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Asking for a power on password - how to override

Now computer asking for a power on password - it was never set up to require one. Only thing I can think of is the kids may have inadvertently pressed some keys, otherwise I don't know how/why all of a sudden this has come up. How can we get rid of this?

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    Tharinda May 11, 2010

    it s easy . I ll give u the method. Don't know the OS u have. And I need to know whether it comes up when you are booting the system or after a standby. If it gives something before it enters the BIOS screen , that means its set in the BIOS, otherwise its just a wake up password validation. (Is it power on or wake up)

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Dear Khollis,
Try entering blank password ... I mean just press enter and that should go away or if doesn't then please follow the process given below:

  1. Remove the power cord from the chassis
  2. press and hold the power button on tower after removing the power cord (this is to drain the charges that might still be in the CPU)
  3. Open the chassis.
  4. Now, remove the CMOS battery from the motherboard.. It might be at different places on different motherboards however if you have difficulty finding one then here is the image of how it looks. Refer to the link for image : Note: Please check the polarity of the battery before removing.
    http://www.packetminds.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/05/battery9ul.jpg
  5. Now connect the power to the CPU (without plug-in in the CMOS battery).
  6. This time it should not ask you for the password.
  7. Now once again follow the steps 1 to 3 and plug the battery back with the correct polarity noted down in step 4.
That should help. Please let me know if there are still any issues.

Regards,
Srinivas.

Posted on Jun 29, 2009

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You need to 'flatten' the computer's battery-backed memory.
Not particularly hard, but impossible for me without knowing the make and model of the computer.

Posted on Jun 29, 2009

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