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How to use the jumper to reset the BIOS password on your Dell desktop computer
Summary: If you're prompted for the Basic Input/Output System (BIOS) password at startup (before the operating system loads) or the BIOS or CMOS setup is locked, and you don't know or have forgotten the password, you won't be able to use your computer or change BIOS settings. Use these instructions to reset the BIOS password manually using the jumper.
NOTE: This process will not clear a Windows Operating System password, nor will it clear passwords on a Dell portable computer. This is only to clear System BIOS passwords on Dell Desktop and Mini-Tower systems.
Desktop system BIOS password reset.
NOTE: The BIOS is the program that activates the hardware required to start your computer. The jumper is a small plastic covering found inside your computer.
Before you begin
Perform the safety steps in the order below.
WARNING: These steps are for your personal safety and the protection of the equipment.
To use the jumper to reset the BIOS password
NOTE: On the DellManualsweb page, download the Setup Guide or Service Manual for your computer. Then refer to the System Board Components section for a labeled illustration of the jumpers on the system board.
Figure 1. Generic motherboard illustration showing a 3 pin password jumper, you motherboard may vary, see the owners manual for you system for specific instructions.
Posted on May 06, 2017
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
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