Wanky CLI prompts on Catalyst 2900 XL

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Jul 25th, 2007
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I inherited three Catalyst 2900 XL switches (2924) in an office move. One of them appears to work fine, but the other two give me wanky CLI prompts when I try to configure them via the console.

One switch freezes when trying to copy config.text from flash: to system: ... the other switch doesn't let me get to the configuration setup -- it just slams right past it whether I answer Y or N to the prompt.

So are these two switches boat anchors at this point? Or does the software in flash memory need to be refreshed? And if so, can I do that without having to purchase a Cisco support contract?

It might just be cheaper and easier for me to go out and buy some unmanaged 24-port switches for a few hundred bucks, but I'd like some knowledgeable opinion before I do that.


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Jagdeep Gambhir Thu, 07/26/2007 - 15:23
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Try formatting the flash and upload IOS again,

Format flash

2924-XL#format flash:

Format operation may take a while. Continue? [confirm]

Once the Flash was formatted please upload the image from a TFTP to the switch.

Instructions on how to upgrade are available here:


Please do not reboot the switch until you can have uploaded the image and until you have changed the boot sequence.


thomaslundin Thu, 07/26/2007 - 17:58
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Thanks for the tip; I'll give it a try after our office move is complete over the weekend!


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