot ok from other USB installers? Maybe try trueNAS as it’s also BSD based or an ubuntu installer

Thanks, I’ll give that a go and report back.

I tried the latest TrueNAS and the same sort of thing happened. After booting to the TrueNAS boot screen and choosing the install TrueNAS option I got:
Loading kernel…
/boot/kernel/kernel (with a number of flags/variables)
Loading configured modules modules…
can’t find ‘openzfs’
can’t find ‘/etc/hostid’
can’t find ‘/boot/entropy’
then some EFI framebuffer information which shot past and then it rebooted back to the initial start screen…

Is safe boot turned on in the firmware? Could also be from trying to boot UEFI and the installer doesn’t like it. Pretty sure I’ve had this issue before and turning it back to legacy boot (BIOS boot) got me going.

Thanks, I’ll investigate that. Wish me luck, he HP firmware menus are very different from the ones I’m familiar with from building my own systems…

While I’m not an expert, I have run through a few different HP machines so I may be able to help. It all starts with the ESC key being the easiest to remember.

Yep, found it - I had been looking in the System Setup menu but found it eventually in the Boot menu (sorta obvious really…) and I’m now in the process of installing pfSense.

Thank you very much for the help, and you too garethw.

I think I had this same issue on my T620 Plus, but I kind of shot through it fast to keep operational with work. It was when I was working from home and kind of in a bind to keep my VPN up to justify getting paid every day.

Good catch @Greg_E.

No problem @Phred, good to know you are sorted.