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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Re: asking for a power on password - how to override
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:
Remove the power cord from the chassis
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)
Open the chassis.
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
Now connect the power to the CPU (without plug-in in the CMOS battery).
This time it should not ask you for the password.
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.
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you need recovery disc ,you should be able to override all passwords .if your laptop or PC is new ,then one should have it with your operating manual .if not you will need to get one .which you can pick up from most reputable providers .if you have genuine windows contact them and they can send a cd .
You probably have set the settings that requires a password immediately after the screen goes to sleep or when screen saver kicks in. Goto: System Preferences > Security & Privacy > General... and untick the setting "Require password....." or change the setting to allow for some more time.
Since this came to me as a desktop question I will give you that set of instructions. you will need to power off the machine and unplug it. Remove the side panel of the computer (or top panel depending on the model). When you look at the motherboard you will see a CR2032 battery that powers the BIOS chip to allow it to retain it's settings such as password, date, and time. There may also be a jumper on the board (a little plastic square with copper in it) to reset the BIOS. You will be looking in the same general area of the battery for this jumper and it should be labeled CMOS or Reset. If the jumper is present you will need to use it to reset the BIOS. If using the jumper doesn't reset the password then you will need to remove the Battery I previously mentioned and let the computer sit without power or battery for several minutes. If this still does not remove your password (or if you would like to try this first) you can try to use a manufacturer override password. On a Compaq system the override should be Compaq. That does have a capitals C and the password is case sensitive. Best of luck!
Your laptop is password protected: in order to use it, you need to know a valid userid and passord. - Primary password: your assigned userid and password (which could just be blank - press enter after entering userid) - Administration password: enter admistrator userid (such as as administrator or Admin) and the assisgned password (whih could be admin) - Admistrator can override a user locked laptop. Turning the power off to the laptop will reset the laptop to 'normal' usage but may still require a userid and password. Hope it helps.
Someone has turned on the BIOS password on you and therefore the PC will not let you boot up unless you enter the correct password. The problem is you cannot turn off the password option unless you know the password. I would start by asking other people who had access to you computer what they set the password to. If nobody comes clean, then you will have to call Dell Tech Support to get them to reset the password for you. They will give you a master BIOS password to override the one set and turn off the option.
OK--someone has gone into the BIOS screen (when you hit F2 at startup) and set a password. The thing is, if it's your computer, then you must have given it a password. If it's not your computer, you'll have to ask the owner for the password. If you have been using this machine, then there is no way a password would be required if you didn't set one up. No one on this site will help you hack into it.
Passwords Basic settings on your computer such as how many and what kinds of disk
drives you have which one are enabled and which are disabled and which ones are used for
booting are held in a CMOS chip on the mother board. A tiny battery keeps this chip always
running so that whenever you turn your computer off, it still remembers its instructions.
A common method of entering the BIOS is pressing the Del key at Bootup other common
methods are Ctrl +Alt +Esc and Ctrl + Esc. Most computers have a BIOS which can be
configured to ask for a password as soon as the computer is switched on. If the Ask
Password option is enabled then as soon as the PC is switched on a Dialog box welcomes you
and asks you for the password. You cannot override this and there is no way of disabling
this because to enter the BIOS you need to know the BIOS password. So what do you do?
Disable it. Now to Disable the BIOS password you need to enter the BIOS. But as soon as
you enter the BIOS the BIOS asks for a password. Now the most common method of overriding
this password prompt is by trying out the default BIOS passwords. Some common passwords
are: Lkwpeter j262 AWARD_SW AWARD_PW Biostar Many BIOS also have their default password
that can be tried. "j262" opens most versions of Award BIOS it works about 80%
of the time. "AWARD_SW" and "AWARD_PW" work on some computers as well,
but much less often. In some BIOS shift+s y x z also works. The best way to find out the
default passwords of various BIOS is to search at http://astalavista.box.sk which is the
best search engine for security related matter Well if the default passwords did not work
them get ready for some serious Hacking stuff. Now as the default BIOS password did not
work we will try to reset the BIOS to its default settings so that it asks for no password
at all. So to do following: First you have to open the computer and then look for a round
lithium battery, it probably looks like a silver coin. So remove the battery and after 30
seconds or so put it back. Some computers may also require you to reset the jumper, so
look for a 3-pin jumper and reset it. For example, on most machines you will find a
three-pin device with pins one and two jumpered. If you move the jumper to pins two and
three and leave it there for over five seconds, it will reset the CMOS. When you boot the
machine some BIOS may give an error saying that the BIOS was reset or tampered with, but
that is not such a big problem
You're most likely looking at the BIOS startup password. It will prompt before it even tries to start Windows.
Most computers have a way to override this but more info will be required....make/model of machine would help greatly.