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Reset CMOS password on IBM R32 Notebook

The laptop needs formatting and start over. Can't remember CMOS/BIOS password.

How do I reset it to (no password)?

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  • Anonymous Jan 25, 2009

    CMOS PASSWORD RECOVER



  • kelvin 13 Apr 14, 2009

    I have set a CMOS password and i have forgetten it, so i can't boot my computer, there i want some one to help how to recover my password so that i can use my computer again, coz for now is useless...........

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U need to put in the system recovery cd that came with the laptop in the dvd/cd drive and format the computer

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