2948 xl w/ bad boot image

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Feb 10th, 2008

I found an old 2948xl in unk condition; the unit won't boot and I cannot veiw or change the flash contents. here is the output form the rommon mode:

switch: boot

Loading "flash:c2900XL-c3h2s-mz.120-5.4.WC.1.bin"...flash:c2900XL-c3h2s-mz.120-5

.4.WC.1.bin: no such file or directory

Error loading "flash:c2900XL-c3h2s-mz.120-5.4.WC.1.bin"

Interrupt within 5 seconds to abort boot process.

Boot process failed...

switch: dir flash:

Directory of flash:/

2 -rwx 999 <date> config.text

3 -rwx 1811968 <date> c2900XL-c3h2s-mz.120-5.4.WC.bin

4 drwx 10240 <date> html

170 -rwx 111 <date> info.ver

112 -rwx 727 <date> placement.txt

113 -rwx 111 <date> info

114 -rwx 720 <date> vlan.dat

6 -rwx 352 <date> env_vars

510464 bytes available (3102208 bytes used)


switch: more info flash:

info: permission denied

flash:: no such file or directory

switch: more info env_vars

info: permission denied

env_vars: permission denied

switch: ?

? -- Present list of available commands

boot -- Load and boot an executable image

cat -- Concatenate (type) file(s)

copy -- Copy a file

delete -- Delete file(s)

dir -- List files in directories

flash_init -- Initialize flash filesystem(s)

format -- Format a filesystem

fsck -- Check filesystem consistency

help -- Present list of available commands

load_helper -- Load and initialize a helper image

memory -- Present memory heap utilization information

mkdir -- Create dir(s)

more -- Concatenate (display) file(s)

rename -- Rename a file

reset -- Reset the system

rmdir -- Delete empty dir(s)

set -- Set or display environment variables

set_bs -- Set attributes on a boot sector filesystem

set_param -- Set system parameters in flash

sleep -- Sleep a specified number of seconds

trap -- Cause a software breakpoint to occur

type -- Concatenate (type) file(s)

unset -- Unset one or more environment variables

version -- Display boot loader version

switch: version

C2900XL Boot Loader (C2900-HBOOT-M) Version 12.0(5)XU, RELEASE SOFTWARE (fc1)

Compiled Mon 03-Apr-00 17:20 by swati

switch: flash _init

usage: flash_init

switch: load_helper


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bmcginn Sun, 02/10/2008 - 17:52

The boot image name is different to what its trying to boot.

Try renaming the file to c2900XL-c3h2s-mz.120-5.4.WC.1.bin

'rename flash:c2900XL-c3h2s-mz.120-5.4.WC.bin flash:c2900XL-c3h2s-mz.120-5.4.WC.1.bin'


'set BOOT=flash:c2900XL-c3h2s-mz.120-5.4.WC.bin'

I think that's the command... hope that helps

joe kelly Sun, 02/10/2008 - 19:11

tried it once may I mis-typed...

super waiting try it laater

joe kelly Sun, 02/10/2008 - 19:35

thanks that was it I new a second set of eyes would see the obvious


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