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“This SMP image cannot run on a ASA5505 system.”

I put the wrong ASA image on my ASA5505 router  (asa811-smp-k8.bin) and now the ASA55050 will not boot. It just keeps rebooting with the following error message “This SMP image cannot run on a ASA5505 system.”.

How do I put a valid SMP image back on the appliance with the CLI?

I can push Esc while it is booting and get to the command prompt with limited commands listed below.

address   <addr>  local IP address

boot      <args>  boot an image, valid args are:

     - "image file spec" and/or

     - "cfg=<config file spec>"

clear             clear interface statistics

confreg   <value> set hex configuration register

dev               display platform interface devices

erase     <arg>   erase storage media

file      <name>  application image file path/name

gateway   <addr>  gateway IP address

gdb       <cmd>   edit image gdb settings

help              valid command list

history           display command history

interface <name>  ethernet interface port

no        <feat>  clear feature settings

ping      <addr>  send ICMP echo

reboot            halt and reboot system

reload            halt and reboot system

repeat    <arg>   repeat previous command, valid arguments:

     - no arg: repeat last command

     - number: index into command history table

     - string: most recent 1st arg match in command history table

reset             halt and reboot system

server    <addr>  server IP address

set               display all variable settings

show      <cmd>   display cmd-specific information

sync              save variable settings in NVRAM

tftpdnld          TFTP download

timeout   <num>   packet timeout (seconds)

trace             toggle packet tracing

unset   <varname> unset a variable name

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Re: “This SMP image cannot run on a ASA5505 system.”


I need some clarification

May be you have download ASA 5580 version of Image this image

this  image is valid for the ASA 5580-20 and ASA5580-40 ***

U need the software for ASA 5505 Pl find the latest image for ASA 5505

Note: pl verify DRAM and FLASH for load this image

Release Date: 03/Nov/2009
Cisco Adaptive Security Appliance Software version 8.0(5) software. Please read the Release Note prior to downloading this release.
Size: 13608.00 KB  (13934592 bytes)

Use TFTP /Tftpdnld to load this software

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Re: “This SMP image cannot run on a ASA5505 system.”


I have not run into this issue on an ASA and so can not speak from direct experience. But based on the commands that you show as available I believe that your solution will be to use the tftpdnld command to put a correct image on the ASA.

As is suggested by its name tftpdnld uses TFTP to download an image and is typically used to recover when a device has a corrupted image or an incorrect image (as apparently is your case). You will probably need to use the set command to set various variables (especially including the server address of a TFTP server which has the correct image in its TFTP directory, the image name, and the gateway - used if the server is not on the local subnet with the ASA).

Give it a try and let us know how it works.