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6500 booting into rommon

Hi there,

I'm struggling with an issue that I can't seem to figure out -- I have a 6500 that keeps booting into Rommon, even though it has a valid image file on the sup-bootdisk, and the config register is 0x2102.  When it reloads I see this on the screen:

System Bootstrap, Version 8.5(4)

Copyright (c) 1994-2009 by cisco Systems, Inc.

Cat6k-Sup720/SP processor with 524288 Kbytes of main memory

Autoboot: failed, BOOT string is empty

Autoboot executing command: "boot "

Initializing ATA monitor library...

string is bootdisk:s72033-adventerprisek9_wan-mz.122-33.SXI5.bin

Loading image, please wait ...

Initializing ATA monitor library...

loadprog: error - on read during ELF program load

requested 32768 (0x8000) bytes, got 7908 (0x1ee4)

boot: cannot load "bootdisk:"

System Bootstrap, Version 8.5(4)

Copyright (c) 1994-2009 by cisco Systems, Inc.

Cat6k-Sup720/SP processor with 524288 Kbytes of main memory

Autoboot executing command: "boot bootdisk:"

Initializing ATA monitor library...

string is bootdisk:s72033-adventerprisek9_wan-mz.122-33.SXI5.bin

Loading image, please wait ...

Initializing ATA monitor library...

loadprog: error - on read during ELF program load

requested 32768 (0x8000) bytes, got 7908 (0x1ee4)

boot: cannot load "bootdisk:"

System Bootstrap, Version 8.5(4)

Copyright (c) 1994-2009 by cisco Systems, Inc.

Cat6k-Sup720/SP processor with 524288 Kbytes of main memory

rommon 1 >

It seems like the repeating error is "error - on read during ELF program load".  Has anyone seen this before.  I can boot the system off of a CF card, but I'd like to use the sup-bootdisk.

Thanks

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Hall of Fame Super Silver

6500 booting into rommon

The second line of this part of the error message

loadprog: error - on read during ELF program load

requested 32768 (0x8000) bytes, got 7908 (0x1ee4)

makes me wonder if there is a hardware error on the sup-bootdisk. If you can successfully boot from CF then I would suggest that you do that and then from the running switch investigate the possibility of issues on sup-bootdisk (can you copy from sup-bootdisk to something like a tftp server and can you copy from something like a tftp server to sup-bootdisk).

HTH

Rick

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Hall of Fame Super Silver

6500 booting into rommon

The second line of this part of the error message

loadprog: error - on read during ELF program load

requested 32768 (0x8000) bytes, got 7908 (0x1ee4)

makes me wonder if there is a hardware error on the sup-bootdisk. If you can successfully boot from CF then I would suggest that you do that and then from the running switch investigate the possibility of issues on sup-bootdisk (can you copy from sup-bootdisk to something like a tftp server and can you copy from something like a tftp server to sup-bootdisk).

HTH

Rick

VIP Super Bronze

6500 booting into rommon

Hi,

In addition to good recommendations by Rick, can you also check to see if you have enough space in your flash?

The SXI5 image is around 116Mb.

HTH

Bronze

6500 booting into rommon

Thanks for the replies:

I definitely have space available:

Directory of disk0:/

    1  -rw-        3242  Oct 19 2011 16:27:16 -04:00  CriticalLinkStatus.tcl

    2  -rw-        4291  Oct 19 2011 16:27:32 -04:00  OspfAdjChange.tcl

    3  -rw-        2405  Oct 19 2011 16:27:50 -04:00  DuplexMismatch.tcl

    4  -rw-     1195402  Jan 21 2012 15:15:16 -05:00  show_tech

    5  -rw-   118638948   Feb 4 2012 12:42:32 -05:00  s72033-adventerprisek9_wan-mz.122-33.SXI5.bin

256503808 bytes total (136650752 bytes free)

I was also able to copy the image off of the sup-bootdisk to tftp, and copy a different image file back on to the sup-bootdisk via tftp.

I ran the verify command on the image and it came back successful.

Bronze

6500 booting into rommon

Well it seems like reformatting the sup-bootdisk did the trick.  I was hesitant to do this because I've had bad luck with this in the past, but it seemed to work this time.  And all this trouble is with a replacement Sup720 from TAC... go figure.

VIP Super Bronze

Re: 6500 booting into rommon

One other thing I have noticed about the flash on Sup-720-VS models is that if you have a lots files on them (even with plenty of space) it does not let you add more files.  It appear that there is limited amount of files you can have on the flash.  So it is not matter of space but the number of files.  I have no idea why.  You would think, as long as there is space on the flash, you should be able to write to it.

Glad to help you figure it out.  Thanks for the rating!!

Hall of Fame Super Gold

6500 booting into rommon

Hey Reza,

What's your feedback with the SXI range?  We've "dumped" SXI in favour of the SXJ.

VIP Super Bronze

Re: 6500 booting into rommon

Leo,

As long as you use SXi4 or later revision you should be fine.

Reza

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Hall of Fame Super Gold

6500 booting into rommon

Thanks Reza.

Hall of Fame Super Silver

6500 booting into rommon

I am glad that you have solved the problem. The fact that formatting the sup-bootdisk fixed the problem suggests that there was a problem but not a "hard" hardware problem (more of a soft or transient error). I am slightly concerned that the error might come back. But at least if it does we now know that boot from CF is a reasonable work around.

Thanks for posting to the thread with how you solved the problem. Perhaps now you can mark the question as answered?

HTH

Rick

New Member

6500 booting into rommon

I have also the same probleem

[CODE]

rommon 1 > set

PS1=rommon ! >

LOG_PREFIX_VERSION=1

SLOTCACHE=

SUPW_6=1

RET_2_RTS=15:34:00 UTC Sat Jun 16 2007

TYFIB_BLOCK_ALLOC=

BSI=0

RET_2_RCALTS=

SUPW_5=1

ACL_DENY=0

PF_REDUN_CRASH_COUNT=0

IMAGEVER=0

?=0

BOOT=bootdisk:,1;

CONFIG_FILE=bootdisk:switch.cfg

PROFILE_FILE=

 

rommon 2 > dir disk0:

PCMCIA slot0 device is not initialized

open: read error...requested 0x4 bytes, got 0x0

trouble reading device magic number

dir: cannot open device "disk0:"

rommon 3 >

rommon 4 > dev

Devices in device table:

       id name

bootdisk: boot flash

   disk0: ATA slot 0

bootdisk: ATA slot 1

   eprom: eprom

rommon 5 > dir bootdisk:

Directory of bootdisk:

2     9490452   -rw-     cat6000-sup32pfc3k9.8-4-6.bin

[/CODE]

I have try erase the password but it can not. help plz

New Member

6500 booting into rommon

I have also this

System Bootstrap, Version 12.2(18r)SX2, RELEASE SOFTWARE (fc1)
Technical Support: Support and Documentation - Cisco Systems
Copyright (c) 2004 by cisco Systems, Inc.
Cat6k-Sup32 platform with 524288 Kbytes of main memory

Autoboot executing command: "boot bootdisk:"


monitor: command "boot" aborted due to user interrupt


Exit at the end of BOOT string
rommon 1 >
rommon 1 > confreg

           Configuration Summary
   (Virtual Configuration Register: 0x10f)
enabled are:
 [ 0 ] console baud: 9600
 boot: ...... image specified by the boot system commands or default to: cisco17                                                                                                                                                             -Cat6k-Sup32

do you wish to change the configuration? y/n  [n]:  y
 enable  "diagnostic mode"? y/n  [n]:  n
 enable  "use net in IP bcast address"? y/n  [n]:  n
 enable  "load rom after netboot fails"? y/n  [n]:  n
 enable  "use all zero broadcast"? y/n  [n]:  n
 enable  "break/abort has effect"? y/n  [n]:  n
 enable  "ignore system config info"? y/n  [n]:  y
 change console baud rate? y/n  [n]:  n
change the boot characteristics? y/n  [n]:  n

           Configuration Summary
   (Virtual Configuration Register: 0x14f)
enabled are:
 [ 0 ] ignore system config info
 [ 1 ] console baud: 9600
 boot: ...... image specified by the boot system commands or default to: cisco17                                                                                                                                                             -Cat6k-Sup32

do you wish to change the configuration? y/n  [n]:  n


You must reset or power cycle for new config to take effect
rommon 2 >boot

string is bootdisk:cat6000-sup32pfc3k9.8-4-6.bin
Self decompressing the image : ############################################################################################################################################################################################################################################################################################################################################################################################################################################################################################################################################################################################################################################################################################################################################################################################################################################################################### [OK]

System Power On Diagnostics
DRAM Size ..........................512 MB
Testing DRAM .......................Passed
Verifying Text Segment .............Passed
NVRAM Size .........................2048 KB
Level2 Cache .......................Present
Level3 Cache .......................Absent
System Power On Diagnostics Complete
Currently running ROMMON from S (Gold) region
Boot image: bootdisk:cat6000-sup32pfc3k9.8-4-6.bin

Firmware compiled 22-Aug-06 15:44 by integ Build [100]

Running System Diagnostics from this Supervisor (Module 6)
This may take several minutes....please wait
IP address for Catalyst not configured
DHCP/BOOTP will commence after the ports are online
Ports are coming online ...
WARNING: This product contains cryptographic features and is subject to United
States and local country laws governing import, export, transfer and use.
Delivery of Cisco cryptographic products does not imply third-party authority
to import, export, distribute or use encryption. Importers, exporters,
distributors and users are responsible for compliance with U.S. and local
country laws. By using this product you agree to comply with applicable
laws and regulations. If you are unable to comply with U.S. and local laws,
return this product immediately.
 
Cisco Systems Console
 
2012 Aug 30 04:56:58 %SYS-3-MOD_PORTINTFINSYNC:Port Interface in sync for Module 6
2012 Aug 30 04:57:01 %SYS-2-PS_FAIL:Power supply 2 failed
2012 Aug 30 04:57:01 %SYS-1-SYS_ENABLEPS: Power supply 1 enabled
2012 Aug 30 04:57:05 %SYS-5-MOD_PWRON:Module 1 powered up

Enter password:

2012 Aug 30 04:57:06 %SYS-5-MOD_PWRON:Module 3 powered up
Console> 2012 Aug 30 04:57:12 %MLS-5-MCAST_STATUS:IP Multicast Multilayer Switching is enabled
2012 Aug 30 04:57:23 %SYS-5-MOD_OK:Module 6(WS-SUP32-GE-3B,xxxxxxxxxxxxx) is online
2012 Aug 30 04:57:23 %SYS-3-MOD_PORTINTFINSYNC:Port Interface in sync for Module 6
2012 Aug 30 04:57:33 %SYS-5-MOD_OK:Module 1(WS-X6408A-GBIC,xxxxxxxxxxxxx) is online
2012 Aug 30 04:57:33 %SYS-3-MOD_PORTINTFINSYNC:Port Interface in sync for Module 1
2012 Aug 30 04:57:42 %SYS-5-MOD_OK:Module 3(WS-X6148-RJ-45,xxxxxxxxxxxxx) is online
2012 Aug 30 04:57:42 %SYS-3-MOD_PORTINTFINSYNC:Port Interface in sync for Module 3

Enter password: 2012 Aug 30 04:58:11 %SYS-5-MOD_OK:Module 16(WS-F6K-MSFC2A,xxxxxxxxxxxxxx) is online
Session Disconnected...

Cisco Systems Console           Thu Aug 30 2012, 04:58:20

Enter password:
Enter password:

Console> (enable)
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