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Cisco 803 TinyROM rommon password recovery/reset

By scott6261 ·

I am looking for some help with recovering or resetting the rommon password on a cisco 803 router. the router was donated to the college for use in lab work for CCNA students where i teach part time, no passwords where given to us and a password has been set in rom so we cannot use the normal enable password recovery proceedure. The college does not have Cisco support for this device so we are unable to get help from them. is there a proceedure to reset or recover the password? any help will be gratefully appreciated.

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by Madsmaddad In reply to Cisco 803 TinyROM rommon ...

I also teach using 803's. What follows is my procedure for resetting them -

Procedure for cleaning out Cisco 803 Routers

Set up Hyperterminal for 9600,N,8,1 with no handshaking

Method 1

1. If you have used passwords that you know, then type ENA, and use the second password
2. Then Type ?erase startup?
3. confirm
4. type ?reload?
5. confirm
6. Say ?no to the question about initial startup

Method 2: As the router boots, hit Control/Break. The router should come up with the ?boot? prompt.

If it does not, switch it off and try again.

1. If it does, type ?set?
2. Type ?set? again until the setup is displayed.
3. Type ?set ios-conf = 142?
4. Type ?boot?
5. Type ?NO? to start initial configuration dialog?

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