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Password recovery Cisco 2924(xl)

Author:mike - Tue Feb 22 12:40:49 2005

Step 1 .

How to connect to the Switch :

Attach a terminal or PC with terminal emulation (for example, Hyper Terminal) to the console port of the switch. Use the following terminal settings:

9600 baud rate
No parity
8 data bits
1 stop bit
No flow control

Step 2 .

Unplug the power cable.

Hold down the mode button located on the left side of the front panel, while reconnecting the power cord to the switch. You can release the mode button a second or two after the LED above port 1x is no longer illuminated.

You would get the output below on the Hyperterminal window :

    The system has been interrupted prior to initializing the flash file system.
    The following commands will initialize the flash file system, and finish loading
    the operating system software:

    flash_init
    load_helper
    boot



Step 3 .

Type flash_init.

Type load_helper.

Type dir flash:.

    !--- Make sure to type a colon ":" after the dir flash



You would get the output below on the Hyperterminal window :

    Directory of flash:
    2 -rwx 843947 Mar 01 1993 00:02:18 C2900XL-h-mz-112.8-SA
    4 drwx 3776 Mar 01 1993 01:23:24 html
    66 -rwx 130 Jan 01 1970 00:01:19 env_vars
    68 -rwx 1296 Mar 01 1993 06:55:51 config.text
    1728000 bytes total (456704 bytes free)



config.text is the startup-configuration file which is stored in the flash and loaded when the switch loads.

Step 4 .

Type rename flash:config.text flash:config.old to rename the configuration file.

This file contains the password definition.

Type boot to boot the system
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