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Field Notice: FN - 63746 - Catalyst C4500 and Catalyst 49xx Might Fail to Boot Up After a Software Upgrade or Power Cycle – Fix on Failure

Field Notice: FN - 63746 � Catalyst C4500 and Catalyst 49xx Might Fail to Boot Up After a Software Upgrade or Power Cycle � Fix on Failure

Revised April 1, 2014
March 3, 2014


NOTICE:

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Revision History

Revision Date Comment
1.1
01-APR-2014
Updated Workaround/Solution Section
1.0
03-MAR-2014
Initial Public Release

Products Affected

Products Affected
WS-X4516-10GE/2
ME-4924-10GE
WS-C4928-10GE
WS-C4948-10GE
WS-C4948-10GE-E 
WS-C4948-10GE-S 

Problem Description

Some Catalyst 49xx fixed switches and a Catalyst 4500 modular supervisor might fail to boot up after a software upgrade or other user action where the board requires a power cycle operation.

Background

Cisco has been working with some customers on an issue related to memory components manufactured by a single supplier between 2005 and 2010. These memory components are widely used across the industry and are included in a number of Cisco products.

Although the majority of Cisco products using these components are experiencing field failure rates below expected levels, some components may fail earlier than anticipated. A handful of our customers have recently experienced a higher number of failures, leading us to change our approach to managing this issue.

While other vendors have chosen to address this issue in different ways, Cisco believes its approach is the best course of action for its customers. Despite the cost, we are demonstrating that we always make customer satisfaction a top priority. Customers can learn more about this topic at our Memory Component Issue web page.

PLEASE NOTE: The products listed in this Field Notice have lower than expected failure rates. This assessment is based on actual usage of affected memory components, observed field failure rates, and product replacements since 2012.

A degraded component will not affect the ongoing operation of a device, but will be exposed by a subsequent power cycle event. This event will result in a hard failure of the device, which cannot be recovered by a reboot or additional power cycle. For these reasons, additional caution is recommended for operational activities requiring the simultaneous power cycling of multiple devices. This issue has been observed most commonly on devices that have been in service for 24 months or more.

Problem Symptoms

There is no known occurrence of failure due to the specific vendor of memory in the impacted Product IDs (PIDs) on Catalyst 4500 and Catalyst 49xx platform. If the suspected hardware has been in operation for approximately 24 months, the product hardware might fail to boot up due to memory failure during a power cycle event. This is caused by one or more of these actions:

  • Upgrade the software
  • Reload the entire product
  • Reload after installation
  • Online Insertion Removal/Replacement (OIR) for the modular supervisor

Note: This issue does not affect boards while the boards are in operation. The board failure might occur after one or more of the actions listed are executed.

Workaround/Solution

Fix on Failure Replacement Guidelines: Request RMA product through normal service support channels.

Product or card replacement: Request RMA product through normal service support channels.

For assistance with replacement memory module: Please refer to the Memory Replacement Guidance for Cisco Catalyst 4500 Series Modular Switch Supervisor for instructions on how to replace the memory modules.

PID
Action
PID Replacement
Quantity
Catalyst 4500 Supervisor
WS-X4516-10GE
Replace Supervisor Memory Module
MEMC4K-512D-SDRAM=
1
Catalyst 49xx
WS-C4948-10GE
Replace product
WS-C4948-10GE
1
WS-C4948-10GE-E
Replace product
WS-C4948-10GE-E
1
WS-C4948-10GE-S
Replace product
WS-C4948-10GE-S
1
WS-C4928-10GE
Replace product
WS-C4928-10GE
1
ME-4924-10GE
Replace product
ME-4924-10GE
1

 

How To Identify Hardware Levels

There are two methods in order to obtain the PID: 

  • IOS CLI Command: Use the show module command. 

    In order to identify the PID of the installed supervisors and/or fixed switches, use the show module command as shown in this example. The PID can be found under the Model column. 

    Example: show module on WS-C4510R (Redundant Chassis) 

    4510R-switch#show mod 

    Chassis Type : WS-C4510R 


    Power consumed by backplane : 40 Watts 


    Mod Ports Card Type Model 
    ---+-----+----------------------------------+------------------+----------- 

    1 6 Sup V-10GE 10GE (X2), 1000BaseX (SFP) WS-X4516-10GE 

    2 6 Sup V-10GE 10GE (X2), 1000BaseX (SFP) WS-X4516-10GE 

    3 6 1000BaseX (GBIC) WS-X4306-GB 

    4 6 1000BaseX (GBIC) WS-X4306-GB

  • Physical Inspection: If CLI access is not available, look for a label on the device.

For More Information

If you require further assistance, or if you have any further questions regarding this field notice, please contact the Cisco Systems Technical Assistance Center (TAC) by one of the following methods:

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