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Need to get to setup menu

I borrowed a laptop. when i went to cut it it would start to load up then screen would go blank. i panicked it went to the setup menu and pressed some stuff. now when i shut it on it just reads compaq and wont go to the next step. when i press f2 to go to the setup menu to undo what i did, it says its going but never does. please help!!!!

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  • tinequa Aug 24, 2007

    it's not working, i think the hard drive is damaged. what do i do now



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Either the 64kb of bios memory is damaged and not allowing the system to pass the post check, or the processor is unable to find the boot.ini file because of a corrupt hard drive or file. The first thing to try is if you are using XP is to keep pressing F8 on start up and then when windows enters safe mode select the line 'Last known good configuration' and press enter for a restart, if there is nothing major wrong then the system will boot up. If it won't boot then you are going to need to set your notebook to boot from cd drive (F2 or del on boot up and enter the bios and change first boot device to cdrom) and boot up using your; or a borrowed Windows XP disc and perform a system repair. Post back for further instructions, as it may be the hard drive that is damaged.

Posted on Aug 22, 2007

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    andrew pester Aug 24, 2007

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For Windows OS PC's

If you have forgotten your password on your PC Desktop Computer, or Laptop:

1. Start (restart) the computer
2. When the computer first starts, look in the lower left corner of the screen and look for two "F" commands. One is F2, the other either F11 or F12.
3. Press the F2 (or F12) to enter the setup configuration. (some are set for either, but only one will take you into setup; it will say on the screen)
4. Once this loads, you'll see a file menu. Using your arrow keys, move through the file menu and use the down arrow key to view the list of options for each, and look for the password reset option.
5. Once you have found this,it will ask for the current password. Leave this blank unless you know or think you know what the old password is (best if you know). The next two lines will ask you to enter, and re-enter the new password. For now, you will want to leave them blank, but select them using the down arrow key, and press enter for each.
6. Scroll to the far right (last menu item) and scroll down to select "exit while saving". The OS will restart and reload the OS. Once prompted for the password, (for windows 7) press enter. If using and older version of windows is being used, you may not be prompted for a password (except windows xp) and the OS will automatically load to the Desktop.
7. If doing this does not work, or if when in setup the old password was deemed incorrect, try another password or leave it blank, select that box, and press enter, as well as for the new password and confirm new password boxes, exit while saving, and restart OS.

Please let me know if you need further assistance. Thank you.

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do these steps to disable SpeedStep in the BIOS Setup Utility and then run System Restore again on your computer.
1. Turn on the computer and begin pressing the F2 key in one-second intervals. If you perform this step correctly, you see the BIOS Setup Utility menu. If Windows loads normally, repeat this step.

2. In the BIOS Setup Utility, press the RIGHT ARROW key to select the Advanced menu.

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Restart the computer:

When it starts to load, watch at the bottom of the screen for two F commands:

You'll have to look quick, cause they don't stay up long, and you may need to restart to see both of them.

Once you have located and determined which will enter setup, hit that F command to go into setup.

Once in setup, you'll see a File Menu.

Scroll to the menu that allows you to change the password.

To change it (since you don't know or can't remember the old one) simply hit enter in this field. If you want a new one, type in the desired password and (write it down) and hit enter. If you don't want a password, simply hit enter and it will enter blank as no password.(not the word "blank"), it will just be set for NO password.

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