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2900mXL switch won't boot HELP PLEASE!!!!!!! asap

Hello all, I've erase the NVRAM old IOS version of 12.0(5)WC3b and while I still had the console I copied the new IOS version that I wanted via tftp which was 12.0(5.1)XP Now, my switch won't boot up properly!!!! I need to get this switch into the production environment by the end of today, can anyone help? If not I guess I can open a TAC case. This is the error message I'm getting, look towards the bottom where it says "PERMISSION DENIED" I've tried to set the BOOT FS: to RW but it won't let me, please HELP!!!!

2900XL Boot Loader (C2900-HBOOT-M) Version 12.0(5.1)XP, MAINTENANCE INTERIM SOFTWARE

Compiled Fri 10-Dec-99 11:06 by cchang


Base ethernet MAC Address: 00:01:42:5e:b5:00

Xmodem file system is available.

Initializing Flash...

flashfs[0]: changing status of block 20 from "committed" to "in use".

flashfs[0]: Checking block 21...bad block number (-1)

flashfs[0]: erasing block 21...done.

flashfs[0]: 27 files, 4 directories

flashfs[0]: 0 orphaned files, 0 orphaned directories

flashfs[0]: Total bytes: 3612672

flashfs[0]: Bytes used: 3020288

flashfs[0]: Bytes available: 592384

flashfs[0]: flashfs fsck took 8 seconds.

...done Initializing Flash.

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

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

Loading "c2900XL-h2s-mz-120.5.1-XP.bin"...c2900XL-h2s-mz-120.5.1-XP.bin: permission denied

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Re: 2900mXL switch won't boot HELP PLEASE!!!!!!! asap

Does the switch go back to "switch:" prompt? Can you paste the output of "dir flash:"? if you have not tried a manual boot with command "boot flash:file_name", try it.

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Re: 2900mXL switch won't boot HELP PLEASE!!!!!!! asap

Yes, I believe I have tried the "boot flash:file_name" but if you look towards the bottom of this page you will see that there is no file in flash, I deleted the original and now I'm STUCK :-( It says I don't have proper permission.

switch: dir flash:

Directory of flash:/

3 -rwx 102893 c2900XL-diag-mz-120.5.1-XP

4 drwx 768 html

6 -rwx 1490614 c2900XL-h2s-mz-120.5.1-XP.bin

180 -rwx 109 info

181 -rwx 556 vlan.dat

19 -rwx 345 env_vars

17 -rwx 8192 e2rb.bin

18 -rwx 109 info.ver

20 -rwx 2673 config.text

592384 bytes available (3020288 bytes used)

switch: dir

List of filesystems currently registered:

flash[0]: (read-write)

xmodem[1]: (read-only)

null[2]: (read-write)

bs[3]: (read-only)


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Re: 2900mXL switch won't boot HELP PLEASE!!!!!!! asap

Yes, it does go back to switch prompt but with limited commands

switch: ?

? -- Present list of available commands

boot -- Load and boot an executable image

cat -- Concatenate (type) file(s)

copy -- Copy a file

delete -- Delete file(s)

dir -- List files in directories

flash_init -- Initialize flash filesystem(s)

format -- Format a filesystem

fsck -- Check filesystem consistency

help -- Present list of available commands

load_helper -- Load and initialize a helper image

memory -- Present memory heap utilization information

mkdir -- Create dir(s)

more -- Concatenate (display) file(s)

rename -- Rename a file

reset -- Reset the system

rmdir -- Delete empty dir(s)

set -- Set or display environment variables

set_bs -- Set attributes on a boot sector filesystem

set_param -- Set system parameters in flash

sleep -- Sleep a specified number of seconds

trap -- Cause a software breakpoint to occur

type -- Concatenate (type) file(s)

unset -- Unset one or more environment variables

version -- Display boot loader version


New Member

Re: 2900mXL switch won't boot HELP PLEASE!!!!!!! asap

I am going to try using Xmodem to bring this puppy back to life.

Here is where I found it..

Thanks for your help all :-)

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