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Permission denied during Catalyst 2950 boot


When I try to boot my 2950, it return "permission denied" error. It will drop to the switch prompt, and if I do a "dir flash", it return "permission denied" again. Below is the output

Please help.. thanks... Andy

System resetting...

C2900XL Boot Loader (C2900-HBOOT-M) Version 11.2(8)SA2, RELEASE SOFTWARE (fc1)

Compiled Fri 24-Apr-98 10:51 by rheaton


Base ethernet MAC Address: 00:90:f2:41:b3:00

Xmodem file system is available.

Initializing Flash...

flashfs[0]: 174 files, 3 directories

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

flashfs[0]: Total bytes: 1728000

flashfs[0]: Bytes used: 1629184

flashfs[0]: Bytes available: 98816

flashfs[0]: flashfs fsck took 4 seconds.

...done Initializing Flash.

Loading "c2900xl-c3h2s-mz.120-5.WC5.bin"...c2900xl-c3h2s-mz.120-5.WC5.bin: permission denied

Error loading "c2900xl-c3h2s-mz.120-5.WC5.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


switch: dir flash

unable to stat flash/: permission denied


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Re: Permission denied during Catalyst 2950 boot

This happened to one of our Cisco 2924XL switches some time ago. I don't know what went wrong and why, but just one day one of my colleagues told me that the switch is not working. I replaced it with another.

When I took a closer look to "broken switch", I noticed the same; it stopped in ROM monitor mode and I couldn't dir the flash memory. So I formatted it completely and downloaded new bin via serial cable and z-modem.

After that it worked fine and is still working.

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Re: Permission denied during Catalyst 2950 boot

thanks.. that works

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