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What type of Flash memory Cards are supported on a Cisco 3640 Router? I currentyly have a 16MB Card, works fine, but the IOS does not fit on it. I have a 24MB card, the router sees the card but gives the following error.

R3Gateway#show slot0
Flash card inserted. Reading filesystem...
%Error: PCMCIA Slot0 flash bank 0 chip 0 unknown, chip id 0x0   (reversed = 0x0)

%Error: PCMCIA Slot0 flash initialization failed
done.


PCMCIA Slot0 flash directory:
No files in PCMCIA Slot0 flash
[0 bytes used, 25165820 available, 25165820 total]
24576K bytes of processor board PCMCIA Slot0 flash (Device not programmable)

R3Gateway#show slot0

PCMCIA Slot0 flash directory:
No files in PCMCIA Slot0 flash
[0 bytes used, 25165820 available, 25165820 total]
24576K bytes of processor board PCMCIA Slot0 flash (Device not programmable)

Is there a way for the card to work with the router?


R3Gateway#show ver
Cisco Internetwork Operating System Software
IOS (tm) 3600 Software (C3640-JK9O3S-M), Version 12.3(10), RELEASE SOFTWARE (fc3
)
Copyright (c) 1986-2004 by cisco Systems, Inc.
Compiled Tue 17-Aug-04 02:51 by kellythw
Image text-base: 0x60008B00, data-base: 0x620EA000

ROM: System Bootstrap, Version 11.1(20)AA2, EARLY DEPLOYMENT RELEASE SOFTWARE (f
c1)

System returned to ROM by power-on
System restarted at 19:18:42 EST Wed Feb 2 2005
System image file is "flash:c3640-jk9o3s-mz.123-10.bin"

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by:lrmoore
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Have you tried to format it?
router#format slot0:
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by:orbix
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I looked for the format command, but it is not there. Maybe this IOS does not support that command?
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OK..
Try "partition"
router#partition slot0:

http://www.cisco.com/en/US/products/hw/routers/ps274/prod_module_install_config_guide09186a008007ce2d.html


The 3600 traditionally uses a class B filesystem, but with the addition of crashinfo file support in Cisco IOS Software Version 12.2(4)T, the 3600 needs the ability to delete individual files. Consequently, the 3600 Series Router with Cisco IOS Software Version 12.2T and later utilizes commands from class B filesystems as well as commands from class C filesystems. In order to activate the class C filesystem commands on the 3600 with Cisco IOS SoftwareRrelease 12.2T, you first need to use the erase command to completely remove all files from the Flash filesystem. Then, when the Flash is empty, run the squeeze command against it to create a squeeze log. At this point, the 3600 Flash system uses the delete and squeeze commands like a class C filesystem.

Try
router#erase slot0:
router#squeeze slot0:

http://www.cisco.com/en/US/products/hw/routers/ps341/products_tech_note09186a00800a7515.shtml

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by:orbix
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Thanks for the tips. I have issued the partition slot0) 1 command, no error. when used erase or squeeze, the slot0 does not show up as a valid option. I tried all of those before posting this message, I am not sure what I may be missing.
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by:lrmoore
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Since you used the partition command, can you use dir slot0: ?
Be sure to use the colon ":" after slot0
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by:orbix
ID: 13412318
The output from that is listed below.
Is it possible the 3640 does not support the 24MB Card?
Also why would the format command not be available?


R3Gateway#dir slot0
%Error opening flash:/slot0 (No such file or directory)
R3Gateway#dir slot0:
Directory of slot0:/

No files in directory

25165820 bytes total (25165820 bytes free)
R3Gateway#
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by:lrmoore
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It does, there are simply no files in it...
>R3Gateway#dir slot0:
Directory of slot0:/

No files in directory

25165820 bytes total (25165820 bytes free)
R3Gateway#

You forgot the ending colon here:
>R3Gateway#dir slot0 <-- does not work!

R3Gateway#dir slot0: <-- works!
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by:orbix
ID: 13412345
OK I understand the colon needs to be there. I have several outputs. The Flash memory card does not show up as an option to copy to, squeeze, erase, etc.. The router sees the card, but can't do anything with it.

R3Gateway#dir slot0:
Directory of slot0:/

No files in directory

25165820 bytes total (25165820 bytes free)
R3Gateway#er
R3Gateway#erase ?
  /all                       Erase all files(in NVRAM)
  /no-squeeze-reserve-space  Do not reserve space for squeeze operation
  flash:                     Filesystem to be erased
  nvram:                     Filesystem to be erased
  pram:                      Filesystem to be erased
  startup-config             Erase contents of configuration memory

R3Gateway#sq
R3Gateway#squeeze ?
  /nolog  Squeeze without squeeze logs
  /quiet  Squeeze without progress update
  flash:  Filesystem to be squeezed

R3Gateway#

R3Gateway#show slot0

PCMCIA Slot0 flash directory:
No files in PCMCIA Slot0 flash
[0 bytes used, 25165820 available, 25165820 total]
24576K bytes of processor board PCMCIA Slot0 flash (Device not programmable)

R3Gateway#show slot1

PCMCIA Slot1 flash directory:
No files in PCMCIA Slot1 flash
[0 bytes used, 25165820 available, 25165820 total]
24576K bytes of processor board PCMCIA Slot1 flash (Device not programmable)
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by:orbix
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Lrmoore,

Thanks for the information and help. It turns out the card is just not compatible with the Router I have. I have a differnt 32MB Card that is working fine with the router.
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