Im having a little trouble with a router I have got my hands on to practice for my CCNA.
Im connected via serial>USB adapter and via XP HT on Win7.
Router boots and I then break the boot sequence with ctrl-break. But then it does not go into ROMMON mode. It simply says this:
System Bootstrap, Version 5.2(8a), RELEASE SOFTWARE
Copyright (c) 1986-1995 by cisco Systems
2500 processor with 2048 Kbytes of main memory
Abort at 0x10E9862 (PC)
Anyone know how I get it into ROMMON please to reset the password on it.
The ">" prompt that appears after the break sequence: is it just a character or is it a prompt of a command line? The 2500 series routers have had very limited ROMMON and used mostly cryptic commands to perform the necessary tasks. For example, if you actually arrived to the ROMMON in 2500, the commands to ignore the stored config would be
Can you please try this? Also, try sending the Break sequence every 5 seconds or so during the entire root bootup from the power on. Some routers were "sensitive" to the Break sequence only in a certain time frame.
Since it boot all the way, that is good news. This means your flash card is good.
I agree with Peter that some times you have to try the break sequence multiple time and not just once. (I know it should work in the first 30 seconds), but that is not always the case. If that does not work, try just the break key by itself and see if you can get to Rommon.