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Password recovery not working please advise

I finally got my hands on a console cable and to no surprise there is a password on it. I was givin some equip to practice for my CCNA exam and they had passwords on them. I tried running the confreg 0x2142 command at the rommon 1> prompt and then typed reset at the rommon 2> and this is the message I get. Does anyone know a way around this?

System Bootstrap, Version 11.3(2)XA4, RELEASE SOFTWARE (fc1)

Copyright (c) 1999 by cisco Systems, Inc.

TAC:Home:SW:IOS:Specials for info

C2600 platform with 32768 Kbytes of main memory

device does not contain a valid magic number

boot: cannot open "flash:"

boot: cannot determine first file name on device "flash:"

System Bootstrap, Version 11.3(2)XA4, RELEASE SOFTWARE (fc1)

Copyright (c) 1999 by cisco Systems, Inc.

TAC:Home:SW:IOS:Specials for info

C2600 platform with 32768 Kbytes of main memory

device does not contain a valid magic number

boot: cannot open "flash:"

boot: cannot determine first file name on device "flash:"

System Bootstrap, Version 11.3(2)XA4, RELEASE SOFTWARE (fc1)

Copyright (c) 1999 by cisco Systems, Inc.

TAC:Home:SW:IOS:Specials for info

C2600 platform with 32768 Kbytes of main memory

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Re: Password recovery not working please advise

Looks like there's no IOS on the flash. Otherwise, the file might be corrupted. Check the link below for the details, and the link on how to recover from ROMMon:

http://www.cisco.com/en/US/products/hw/routers/ps259/products_tech_note09186a0080094ae0.shtml#router_boots_no_error

Goodluck.

Ariel

Community Member

Re: Password recovery not working please advise

Try the following steps:

rommon 1 > dir flash:

rommon 2 > boot flash:

If it does not boot up, go to this URL and load a new IOS on the router because either you don't have an IOS or it is corrupt:

http://www.cisco.com/en/US/products/hw/routers/ps259/products_tech_note09186a008015bf9e.shtml

hope this helps....

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