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Unable to get interface in Monitor Mode on PIX 515e

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I'm attempting to reset a PIX 515E that I have.  Do not know the password as the previos administrator left in a huff.  I've logged onto the Cisco site and am following the directions to reset the password.

I can break into monitor mode, but when I type interface I do not get an active interface back.  I get this below:

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.
Flash boot interrupted.
0: i8255X @ PCI(bus:0 dev:14 irq:10)
1: i8255X @ PCI(bus:0 dev:13 irq:11)
2: i8255X @ PCI(bus:0 dev:19 irq:5 )

Ethernet auto negotiation timed out.
Ethernet port 1 could not be initialized.
Use ? for help.
monitor>

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I looked at your website and it doesn't solve the issue.  I can't get any of the 3 interfaces to initialize.

0: i8255X @ PCI(bus:0 dev:14 irq:10)
1: i8255X @ PCI(bus:0 dev:13 irq:11)
2: i8255X @ PCI(bus:0 dev:19 irq:5 )

Ethernet auto negotiation timed out.
Ethernet port 1 could not be initialized.

  I have 3 of these 515e and they all do the same thing.  My working assumption is that something is set in the config by the previous admin.  any thoughts?


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BTW, I meant to say thanks for commenting....
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Ok found the answer.

The issue was that I only had a blue console cable connected to the PIX.  You need to connect an ethernet cable to the PIX from the computer as well.  If you plug the cable into the interface 0 plug then when you type interface 0 at the command prompt; the port will initilaize.  Also, make the ethernet port on the PC static with a value of 192.168.1.x and the port on the pix 192.168.1.1.  Then you will be able to TFTP the appropriate file to the PIX.  Seems to simple now.......

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What interface is connected to the network so you can download the utility? Is the PIX connected to the network?  what version of code are you running on them?

What happens when you tpe the following from monitor;
monitor> interface 1

harbor245 ;}



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>What interface is connected to the network so you can download the utility? Is the PIX >connected to the network?  what version of code are you running on them?
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>What happens when you tpe the following from monitor;
>monitor> interface 1

See my previous comment - - I was under the impression that the TFTP would run over the blue console cable.  Now If feel like an idiot not thinking that one through.   All god now.  Just one question

Do I get 500 points for solving my own problem?  (sheepish smile).
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>> I was under the impression that the TFTP would run over the blue console

:) TFTP is a network protocol - to do an update over the rollover cable you need to use a different system entirely :)

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