I've just inherited a bunch of work from another employee who was let go (I now know why). One of these new tasks is to fix 3500 XL switch that he did a write erase and delete flash:vlan.dat commands on, but no reload command. The result is a switch which powers up, but cannot be accessed through the console port. I've not been able to figure out how to re-enable the console port so that I can configure the switch. Any ideas?
If the config was truly wiped and powercycling doesn't bring back the console port, then you my friend are working with a broken switch. And besides that, with no console port, there's nothing left for you to do to fix it.....because you have no access. Which begins a viciously infinite loop that can only be broken by RMA (or a hammer, which I don't suggest).