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I just powered up a used Catalyst 2900 series switch. Several ports show an amber color. What does this mean?

Ok so I bought this 2924 Cisco switch off of ebay, pluged it up, and all green lights came on at first.  Then ports 1-4 and ports 9-12 lit up with an amber light which stayed on.  This sounds bad but I'm not sure what that means.  Are the ports bad?  I consoled into the switch and looked at the output from int 1  and  compared it with int 5 ( which is not lit up) and could find no difference.  The switch has no computers hooked to it.  Any ideas?
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DaleFrazier
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Scotty_ciscoCommented:
stay consoled in and and unplug the switch and then plug it back in
save the output

do you see a fail anywere?

Thanks
Scott
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pjtemplinCommented:
How long did you wait?  Older Cats often use their LEDs to indicate POST status and progress.
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Scotty_ciscoCommented:
restart the switch while your consoled into the unit and as it goes through post.... you are looking for loopback tests

Just till all the lights go off.

Thanks
Scott
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Don JohnstonInstructorCommented:
As mentioned, the port LED's are used to indicate which part of the POST failed.

This page may be of some help:

http://www.cisco.com/warp/public/473/164.html
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Scotty_ciscoCommented:
The cool thing about these switches is they had a 10 year limited warrantee if you have other items under a cisco smartnet generally cisco will replace them fairly readily.... but you did not hear that from me...
LOL

Thanks
Scott
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DaleFrazierAuthor Commented:
I left the switch on for over an hour and the lights never went out.  I left the switch at a client's site so I will get back to this problem in a few days.  Thanks and please check back on my question later.  Best guess, do you think that I am looking at a hareware problem?  Could a config problem cause this?
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Scotty_ciscoCommented:
Dale;

Not usually if lights are not going out gennerally it is an asic failure... I was the lead for the cisco TAC for 4 years supporting these switches so I am fairly confident you have one asic that is bad meaining it would take 8 ports with it if it is a WS-C2924XL.  The lights indicate a problem but are not nearly as telling as a post test.  I have seen this a number of times if that is the case open a TAC case with cisco if you can and it may be a 10 day replacement but they are pretty good about replacing the hardware.

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Scott
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DaleFrazierAuthor Commented:
How does one open a TAC case?  Why would Cisco replace the switch since I did not purchase it from them?  And yes it is the WS-C2924XL-EN.  Thanks for your help.
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Scotty_ciscoCommented:
We should probably take this off forum.... send me an email to scotty_cisco@yahoo.com

Thanks
Scott
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