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Field Notice: *Expired* FN - 11211 - Cisco IOS Deferral for Catalyst 6xxx 12.0XE Images


Revised July 12, 2007

February 14, 2000

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Products Affected

Product

Comments

WS-X6K-SUP1A-MSFC

Supervisor Engine 1, dual-port 1000BaseX uplinks, with enhanced QoS features1, Policy Feature Card (PFC), and Multilayer Switch Feature Card (MSFC).

Problem Description

Cisco IOS® 12.0(7)XE and 12.0(3)XE2 images for Catalyst 6xxx MSFC modules are being deferred because of software compatability problems with MSFC hardware.

For additional information, refer to DDTS CSCdp53157 (registered customers only) .

Under rare circumstances, writing certain information to the Intel Strataflash bootflash device can result in corruption of other files on the device. In the worst case, this can result in the system failing to boot on a subsequent restart.

The problem occurs only when an un-aligned write is performed to the device close to an internal 64-byte boundary. This has been seen only when writing a crash-dump file (written when the system is already crashing for some other reason). Normal writes to the bootflash (such as downloading a new image) and operations such as squeeze, erase, and so on have not shown this failure.

Background

The root cause of this problem is the incorrect handling of unaligned accesses in the device driver by Catalyst IOS releases 12.0(7)XE and 12.0(3)XE2. This problem is restricted to Catalyst 6xxx MSFC modules.

Problem Symptoms

The output below is similar to what you may see with 12.0(3)XE2 or 12.0(7)XE after a system crash:

System Bootstrap, Version 12.0(3)XE, RELEASE SOFTWARE 
        Copyright (c) 1998 by cisco Systems, Inc.
        Cat6k-MSFC platform with 131072 Kbytes of main memory
        
        device does not contain a valid magic number
        boot: cannot open "bootflash:"
        an alternate boot helper program is not specified
        (monitor variable "BOOTLDR" is not set)
        and unable to determine first file in bootflash
        loadprog: error - on file open
        boot: cannot load "cisco2-Cat6k-MSFC"
        

        System Bootstrap, Version 12.0(3)XE, RELEASE SOFTWARE 
        Copyright (c) 1998 by cisco Systems, Inc.
        Cat6k-MSFC platform with 131072 Kbytes of main memory
        
        device does not contain a valid magic number
        boot: cannot open "bootflash:"
        boot: cannot determine first file name on device "bootflash:"
        .
        .
        .
        .
        
        
        System Bootstrap, Version 12.0(3)XE, RELEASE SOFTWARE 
        Copyright (c) 1998 by cisco Systems, Inc.
        Cat6k-MSFC platform with 131072 Kbytes of main memory
        rommon 1 >

You must enter the dir bootflash command to view the following:

rommon 1 > dir bootflash:
        device does not contain a valid magic number
        dir: cannot open device "bootflash:"
        rommon 2 >

Workaround/Solution

The root cause of this problem is the incorrect software handling of unaligned accesses in the device driver. The software fix was to modify the device driver to correctly handle unaligned accesses.

Solution for CSCdp53157

Cisco IOS Train

Cisco IOS Maintenance Release

Cisco IOS Images

12.0(3)XE2

12.0(7)XE1

c6msfc-*-mz,

c6sup-*-mz

12.0(7)XE

12.0(7)XE1

c6msfc-*-mz,

c6sup-*-mz

DDTS

This defect has Cisco bug ID CSCdp53157 (registered customers only) . If you are a registered CCO user and you have logged in, you can view the bug details.

DDTS

Description

Reason for Deferral

CSCdp53157 (registered customers only)

MSFC crash can cause Stratoflash bootflash corruption

Cisco IOS Versions Affected

Cisco IOS Train Affected

Cisco IOS Maintenance Release Affected

Cisco IOS Images Affected

12.0XE

12.0(3)XE, 12.0(3)XE1, 12.0(3)XE2, 12.0(7)XE

c6msfc-*-mz, c6sup-*-mz

How To Upgrade Software

Maintenance Solution

To obtain the next maintenance release, you must be a registered CCO user who has logged in. Instructions are available at CCO's Software Center.

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