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    Hi, I have been studying for the CCENT and I bought a router to get familiar with. I am definitely a newb and am a little confused. The first time I connected to the router, the prompt said Router(boot), and I made a few little changes and without thinking anything about it, I did a copy run start to save the little things I did. I later read on a website that I should never save while in boot mode (oops). I changed the config register to 0x2102 but of course when I reloaded it was the save I did in boot mode earlier. I am not sure what I should do now. I want the full IOS that is supposed to be on the router. How do I get the router out of the boot mode? If you have any advice or insights into what I should do, I really appreciate it! Edit: Its a Cisco 2514 router
    Last edited by yankee_racers; 10th January 2009, 01:55. Reason: included router info

  • #2
    Re: Router(boot)

    Which router do you have? I'm not a Cisco guy so not sure how relevant that will be, but it may be helpful for people to know.
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    • #3
      Re: Router(boot)

      Can you post a "sh ver" or are you actually in rommon mode?
      Marcel
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      • #4
        Re: Router(boot)

        sure, here is the output from the "sh ver" command: Cisco Internetwork Operating System Software IOS (tm) 3000 Bootstrap Software (IGS-BOOT-R), Version 11.0(10c)XB2, PLATFORM SPECIFIC RELEASE SOFTWARE (fc1) Copyright (c) 1986-1996 by cisco Systems, Inc. Compiled Mon 05-Oct-98 10:52 by jaturner Image text-base: 0x01010000, data-base: 0x00001000 ROM: System Bootstrap, Version 11.0(10c)XB2, PLATFORM SPECIFIC RELEASE SOFTWARE (fc1) Router uptime is 0 minutes System restarted by power-on Running default software cisco 2500 (68030) processor (revision D) with 8192K/2048K bytes of memory. Processor board ID 02003500, with hardware revision 00000000 X.25 software, Version 2.0, NET2, BFE and GOSIP compliant. 2 Ethernet/IEEE 802.3 interfaces. 2 Serial network interfaces. 32K bytes of non-volatile configuration memory. 8192K bytes of processor board System flash (Read/Write) Configuration register is 0x2142

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        • #5
          Re: Router(boot)

          well change the config register back to 0x2102 and give it a reload.
          Btw, I'm start thinking that you have been booted into rommon.
          Have you also verified with a sh flash command to see if you have an IOS?
          Last edited by Dumber; 10th January 2009, 20:09.
          Marcel
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          • #6
            Re: Router(boot)

            Here is the new "sh ver":
            Cisco Internetwork Operating System Software IOS (tm) 3000 Bootstrap Software (IGS-BOOT-R), Version 11.0(10c)XB2, PLATFORM SPECIFIC RELEASE SOFTWARE (fc1) Copyright (c) 1986-1996 by cisco Systems, Inc.
            Compiled Mon 05-Oct-98 10:52 by jaturner Image text-base: 0x01010000, data-base: 0x00001000

            ROM: System Bootstrap, Version 11.0(10c)XB2, PLATFORM SPECIFIC RELEASE SOFTWARE (fc1)
            TestRouter uptime is 0 minutes
            System restarted by power-on Running default software cisco 2500 (68030) processor (revision D) with 8192K/2048K bytes of memory.

            Processor board ID 02003500, with hardware revision 00000000 X.25 software, Version 2.0, NET2, BFE and GOSIP compliant.
            2 Ethernet/IEEE 802.3 interfaces.
            2 Serial network interfaces.
            32K bytes of non-volatile configuration memory.
            8192K bytes of processor board System flash (Read/Write) Configuration register is 0x2102

            And here is the "sh flash":
            System flash directory:
            No files in System flash [0 bytes used, 8388608 available, 8388608 total]
            8192K bytes of processor board System flash (Read/Write)

            When I got the router the Configuration register was set to 0x2142. Am I wrong in thinking that my problem is that I did a "copy run start" while in this mode? After I saved I searched online and changed the Configuration register to 0x2102 and when I reloaded it was the same as the default mode the router was in except it had the little changes I made such as hostname and password. I thought that by saving in boot mode I wrote over the IOS that I would have loaded when I changed the configuration register to 0x2102?

            Dumber: Made it more readable.
            Last edited by Dumber; 10th January 2009, 23:45.

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            • #7
              Re: Router(boot)

              When you are in config register 0x2142 the startup config isn't applied during boot.
              Although you can configure the startup config, it will not load during boot.

              With 0x2102 the startup-config is applied during boot.

              However, you don't have an IOS on your flash: No files in System flash
              Marcel
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              "No matter how secure, there is always the human factor."

              "Enjoy life today, tomorrow may never come."
              "If you're going through hell, keep going. ~Winston Churchill"

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              • #8
                Re: Router(boot)

                Ahh, ok. Well.... is it normal to sell a router without an IOS? Why wouldn't there be an IOS on the router? Isn't the IOS needed for the router to do its thing? I am definitely confused here.

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                • #9
                  Re: Router(boot)

                  Yes you need an IOS. The other possibility is that the flash got corrupted due to shipment.
                  If you don't have a valid CCO account at Cisco I would contact the reseller to let them fix it for you or let them ship the IOS to you.

                  However, next time you are better of using GNS3 or buying cisco 2600XM series (2611xm or 2621xm (more expensive and faster) hardware.
                  For example: http://cgi.ebay.nl/CISCO2621XM-Cisco...3286.m63.l1177

                  A lot cheaper one is for example the 2611XM (you might find them cheaper though I've good experiences with this seller)
                  http://cgi.ebay.nl/Cisco-2611XM-SDM-...QQcmdZViewItem

                  The latest version which is suitable for your router is c2500-i-l.121-27b.bin.

                  IP
                  c2500-i-l.121-27b.bin
                  Release Date: 23/Aug/2005
                  IP
                  Size: 7851.82 KB (8040260 bytes)
                  Minimum Memory: DRAM:8 MB Flash:8 MB
                  At my current homelab (still building) I have 2x 2610, 1x (second has been ordered) 2621XM and 1x 2950
                  Last edited by Dumber; 10th January 2009, 23:46.
                  Marcel
                  Technical Consultant
                  Netherlands
                  http://www.phetios.com
                  http://blog.nessus.nl

                  MCITP(EA, SA), MCSA/E 2003:Security, CCNA, SNAF, DCUCI, CCSA/E/E+ (R60), VCP4/5, NCDA, NCIE - SAN, NCIE - BR, EMCPE
                  "No matter how secure, there is always the human factor."

                  "Enjoy life today, tomorrow may never come."
                  "If you're going through hell, keep going. ~Winston Churchill"

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                  • #10
                    Re: Router(boot)

                    alright, thanks a lot you really helped me figure this out. and thanks for the equipment recommendations. I emailed the person who I bought this from, I;ll probably hear from them in a couple days. I have been practicing with some simulation software but I wanted to get my hands on some real equipment, which is a good thing because I would have never learned about this problem on the sims.

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