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Admin Password setup locked in off position sata drive is off in BIOS

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You need to clear the CMOS settings. To do this, you will need to set the CMOS jumper to the clear state (if the motherboard has one) OR remove the CMOS battery located on the motherboard. After waiting a few seconds, replace the battery and power the PC back on and attempt to enter the BIOS.

The battery will be a large flat battery similar to what you would find in a watch.

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Why does my computer on bootup ask for system password then locks up too many attempts?


If you mean Bios password try this:
Resetting the BIOS PSSWRD, Open the computer case and look inside on the motherboard. Dell has diagrams of this. Locate the Little Jumper. It should have small print if you can read on the mother board indicating PSSWRD CLR. Boot the computer to Setup. Carefully remove jumper, becareful of static, and then once removed hit enter. Shutdown the computer, and restart and enter Setup again F2. The password should be CLR. Turn OFF and PUT Jumper back into place and Turn Back ON. You should be able to access Setup.

If you then boot to setup-check your hard drives and floppy that are seen. You may solve those issues in setup.

If you mean the windows password: boot to F8 safe mode and log
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Disable all passwords and restart.

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Troubleshooting lost or forgotten passwords:


  1. Make sure Caps Lock is turned off.

  2. For Notebook computers, make sure Num Lock is turned off.

  3. If the password has special characters in it (examples: ! * $ # +), make sure you press the SHIFT key (not the CTRL key) when entering the password.

  4. Try these common default passwords:
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In do not know the biao password of my HP 5100 ssf


Since it's a desktop computer, there is a small 'jumper' on the motherboard that can be accessed.
Turn the computer off.
Disconnect the AC power cable.
Remove the side-panel.
Look for 3 gold pins in a row, labelled 'BIOS reset' or just 'reset'.
Move the jumper from the 1-2 position to the 2-3 position.
Wait a few seconds.
Move the jumper back to the 1-2 position.
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Reconnect the AC power.
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Cannot seem to find how to enable the sata ports. I've tried all the solutions suggested with no good outcome.


With the SATA drive properly attached to the cable, try clearing the NVRAM (CMOS). By clearing the NVRAM (CMOS), the system will redetect all the installed hardware including your new drive. Just follow the procedure I have outlined below. After the clearing of the NVRAM (CMOS) you may get a warning at boot up about the Diskette Drive if you do not have a floppy drive installed in the system. If that happens, just go into the BIOS Setup and disable the option for the Diskette Drive. The error message will be gone on the next reboot.

  • Reboot system and enter the BIOS Setup by pressing F2.
  • Turn on Caps Lock, Scroll Lock and Num Lock.
  • Press ALT + E then ALT + F (should hear beep) then ALT + B
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Bios wont boot


Your BIOS is more than likely locked by an admin password or the options are locked upon startup. The best way to go around that is once you see the HP screen popup after restart, keep hitting F12 and the boot menu will pop up gving you access to the boot menu and then to the BIOS. If you have a password setup on the BIOS you will need it for any BIOS changes you make to take effect.

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On the mainboard near the coin battery you'll find a jumper. take it off and reboot. Replace it and reboot again. that works sometimes. If not you can go to the motherboards' BIOS like Phoenix and they have backdoors built in. Read on:
Backdoor passwords Many BIOS manufacturers have provided backdoor passwords that can be used to access the BIOS setup in the event you have lost your password. These passwords are case sensitive, so you may wish to try a variety of combinations. Keep in mind that the key associated to "_" in the US keyboard corresponds to "?" in some European keyboards. Laptops typically have better BIOS security than desktop systems, and we are not aware of any backdoor passwords that will work with name brand laptops.
WARNING: Some BIOS configurations will lock you out of the system completely if you type in an incorrect password more than 3 times. Read your manufacturers documentation for the BIOS setting before you begin typing in passwords
Award BIOS backdoor passwords:
[TABLE]
AMI BIOS backdoor passwords:
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PHOENIX BIOS backdoor passwords:
phoenix, PHOENIX, CMOS, BIOS
MISC. COMMON PASSWORDS
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Good luck...hope this helps...

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Are you refering to the BIOS possword? If so, you can try and reset the jumper for CMOS on the motherboard of you machine. It should next to the CMOS Battery.

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Hard disk drive not deteted during windows installation


This problem arises due to a missing driver in windows installation. download your specific driver and copy it to a floppy drive. Then start the windows setup. As the setup loads it will ask "Press F6 to load a SATA RAID driver".Press F6 and insert the floppy into Floppy disk drive.
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