Revised April 16, 2007
August 26, 1999
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The Catalyst 8500 products are not compatible with the Flash cards shipped for the Catalyst 6000. The use of these Flash cards will cause the Cisco 8500 to crash and and have problems rebooting.
Initially, Catalyst products all used Flash that was based on memory manufactured by Intel. Intel changed over to a different kind of Flash that uses a different architecture. At that time, the Catalyst 6000 product team decided to qualify this new product. Currently, the Catalyst 8500 team is in the process of qualifing these Flash cards for a future release.
The PCMCIA Flash cards from the Catalyst 6000 are the Intel 200 Series. This is the output from the format command issued on a Catalyst 8540.
FORMATTING A INTEL 200 series PCMCIA card results in the following crash... Tequila# 00:02:44: %FILESYS-5-DEV: PCMCIA flash card inserted into slot1 Tequila# Tequila# Tequila#dir slot1: %Error opening slot1:/ (Bad device info block) Tequila#format slot1: Format operation may take a while. Continue? [confirm] Format operation will destroy all data in "slot1:". Continue? [confirm] %ALIGN-1-FATAL: Corrupted program counter pc=0xFFFF3730, ra=0xFFFF3730, sp=0x61332588 === Flushing messages (18:46:20 UTC Sun Aug 8 1999) === Queued messages: EHSA: enter ehsa_crash_hook EHSA: send crash message ehsa_rx_crash_ack ehsa_platform_crash_handle *** System received a Bus Error exception *** signal= 0xa, code= 0x8, context= 0x60aa7d40 PC = 0x600b05f8, Cause = 0x20, Status Reg = 0x34008002 AT: 0, V0: a, V1: 8 A0: 2b, A1: a, A2: 8 A3: 60aa7d40, T0: 38, T1: 34008001 T2: 34008000, T3: ffff00ff, T4: 60961548 T5: ff, T6: 0, T7: 0 S0: 34008001, S1: 1, S2: a S3: 8, S4: 60aa7d40, S5: ffffffff S6: ffffffff, S7: ffffd01e, T8: 962d T9: 0, K0: 60aa7d40, K1: 0 GP: 60a38440, SP: 609596f8, S8: 6168ff RA: 600a2790 STATUS: 34008002 mdlo_hi: 0, mdlo: 0 mdhi_hi: 0, mdhi: 0 bvaddr_hi: ffffffff, bvaddr_lo: ffff3730 cause: 20, epc_hi: 0, epc:600b05f8 err_epc_hi: 8401400, err_epc: 80886000 TIGER Masked Interrupt Register = 0x0000007f TIGER Interrupt Value Register = 0x00000020 monitor: command "boot" b@?-b- ???Y?????????????????????????????m? ?? ????
At this time, the only solution is to use the Intel 2+ PCMCIA Flash cards or the new Smart Modular or Sharp PCMCIA Flash cards. For requirements for the new Smart Modular and Sharp Flash cards, refer to Flash Write Can Fail with Sharp and Smart Modular Flash Card.
The new Intel series 200 cards will be supported in a future release.
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