[nsp] Booting 6500's from Flash.

Steve Francis steve at expertcity.com
Fri Aug 8 14:03:09 EDT 2003

OK, I'm actually trying to boot some 6500's from the 64M ATA flash cards 
I've had in them for a while, and I get a constant looping of:
System Bootstrap, Version 7.1(1)
Copyright (c) 1994-2001 by cisco Systems, Inc.
c6k_sup2 processor with 524288 Kbytes of main memory
Autoboot executing command: "boot disk0:c6sup22-pk2sv-mz.121-19.E1.bin"
device does not contain a valid magic number

until I manage to break it and boot from sup-bootflash.
(At which time I can verify /md5 the image on the disk, and its fine.)

The requirements for booting from the ATA cards are rommon 7.1(1)

Does rommon = system bootstrap?

remote command switch sho ver shows:
Cisco Internetwork Operating System Software
IOS (tm) c6sup2_sp Software (c6sup2_sp-SPV-M), Version 12.1(13)E5, EARLY 
TAC Support: http://www.cisco.com/tac
Copyright (c) 1986-2003 by cisco Systems, Inc.
Compiled Thu 03-Apr-03 16:28 by hqluong
Image text-base: 0x40020C00, data-base: 0x40916000
ROM: System Bootstrap, Version 7.1(1)

Yet sho mod:
sho mod
Mod Ports Card Type Model Serial No.
--- ----- -------------------------------------- ------------------ 
1 2 Catalyst 6000 supervisor 2 (Active) WS-X6K-SUP2-2GE SAL0652AXVT
Mod MAC addresses Hw Fw Sw Status
--- ---------------------------------- ------ ------------ ------------ 
1 0006.d65c.4d68 to 0006.d65c.4d69 3.11 6.1(3) 7.5(0.6)HUB1 Ok

So the firmware is 6.1.(3)

Is the firmware the Rommon? Or the system bootrap ROM?

I'm on my third TAC engineer with no answers yet....

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