Greetings and thanks for taking a look. I'll try to list as much info as I can here, but I'm a rank noob when it comes to working with Cisco products, so please forgive me if I have misunderstood something.
Okay, I'm working with an Aironet AP1231G-A-K9. It's of unknown age, though I was the first to open the box and ap:version shows 12.3(2)JA4 and a date of 6/13/05. It had issues right out of the box with not operating the way that Cisco seemed to think it would (never obtained an IP address from my DHCP server). I purchased the DB9->RJ45 cable and have hyperterminal up and running.
I have managed to update the IOS software to both c1200-k9w7-tar.123-8.JA2 and JEA3 and log into the browser interface.
But at this point, if I reboot the AP, it fails again. It fails in the exact same manor as when I first discovered. It appears as though it's missing a Startup Configuration File, and yet I don't see (or possibly understand) a download. All of the links to Cisco software I see talks about up/downloading it and tweaking it if you have another AP.. but I don't No where have I seen mention of having to create one from scratch.
So, what am I missing folks?
Thanks very much for any assistance you can offer. In the mean time, I'll go back to searching the forums, cisco documentation and google.