How to restore this ProCurve?

Something went wrong during the firmware update ...

I don't have such a backup FLOPPY diskette! So how would I do this? And what is meant with 'backup' in this case in the first place?

Thank you!
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Zephyr ICTCloud ArchitectCommented:

What model HP Procurve?
Do you have a secondary flash?

Can you boot into boot monitor with it?
This should get you there:

- Press both buttons RESET + CLEAR (together) for about 20 seconds and then let go of RESET.

- Now after the self TEST led stops flashing, release the CLEAR button.

This should get you into boot monitor,

To enable secondary flash: type "jp2"

Then reboot and hope it takes the secondary flash image ...
XeronimoAuthor Commented:
Hi, it's a ProCurve 2404vl ...

I can't test this right now though :/

And what if it doesn't take the secondary flash image? Are there two images by default?
Zephyr ICTCloud ArchitectCommented:
Do you mean 4204vl? It should have a dual-flash system yes ...
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XeronimoAuthor Commented:
Yes, a 4204vl. A typo.
Zephyr ICTCloud ArchitectCommented:
Ok, yeah... It has a dual-flash system, so most likely you'll be able to boot from the second image and can then upgrade the first one again through that. Make sure your flash-image is ok though, maybe check the md5 hash if it's available.
XeronimoAuthor Commented:
So I'll boot from the second, give the switch an IP address and then upgrade the first one via TFTP?
Zephyr ICTCloud ArchitectCommented:
The second image will probably have your config as it was, unless it never was written there... But in worst case you can indeed give the switch an IP and do the upgrade process via tftp or whatnot...
XeronimoAuthor Commented:
But how would I give the switch an IP address if I all get, after a start of reboot, is the above message?
XeronimoAuthor Commented:
This is a 'new' switch btw, it's meant as a replacement for another one. Do new ones have a second image by default?
Zephyr ICTCloud ArchitectCommented:
I gave you a way to boot into "boot monitor" in my previous post, follow that process to boot into the second flash image (which yes, it's always there) and set the IP, do the upgrade again after verifying the flash image...

There's also a way to do it through the console port by the way, looked up some resources for you to check/follow, might be easier:


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XeronimoAuthor Commented:
Yeah, that's what I thought. But I was referring to the 'worst case', i.e. when there's no working second image? But according to you there always is, so I should be able to boot from it.

And thanks for the links! They look like exactly what I need :)

I just can't test it immediately ... but thanks so far!!
Zephyr ICTCloud ArchitectCommented:
When there's no working second image or is equally corrupt (flash images get updated 1 by 1, if the first one fails the second one is not touched, in normal circumstances), you could try to update it through the console, but most likely your better off to contact HP and ask for a replacement, if that is a possibility. Procurves have a lifetime warranty, so you could be lucky on that part.

Your welcome btw!
XeronimoAuthor Commented:
Well, this is actually the replacement they've sent because the original switch has had some weird behavior in certain, unpredictable moments which no one was able to identify nor able to recognize a pattern ... but I somehow fucked up the firmware upgrade of this replacement switch ... -.-

I should be able to restore it to a functioning state though with the help you've provided!
Zephyr ICTCloud ArchitectCommented:
Normally you should get it back to original state yes, good luck!
XeronimoAuthor Commented:
Ok, it worked! I was able to restore the ProCurve (using this: Unfortunately it didn't solve my initial problem though ... I have to open a separate question for that again then.
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