Cisco PIX 501 stuck in reboot cycle
Posted on 2006-05-12
A Reload command was sent to our Cisco PIX 501 6.3(4) and it is now stuck in an endless reboot cycle. The loop block is pasted below:
CISCO SYSTEMS PIX-501
Embedded BIOS Version 4.3.200 07/31/01 15:58:22.08
Compiled by morlee
16 MB RAM
PCI Device Table.
Bus Dev Func VendID DevID Class Irq
00 00 00 1022 3000 Host Bridge
00 11 00 8086 1209 Ethernet 9
00 12 00 8086 1209 Ethernet 10
Cisco Secure PIX Firewall BIOS (4.2) #6: Mon Aug 27 15:09:54 PDT 2001
Flash=E28F640J3 @ 0x3000000
Use BREAK or ESC to interrupt flash boot.
Use SPACE to begin flash boot immediately.
Flash boot interrupted.
0: i8255X @ PCI(bus:0 dev:17 irq:9 )
1: i8255X @ PCI(bus:0 dev:18 irq:10)
Using 1: i82557 @ PCI(bus:0 dev:18 irq:10), MAC: 0012.43b6.3133
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This is as far as it gets, over and over. How can we reload/reinstall the IOS with the unit in this state? Is there another way to fix this that does not involve reloading the IOS? We have the current version of the software. This is time sensitive as it has taken our entire network (and office) down and no one here is well versed in IOS; step by step instructions would be much appreciated!