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Reset Cisco PIX 501 to factory defaults


I am trying (and failing) to reset a new ish cisco pix 501 to the factory defaults, somehow it was configure with the wrong IP now no-one can get on to it.

I have the console up and running and it is responding, however i have gone into enabled mode and type "config factory-default" (as per the manual) and nothing seems to be happening.

There is no password set on the device.

currently the inteface looks like this:

pixfirewall# config factory-default
Usage:    configure terminal

any ideas on what i can do, this is kinda urgent!


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8/22/2022 - Mon



while i accept that this has cleared the internal memory, it don't think it has set it to factory default (as i took it out of the box) as dhcp was enable for the configuration of the device according to the manual, however i cannot pick up an address from the device

It sounds like you received a preconfigured device. The factory default does not usually have DHCP enabled.

Do you want it obtain a DHCP address?
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not really, it was just as the manual suggested

i have ot alittle further, i have managed to assign an ip address to the device, which does respond to a ping,

however when i type the address into a browser "" the request times out, its like the https server isn't running on the device...

any ideas?

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Thanks for you help, sorry i was slow in replying this last time. This was my first experience of cisco products and i now feel i know the basics

thanks again