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How to boot from cd if i cant change the boot sequence.

Hi does any body know how to boot from cd wthout changing the bios. I need ti install a password recovery programme as i have lost the password but cant as they all need access to the bios to change the sequence.

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  • pinkkelly26 Mar 10, 2009

    already tried that and it does not work as i dont get the cd boot option.

  • pinkkelly26 Mar 11, 2009

    how do format with out the hardd drive in when i take it out it wont do anything just loads and tells me there is no hhd,

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ONE MORE TIME!

GO HERE:
http://web.archive.org/web/20041106044148/qasimtoep.tripod.com/dell/dell.html

Don't be scared of the little ol' 24C02 non-volatile RAM chip that is used to store the passwordsand tags - there's one on EVERY stick of RAM!! (yup - that little ***** 8 pin job)...

PAY ATTENTION HERE: THE INFO AT THE ABOVE MENTIONED SITE IS INCORRECT! THEY ARE SHOWING A PICTURE OF THE CHIP, AND TELLING YOU TO SHORT PIN 3 TO PIN 6.
WHAT YOU WANT TO DO IS TO SHORT PIN 6 (SCL - clear) TO PIN 4 (VSS - ground), AND THEN APPLY POWER FOR 1 SECOND OR LESS. THIS WILL CLEAR THE CHIP, AND YOU'RE GOOD TO GO! - DONE IT MANY TIMES!

FYI: This process does NOT damage the chip in any way! Follow the instructions on obtaining the DELL "DST" CD, and with it, you can re-load the chip with whatever you like!

GOOD LUCK!

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Click F8 when ur computer starts....then 3-4 options occure like BOOT FROM IDE DEVICE, BOOT FROM APTMA CD-Rom etc... select ur cd rom device to boot from cd...

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As soon as you see the BIOS splash screen press <F12> a couple of times and pray.

Pick boot device from list that appears on screen.

(hopefully)

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    Rob Mar 10, 2009


    The problem is most all Dells use one of two keys at bios boot time:

    F2 gets you into the CMOS Setup

    and

    F12 gets you into the "Boot Device Chooser" menu.



    Some dell laptops DO NOT have the F12 capability. Sounds like you may have one of those laptops and/or that capability has been disabled.



    If you can get to Safe mode, try no password at all for the administrator password and pray like hades.



    Regarding manually "fixing" the BIOS password problem you are having: (from elsewhwere on the web -- many, many responses just like this one)



    _______________

    If you can prove ownership then Dell will happily help.

    Otherwise you have to corrupt that eprom (or replace it)

    There is no other option that I know of.

    Follow-up question from Anonymous on April 18th, 2005- 02:34 GMT

    thank you for the information
    do you know where I could find fairly detailed instructions on finding and corrupting the eprom
    and if u could explain corrupting the eprom?

    Answer from kumquat on April 18th, 2005- 02:42 GMT

    Do a search on this site for "d600 eeprom" then read all that you find. Also look at all the threads I've also commented on already.

    That should explain most of the theory.

    The website which had pictures etc. has been taken down.

    I don't know where the chip is on your laptop, so you'll need to find it on your own.

  • Rob
    Rob Mar 10, 2009


    The problem is most all Dells use one of two keys at bios boot time:

    F2 gets you into the CMOS Setup

    and

    F12 gets you into the "Boot Device Chooser" menu.



    Some dell laptops DO NOT have the F12 capability. Sounds like you may have one of those laptops and/or that capability has been disabled.



    If you can get to Safe mode, try no password at all for the administrator password and pray like hades.



    Regarding manually "fixing" the BIOS password problem you are having: (from elsewhwere on the web -- many, many responses just like this one)



    _______________

    If you can prove ownership then Dell will happily help.

    Otherwise you have to corrupt that eprom (or replace it)

    There is no other option that I know of.

    Follow-up question from Anonymous on April 18th, 2005- 02:34 GMT

    thank you for the information
    do you know where I could find fairly detailed instructions on finding and corrupting the eprom
    and if u could explain corrupting the eprom?

    Answer from kumquat on April 18th, 2005- 02:42 GMT

    Do a search on this site for "d600 eeprom" then read all that you find. Also look at all the threads I've also commented on already.

    That should explain most of the theory.

    The website which had pictures etc. has been taken down.

    I don't know where the chip is on your laptop, so you'll need to find it on your own.

  • Rob
    Rob Mar 10, 2009

    Here's another thought... If you're only concern is using the laptop itself, and you don't care about the data on it, pull the HDD out, format /s with FAT32. Then copy the i386 directory over to the disc you just formatted. Put disk back in laptop. Boot...



    you'll get C:\ at boot time.



    Run C:\i386\WINNT.EXE



    Have your serial no for the product you plan on installing at the ready.

  • Rob
    Rob Mar 11, 2009

    You will USE another machine / external HDD enclosure / whatever to format the drive and copy the files. You may have to get a bit creative...

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