"no load specified" ip phone 7960

Unanswered Question
Aug 4th, 2009
User Badges:

I have about five phones that have the same problem not getting an IP from the DHCP server.

I have about 20+ phones that are working and operational. I can unplug them and plug them back and they'll work.

for the not working phones, they seem to stuck at the "Configuring IP" message stage.

I have tried "erased" "restore" and "default" options on the phone.

any suggestions?



  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
Overall Rating: 0 (0 ratings)
David Hornstein Tue, 08/04/2009 - 08:11
User Badges:
  • Gold, 750 points or more

Hi Tam,

I am no expert on Post Sales TAC questions , but it would be intersting to see the results of the following  CLI commands

show ephone summary     How many phones are currently configured on your system

show version   to see if you have the built in licences to support 20+ phones and 5x 7960 series phones.

diagnose possible tftp issues with phone loads

terminal monitor

debug tftp event

Plug in a 7960 series phone and capture the output, after a capture is completed then type in

no debug all

nguyentom Tue, 08/04/2009 - 10:18
User Badges:

Hello Dave,

thanks for replying, we have a uc520 with 50+ built in user licenses.

below is what captured:

3754336: Aug  4 17:11:03.602: DHCPD: DHCPDISCOVER received from client 0000.1111.2222.e6 on interface Vlan100.
3754337: Aug  4 17:11:03.602: DHCPD: Sending DHCPOFFER to client 0000.1111.2222.e6 (
3754338: Aug  4 17:11:03.602: DHCPD: broadcasting BOOTREPLY to client 0000.1111.2222.
3754339: Aug  4 17:11:03.606: DHCPD: DHCPREQUEST received from client 000.1111.2222.e6.
3754340: Aug  4 17:11:03.606: DHCPD: Appending system default domain
3754341: Aug  4 17:11:03.606: DHCPD: Using hostname 'SEP003094C43FE6' for dynamic update (from hostname option)
3754342: Aug  4 17:11:03.606: DHCPD: Sending DHCPACK to client 0000.1111.2222.e6 (
3754343: Aug  4 17:11:03.606: DHCPD: broadcasting BOOTREPLY to client 0000.1111.2222.
3754344: Aug  4 17:11:03.630: TFTP: Looking for CTLSEP003094C43FE6.tlv
3754345: Aug  4 17:11:03.694: TFTP: Looking for SEP003094C43FE6.cnf.xml
3754346: Aug  4 17:11:03.778: TFTP: Looking for XMLDefault.cnf.xml
3754347: Aug  4 17:11:03.778: TFTP: Opened system:/its/XMLDefault.cnf.xml, fd 10, size 0 for process 266
3754348: Aug  4 17:11:03.782: TFTP: Finished system:/its/XMLDefault.cnf.xml, time 00:00:00 for process 266

is this means it can't find the .xml and .tlv file? if it's the case, why other working phones can?



Marcos Hernandez Fri, 08/07/2009 - 11:09
User Badges:
  • Blue, 1500 points or more

Is that the actual output you got from the UC500, or did yo modify the MAC address?



nguyentom Fri, 08/07/2009 - 12:28
User Badges:

i changed the mac address. I can repost the actual message if needed to.

Marcos Hernandez Fri, 08/07/2009 - 12:39
User Badges:
  • Blue, 1500 points or more

No, that is fine. This output doesn't show anything wrong. In fact, it looks as if this phone actually got an IP. Are you connecting the phone to a Cisco switch, or directly to the UC500?


Steven Smith Fri, 08/07/2009 - 12:41
User Badges:
  • Gold, 750 points or more

Before you changed the MAC address, did the MAC address match one of the phones that is having problems?

nguyentom Fri, 08/07/2009 - 13:35
User Badges:

Marcos, I tried connecting to both the cisco phone switch and thru poe switch but no luck.

it's getting an IP alright, but it's a self assigned ip with incorrect tftp sever ip and subnet.

Steven,yes. the mac address matches the phone's mac.


nguyentom Fri, 08/07/2009 - 13:40
User Badges:


correction, yes you were right. it's showing that the dhcp server give out ip address, however, the ip phone itself showhow not accepting that ip address.

nguyentom Fri, 08/07/2009 - 13:49
User Badges:

this is a captured of a phone that's been having the problem. I have already setup a dn for this one.

3757074: Aug  7 20:42:58.469: TFTP: Looking for CTLSEP003094C43FE6.tlv
3757075: Aug  7 20:42:58.489: TFTP: Looking for SEP003094C43FE6.cnf.xml
3757076: Aug  7 20:42:58.521: TFTP: Looking for SIP003094C43FE6.cnf
3757077: Aug  7 20:42:58.541: TFTP: Looking for MGC003094C43FE6.cnf
3757078: Aug  7 20:42:58.561: TFTP: Looking for XMLDefault.cnf.xml
3757079: Aug  7 20:42:59.721: TFTP: Looking for XMLDefault.cnf.xml
3757080: Aug  7 20:42:59.861: TFTP: Opened system:/its/XMLDefault.cnf.xml, fd 10, siz                                                           e 0 for process 266
3757081: Aug  7 20:42:59.957: TFTP: Finished system:/its/XMLDefault.cnf.xml, time 00:                                                           00:00 for process 266
3757082: Aug  7 20:43:01.245: TFTP: Opened system:/its/XMLDefault.cnf.xml, fd 12, siz                                                           e 0 for process 267
3757083: Aug  7 20:43:08.125: TFTP: Looking for CTLSEP003094C43FE6.tlv
3757084: Aug  7 20:43:08.189: TFTP: Looking for SEP003094C43FE6.cnf.xml
3757085: Aug  7 20:43:08.273: TFTP: Looking for XMLDefault.cnf.xml
3757086: Aug  7 20:43:08.273: TFTP: Opened system:/its/XMLDefault.cnf.xml, fd 10, size 0 for process 266
3757087: Aug  7 20:43:08.277: TFTP: Finished system:/its/XMLDefault.cnf.xml, time 00:00:00 for process 266
3757088: Aug  7 20:43:10.433: %IPPHONE-6-UNREGISTER_ABNORMAL: ephone-22:SEP003094C2C293 IP: Socket:3 DeviceType:Phone has unregistered abnormally.

this's another phone with similar issue

Aug  7 20:48:26.006: TFTP: Looking for CTLSEP003094C409F6.tlv
3757260: Aug  7 20:48:26.026: TFTP: Looking for SEP003094C409F6.cnf.xml
3757261: Aug  7 20:48:26.058: TFTP: Looking for SIP003094C409F6.cnf
3757262: Aug  7 20:48:26.078: TFTP: Looking for MGC003094C409F6.cnf
3757263: Aug  7 20:48:26.098: TFTP: Looking for XMLDefault.cnf.xml
3757264: Aug  7 20:48:26.098: TFTP: Opened system:/its/XMLDefault.cnf.xml, fd 10, size 0 for process 266
3757265: Aug  7 20:48:26.102: TFTP: Finished system:/its/XMLDefault.cnf.xml, time 00:00:00 for process 266


Steven Smith Fri, 08/07/2009 - 13:54
User Badges:
  • Gold, 750 points or more

Can you post a show run?  Remember to take out the passwords.

nguyentom Fri, 08/07/2009 - 14:01
User Badges:

the config has over 400 pages, can you tell me a specific part of the config that you want to see?

Steven Smith Fri, 08/07/2009 - 14:08
User Badges:
  • Gold, 750 points or more

It would be best to post the entire config.  Do this so you will not have to press the space bar.

UC520# term len 0

UC520#show run

Capture the output to a text file attach it to this thread.

You could also use a tftp server to capture this.

UC520# copy running-config tftp

Marcos Hernandez Fri, 08/07/2009 - 14:10
User Badges:
  • Blue, 1500 points or more

Are you sure these phones are running an SCCP load? Can you verify from the phone itself? It seems they could be running a SIP load.


nguyentom Fri, 08/07/2009 - 14:16
User Badges:

I am new to this...how can I tell if it's running on SCCP or SIP?

the current working phones don't indicate anything that's using SIP, but again, how can I tell?

Marcos Hernandez Fri, 08/07/2009 - 14:21
User Badges:
  • Blue, 1500 points or more

Select "Settings" (the check mark button on the phone pad) then "Model Information" and then Load File.


Marcos Hernandez Fri, 08/07/2009 - 14:22
User Badges:
  • Blue, 1500 points or more

Also, please confirm if the phones are connected to a Cisco switch or now.


nguyentom Fri, 08/07/2009 - 14:31
User Badges:

the phone currently connecting to a poe switch.

in the "setting" then "Model Information" it shows:

Model # ===cp-7960

Mac address ===the phone mac

app load ID ===p00308000500

boot load ID ===pc030300

serial # ===phone serial #

CTL ===not installed

MIC === not installed

LSC === not installed

Marcos Hernandez Fri, 08/07/2009 - 14:37
User Badges:
  • Blue, 1500 points or more

OK, that is an SCCP load, which is good. Are the other phones working fine on the same switch? Is that IP, 10.1.1.X your voice VLAN?

nguyentom Fri, 08/07/2009 - 14:43
User Badges:

yes, there are other phones that work on the same switch.

yes, phone vlan 10.1.1.x

David Trad Fri, 08/07/2009 - 15:40
User Badges:
  • Gold, 750 points or more
  • Cisco Designated VIP,

    2013 Small Business

Hi Tam,

yes, there are other phones that work on the same switch.

yes, phone vlan 10.1.1.x

I think for the sake of fault finding and working our way from the begin to the end, can you please do the following:

  1. Unplug the phone from the PoE port so it looses power
  2. Hold down the # key on the phone pad
  3. Plug in the RJ45 Cable back into the PoE port whilst still holding down the # key
  4. As soon as you see the line keys light up orange and alternate between them, do the following
  5. 123456789*0# which will reset the phone back to factory defaults

Make sure the correct phone loads are on the UC-500 on the flash card and in their right location, also make sure that the TFTP server commands on the UC-500 are pointing to the right location as well (you can check this by typing "sh run | s tftp-serv" at the command) analyze the information and make sure all reference points match, then also check your telephony-service and make sure that the right phone load is in there by typing the following at the command line "sh telephony-service" make sure the phone load version in there matches the one in your TFTP-SERVER and also the phone load on the Flash Card.

What i have noticed is that some phones can work by using the default load already on the phone, others will bomb out and not work at all if they can not find the correct load on the system.

You should also look to putting on your flash card the latest phone loads from the Cisco software depository, update all your reference points and get the phone to update to a newer phone load.

Help Full Hints:

Use a program like putty to work on the CLI it can make life much easier, you can get it from here: http://www.chiark.greenend.org.uk/~sgtatham/putty/download.html

The first one you see is the best to go for, log in using either SSH or Telnet.

before you go ahead and click connect, go to the window section (On your left in the Navigation Menu) and to your right change the setting where it says "Control the Scroll Back in your window" from "200" too "2000000", this will allow you to capture everything on the screen.

Once you have finished doing your "sh run" on the command line (Press space bar it will make it scroll quicker) right click on the bar at the top (Where your minimize and close options are) and use copy all to clip board, this will allow you to paste this to a .txt file.

Last thing to consider doing:

Use CCA (Latest version) to upgrade the IOS (Use the all option) and get it running of the official stable release, this should ensure you have the latest IOS, the latest stable Phone Loads, and all the other jazz, it will also restructure your Flash Card directories into the new format.... This is of course assuming you haven't done this already.

Hope you get it sorted out.



nguyentom Mon, 08/10/2009 - 06:22
User Badges:


okay, I tried the restore to the phone's default and no luck. below are the show tftp and telephony service:

uc520#sh run | s tftp-serv
tftp-server apps11.8-2-2TR2.sbn
tftp-server apps31.8-2-2TR2.sbn
tftp-server apps41.8-2-2TR2.sbn
tftp-server apps70.8-2-2TR2.sbn
tftp-server cmterm_7936.3-3-13-0.bin
tftp-server cnu11.8-2-2TR2.sbn
tftp-server cnu31.8-2-2TR2.sbn
tftp-server cnu41.8-2-2TR2.sbn
tftp-server cnu70.8-2-2TR2.sbn
tftp-server CP7902080002SCCP060817A.sbin
tftp-server cvm11sccp.8-2-2TR2.sbn
tftp-server cvm31sccp.8-2-2TR2.sbn
tftp-server cvm41sccp.8-2-2TR2.sbn
tftp-server cvm70sccp.8-2-2TR2.sbn
tftp-server dsp11.8-2-2TR2.sbn
tftp-server dsp31.8-2-2TR2.sbn
tftp-server dsp41.8-2-2TR2.sbn
tftp-server dsp70.8-2-2TR2.sbn
tftp-server jar11sccp.8-2-2TR2.sbn
tftp-server jar31sccp.8-2-2TR2.sbn
tftp-server jar41sccp.8-2-2TR2.sbn
tftp-server jar70sccp.8-2-2TR2.sbn
tftp-server P00308000500.bin
tftp-server P00308000500.loads
tftp-server P00308000500.sb2
tftp-server P00308000500.sbn
tftp-server S00105000200.sbn
tftp-server SCCP11.8-2-2SR2S.loads
tftp-server SCCP31.8-2-2SR2S.loads
tftp-server SCCP41.8-2-2SR2S.loads
tftp-server SCCP70.8-2-2SR2S.loads
tftp-server term06.default.loads
tftp-server term11.default.loads
tftp-server term31.default.loads
tftp-server term41.default.loads
tftp-server term61.default.loads
tftp-server term70.default.loads
tftp-server term71.default.loads
tftp-server flash:SCCP42.8-3-2S.loads
tftp-server flash:SCCP45.8-3-2S.loads
tftp-server flash:SCCP75.8-3-2S.loads
tftp-server flash:apps42.8-3-1-22.sbn
tftp-server flash:apps45.8-3-1-22.sbn
tftp-server flash:apps75.8-3-1-22.sbn
tftp-server flash:cnu42.8-3-1-22.sbn
tftp-server flash:cnu45.8-3-1-22.sbn
tftp-server flash:cnu75.8-3-1-22.sbn
tftp-server flash:cvm42sccp.8-3-1-22.sbn
tftp-server flash:cvm45sccp.8-3-1-22.sbn
tftp-server flash:cvm75sccp.8-3-1-22.sbn
tftp-server flash:dsp42.8-3-1-22.sbn
tftp-server flash:dsp45.8-3-1-22.sbn
tftp-server flash:dsp75.8-3-1-22.sbn
tftp-server flash:jar42sccp.8-3-1-22.sbn
tftp-server flash:jar45sccp.8-3-1-22.sbn
tftp-server flash:jar75sccp.8-3-1-22.sbn
tftp-server flash:term42.default.loads
tftp-server flash:term45.default.loads
tftp-server flash:term62.default.loads
tftp-server flash:term65.default.loads
tftp-server flash:term75.default.loads
tftp-server flash:APPS-1.0.4.SBN
tftp-server flash:GUI-1.0.4.SBN
tftp-server flash:SYS-1.0.4.SBN
tftp-server flash:TNUX-1.0.4.SBN
tftp-server flash:TNUXR-1.0.4.SBN
tftp-server flash:WLAN-1.0.4.SBN
tftp-server flash:cp524g-08-01-12.bin
tftp-server flash:SIP3951.8-1-2.loads
tftp-server flash:BOOT3951.0-0-0-9.zz
tftp-server flash:DSP3951.0-0-0-2.zz
tftp-server flash:SIP3951.8-1-2-0.zz
tftp-server DistinctiveRingList.xml
tftp-server RingList.xml
tftp-server flash:AreYouThereF.raw
tftp-server flash:Bass.raw
tftp-server flash:CallBack.raw
tftp-server flash:Chime.raw
tftp-server flash:Classic1.raw
tftp-server flash:Classic2.raw
tftp-server flash:ClockShop.raw
tftp-server flash:Drums1.raw
tftp-server flash:Drums2.raw
tftp-server flash:FilmScore.raw
tftp-server flash:HarpSynth.raw
tftp-server flash:Jamaica.raw
tftp-server flash:KotoEffect.raw
tftp-server flash:MusicBox.raw
tftp-server flash:Piano1.raw
tftp-server flash:Piano2.raw
tftp-server flash:Pop.raw
tftp-server flash:Pulse1.raw
tftp-server flash:Ring1.raw
tftp-server flash:Ring2.raw
tftp-server flash:Ring3.raw
tftp-server flash:Ring4.raw
tftp-server flash:Ring5.raw
tftp-server flash:Ring6.raw
tftp-server flash:Ring7.raw
tftp-server flash:Sax1.raw
tftp-server flash:Sax2.raw
tftp-server flash:Vibe.raw
tftp-server flash:Analog1.raw
tftp-server flash:Analog2.raw
tftp-server flash:AreYouThere.raw
tftp-server flash:CampusNight.png
tftp-server flash:TN-CampusNight.png
tftp-server flash:CiscoFountain.png
tftp-server flash:TN-CiscoFountain.png
tftp-server flash:CiscoLogo.png
tftp-server flash:TN-CiscoLogo.png
tftp-server flash:Fountain.png
tftp-server flash:TN-Fountain.png
tftp-server flash:MorroRock.png
tftp-server flash:TN-MorroRock.png
tftp-server flash:NantucketFlowers.png
tftp-server flash:TN-NantucketFlowers.png
tftp-server flash:Desktops/320x212x16/List.xml
tftp-server flash:Desktops/320x212x12/List.xml
tftp-server flash:Desktops/320x216x16/List.xml
tftp-server flash:GUI-1.2.1.SBN
tftp-server flash:CP7921G-1.2.1.LOADS
tftp-server flash:TNUXR-1.0.1.SBN
tftp-server flash:SYS-1.0.1.SBN
tftp-server flash:TNUX-1.2.1.SBN
tftp-server flash:APPS-1.2.1.SBN
tftp-server flash:SYS-1.2.1.SBN
tftp-server flash:APPS-1.0.1.SBN
tftp-server flash:TNUX-1.0.1.SBN
tftp-server flash:WLAN-1.0.1.SBN
tftp-server flash:GUI-1.0.1.SBN
tftp-server flash:TNUXR-1.2.1.SBN
tftp-server flash:WLAN-1.2.1.SBN

uc520#sh telephony-service
CONFIG (Version=4.2(0))
Version 4.2(0)
Cisco Unified Communications Manager Express
For on-line documentation please see:

ip source-address port 2000
service dnis overlay
service dnis dir-lookup
load 7902 CP7902080002SCCP060817A
load 7921 CP7921G-1.2.1
load 7936 cmterm_7936.3-3-13-0
load 7970 SCCP70.8-2-2SR2S
load 7971 SCCP70.8-2-2SR2S
load 7962 SCCP42.8-3-2S
load 7942 SCCP42.8-3-2S
load 7945 SCCP45.8-3-2S
load 7965 SCCP45.8-3-2S
load 7975 SCCP75.8-3-2S
load 7961 SCCP41.8-2-2SR2S
load 7961GE SCCP41.8-2-2SR2S
load 7941 SCCP41.8-2-2SR2S
load 7941GE SCCP41.8-2-2SR2S
load 7931 SCCP31.8-2-2SR2S
load 7911 SCCP11.8-2-2SR2S
load 7906 SCCP11.8-2-2SR2S
load 7914 S00105000200
load 7960-7940 P00308000500
load 521G-524G cp524g-08-01-12
max-ephones 56
max-dn 224
max-conferences 8 gain -6
dspfarm units 5
dspfarm transcode sessions 0
dspfarm 1 1234567890
dspfarm 2
dspfarm 3
dspfarm 4
dspfarm 5
conference hardware
# of hunt-group collect data: 4
hunt-group report delay 1 hours
Number of hunt-group configured: 3
hunt-group logout DND
max-redirect 5
voicemail 4000
cnf-file location: system:
cnf-file option: PER-PHONE
network-locale[0] US   (This is the default network locale for this box)
network-locale[1] US
network-locale[2] US
network-locale[3] US
network-locale[4] US
user-locale[0] US    (This is the default user locale for this box)
user-locale[1] US
user-locale[2] US
user-locale[3] US
user-locale[4] US
srst mode auto-provision is OFF
srst ephone template is 0
srst dn template is 0
srst dn line mode is single
phone service videoCapability 1
moh music-on-hold.au
time-format 12
date-format mm-dd-yy
timezone 8 Central Standard/Daylight Time
secondary-dialtone 9
url services
url authentication
call-forward pattern .T
call-forward system redirecting-expanded
transfer-pattern 9.T
transfer-pattern .T
keepalive 30 auxiliary 30
timeout interdigit 5
timeout busy 10
timeout ringing 180
timeout ringin-callerid 8
timeout night-service-bell 12
caller-id name-only: enable
system message TelaDoc
web admin system name cisco  secret 5 xxxxxxxxxx
web admin customer name Customer
edit DN through Web:  enabled.
edit TIME through web:  enabled.
Log (table parameters):
     max-size: 150
     retain-timer: 15
create cnf-files version-stamp 7960 Mar 30 2009 17:06:28
transfer-system full-consult dss
multicast moh port 2000
local directory service: enabled.
Extension-assigner tag-type ephone-tag.

Steven DiStefano Mon, 08/10/2009 - 06:32
User Badges:
  • Blue, 1500 points or more

What does your flash look like?

dir flash:

Thinking the tftp-server statements need to specify the exact folder on which the phone load resides:

i.e. in the case they are in a phone subdirectory and a phone sub directory below that:

tftp-server flash:/phones/7945_7965/apps45.8-4-1-23.sbn alias apps45.8-4-1-23.sbn

In your case, even if the load is in root of flash:, then at least you need the flash: prefix

Marcos Hernandez Mon, 08/10/2009 - 06:36
User Badges:
  • Blue, 1500 points or more

The phone seems to be on the right load, so I suspect this is not related to firmware upgrade.

Could you please do the following:

1) Log into the CLI

2) Enter config mode

3) Go under "telephonty-service"

4) Do "no create cnf" followed by "create cnf".

5) Save the config. Reboot the phones.

If that doesn't help. You can try rebooting the UC500.

Let us know,


nguyentom Mon, 08/10/2009 - 08:04
User Badges:

Hi Marcos,

what will this "no create cnf" followed by "create cnf" exactly do?

will it affect the existing working phones?


Steven Smith Mon, 08/10/2009 - 08:06
User Badges:
  • Gold, 750 points or more

This forces the router to delete and recreate the config files for the phones.  The phones will only get this when they boot, so it shouldn't effect working phones.

Marcos Hernandez Mon, 08/10/2009 - 08:07
User Badges:
  • Blue, 1500 points or more

It will recreate the phone config files. It won't affect working phones.

It is also very important that you verify that there are "ephone" entries for the phones that you want to register. Auto-reg is not on, it seems, so this could be the culprit here.



nguyentom Mon, 08/10/2009 - 08:54
User Badges:

I added an ephone but without ephone-dn and no luck still.

auto-reg is just not allowed.

having readd the cnf file and I know that you say it will won't affect the working phones, but what happen when you need to reset the current working phone?

Marcos Hernandez Mon, 08/10/2009 - 13:04
User Badges:
  • Blue, 1500 points or more

I don't understand the question, but again, this will not affect working phones.


David Trad Tue, 08/11/2009 - 00:10
User Badges:
  • Gold, 750 points or more
  • Cisco Designated VIP,

    2013 Small Business

Hi There,

I added an ephone but without ephone-dn and no luck still.

[EDIT] I did not do my research enough, the 7960 phones use a different phone load to the 7961 phones.



Message was edited by: David Trad 11/08/2009 1811hrs AEST

CSCO10427120 Sun, 02/16/2014 - 04:35
User Badges:

I had this exact problem with a UC500 and a 7960 phone. 7940s and 7941s would pick up the load  and register with CME straight away after a factory reset, however the 7960 reported 'no load specified' and wouldn't pick up any dhcp details (i.e. ip address, subnet mask, default gateway, tftp server etc). The DHCP Server option appeared as As soon as I typed 'no create cnf-files' under the telephone-service configuration, it started to work. Thanks for the tip Marcos, fantastic!


This Discussion