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H3C S5500-52C-PWR-SI firmware update problem

Occasional Contributor

H3C S5500-52C-PWR-SI firmware update problem

Hi guys,


        i would like to know on how to upgrade the current firmware of this switch to with new firmware 

A5500SI-CMW520- R2221P04.bin(13mb).


    as for compatibility of the new firmware, i've already asked HPtechub for series of documents which so far shows compatible.


      deletion of unnecessary files were already tried as well as resetting the recycle bin to free up space for the new firmware.


   another purpose of upgrade is to enable the new 10G module (JD368B); can't recognized by the switch




<H3C-POE1-RPC>display version
H3C Comware Platform Software
Comware Software, Version 5.20, Release 1207
Copyright (c) 2004-2007 Hangzhou H3C Tech. Co., Ltd. All rights reserved.
H3C S5500-52C-PWR-SI uptime is 1 week, 0 day, 22 hours, 42 minutes

H3C S5500-52C-PWR-SI with 1 Processor
128M bytes SDRAM
16384K bytes Flash Memory

Hardware Version is REV.B
CPLD Version is 007
Bootrom Version is 122
[SubSlot 0] 48GE+4SFP+POE Hardware Version is REV.B






Directory of flash:/


   0     -rw-   7305305  Dec 05 2007 09:44:38   s5500si-cmw520-r1207.bin

   1     -rw-      3063  May 04 2000 10:45:59   startup.cfg


15240 KB total (8096 KB free)


<H3C-POE1-RPC>reset recycle-bin 

The recycle-bin is empty.

<H3C-POE1-RPC>reset recycle-bin /fo

<H3C-POE1-RPC>reset recycle-bin /force 

The recycle-bin is empty.




any help is greatly appreciated


thanks in advance ,



Sietze Reitsma
Respected Contributor

Re: H3C S5500-52C-PWR-SI firmware update problem

it looks that the flash cannot hold the old and the new image concurrently. So before loading the software you need to delete the old one.


<H3C-POE1-RPC>delete /unreserved s5500si-cmw520-r1207.bin

<H3C-POE1-RPC>ftp x.x.x.x

[ftp] get A5500SI-CMW520- R2221P04.bin

[ftp] bye

<H3C-POE1-RPC>boatloader file A5500SI-CMW520- R2221P04.bin



Occasional Contributor

Re: H3C S5500-52C-PWR-SI firmware update problem

Thanks for the response! :)



       do i have to boot the switch from extended BOOTROM? i heard that most of the H3C switches before have problems on firmware upgrades due to small size of flash. I it can detect the 10G SFP+ module upon upgrade.

Regular Advisor

Re: H3C S5500-52C-PWR-SI firmware update problem

an old post but it could be of a help for others 

Yes you want to boot the switch from extended bootrom and load your .bin from there, I come across the same problem on a HP3600