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7970 will not load after factory reset

I did a factory reset on a 7970G IP Phone and now it is stuck on boot up. The headset is lit a solid green and the line buttons blink green, top to bottom. The IP Phone has already been swapped for a replacement with the same issue. Anyone know how I can get past this issue?


Re: 7970 will not load after factory reset

To reset the 7970 IP phone to factory defaults, perform these steps:

Note: The phone must be on a network that provides an IP address and TFTP server address using Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP), and the phone must be powered through an external power brick. The alternate TFTP setting is erased when using this procedure, requiring that the TFTP server address is provided by a DHCP server to get the phone upgraded.

Power off 7970.

Power on 7970 (with a power brick) while holding the # key.

The lines lamp should blink amber in sequence. Let go of the # key.

Press 123456789*0#.

The lamps should blink green in sequence.

The phone obtains IP information through DHCP.

The TERM70.default load loads on the phone.

The phone should recover the configuration file from Cisco CallManager. If not, reset by typing **#** to restore the configuration.

If you do not have a power brick connected while doing the factory restore, the process fails because the 7970 cannot TFTP the TERM70.default load from itself with inline power. If you have a console connected, you receive the CDP: power TLV's not detected - assume low power mode - pwr src = 1 message.

If step 3 does not work, upgrade the phone load to the latest version. Refer to the Software Download and look for these files:

cmterm-7970-sccp.6-0-1-Readme.htm (Readme for Cisco IP phone load for 7970 IP phone)

cmterm-7970-sccp.6-0-1.exe (IP phone load for 7970 6.0(1) - Compatible Cisco CallManager version: 3.3, 4.0)

If this does not work, perform this procedure:

Power off the phone.

Hold down the # key.

While holding #, connect an AC adaptor to the phone.

Continue to hold # until the line buttons blink amber.

Release the # key.

Enter 3491672850*#

The lights should change color from amber to red. When this occurs, the phone is resetting to factory defaults.

Note: It is important to try this procedure with a external power supply.

Upgrading the phone load to 6.0(2) should also solve the problem.

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7970 will not load after factory reset

If none of the above is working what I suppose to do? RMA?

The line buttons are flashing green and the headset button is still green (stable, not flashing)


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