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I have a Gateway computer running Win98 that prompts me for a password at startup. It didn't use to do this, so I don't know what password it is asking for. Never used one! It is doing this after a power outage and had been left off for some time. Any Ideas? I have tried the ESC key with no results. After entering 3 attempts, it gives me a "system disabled" prompt and will do nothing until it is shut down and restarted.

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Somehow, the motherboard thinks that a "start-up" password is required.

If you have a desktop computer, turn the computer off, open the case, and look on the motherboard. Look for three pins (labelled 1, 2, and 3), and look for a small "jumper" that is connecting pin 1 to pin 2. Move the jumper to connect pin 2 to pin 3. Wait 5 seconds.
Move the jumper back to connect pin 1 to pin 2.
Turn the computer on -- the "BIOS-password" will have been removed.

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