2900 XL with no image or cfg

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  1. sparkey

    sparkey Guest

    How do I load an image to my 2900 that is at factory defaults? My
    prompt is Switch:
     
    sparkey, Mar 18, 2005
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    thrill5 Guest

    Type

    flash_init
    boot

    If this does not work, check to see if there is image by doing a directory
    of the flash. If there is no image you need to copy an image using xmodem
    via the console.

    Scott

    "sparkey" <> wrote in message
    news:...
    > How do I load an image to my 2900 that is at factory defaults? My
    > prompt is Switch:
    >
     
    thrill5, Mar 19, 2005
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  3. sparkey

    Sparkey Guest

    OK, no there is no image or cnfg or anything. So I am plugged into
    the console port and have xp running on my notebook. How do you use
    xmodem? I have a copy command in the switch, now what?

    P.S. thanks for the reply.
     
    Sparkey, Mar 19, 2005
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  4. "Sparkey" <> wrote in message
    news:...
    > OK, no there is no image or cnfg or anything. So I am plugged into
    > the console port and have xp running on my notebook. How do you use
    > xmodem? I have a copy command in the switch, now what?
    >
    > P.S. thanks for the reply.
    >


    From Cisco's Website:

    Introduction
    This document describes how to recover from a corrupt or missing software
    image on the Cisco Catalyst 2900XL and 3500XL Series Switches. When this
    problem exists, the error message error loading flash appears when you boot
    up after power loss or after an incorrect software upgrade.

    Note: Trivial File Transfer Protocol (TFTP) may be used to transfer software
    image files from a PC to your device. This document was written using output
    from the Cisco TFTP server application. Cisco has discontinued this
    application and no longer supports it. If you do not have a TFTP server,
    obtain any third-party TFTP server application from another source.

    Prerequisites
    Requirements
    There are no specific requirements for this document.

    Components Used
    To create the examples in this document, this equipment is used:

    Hyperterminal software used in Microsoft Operating Systems.

    A console cable suitable for the Catalyst 2900XL / 3500XL in the switch.

    The information presented in this document was created from devices in a
    specific lab environment. All of the devices used in this document started
    with a cleared (default) configuration. If you are working in a live
    network, ensure that you understand the potential impact of any command
    before using it.

    Conventions
    For more information on document conventions, refer to the Cisco Technical
    Tips Conventions.

    Problem
    If you receive the error loading flash message, this indicates that there is
    a problem loading the current image in Flash. The image may be corrupt, an
    incorrect image, or the image in Flash may be missing. If the system is
    unable to load a software image in Flash, the system loads the boot helper
    and brings up a switch: prompt. Otherwise it is in a continuous boot cycle.
    If the switch is stuck in a continuous boot cycle, use this procedure to
    bring up a switch: prompt:

    Unplug the power cable.

    Hold down the mode button located on the left side of the front panel while
    you reconnect the power cord to the switch. Release the mode button a second
    or two after the LED above port 1x is no longer illuminated.

    Enter the commands flash_init and load_helper.

    This problem occurs only on XL switches. For a complete list of affected
    switches, see the XL Models, Their Amount of Memory, and Category of Images
    They Support section of this document.

    This is a sample output from a failed bootup:

    C2900XL Boot Loader (C2900-HBOOT-M) Version 11.2(0.28)SA4, BETA TEST
    SOFTWARE
    Compiled Fri 06-Nov-98 00:15 by paulines
    starting...
    Base ethernet MAC Address: 00:50:80:39:f8:80
    Xmodem file system is available.
    Initializing Flash...
    flashfs[0]: 175 files, 4 directories
    flashfs[0]: 0 orphaned files, 0 orphaned directories
    flashfs[0]: Total bytes: 3612672
    flashfs[0]: Bytes used: 3113472
    flashfs[0]: Bytes available: 499200
    flashfs[0]: flashfs fsck took 85 seconds.
    ...done Initializing Flash.
    Boot Sector Filesystem (bs:) installed, fsid: 3
    Parameter Block Filesystem (pb:) installed, fsid: 4
    Loading
    "flash:c2900XL-h2s-mz-120.5-XP.bin"...flash:c2900XL-h2s-mz-120.5-XP.bin:
    no such file or directory

    Error loading "flash:c2900XL-h2s-mz-120.5-XP.bin"

    Interrupt within 5 seconds to abort boot process.
    Boot process failed...
    Solution
    (Section A) Verify Software Image in Flash and Attempt to Manually Boot
    Process
    Follow these steps when you verify the software image in Flash and attempt
    to boot manually.

    Connect a terminal to the console port of the switch.

    In the absence of software image or with corrupted image, the software image
    does not load.

    The switch starts in boot loader mode. This is indicated by the switch:
    prompt

    Verify the software contents of Flash by issuing the dir flash: command.

    switch: dir flash:
    Directory of flash:/

    189 -rwx 856 <date> vlan.dat
    3 -rwx 1112393 <date> c2900XL-h2-mz-112.8.5-SA6.bin
    4 drwx 10816 <date> html
    2 -rwx 106 <date> info
    175 -rwx 1490584 <date> c2900XL-h2s-mz-120.5-XP.bin
    176 -r-- 302 <date> env_vars
    174 -rwx 106 <date> info.ver
    177 -r-- 1306 <date> config.text
    499200 bytes available (3113472 bytes used)
    Verify that the image in Flash is the correct image for the platform. The
    hardware model number is on the front of the switch. For information on how
    to verify the image, refer to the Catalyst 2900XL and 3500XL section of
    Managing Software Images and Working with Configuration Files on Catalyst
    Switches.

    Note the hardware model here.

    For Standard / Enterprise Edition hardware, the image name must contain the
    suffix "h2".

    For Original Edition hardware, the image name must contain the suffix "h"
    and not "h2".

    If the software image present is incorrect for the switch, or if it is
    missing, proceed to (Section B) Copy a New Software Image from ROM Monitor.

    If the software image in Flash is correct, manually boot this software image
    with the help of the boot flash:<filename> command.

    switch: boot flash:c2900XL-h2s-mz-120.5-XP.bin


    If the system boots correctly and does not return to the switch: prompt,
    proceed to (Section C) Change and Verify Boot Configuration.

    If the system still fails to load the image correctly, proceed to (Section
    B) Copy a New Software Image from ROM Monitor.


    (Section B) Copy a New Software Image from ROM Monitor
    To copy a new software image from a ROMmon follow these steps. For
    additional documentation on this procedure, refer to Recovering Catalyst
    2950, 2955, and 3550 Series Switches from a Corrupted or Missing Image.

    Check the remaining memory capacity. If the size of the file to be loaded is
    larger than the available capacity, delete the existing image in Flash to
    make space for a new image.

    The command to delete the existing image in Flash is delete flash: filname ,
    where filename is the name of the file to be deleted. A sample command
    output is shown here.

    delete flash:cat2900XL-h2s-mz.112-8.5-SA6.bin

    Download a new Cisco IOS-only image file from the Cisco Software Center (
    registered customers only) to your PC. Do not download a Cisco IOS image
    with Cluster Management Suite (CMS) files. Xmodem transfer is a very slow
    procedure. It takes longer to copy the larger images.

    Copy the image to the Flash using HyperTerminal for Microsoft Windows, or
    another terminal software program. The command on the switch is copy xmodem:
    flash:filename , where filename is the name of file that you downloaded.
    With HyperTerminal, use the TRANSFER -- SEND FILE option using the XMODEM
    protocol. Start the XMODEM download within three seconds. Otherwise, the
    switch times out the XMODEM copy.

    When the XMODEM request appears, issue the appropriate command on the
    terminal-emulation software to start the transfer. Copy the software image
    into Flash memory. The command to issue is switch: copy xmodem:
    flash:image_filename .

    An example is shown here.

    switch:
    switch: copy xmodem: flash:c3500XL-c3h2s-mz.120-5.1.XP.bin

    CCC..........................................................................

    (BEGIN XMODEM DOWNLOAD ON TERMINAL SOFTWARE NOW)

    File "xmodem:" successfully copied to
    "flash:c3500XL-c3h2s-mz.120-5.1.XP.bin"
    After the new image has been loaded, boot the new image using the boot
    flash:filname command where filename is the name of the file that is
    downloaded. A sample command output is shown here.

    boot flash:c2900XL-hs-mz.112-8.6-SA6.bin

    After you boot the system, download a bundled image. For information on how
    to download a bundled image (.tar), refer to Upgrading Software in Catalyst
    2900XL and 3500XL Switches Using the Command Line Interface.

    Note: The .tar file on Cisco.com is named c3500XL-c3h2s-mz-120_5_1-XP .tar.
    The Cisco IOS file inside is called c3500XL-c3h2s-mz-120.5.1-XP.bin.

    When you follow the upgrade instructions in the above link, the old image is
    renamed using an underscore. The new image is copied into Flash. Instead of
    the new image overwriting the old one, the result is two images, one old and
    one new. Reloading this causes the XL series switch to reload to the old
    image (now confusingly called by the new name in Flash).

    The problem is overcome by renaming the .tar file downloaded from Cisco.com
    to the exact same name as the .bin file enclosed within it.

    After you upgrade from Cisco IOS Software Release 11.2 to Cisco IOS Software
    Release 12.0.5(1), there is a file left in Flash named
    c3500XL-diag-mz-112.8.2-SA6. The box now runs Cisco IOS Software Release
    12.0. There is no similar diag file for Cisco IOS Software Release 12.0. The
    Cisco IOS Software Release 11.2 diag file is useless and can be deleted.

    (Section C) Change and Verify Boot Configuration
    Follow these steps when you change and verify the boot configuration.

    Enter enable mode by issuing the enable command. View the boot configuration
    by issuing the show boot command. A sample command output is shown here.

    Switch#: show boot
    BOOT path-list: Flash:c3500XL-c3h2s-mz-120.5.1-XP.bin

    Config file: Flash:config.text E

    Enable Break: no

    Manual Boot: no

    HELPER path-list:

    NVRAM / Config file

    buffer size: 32768
    Verify that the boot configuration is correct by viewing the contents of
    Flash. Issue the dir flash: command to view the boot configuration.

    Switch# dir flash:
    Directory of Flash:/

    189 -rwx 856 <date> vlan.dat
    4 drwx 10816 <date> html
    2 -rwx 106 <date> info
    175 -rwx 1490584 <date> c2900XL-h2s-mz-120.5-XP.bin
    176 -r-- 302 <date> env_vars
    174 -rwx 106 <date> info.ver
    177 -r-- 1306 <date> config.text
    499200 bytes available (3113472 bytes used)
    If the boot variable is not correct, change the boot variable by entering
    the global configuration mode and issuing the command boot system
    flash:filename , where filename is the name of the image to boot.

    Save the configuration by issuing the write memory command. Verify the boot
    parameter by issuing the show boot command.

    The switch boots automatically the next time that the switch is reloaded.

    XL Models, Their Amount of Memory, and Category of Images They Support
    Original Edition XLs (2 MB Flash, 4 MB DRAM)
    Catalyst XL Series Switch

    Original Catalyst 2900XL Cisco IOS Software Release 11.2.SA6 Software
    Download

    OR

    Earlier Catalyst 2900XL Original Software Download
    WS-C2908-XL

    WS-C2916M-XL

    WS-C2924-XL

    WS-C2924C-XL


    Standard / Enterprise Edition XLs (4 MB Flash, 8 MB DRAM)
    Catalyst XL Series Switch

    Catalyst 2900XL Cisco IOS Software Release 12.0 Standard / Enterprise
    Software Download

    OR

    Earlier Catalyst 2900XL Standard / Enterprise Software Download
    WS-C2912-XL-Av

    WS-C2924-XL-A

    WS-C2924-XL-ENv

    WS-C2924C-XL-A

    WS-C2924C-XL-EN

    WS-C2924M-XL-A

    WS-C2924M-XL-EN



    Standard / Enterprise Edition XLs (4 MB Flash, 8 MB DRAM)
    Catalyst XL Series Switch

    Catalyst 3500XL Cisco IOS Software Release 12.0 Standard / Enterprise
    Software Download

    OR

    Earlier Catalyst 3500XL Standard / Enterprise Software Download
    WS-C3508G-XL-A

    WS-C3508-XL-EN

    WS-C3512-XL-A

    WS-C3512-XL-EN

    WS-C3524-XL-A

    WS-C3524-XL-EN

    WS-C3524-XL-A

    WS-C3524-XL-EN

    WS-C3548-XL-A

    WS-C3548-XL-EN


    HTH,

    -Richard
     
    Richard Graves, Mar 19, 2005
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    Sparkey Guest

    Thanks Richard, That is what I was looking for!
     
    Sparkey, Mar 21, 2005
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