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Password for 3com 3824 switch

Posted on 2009-05-19
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I have an unused 3com 3824 3C17400 switch that needs to be reset to default settings before being used.  Before I am able to do this I am prompted for a password.  The password I had been provided with by previous IT staff does not work.  Is there a way around this?
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by:KevinCovert
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If I remember right you should be able to either configure it  via a serial cable without a password, or interupt the boot process.

here a link to the documentation to it, it says that there is no default password (blank) try the good old enter key to see if you can get in.

ftp://ftp.3com.com/pub/switches/3824/swd01_10.pdf
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If you can get to the command line the syntax is "system control initialize"

Pulled from the link I provided above

"
Reinitialize the Switch to factory defaults using the
system control initialize command. The
Switch will have to be reconfigured to your site specific
information, this includes VLANS.
"
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by:UmpsQld
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Thanks.  After reading through the link provided was able to access.  Had to be VERY quick to access the backdoor function.
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