Solved

PIX 520 Hardware setup and console information

Posted on 2004-09-22
2
508 Views
Last Modified: 2013-11-16
Hey guys,

Got an old PIX 520.  Does anyone know the hardware setup on these.  I've cracked it open, and it looks like there is an IDE going from the system board to a floppy and also to a hard drive.  So ... should I assume that the IOS, or whatever Cisco calls their Firewall OS, is stored on the HD, and you update it through the Floppy?

Also, if I cannot get a console connection (Hyperterm setting are correct, I believe), should I also assume that the Hard drive is crapped out?  If so, is there any possible way to fix this considering that the End of Sale was back in 2001 (and I bet I know the answer to this)?  

Thanks.

*I know I've asked a couple questions here, but I'm offering 500 points so I don't feel so bad :)
0
Comment
Question by:neowolf219
[X]
Welcome to Experts Exchange

Add your voice to the tech community where 5M+ people just like you are talking about what matters.

  • Help others & share knowledge
  • Earn cash & points
  • Learn & ask questions
  • 2
2 Comments
 
LVL 79

Accepted Solution

by:
lrmoore earned 500 total points
ID: 12124647
The 520 runs completely from a floppy. The complete OS used to fit on one 3.5 floppy. If there is a riser card, it may have been upgraded to an onboard flash.
http://www.cisco.com/en/US/products/hw/vpndevc/ps2030/products_installation_guide_chapter09186a00800dff15.html#1041068

If it has the upgrade, then it should store everything on flash.
0
 
LVL 79

Expert Comment

by:lrmoore
ID: 12124683
>there any possible way to fix this considering that the End of Sale was back in 2001
They are still supporting it via SmartNet. You can still buy a 1 year SmartNet contract on it
0

Featured Post

Optimize your web performance

What's in the eBook?
- Full list of reasons for poor performance
- Ultimate measures to speed things up
- Primary web monitoring types
- KPIs you should be monitoring in order to increase your ROI

Question has a verified solution.

If you are experiencing a similar issue, please ask a related question

During and after that shift to cloud, one area that still poses a struggle for many organizations is what to do with their department file shares.
This article explains the fundamentals of industrial networking which ultimately is the backbone network which is providing communications for process devices like robots and other not so interesting stuff.
Both in life and business – not all partnerships are created equal. As the demand for cloud services increases, so do the number of self-proclaimed cloud partners. Asking the right questions up front in the partnership, will enable both parties …
Both in life and business – not all partnerships are created equal. Spend 30 short minutes with us to learn:   • Key questions to ask when considering a partnership to accelerate your business into the cloud • Pitfalls and mistakes other partners…
Suggested Courses

623 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

Join & Ask a Question