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Minicom "break" sequence to cisco device

I was trying to reset a password that I had forgotten on a cisco 877. Standard procedure is to turn it off, wait 5 seconds, turn it back on, and hit the Break key. However, I use minicom to access my cisco devices over serial cables, and this did not work. It took me a while to work out that, because I was using minicom, I needed to send it 'ctrl-A' and then 'F' instead (it will display "sending break" if done correctly).

Just a reminder to myself really, and here in case someone finds this via google.


As you predicted, I found this page on google.

It worked like a charm. Ctrl-A followed by F sends a break sequence.

Thanks for sharing this little nugget of knowledge.