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cisco PIX-515e reset to factory defaults *Expert Advice Only Please*

Hi,

I have a cisco PIX-515e which i have connected to a emulator through the console port, and im having trouble erasing data from it.

I can get into 'pixfirewall' mode and 'monitor' mode but thats as far as i get. i have tried 'write erase' and 'configure factory-default' in both modes to no success.

When i last posted this i had alot of replies mentioning ROMMON mode but i want to stress the PIX 515e does not have ROMMON mode it has MONITOR mode however the commands are not the same as ROMMON commands.

Any help would be much appreciated.

thanks,

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Jennifer Halim
Cisco Employee

Please go to the pixfirewall mode, then type: enable

If it asked for password, type in the enable password for that PIX. If it doesn't have a password, just try to hit enter.

Then from the enable mode, you can go to config mode, and "write erase" to erase the configuration.

BTW, what version is the PIX running, and can you please grab a copy of the running config?

8 MB RAM

PCI Device Table.
Bus Dev Func VendID DevID Class              Irq
00  00  00   8086   7192  Host Bridge
00  07  00   8086   7110  ISA Bridge
00  07  01   8086   7111  IDE Controller
00  07  02   8086   7112  Serial Bus         9
00  07  03   8086   7113  PCI Bridge
00  0D  00   8086   1209  Ethernet           11
00  0E  00   8086   1209  Ethernet           10
00  11  00   14E4   5823  Co-Processor       11
00  13  00   8086   B154  PCI-to-PCI Bridge
01  04  00   8086   1229  Ethernet           11
01  05  00   8086   1229  Ethernet           10
01  06  00   8086   1229  Ethernet           9
01  07  00   8086   1229  Ethernet           5

Cisco Secure PIX Firewall BIOS (4.2) #0: Mon Dec 31 08:34:35 PST 2001
Platform PIX-515E
System Flash=E28F128J3 @ 0xfff00000

Use BREAK or ESC to interrupt flash boot.
Use SPACE to begin flash boot immediately.
Reading 123392 bytes of image from flash.

PIX Flash Load Helper

Initializing flashfs...
flashfs[0]: 8 files, 3 directories
flashfs[0]: 0 orphaned files, 0 orphaned directories
flashfs[0]: Total bytes: 16128000
flashfs[0]: Bytes used: 13963264
flashfs[0]: Bytes available: 2164736
flashfs[0]: Initialization complete.

Booting first image in flash

Launching image flash:/pix722.bin
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128MB RAM

Total NICs found: 6
mcwa i82559 Ethernet at irq 10  MAC: 0016.9da2.5907
mcwa i82559 Ethernet at irq 11  MAC: 0016.9da2.5908
mcwa i82559 Ethernet at irq 11  MAC: 000d.8810.d91c
mcwa i82559 Ethernet at irq 10  MAC: 000d.8810.d91d
mcwa i82559 Ethernet at irq  9  MAC: 000d.8810.d91e
BIOS Flash=am29f400b @ 0xd8000  MAC: 000d.8810.d91f

Initializing flashfs...
flashfs[7]: 8 files, 3 directories
flashfs[7]: 0 orphaned files, 0 orphaned directories
flashfs[7]: Total bytes: 16128000
flashfs[7]: Bytes used: 13963264
flashfs[7]: Bytes available: 2164736
flashfs[7]: flashfs fsck took 15 seconds.
flashfs[7]: Initialization complete.


Licensed features for this platform:
Maximum Physical Interfaces : 6
Maximum VLANs               : 25
Inside Hosts                : Unlimited
Failover                    : Active/Active
VPN-DES                     : Enabled
VPN-3DES-AES                : Enabled
Cut-through Proxy           : Enabled
Guards                      : Enabled
URL Filtering               : Enabled
Security Contexts           : 2
GTP/GPRS                    : Disabled
VPN Peers                   : Unlimited

This platform has an Unrestricted (UR) license.

Encryption hardware device : VAC+ (Crypto5823 revision 0x1)
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Cisco PIX Security Appliance Software Version 7.2(2)

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Cryptochecksum (unchanged): 43dccc97 2fb4bfec 15a33bef dad78b7e
Type help or '?' for a list of available commands.
pixfirewall>

I am unable to get onto enable mode because i do not no the password? any idea of a way round, i need to get into that enable mode.

Leo Laohoo
VIP Community Legend

If it asks for a password, have you tried just hitting the "Enter" key?

Yeah to no joy i just try and try and all i get is access denied.

If hitting just "Enter" key as suggested by leolaohoo doesn't work, then also try "pix" as the password. If none works, then you would need to perform password recovery.

Here is the procedure to perform password recovery:

http://www.cisco.com/en/US/docs/security/asa/asa70/configuration/guide/trouble.html#wp1049417

Once you have perform the password recovery, then you can just hit "Enter" on enable mode.

ok ill give this a try and get back to you thanks.

sir i have a simlar problem but i only can get into monitor mode and i can not get into anything else can you help me????

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