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Cannot reload Cisco Aironet 1200 Access Point:

Posted on 2014-07-20
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My tale of woe trying to fix my Cisco Aironet 1200 Access Point:

Aironet 1200:
1: Connecting To host...Could not open connection to the host, on port 10.0.0.1: Connect failed
2. Does not respond to "ping"
3. Flash is apparently corrupted: error msg "No bootable files to boot"
4. Unable to re-flash using com connection/Hyper Terminal
5. Using com connection/Hyper Terminal get a ap: prompt.
6. Unable to get into config mod or privileged exec mode.
7. Cannot change directories
8. List of filesystems currently registered:

               flash[0]: (read-write)
              xmodem[1]: (read-only)
                null[2]: (read-write)
                tftp[5]: (read-only)
9. And finally "unable to stat flash/: permission denied"

Help, please!
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by:kheffner
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10: Also, as of today I can ping, but cannot start a telnet session, get response "Connecting To 10.0.0.1...Could not open connection to the host, on port 23: Connect failed. Am able to telnet to other PCs.
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by:Gerwin Jansen
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Just trying to understand about point 3 - how and where did you see that error message "No bootable ..." exactly?
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by:Gerwin Jansen
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Did you try a factory reset btw?
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Yes, output for reset below, along with some other output that I hope will be useful:
ap: reset
Are you sure you want to reset the system (y/n)?y
System resetting...
                   Xmodem file system is available.
flashfs[0]: 141 files, 6 directories
flashfs[0]: 0 orphaned files, 0 orphaned directories
flashfs[0]: Total bytes: 7741440
flashfs[0]: Bytes used: 691200
flashfs[0]: Bytes available: 7050240
flashfs[0]: flashfs fsck took 8 seconds.
Reading cookie from flash parameter block...done.
Base ethernet MAC Address: 00:0a:b7:1a:5c:55
Initializing ethernet port 0...
Reset ethernet port 0...
Reset done!
ethernet link up, 100 mbs, full-duplex
Ethernet port 0 initialized: link is up

The system is unable to boot automatically because there
are no bootable files to boot.

C1200 Boot Loader (C1200-BOOT-M) Version 12.2(8)JA, EARLY DEPLOYMENT RELEASE SO)
TAC Support: http://www.cisco.com/tac
Compiled Wed 12-Feb-03 15:23 by hqluong
                          **********
ap: delete flash[0]
Are you sure you want to delete "flash[0]" (y/n)?y
File "flash[0]" not deleted -- permission denied

I've tried to load a new IOS, but all I get is permission denied:
ap: tar -xtract tftp://192.168.1.05/1/c1200-k9w7-tar.123-8.JEB1.tar flash:
tftp://192.168.1.05/1/c1200-k9w7-tar.123-8.JEB1.tar: connection timed out
                        **********
List of filesystems currently registered:

               flash[0]: (read-write)
              xmodem[1]: (read-only)
                null[2]: (read-write)
                tftp[5]: (read-only)
unable to stat flash/: permission denied

Pinging 10.0.0.1 with 32 bytes of data:

Reply from 10.0.0.1: bytes=32 time=56ms TTL=61
Reply from 10.0.0.1: bytes=32 time=58ms TTL=61
Reply from 10.0.0.1: bytes=32 time=51ms TTL=61
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More info, seems like a permissions issue maybe but digging thru Cisco has been a nightmare so far.

ap: dir flash
unable to stat flash/: permission denied
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On and on....

ap: boot
Loading ""...: permission denied

Error loading ""

Interrupt within 5 seconds to abort boot process.
Boot process failed...
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Amazing! All that angina and all I did was remove and re-add the ip and default router info.  Flashed without problem, accepts ping and telnet. So simple. Amazing.
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What can I say? I tried something "simple" and got lucky I guess.  After changing the IP's, nobody was more surprised then me when I hit ap:boot and the update installed.
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