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Catalyst 2912XL The system is unable to boot automatically.

I am new to IOS upgrades and need some help. I have attempted to upgrade a Catalyst 2912XL. I download this .tar file c2900xl-c3h2s-tar.120-5.WC15.tar. I loaded the file but got error "The system is unable to boot automatically". I thought the file was incorrect so i download a different version file c2900xl-c3h2s-mz.120-5.WC11.bin. I deleted the .tar my IOS .bin file and now my switch seems to be stuck in ROMMON. I copied a new .bin file from flash and copied over the .bin file using Xmodem then rebooted However, I?m still getting the following output when attempting to boot the switch.

" Boot Sector Filesystem (bs:) installed, fsid: 3

Parameter Block Filesystem (pb:) installed, fsid: 4

Loading "flash:c2900xl-c3h2s-tar.120-5.WC15.bin"...flash:c2900xl-c3h2s-tar.120-5

.WC15.bin: no such file or directory

Error loading "flash:c2900xl-c3h2s-tar.120-5.WC15.bin"

Interrupt within 5 seconds to abort boot process.

Boot process failed...

The system is unable to boot automatically. The BOOT

environment variable needs to be set to a bootable

image."

Why is it still looking for the .tar file?

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New Member

Re: Catalyst 2912XL The system is unable to boot automatically.

rommon 1>boot flash:c2900xl-c3h2s-mz.120-5.WC15.bin

and look for the string "boot system" in startup-config

New Member

Re: Catalyst 2912XL The system is unable to boot automatically.

if i run the command show statup-config i don?t see anything that lists "boot system" is this the correct command to verify this?

i went into config t and typed

boot system command c2900xl-c3h2s-mz.120-5.WC15.bin

saved to startup-config and reloaded

now im getting

Loading "system"...system: permission denied

ran a write erase command but still same issues.

This is what i have in flash

Directory of flash:/

2 -rwx 1811712 c2900xl-c3h2s-mz.120-5.WC15.bin

3 -rwx 98838 c2900XL-diag-mz-112.8.1-SA6

4 drwx 768 html

5 -rwx 109 info

18 -r-- 371 env_vars

176 -rwx 109 info.ver

6 -rwx 8192 e2rb.bin

Silver

Re: Catalyst 2912XL The system is unable to boot automatically.

Hi Bill

Please, try this recovery procedure:

http://www.cisco.com/en/US/products/hw/switches/ps607/products_tech_note09186a0080094955.shtml

From ROMMON, try:

boot flash:c2900xl-c3h2s-mz.120-5.WC11.bin

Hope this helps

New Member

Re: Catalyst 2912XL The system is unable to boot automatically.

I followed the instructions in the article but still having the same issues.

Ran the command dir flash:

I dont seem to see the config.text would this be related to my issues

here is what i get

Directory of flash:/

2 ---x 1811712 Jan 01 1970 00:43:20 c2900xl-c3h2s-mz.120-5.WC15.bin

3 ---x 98838 May 15 1999 00:50:48 c2900XL-diag-mz-112.8.1-SA6

4 d--x 768 Mar 01 1993 01:04:23 html

5 ---x 109 Mar 01 1993 01:04:25 info

18 -rwx 371 Mar 01 1993 00:10:42 env_vars

176 ---x 109 Mar 01 1993 01:04:25 info.ver

6 ---x 8192 Mar 01 1993 01:03:32 e2rb.bin

Silver

Re: Catalyst 2912XL The system is unable to boot automatically.

You have to repeat Xmodem transfer. IOS image is corrupted(size does not match)

New Member

Re: Catalyst 2912XL The system is unable to boot automatically.

Can i just del everything from flash and copy over the .tar file or do i have to copy just the .bin?

New Member

Re: Catalyst 2912XL The system is unable to boot automatically.

Ok....I finally figured it out. I copied just the bin file in rommon using xmodem and then deleted the bin once i got to privileged mode then used tftp to extract the .tar file.

Thanks!

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