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Passwords You answered a question about someone not having the password to enter bios or boot machine, saying that a person would have to reformat if they dont have the password. But, how do you reformat if you cant boot the machine.

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  • Crutchizm Apr 21, 2008

    I tried using an recovery cd...didnt work. Does it have to be a recovery cd for that specific laptop? The only other way would be to remove the cmos battery for about 30 mins right...

  • Crutchizm Apr 21, 2008

    Ok, maybe I should be more specific....It's a Dell Vostro 1000, when u turn the machine on, it prompts for a password right gives the options f2 or f12 but even choosing these it prompts for a password.

  • Crutchizm Apr 21, 2008

    no chance at getting the password.....cmos batt wont on laptop. Do u know oh any programs? Or work around ....



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From an installed cd that's for recovery

Posted on Apr 21, 2008

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    Patrick Michaels Apr 21, 2008

    yes..I get it...and you don't have the password, right?...the cmos battery would reset it for defaults, in most cases. no way to get the password?



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