Cisco Catalyst 2948G-L3 doesn't boot

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May 19th, 2009
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I have a Cisco Catalyst 2948G-L3 in my lab environment. The router doesn't boot anymore.

As you can see, the firmware image is corrupted somehow. Is there ANY way to recover the image file.


ROMMON: Cold Reset frame @0x00000000

ROMMON: Reading reset reason register

ROMMON: Valid NVRAM config

System Bootstrap, Version 12.0(7)W5(15) RELEASE SOFTWARE

Copyright (c) 1998 by cisco Systems, Inc.

ROMMON: Initializing exceptions

ROMMON: Initializing TLB

ROMMON: Initializing cache

ROMMON: Sizing and zeroing main memory ... 64 MBytes

ROMMON: Sizing non-volatile memory ... 128 KBytes

cat2948g platform with 65536 Kbytes of main memory

boot: cannot determine first file name on device "bootflash:"

rommon 1 > dev

Devices in device table:

id name

bootflash: boot flash

eprom: eprom

rommon 2 > dir bootflash:

File size Checksum File name

3310848 bytes (0x328500) 0xf08d cat2948g-in-mz.120-18.W5.22b.bin (bad checksum: 0xf07d)


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mpohjola Tue, 05/19/2009 - 13:44
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So... is the only way to recover the router replacing the NVRAM chip or can the file be recovered by another way?

The set of commands is limited when the firmware is not loaded.

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mpohjola Tue, 05/19/2009 - 22:11
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(second try...)

The current rommon version is older than required version. --- "Perform file transfer from the ROM monitor with either Cisco IOS Release 12.0(7)W5(15a) or later."

And as you can see, the rommon version of the device is:


System Bootstrap, Version 12.0(7)W5(15) RELEASE SOFTWARE

Copyright (c) 1998 by cisco Systems, Inc.


The router doesn't recognize xmodem -command.

Should I just recycle this piece of hardware? Can I order somewhere/somehow nvram -chip containing a valid version of uncorrupted version of boot image?

BR mpohjola

Leo Laohoo Wed, 05/20/2009 - 15:29
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