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PIX501 Possibly Bad? 10 years 2 weeks ago #29968

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I'm back to working with my PIX501 firewall, but unfortunately I'm running into some problems.

I power up the PIX and connect to see only the following in an infinite loop.

Sometimes after about 7min or so of looping the following screen will appear, and then continue looping.

It will do this about 5 or 6 times then finally boot and come to a prompt.

Do I have a bad PIX? Or possibly going bad? How can I test and determine the health of my PIX? The PIX is only in a test environment, but I hope to move it to my main network, so I'm a bit sketchy to do that if the PIX is bad or going bad.

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Re: PIX501 Possibly Bad? 10 years 2 weeks ago #29975

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I'd try those steps in sequence,

1. Delete the startup config (if you have a backup) using write erase
2. If it doesn't work (and it probably won't), go to the "testing mode" menu by pressing [Esc] on the very first moments of booting. A menu like this will show up:

Testing mode menu:
1. Test floating point.
2. Test protected mode.
3. Exhaustive Test first 640k.
4. Exhaustive Test high memory.
*. Start all tests (Any key to stop tests).
C. Continue.

Do the tests and see if you can get all of them passed. If not, you could be having hardware problem. (but not sure).

3. Try reinstalling the IOS using tftp. You could do that either by using the copy tftp command or in "monitor mode" by pressing [Esc] or (Ctrl+Z) just after that looping screen comes.
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Re: PIX501 Possibly Bad? 10 years 5 days ago #30114

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S0lo I still need to try and reinstall the IOS image on my PIX. I got wrapped up with a project from work, and haven't had time to jump back in the lab.

I have the latest valid IOS image for the PIX, but how does licensing work with the PIX units? I have a PIX515 running at work, but now I question how does licensing tie into everything.


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