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HP ProCurve 2520, J9138A Boot Rom Version still same after flash new FW

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  • 1.  HP ProCurve 2520, J9138A Boot Rom Version still same after flash new FW

    Posted Nov 05, 2020 08:47 AM


    I'm still can't upgrade Boot Rom in my J9138A

    ProCurve Switch 2520-24-PoE# show flash
    Image           Size(Bytes)   Date   Version
    -----           ----------  -------- -------
    Primary Image   : 6904975   04/13/17 S.15.09  
    Secondary Image : 5561038   04/02/13 S.14.41  
    Boot Rom Version: S.14.03
    Default Boot    : Secondary

    My command for upgrade is easy:
    copy tftp flash S_14_41.swi secondary
    boot system flash secondary

    But even after waiting, after reboot - nothing happens.
    Boot ROM version still old.
    Hot to upgrade it?


  • 2.  RE: HP ProCurve 2520, J9138A Boot Rom Version still same after flash new FW

    Posted Nov 05, 2020 09:16 AM

    Hello @Styxx-UA 

    This is the correct bootROM version. Please have a look at the release notes of S.15.09.0029

    page 18

    Upgrading restrictions and guidelines
    S.15.09.0029 uses BootROM S.14.03. If your switch has an older version of BootROM, the BootROM will be updated with this version of software.
    Since S.15.09.0029 is the very latest (and last) firmware version for this switch, then it means that BootROM version S.14.03 will also be the most current and last bootROM version.
    With the commands you have listed you are installing firmware image (not BootROM) S.14.41 to the secondary flash partition and booting the switch from this partition.
    Primary and secondary flash are partitions which can store the same type of firmware images. It is not primary for firmware and secondary for bootROM.
    Please note that the versions of firmware and bootROM dont have to match. BootROM is not updated so frequently as the firmware.
    Also there is no procedure to only update the bootROM.  The BootROM will be updated automatically with some firmware updates, thus some firmware images will contain bootROM update. If this is the case the switch will automatically reboot twice. First the update the bootROM and then to update the firmware. So no user action is necessary.
    In your case you have the latest version of the BootROM so nothing to worry about.