SF300 switches with dissimilar firmware will not connect via Gigabit ports
I have a client with a large number of switches running 184.108.40.206 and a new switch running 1.4.0 or 1.3.5 (I've tried both versions). I am unable to run between the two switches over their gigabit ports; the link shows that it is down (Administratively it is up). On the switch running 220.127.116.11, after changing the speed on the gigabit port from autonegotiate to 100/full duplex, the link comes up (I also tried setting both statically to Gigabit speeds, but the link would not come up until I removed the setting on both switches).
Downgrading from 1.4.0 to Versions Earlier than 1.3.5 The downgrade copy operation process takes a few minutes, as the file system must be converted before the copy operation itself. The user is notified (using “…..” progress on CLI or a message on the WEB GUI) that the conversion process is ongoing. When the conversion process is complete, the image download begins automatically. The device will automatically reboot after the copy is complete.... After the downgrade, only downloaded image file will remain on the Flash (the 1.4.0.x image is deleted during this process). Note that there’s no need to downgrade the boot file, the boot file supports both file systems. The boot file cannot be downgraded while 1.4.0.x is active.
However, when I load Sx300_FW_18.104.22.168.ros on the new switch I get the following error:
Error Message:Copy: Illegal software format
Which I understand is an error that occurs when the boot loader is not correct. It would seem that the documentation is incorrect ("Note that there’s no need to downgrade the boot file, the boot file supports both file systems. The boot file cannot be downgraded while 1.4.0.x is active.")
Can someone please tell me, then, how the heck I can downgrade this switch? There's far too many switches running 22.214.171.124 to upgrade all of them on their budget.
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