Cisco 1841 - Password Revovery - Password Recovery Disabled

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Hi can anyone help me.  I have a Cisco 1841 which has the follwowing

Readonly ROMMON initialized


As a consequence I cannot send a break sequence, I've also tried removing the compact flash card and the router simply loops stating,

Readonly ROMMON initialized


flash: CompactFlash not present.

System Bootstrap, Version 12.4(13r)T, RELEASE SOFTWARE (fc1)

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PLD version 0x10

GIO ASIC version 0x127

c1841 platform with 131072 Kbytes of main memory

Main memory is configured to 64 bit mode with parity disabled

I've tried everything I can think of.  There are several jumpers on the motherboard, x3 on the edge next to the fan power connector, Debug, Baud and WD, there is also a block of 5 in the centre of the board. 

Is there any jumper configuration which will enable password recovery or is this router now a doorstop?

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Leo Laohoo Fri, 11/27/2009 - 13:54
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Hi Chris,

I hope this link works.

Please rate my post if applicable or helpful.  Thanks.

JORGE RODRIGUEZ Fri, 11/27/2009 - 14:10
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In addition to Leo,  very much same results u should get from Leo's link ..on this old cisco doc..


quote from link above.,  also try with different terminal emulator if you can .

Another method is to reload or boot the router with console access, and press CTRL-BREAK within five to ten seconds of the Cisco IOS software image decompressing or roughly when the "Image text-base:... " part of the banner begins. You are then prompted to reset the router to factory default (erase start-up configuration).


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