PIX 520 ISA upgrade

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Oct 14th, 2008
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Hi,


I've purchased a 16MB ISA Flash Card for a PIX520 to operate in a QA environment. Reading the instructions, it states that it comes with Pix 5.2 preloaded.


I've removed the old 2MB card and installed the 16MB but when I boot the PIX I get the usual beeps but no console access. I've removed the new card and resinserted the old, and I get console access.


Have I missed anything, is there anything else I need to do apart from the Cisco instructions or have I been sent a faulty card?


Thanks,


Geraint

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geraint_williams Tue, 10/14/2008 - 03:40
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The documentation provided suggested it was installed, but I thought I'd test out and upgrade to 6.1. This failed, with the following when using the boothelper


Cisco Secure PIX Firewall floppy loader (3.0) #0: Tue Sep 11 07:34:46 PDT 2001

Reading installation media..............

256MB RAM

mcwa i82557 Ethernet at irq 11 MAC: 00a0.c9ab.7b17

mcwa i82559 Ethernet at irq 10 MAC: 0090.27a7.2de8

mcwa i82559 Ethernet at irq 15 MAC: 0090.27a4.81a3

Flash=i28F640J5 @ 0x300

BIOS Flash=I28F256A @ 0xfffd8000


Obsolete FLASH card. Upgrade required. See release notes for this version.


I've noticed on the Internet that others seem to had BIOS Flash=AT29C257. Does this mean I need to upgrade something else? If so, any tips?


Thanks,


Geraint

cisco24x7 Tue, 10/14/2008 - 04:41
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that is completely NOT true. Here is how you

do this. This is very simple.


1- Keep in mind that the Pix520 comes with

a floppy disk drive. You need to download

the boot helper from Cisco and then use

rawrite.exe to decompress this image into the

floppy disk,


2- inser the diskette into the floppy drive of

the Pix 520 and turn on the power. This will

take you to the monitor mode of the Pix.


3- Have the Pix 6.3(5) ready on the TFTP

server,


4- Now you can download the the pix635.bin

from the tftp server into the 16MB flash card,


Easy right?

geraint_williams Tue, 10/14/2008 - 05:21
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Thanks for all your help on this, it's much appreciated.


It does sound easy enough, but that's the process that I'm following when i get the obsolete card warning (despite the 16MB ISA card being in the box)


It displays the message then reboots itself...

cisco24x7 Tue, 10/14/2008 - 05:32
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I do NOT have a Pix520. I only use this

technique on a "franken" Pix. In other words,

I use this method on a generic PC with intel

etherexpress NICs. The PC motherboard is

Intel BX440-SE2 (aka Seattle Edtion 2).


When I inserted the ISA 16MB flash into the

motherboard and bootup the pc with the floppy

disk, I was able to upgrade the code to

6.3(5).


It could be that the motherboard on your

Pix520 has very old BIOS. If I can recall,

the motherboard on the Pix520 is also Intel

BX440-SE as well. You may want to upgrade the

BIOS on it.

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