PFSense 2.4.4 on an ACEPC T11

I bought a sil­ver ACEPC T11 for doing some lab work for $127 (link). It sports an Intel Cher­ry Trail Atom Z8350, quad-core CPU, 4GB of RAM, and 64GB emmc, and a dual-band 2.4ghz and 5ghz wire­less card. I tried boot­ing off the pfsense media and it kept hang­ing at ppc0: cannot reserve I/O port range. After pok­ing around, I ran across this arti­cle:

I reboot­ed and select­ed 3. [Esc]ape to loader prompt on the boot menu. At the OK prompt, I entered:

set hint.uart.0.disabled="1"
set hint.uart.1.disabled="1"

It boot­ed right up and pfsense installed with­out any issues.

Next, I’ll be rip­ping it open and installing exter­nal wire­less adapters and an SSD for stor­ing pcaps.

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