I am having the exact same issue. In my case there is no stack (single switch). I've tried everything imaginable, but I can't upgrade from the original 12.2(55)SE3 release, to any of the 15.X releases. I need to do the upgrade to get support for the 10G module.
here are some of my details :
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Cisco IOS Software, C3750E Software (C3750E-UNIVERSALK9-M), Version 12.2(55)SE3, RELEASE SOFTWARE (fc1)
Technical Support: http://www.cisco.com/techsupport
Copyright (c) 1986-2011 by Cisco Systems, Inc.
Compiled Thu 05-May-11 15:40 by prod_rel_team
Image text-base: 0x00003000, data-base: 0x02800000
ROM: Bootstrap program is C3750E boot loader
BOOTLDR: C3750E Boot Loader (C3750X-HBOOT-M) Version 12.2(58r)SE, RELEASE SOFTWARE (fc1)
CISCO3750X uptime is 13 hours, 4 minutes
System returned to ROM by power-on
System image file is "flash:/c3750e-universalk9-mz.122-55.SE3.bin"
cisco WS-C3750X-48 (PowerPC405) processor (revision A0) with 262144K bytes of memory.
Processor board ID FDO1615V08Y
Last reset from power-on
1 Virtual Ethernet interface
1 FastEthernet interface
52 Gigabit Ethernet interfaces
2 Ten Gigabit Ethernet interfaces
The password-recovery mechanism is enabled.
512K bytes of flash-simulated non-volatile configuration memory.
Base ethernet MAC Address : 30:F7:0D:C7:8B:80
Motherboard assembly number : 73-12552-06
Motherboard serial number : FDO16281KXQ
Model revision number : A0
Motherboard revision number : A0
Model number : WS-C3750X-48T-S
Daughterboard assembly number : 800-32727-03
Daughterboard serial number : FDO16281FP3
System serial number : FDO1615V08Y
Top Assembly Part Number : 800-31326-03
Top Assembly Revision Number : B0
Version ID : V03
CLEI Code Number : COMJT00ARC
Hardware Board Revision Number : 0x04
Switch Ports Model SW Version SW Image
------ ----- ----- ---------- ----------
* 1 54 WS-C3750X-48 12.2(55)SE3 C3750E-UNIVERSALK9-M
Configuration register is 0xF
Directory of flash:/
2 -rwx 14588032 Jan 1 1970 03:47:44 +00:00 c3750e-universalk9-mz.122-55.SE3.bin
3 -rwx 2072 Mar 1 1993 12:40:23 +00:00 multiple-fs
4 -rwx 684 Mar 1 1993 00:01:34 +00:00 vlan.dat
5 -rwx 7152 Mar 1 1993 00:07:23 +00:00 config.text
6 -rwx 24 Mar 1 1993 00:07:24 +00:00 private-config.text
57671680 bytes total (42951168 bytes free)
BOOT path-list : flash:c3750e-universalk9-mz.122-55.SE3.bi
Config file : flash:/config.text
Private Config file : flash:/private-config.text
Enable Break : no
Manual Boot : no
HELPER path-list :
Auto upgrade : yes
Auto upgrade path :
buffer size: 524288
Timeout for Config
Download: 0 seconds
via DHCP: disabled (next boot: disabled)
here is what I've tried :
I delete the 12.2 image to make space, copy over the new image (tried 5 different 15.x images to make sure) using TFTP, verify the image, set the boot variable to the new image, perform a reload. The image gets loaded twice and then just fails. And then I'm stuck doing a 20 minute xmodem transfer to get the original image back on.
Incredibly frustrated, about ready to throw it out the window
The output of the command "dir" does NOT show any IOS version 15.X. It only shows the original 12.2(55)SE3.
You have so many ways to copy the IOS across. You can use the traditional TFTP or you can use USB thumb drive. One thing though, do NOT copy the BIN file only. Download the TAR file from Cisco. Once you've completed the download of the TAR file, it is IMPORTANT you compare the MD5 hash value of the file you have vs the MD5 hash value found in the Cisco website. They need to match for you to proceed.
Once the MD5 hash values match, use the command "archive download-sw tftp://
1. There are additional files (not the HTML files) that are unpacked that you can't get with "copy";
2. The "archive" command will tell you if the process is successful; and
3. The "archive download-sw" will also change your bootstring/boot variable for you.
Finally, you say you want to use 15.X. I strongly recommend you stick with 15.0(2)SE4. Do NOT attempt to load any other version in the 15.X range or you'll really, really regret it.
Hey there Leo,
sorry, the "dir" command was issued after the recovery, only enough space for one image at a time. I also tried doing the tar file approach, and did the MD5 hash as well, but to no avail (that what I meant by tried everything). I did not try 15.0(2)SE4 specifically, but I did try c3750e-ipbasek9-mz.150-2.SE5.bin , I will give your suggestion a shot as well.
I really appreciate the feedback and response.
but I did try c3750e-ipbasek9-mz.150-2.SE5.bin
Don't even try this version.
sorry, the "dir" command was issued after the recovery, only enough space for one image at a time. I also tried doing the tar file approach, and did the MD5 hash as well, but to no avail (that what I meant by tried everything).
Try the "archive download-sw" and post the complete output. I want to see what error messages you are getting or what issues you run to.
I have faced exactly the same issue:
Moreover I have encounter 5 fails of switches upgrade out of 6 switches tried.
I personally consider it is unlikely to have hardware problems in all 5 switches which prevent to upgrade to IOS 15.2.
Especially taking into account smooth and stable operation of mentioned above switches on IOS 12.2 and IOS 15.0
I am really confused and more over: To be honest I am a bit lost and can't predict the future behavior of production switches upgrade (which is upcoming)